Seven distinguished jurors screened the competing films selected for viewing at this year’s festival and determined a winning entry in each category. Pick your favorites—then come to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 5, and see which films won!
Michael Addison (Narratives) – Director, Producer Michael Addison served for nine seasons as Artistic Director of the California Shakespeare Festival, was head of the Professional Theater Training Program at UC San Diego, and Dean of Theater at CalArts. His Shakespeare productions—more than 70 in all— have been seen at the Oregon, Utah, San Francisco, and Colorado Shakespeare festivals. He has staged productions as diverse as The Importance of Being Earnest and Waiting for Godot at regional theaters, including the Berkeley Repertory, the Seattle Bathhouse, San Diego Repertory, and Ventura’s Rubicon theaters. He has directed other productions in Australia, Europe, and the UK.
Jim Becket (Documentaries) – Writer, Director, Producer Jim Becket has written, produced, and directed eight narrative feature movies and made numerous documentaries. His latest documentary is Sons of Africa, about climbing Kilimanjaro with the sons of Idi Amin and Julius Nyerere. He is currently working on a documentary about the life of Vandana Shiva, the Indian environmental activist.
Jürgen Gottschalk (Documentaries) – Cinematographer Jürgen Gottschalk, a filmmaker born in Munich, Germany, works as a cinematographer, editor, and motion graphics designer. Having taught at various film schools around Southern California and the United Kingdom, he passionately promotes the power and value of documentary film and has enabled countless students to tell the story that inspires them. He is currently producing media for UC Merced.
Cathy Karol-Crowther (Animation) – Animator Cathy Karol-Crowther began her career in animation in 1973. She started as a background artist and assistant animator on TV specials, commercials, titles, and theme park films. She has completed eight independent animated short films that have played in film festivals around the world. She is a member of the Short Films and Animation Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is also a well-respected teacher at Santa Monica College in the Academy of Entertainment and Technology.
Catherine Ann Jones (Narratives) – Screenwriter, Playwright, Author Catherine Ann Jones, M.A. in depth psychology, is an award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter. Her screenplay for The Christmas Wife received four Emmy nominations. Her other screenplays include “Unlikely Angel,” staring Dolly Parton, an episode of the Touched by an Angel series. As an author she’s written The Way of Story, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014), What Story Are You Living? and Freud’s Oracle, A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has twenty years teaching experience at The New School University in New York City and University of Southern California Film School in Los Angeles. This is Catherine’s 17th year as a judge.
Stuart Crowner (Narratives) – Television Producer Stuart Crowner is a veteran television producer whose nonfiction TV shows have appeared on all major networks and numerous cable channels. Among the shows he’s produced are The People’s Choice Awards, Entertainment Tonight, The Jenny Jones Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and a number of Larry King specials. He won an Emmy for Gardens of the World (with Audrey Hepburn). He produced Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Yes, Virginia at Ojai Art Center Theater and I Do! I Do! and She Loves Me for Ojai Performing Arts Theater.
Karin Stellwagen (Documentaries) – Producer Karin Stellwagen’s production experience includes national television series and cutting-edge video installations for major museums worldwide. She received a master’s degree in visual anthropology from USC and taught documentary film production at Brooks Institute in Ventura. Credits include New Heroes for PBS, Hannibal for the History Channel, “Wright Brothers” for PBS Nova, Rocket Challenge for Discovery, and Bataan Rescue for PBS American Experience. She served as production manager for renowned video artist Bill Viola, working at numerous museums, including the National Gallery of England, the Guggenheim, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.