August 20, 2007

Official Panel of Judges

On August 26th 2007, we will be hosting a pre-screening party at the Orange Cat Studios, here in Denver, Colorado. During the pre-screening process, eight judges will decide the faith (and the winners) of over 30 films that are participating in this year's Festival. Here is the list of selected judges:

Pamela Chavez - Production Designer and Set Designer. Ms. Chavez has worked with numerous directors including Monty Miranda for the 2007 film Skills Like This, currently being screened at

Jim Elkin - Owner/Partner of Incite Films, a Nationally Award Winning Film Production Company. Under Mr. Elkin's supervision, Incite Films has produced highly successful campaigns for national and local clients including Starz, Tivo, McDonalds, Comcast, Qwest, Adelphia, Playboy, Echostar, Colorado Lottery, Red Robin and The Examiner.

Gary Isaacs
- Celebrity portraits are what Isaacs is best known for. Take a trip to the Tattered Cover (Denver, CO) where dozens of his works are framed on a wall from the likes of Jimmy Carter to Jimmy Stewart. These and other closed sessions have included Peter O'Toole, Michael Caine, Anne Rice, Tiny Tim, Shirley Maclaine, Annie Leibowitz and Divine as subjects. Isaacs also did a lot of photography for the Westword in the 1980s. He hails from New Haven, Connecticut and has lived and worked in the Denver area since the 1970s.

Omar Richmond
- Comicbook aficionado and salesman for Highlander Comics. His company is the founding sponsor of the Denver Comic Art Festival, an annual non-profit event to support and encourage artists of all ages to make comics, and working to get comics recognized as a legitimate art form.

Johnny Morehouse - Creator and host of the 5 Minute Film Festival and the Super 8 Film Sideshow. Mr. Morehouse attended the NW Film Center, NYU and the University of Denver. His filmography includes Colfax versus Broadway, 5 from Uptown and Holier than Thou.

Rebecca Vaughan
- Head of the Sculpture Dept. of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University; BFA, University of Colorado, Boulder; foreign study at Bernardinus College, Netherlands and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada. Ms. Vaughan has exhibited sculptural installations, mixed media conceptual projects and installations in the Colorado region, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico and Canada. Publications include the Chicago Art Journal and KnitKnit. Ms. Vaughan has also received state grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Ohio Arts Council.

Jared Jacang Maher
- Mr. Maher has worked as an Associate Editor for Adbusters Magazine, a script writer and assistant producer for Free Speech TV and was a 2003 fellow at the Academy for Alternative Journalism. He is also an editor of the literary anthology "Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write From the Deep End," published by Soft Skull Press. Jared currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he is a staff writer at Westword.

George Garcia - GI Joe Collector and a senior-member of the Colorado 1:6th Scale Military Club. Mr. Garcia has one of the most extensive collections in Colorado state and he has won awards for many of his 1:6th dioramas.

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