SHRIEKFEST 2020 JUDGES
Brooke Lewis Bellas is an actress and producer, known for the mystery, thriller iMurders opposite Billy Dee Williams, Gabrielle Anwar and Frank Grillo, the mobster movie Sinatra Club opposite Danny Nucci and Jason Gedrick, the mystery-thriller Kinky Killers opposite Charles Durning and Michael Pare, and her comedic mobster Vampire “alter-ego” character and passion project “Ms. Vampy”. After growing up and beginning her creative dreams in Philly, she moved to New York City and got her first little/big “break” playing Donna Marsala in the Actors’ Equity Off-Broadway hit comedy Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. She made her living acting in New York for four years, before packing it up and heading to Hollywood. Never forgetting her ties to the LOVE statue and Geno’s Steaks, she launched Philly Chick Pictures in 2002 to create more opportunities for herself as an actress. In 2007, she played Dr. Grace Sario in Kinky Killers on SHOWTIME and had the title ‘Scream Queen’ bestowed upon her in the entertainment industry. In 2010, she was honored with the ‘B-Movie Award for Scream Queen Of The Year’ for her work in Slime City Massacre. She is a proud Shriekfest multiple alumni and judge!
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 addresses the 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 mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.
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. (Photo Credit: ezrabuzzington.com)
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. (Photo Credit: horrorsociety.com)
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. (Photo Credit: LinkedIn)
Tito Guillen is a Canadian independent filmmaker from Northern Alberta best known for his fan films. He was one of the founding members of both the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association, Fort McMurray International Film Festival and has served on the board of directors for the Arts Council Wood Buffalo.
He has served as producer on a number of independent productions in Northern Alberta and Edmonton region.
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). (Photo Credit: IMDB)
Tim Morgan (Homepage) 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 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. (Photo Credit: IMDb)
Jeffrey Reddick began working in the entertainment industry with an internship at New Line Cinema. 10 years later, he shot to horror fame with the creation of “Final Destination,” which opened in 2000 and earned over $100 Million at the worldwide box office. Jeffrey co-wrote the story for and executive produced “Final Destination 2.” With the release of the fifth “Final Destination” in 2011, Jeffrey cemented his status as the first person of color to create a billion dollar horror franchise.
As a writer and producer Jeffrey has sold, or optioned, over 40 projects for film and television. He worked as a story editor for the NBC series, Midnight Texas and is currently writing on two new Netflix series. Other produced credits include Lionsgate’s thriller “Tamara,” the remake of George Romero’s classic “Day of the Dead” and the recently completed feature “The Call,” starring Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell.
Jeffrey’s feature directorial debut “Don’t Look Back,” a mystery horror thriller, is slated to be released in the Fall of this year. (Photo Credit: IMDb)
Robert “Corpsy” Rhine is the Publisher and Deaditor-In-Chief of GIRLS and CORPSES MAGAZINE and CEO/President of Girls and Corpses Presents Films. Rhine wrote, produced and performed in the multi-award winning films Cynthia (Lionsgate/Indican) and Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (Shout Factory). He’s executive produced Rob Zombie’s 31, Parasites, Bodies, Predator World, Escape From Area 51, The Chair and Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills. Rhine has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies and the author of the best selling books My Brain Escapes Me (Sun Dog Press) and the 280 page graphic novel Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. Rhine has also acted in over two dozen films and been killed in most of them.
As a film student, Brett Seamans’ first industry gig included writing script coverage for Burnt Orange Productions, an Austin-based outfit that made spirited indies for the theatrical & VOD markets such as The Quiet and Elvis and Anabelle.
Brett continued his association with Burnt Orange Productions by serving as an editorial intern on Adam Rifkin’s National Lampoon’s Stoned Age. Additionally, he performed assistant editor duties on Watchmaker Films’ documentary Mississippi Chicken.
After receiving a film degree from The University of Texas, Mr. Seamans spent years completing various writing projects while receiving accolades for his half-hour TV spec scripts.
Beyond the screenwriting world, Brett has penned film reviews for the San Antonio Current and Houston Reader. He became a Shriekfest screenplay judge in 2016 due to his love for the genre and passion for discovering new talent.
Antonio Olivas (writing name ‘Tyger Torrez’) (Homepage), an Army Veteran, has taught screenwriting at Casa 0101 Theater. Produced film screenplays are “Miner’s Massacre”, “Brothers in Arms”, “Fright Club”, “ReVamped”, and “Super Shark”. His comedic-fantasy feature script, “Maureen’s Daydreams” was a Finalist at Shriekfest. His TV pilot, “Witch and Trial”, was a Shore Scripts Quarter-Finalist. A three-time participant in the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writer’s program, as well as completing the Writer’s Guild Foundation Veteran’s Television Writing Program. He studied at UCLA and LACC. (Photo Credit: facebook.com)
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. (Photo Credit: Joey Brent|festworks.com)