OnScreen Film and Video Festival Jury
OnScreen Film and Video Festival
September 30, 7-8:15pm at the AMC Classic 11 Williamsport, PA
Leah Bedrosian Peterson, Festival Director
Bedrosian Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose artwork deals with issues of cultural identity and questions the role of fantasy in our daily lives. Her films have received substantial recognition at multiple national and international film festivals including being selected to screen at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center as part of “Armenians in Film” sponsored by the AGBU, awarded the “Director’s Choice Award” at the Black Maria Film Festival, nominated for the “Women Film Critic Choice Award” at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, nominated for the “Best Short Animation” by the Arpa International Film Festival held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and winning first place as “The Audience Favorite” at the Florida Animation Festival. Bedrosian Peterson is Chair and Professor of Film and Video Arts at Lycoming College. She received her MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. www.leahbedrosian.com
Tom Woodruff, Jr.
Tom Woodruff, Jr. (Tom Woodruff Jr. Grand Jury Award for Lycoming College films) is an actor and special effects artist who has worked on every Alien and Alien vs. Predator film since Aliens. Much of his early interest in movies and monsters was a result of late‐night broadcasts of the now classic Universal monster movies and the stop‐motion effects of Ray Harryhausen. Finally, seeing one of the Planet of the Apes films in a theater focused his attention on the craft of make‐up, while getting his hands on his father's 8mm home movie camera at 13 years old simultaneously encouraged his interest in filmmaking. He co-owns Amalgamated Dynamics alongside his longtime partner and friend, Alec Gillis. Woodruff won an Academy Award for Visual Effects on the film, Death Becomes Her and was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects in Alien 3. http://www.studioadi.com/
Levi Woodward (Narrative Films) is the Managing Partner at Rocket Science, a globally recognized preeminent international film and tv studios. They develop, package, produce, and distribute critically acclaimed and commercially successful film. Recent films include, Sean Penn’s Flag Day, The Trial of the Chicago Seven, and May December. https://www.rocket-science.net/
Danielle Bernstein (Documentary) is the founder of Clear Films, the full service, story driven production company that uses media to amplify social and environmental struggles affecting our global community. She is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and editor of independent film. Committed to film as a form of activism, Danielle's mission is to positively influence the community around her one film at a time.
Bernstein’s directorial debut, When Clouds Clear, attended over 50 film festivals and was the recipient of numerous awards. Her feature documentary, Imba Means Sing screened at the United Nations, received two IndieFest awards and is distributed in over 37 languages worldwide by Sony Entertainment and Delta, and it is now available worldwide on Netflix. Her recent feature project, Homemade (2017) was the recipient of the 2016 Creative Vision Program Grant. She is a winner of a Cine Golden Eagle Award, Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara film festival, recipient of the NYSCA grant, and was Nominated Best Environmental Documentary of the Decade for When Clouds Clear. She is also a Film Fatales and a member of NEXUS. https://www.clearfilms.com/
Christina Moliterno (Animation) is a designer, animator, and illustrator working in NYC. She is the Lead Motion Graphics Designer at Rockstar Games. Starting her career fresh out of college as a freelance filmmaker, Christina pivoted to motion design once she realized she couldn't stop animating. Landing an internship in NYC opened up many doors, allowing her to work at a fast-paced pharmaceutical ad agency, freelance at Nick Jr., then eventually land a job at Rockstar Games as a mid-level motion designer in 2017. She rose to lead in less than 4 years and now manages a team of other amazing mographers. You can see some of her work at christinamoliterno.com
Stephen St. Francis Decky
Stephen St. Francis Decky (Experimental Films and Music Videos) is a multi-media artist and writer whose work has appeared in festivals, collections, and museums both nationally and internationally, including The New Britain Museum of American Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan. As a technical consultant and collaborator, he has worked on multi-channel video installations in Boston, New York City and Montana. Stephen received his MFA from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Video Art at Lycoming College.