Judges

SHRIEKFEST 2020 JUDGES

  • Elizabeth Blake-Thomas

    Director ELIZABETH BLAKE-THOMAS is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film. Her latest feature Evie Rose, starring Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore, follows the heartwarming story of an unusual friendship during the final day of a 100-year-old woman’s life. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of entertainment company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters”, putting focus on each project starting a conversation amongst viewers.
    An Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, Elizabeth hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking and help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN, which addressesthe role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking, is currently available on all platforms. Being a female director, Elizabeth strives to make projects with at least a 50/50 female cast and crew. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentorswherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.
  • Ezra Buzzington

    Tagged "The Dennis Hopper of Underground Cinema", Ezra Buzzington has worked with many of Hollywood's most gifted directors: David Fincher twice (Zodiac/Fight Club), Alexandre Aja twice(The Hills Have Eyes/Mirrors), Terry Zwigoff twice (Ghost World/Art School Confidential), Rob Zombie in both Halloweens, Christopher Nolan (The Prestige), Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia) and many others. On television he's created recurring roles for Doom Patrol, Justified, Crossbones with John Malkovitch and dozens of Guest appearances on both network and cable TV. He is the Founder of the first Fringe Theatre Festival in the U.S (Seattle), Co-Founder of the largest Fringe Theatre Festival in the U.S (NYC) and served as advisor for the Hollywood Fringe Festival for the first 6 years. He's thrilled to be working the the Shriekfest team and can't wait to see what they end up with.
  • Barbara Crampton

    Barbara Crampton’s career as an iconic figure in the horror / thriller genres has spanned 4 decades and continues to gain momentum. Born in a suburb of New York City and raised in Vermont, Barbara started appearing in school plays when she was a young girl and went on to study acting in school. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Castleton University, Barbara made a brief stop in New York where she appeared as Cordelia in King Lear for the American Theater of Actors, then moved to LA to commence her TV and film career. Barbara made her screen debut on the daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her film debut in 1984’s BODY DOUBLE. She won a Soap Opera Digest award for her portrayal of the maniacal character Leanna Love, during her six years on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Cult classic RE-ANIMATOR, in which Barbara portrayed the leading role of Megan Halsey, continues to be a huge fan favorite. Other films Crampton starred in during her early career include: FROM BEYOND, the original PUPPET MASTER and the original CASTLE FREAK.
    Barbara lives in California with her husband Bob and their two children, Luke and Olivia.
  • Gus Eid

    Jonathan “Gus” Eid is a writer, director, and producer. He received his BA in Screenwriting and MFA in Television and Film Producing from Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. His writing has placed in such competitions as the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest, the HorrorHaus Film Festival, and the Outfest Screenwriting lab. When he’s not working on creative projects Gus volunteers with programs and film festivals such as Bob Hope USO and the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival.
  • Trent Haaga

    Trent Haaga has been involved in over 100 feature films as a screenwriter, director, producer, and actor. He is the two-time recipient of the SXSW Midnighter Audience Award (Cheap Thrills in 2013 and 68 Kill in 2017).
  • Barbara Magnolfi

    The multi-talented and beautiful, Barbara Magnolfi, grew up in Rome going to Italian and French schools became fluent in several languages very young and trained at the academy of dramatic arts, worked with the most acclaimed directors of the time in Italy: Sergio Martino, Duccio Tessari, Aldo Lado. Sergio Corbucci, Dario Argento, Ruggero Deodato, and more. She is perhaps best known to US audiences as Jessica Harper's venomous college roommate Olga in Dario Argento's terrifying horror cult classic Suspiria (1977) and the troubled main character in the lurid Giallo The Sister of Ursula (1978).
  • Tim Morgan (Homepage)

    Tim Morgan is a New Hampshire based indie writer. When he's not writing novels, screenplays or rebuilding his writing blog (last year was rough), he enjoys hikes with his wife or spending time with his rescued coonhound.
    "All streams flow to the sea, for it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power." -Lao Tze, Tao Te Ching
  • Devanny Pinn

    Devanny Pinn is an actress and producer hailing from Los Angeles, California who is best known for her work in independent horror cinema. She has appeared over 70 horror movies and has shared the screen with a variety of genre icons as Linda Blair, Danny Trejo, Sid Haig, Tara Reid and Kane Hodder. She has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of infamous true-to-life individuals including Susan Atkins in the Charles Manson biopic "House of Manson" and murder suspect Casey Anthony in ID mini series "Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery", which received the highest rating debut in the networks history. Her latest film, psychological thriller “The Dawn”, in which she stars opposite Stacey Dash (Clueless) and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) debuted in American theaters January 2020. Having found a love for film behind the camera as well, Devanny began producing feature films in 2012.She has since produced 10 feature films and is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America.
  • Robert “Corpsy” Rhine (IMDb)

    Robert “Corpsy” Rhine is the Founder/Publisher and Deaditor-In-Chief of the worldwide newsstand distributed horror/comedy magazine GIRLS AND CORPSES: http://girlsandcorpses.com/ Rhine is also the President/ CEO of Girls and Corpses Presents Films. Films under the G&C label include: All I Need, Parasites, Bodies, Predator World, Blood Rites and The Meat Puppet. Rhine was also the Executive Producer/Producer of: Rob Zombie’s 31, Escape From Area 51, The Chair, Predator World and Parasites. His film CYNTHIA (he wrote/produced/co-starred) won ‘Best Horror Film’ at the IFS Film Festival and was distributed by Lionsgate. EXORCISM AT 60,000 FEET (which Rhine wrote/produced/starred) recently won Best Horror/Comedy at Hollywood Horrorfest and will be released May 2020 by Shout! Factory. As an actor, Rhine has starred or co-starred in over two dozen films (and had been killed in most of them). Rhine has been a long time sponsor of Shriekfest and will once again present The Best Horror Film Award.
  • Jaanelle Yee

    Jaanelle Yee is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, and podcast producer living in NYC. Born and raised in Miami, she’s just like her hometown - full of sunshine and doomed to drown. She wrote and directed the short film “SELL YOUR BODY,” a millennial horror story about student debt and dating apps that has screened at 30+ festivals across the US, Canada, and Europe. You can find her by following the laughter echoing down dark hallways... or by following @JaanelleYee on Twitter and Instagram.
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