(Milwaukee) This year the 13th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival continues to reach far and wide in not only line up, but in those who will judge the films as well.
We continue mixing in local experts with industry professionals, and the judges are:
Timothy Lonsdale grew up in Manitowoc, writer/director Timothy Lonsdale considers himself a Wisconsin native. After three years as a radio communications sergeant with the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret), he received a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Three years in Dallas lead to an M.F.A. in Theatre (Acting) from Southern Methodist University, work in the Dallas TV series, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, as well as radio and TV commercials and a Midwest tour playing Dickinson in 1776.
After moving to New York, Lonsdale was accepted into the Directors Guild of America Training Program. A member of the DGA for 25 years, he has worked as an Assistant Director for scores of directors including Martin Scorsese, Barry Sonnenfeld, M. Night Shyamalan and several Emmy/DGA Award winners. He has directed for Charmed (Aaron Spelling and Warner Bros.) and is attached to direct a feature screenplay that he has written.
Significant production credits as an Assistant Director include: Hudson Hawk, Lost in Yonkers, Species, Charmed, Ghost Whisperer, The District, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, and most recently, four seasons on My Boys for Sony/TBS. And Comedy Centrals's upcoming Kroc.
Cyn Dulay is Founder and President of Stormynight, LLC. Established in September 2009. Dulay has 16 years business management and 7 years as an independent film producer. Stormynight is a multimedia entertainment company that specializes in independent motion pictures. Stormynight is involved in all facets of film production from conception, development, production and financing of independent film and television productions. Stormynight’s main goal is to make commercially viable films that combine established and emerging talents in the industry.
To date, Dulay has produced, executive produced and financed 17 feature length films, 3 television pilots, and 3 independent shorts. Several films have received distribution deals through Warner Bros., Finnkino, and Triumphant Pictures. In 2008, she co-produced with writer/producer Cathy Rubey of Irish Peanut Productions and director Stephen Polk of Providence Productions (Pirate Camp, Black Dahlia) on a drama feature film titled, “Baggage” (Cheryl Ladd, Barry Bostwick) receiving worldwide distribution and premiered on the Lifetime Channel last November.
In September 2009, Stormynight has partnered with Penny Road Pictures (The Insatiable) and Sweet Pea Productions who brought in Writer/Director Omar McClinton ( Frailty, Scary Movie 2, Witless Protection, Ugly Betty) to launch a 3D Animated Feature Film “Stork”, starring Ed Asner (UP). Stork casts members also include, Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live), Joyce De Witt (Three‘s Company), Brian Bloom ( CSI), Kim Fields (The Facts Of Life), and Larry Thomas (Seinfeld, Postal).
This fall you can catch Dulay in the Starz series "Boss" starring Kelsey Grammer.
Adam Stephen Kelly is a British film journalist and independent film-maker currently writing and producing a number of feature films and television projects with Shadowhawk Films International, an Irish-based production company.
Known by his handle Britgeek, Kelly is a contributing columnist for Ain't It Cool News, one of the oldest and most popular news and review websites on the internet, where he focuses on the latest film and TV developments in the UK.
First published in-print in a newspaper at age 16, Kelly has spent the subsequent five years writing for the likes of Film4, GZ Magazine and Screenjabber.com, where, as the Sub-editor, his articles, interviews and around 500 film, TV and video game reviews have been published. His opinions on films can be seen on a number of posters and DVD/Blu-ray boxes sold in stores around the world.
He has a graphic novel due to be published in 2012, when also his first feature as writer-producer, After Dark starring Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy), will enter production.
Dick Grunert is an independent writer, producer and director in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Milwaukee and raised in Cedarburg, WI. He studied film/video at Columbia College – Chicago, where he graduated in 1996. The next year, he moved to LA in pursuit of his life-long dream. In 2003, he co-wrote the Farrelly Brothers produced short film, T For Terrorist starring Tony Shalhoub. The Comedy about stereotypes in Hollywood played at numerous festivals and won awards in New York and San Francisco.
Grunert's short film, Birthright played at the 2008 Atlanta Horror Film Festival, and he is also resurrecting radio drama with his podcast, Dead of Night Radio. The show is an anthology of original horror stories written by Grunert and starring some of LA's most talented voice actors. Visit www.deadofnightradio.blogspot.com to listen to the show. Currently, Grunert works on the hit Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time.
Mark GE is a multi-media artist who creates film, video, music, installation and performance pieces. Mark is the founder of Joy Farm, a nationally award winning video performance troupe. His documentary, Midwestern Gothic, about Academy Award Winning Director James Marsh's documentary Wisconsin Death Trip is available world-wide on DVD. His film, The Unfortunate Gift; an Homage to Edward Gorey has been accepted in the Edward Gorey Historical Library. He has worked with Graham Chapman from Monty Python's Flying Circus. His band Cyberchump plays on national radio programs such as Echoes, Starstreams and Hearts of Space.
Wayne Clingman is best known as the founder and Festival Director of the "It Came From Lake Michigan Film Festival", he has also been very active in the local/ Wisconsin film community with his Indy Film Wisconsin Podcast, where he uses it to give local filmmakers a voice and to help give advice as well. Wayne has served as part of the working group of Film Wisconsin, and was a part of the travailing group that sought input from Film Makers around the State. And has severed as Commissioner of Cable Access 25 In Racine WI. Currently Wayne is the Director of Programming for The Agricultural Network.
He lives in Racine, WI and loves Russ Meyer fims.
The 13th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival will take place on November 4th and 5th at the Lubar Auditorium, Milwaukee Art Museum. Tickets $10 at the door, online tickets available soon.