2017 KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL JUDGES
LAUREN CORNELIUSSEN is the President and Founder of Trans Stellar Film Festival, a film festival in Detroit, Michigan for LGBT+ and queer filmmakers. They have also programmed for the Secret Cinema film series at The Maple Theater in Bloomfield Twp, Michigan and have worked on set for short film productions in the Metro-Detroit area. When not working in film, they enjoy creating tabletop games.
MARK MATSUNO will be a judge for the 7-Day Shootout “Best Poster” competition. Founder of Matsuno Design in Los Angeles, Matsuno has been involved in graphic design and print advertising for the movie industry since the late seventies. He has worked with all the major motion picture studios; Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Disney, Orion, to name a few. He had served on the Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art advisory board for their annual Key Art Competition for about 10 years before stepping down. His design firm has also won numerous awards over the years. Currently, his primary client is Universal Pictures. Some of the films Matsuno Design worked on recently include; Atomic Blonde, Jurassic World, The Mummy, Despicable Me, Fast & Furious, The Secret Life of Pets.
MYLES MATSUNO Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Matsuno has had the opportunity to lead efforts in Technical Directing for The Academy Awards, ABC’s hit television show Dancing with the Stars, NBA Finals, Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, and most of ABC’s primetime programming. Since 2010, Matsuno has competed and won several awards throughout film festivals around the country. His most recent works include directing an online pilot for a Lifetime series called called “Fall into Me”. A music video for an off-Broadway production titled “Slingin’ the Slang”. A short film titled “Ella”, which was apart of the prestigious Los Angeles Shorts Fest 12’, Big Bear International Film Fest 13’, Palm Spring Short Film Festival 2012. He is currently working several feature films that are in progress titled “Christmas in July”, “His/Hers”, and a short documentary based on the Japanese Internment Camps.
QUINCY PERKINS has been at work in the film industry for over 14 years. He worked under Leonardo DiCaprio at Appian Way while learning on big budget films such as 'Master and Commander' and 'Cat in the Hat. His own films have shown at festivals around the world including Sundance '07 and Cannes '15. He is the director of an award-winning feature documentary called The Little Firemen which can be seen on Amazon. He continues to make films in South Florida as well as work as a director and programmer of the Key West Film Festival.
CONNIE RAY is an actress and writer. She has appeared on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody, Next Fall, and The Heidi Chronicles. Her film credits include Flags of Our Fathers, Thank You for Smoking, About Schmidt, Hope Floats, My Fellow Americans, Ice Princess, and Time Machine among others. TV credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Louis, Grey’s Anatomy, Blue Bloods, The Big C, Law and Order SVU among others. She wrote the long-running musical comedy Smoke on the Mountain which was named one of the Best Plays of the Year by the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Associated Press and New York Newsday. Smoke on the Mountain and her two sequels are among the most produced plays across America.
JOI TRIBBLE is a data specialist for a software company by day and the lead Shorts Film Programmer for Sidewalk Film Festival by night. Joi has worked with Sidewalk since 2008. She currently serves as a juror member at various film festivals and speaks on film festivals and the independent film industry.
JERRY WHITE, JR. is a filmmaker from Metro Detroit, Michigan. As an actor, director, and producer, he has screened films at over a hundred film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards as well as securing international distribution. He earned his M.F.A. in Film & Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2013. Since 2015 he’s been a programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival, served as a juror for FilmQuest and the Oak Cliff Film Festival in 2016, and added programming duties for FilmQuest in 2017. Jerry founded the Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival to promote unconventional narrative filmmaking and bring progressive and eclectic voices together. Other passion projects include making music, writing weird fiction, and graphic design. Jerry spent many a summer in Knoxville as a child, visiting family and taking in the majesty of the Smoky Mountains—as well as the indoor pool with the marble slide at the old HoJo.
ALEX SCOTT is an Award Winning editor who's worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, and The Jackson Family. He has premiered films at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW, and Toronto, and when he's not busy editing, works as a freelance Art Director. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his finacé and their two-year-old puppy.
2017 STUDENT FILMMAKING COMPETITION JUDGES
DR. JEFF SALYER is the Director of Media and Marketing at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where he is also an Assistant Professor of Communication. He teaches courses in production and film history. Jeff has produced numerous short films that have screened in the L.A. Shorts, L.A. Indie, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville Film Festivals, winning several awards, including Best Tennessee Short and the Audience Award at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival. Jeff just completed production on the feature film, Christmas in July.
TODD TURPIN is an Associate Director of University Relations at Carson-Newman University, the marketing division of the university. Todd is also Owner/VP for Sales & Marketing for Logistics Productions LLC, a documentary film/photo company specializing in large-scale transitions of equipment throughout the USA. He is also owner/operator of Social Media Spire providing digital design and social media services. In addition, Todd’s company FamVid provides video services for weddings, anniversaries, births, birthdays, etc. Todd holds a degree in Graphic Design from Carson-Newman and spent 6 years in the US Air Force and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MARANDA VANDERGRIFF has been directing and producing short films since she was 13 years old. For nearly 10 years she has participated in film productions and local festivals, including the Knoxville Film Festival and the 7-Day Shootout. Now a recent graduate of Carson-Newman University, Maranda works as the creative director at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center helping startups with branding, marketing, and creative content.