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COFF JUDGING PANELS ~ Preview & Final Rounds

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Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Jacob Looper

JACOB LOOPER, Hermiston ~ 15-18 & Adult category Judge

Background: Oregon Fine Arts Festival Judge, student festivals organizer and judge

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Jacob Looper

Samples of Jacob's music on CD Baby

Jacob has taught student filmmaking classes, along with producing and directing his own indie films. He has moonlighted as an actor on Portland film sets, including "Oregon Wild", "Grimm" and also a composer and producer on "Valeri Fox". See Jacob's IMDb BIO. Jacob has also produced music and artists, including his own CDs, through Looper Studios.

He brings a myriad of skills and well-balanced experience to the COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - James Lyons

JAMES LYONS, Redmond ~ 15-18 & Adult category Judge

Background: James is CEO of Frenzie Films.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Lyons Road Productions

James is a writer/director/producer with years of experience in short/feature film and digital TV/Web Video production. James has won awards in various writing categories and has recently focused his efforts on screenwriting for film and television. SEE INTERVIEW He has studied Digital Film and Television Production with an emphasis on Screenwriting at Grand Canyon University, and has an incredible eye for composition, dynamic lighting, and direction. CREDITS: Mortal City, Valeri Fox: Black Moon & My Better Half Web Series.

James brings a wealth of production expertise to the COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Mark Shapiro

MARK SHAPIRO, Portland ~ ALL category Judge

Background: Bachelor of Arts in English

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Mark has worked in brand development, advertising, public relations, film production and writing for companies including Nike, Town & Country Magazine and Upper Deck. He manages brand strategies for LAIKA, including marketing for LAIKA corporate and LAIKA feature films.

ABOUT LAIKA:Celebrating 10 years of bold filmmaking, LAIKA is an Academy-Award® winning studio specializing in animated features. The studio has produced three Oscar®-nominated animated films: The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009) as well as the CG short Moongirl (2005). LAIKA's fourth feature, Kubo and the Two Strings, will open in theaters nationwide on August 19. In 2016, LAIKA was recognized with a Scientific and Engineering Award Academy Plaque for its innovation in the use of Rapid Prototyping for facial animation. For more information, please visit LAIKA.com.

Mark brings enthusiasm, fresh focus and corporate experience to the COFF Judging panel.

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Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Lee Goodwin

LEE GOODWIN, Madras ~ ALL category Judge

Background: Arts & Film in college

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Lee Goodwin has been a judge with COFF for 4 years. He loves film. He has a background in filmmaking, back when film was actual 16mm "film". Lee works as a nurse at St. Charles Madras.

Lee brings an experienced perspective to the COFF Judging panel.

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GRACE D., Redmond ~ 10-14 age-category Judge

Background: Redmond Proficiency Academy - Visual Arts & Poetry

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Grace won 3rd-place in last year's COFF 15-18 teen category with her film, "RESPECT". This was her first film production and she also won the "Best Amateur" award.

She brings her writing and visual arts experience to the young teen category COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Cassia Dawn

CASSIA DAWN, Madras ~ 15-18 or ALL Judge / Relief Judge

Background: Musical Artist, Arts & Creative Writing

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Cassia Dawn won 2nd-place & Funniest Film in the Adult age-category with her humorous short, "SIRI" in the 2015 COFF. You can see samples of her music at www.cassiadawn.com

She brings her writing, arts, music and creative writing skills to the teen category COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Alyssa

ALYSSA R., Redmond ~ 10-14 age-category Judge

Background: Photography & Stop-motion Animation

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Alyssa won in the top-third in her age-category with her stop-motion animation called "Little Monsters" in the 2012 COFF.

She brings her writing, photography and stop-motion skills the young teen category COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Kym Myck

KYM MYCK, Redmond ~ 10-14 age-category Judge

Background: Studied film as an undergraduate at San Bernardino Valley College & holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art from Thomas Edison State University

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Kym Myck is a multi-modal visual artist with a background in both traditional and digital art, photography, film, graphic & web design, and multimedia production. She has a background as a Production Coordinator doing product placement for several television shows, feature films, and music videos in Burbank, CA. She has also worked as a Freelance Production Assistant on various commercial projects in Los Angeles. Kym is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College. Kym has professional certifications in both Computer Graphic Design and Web & Multi-Media Design. She has also completed coursework at Cal State SB, Prescott College, and UC Berkeley and is actively pursuing professional certification with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association as a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator. Kym is also the founder and Executive Director of a community arts project, ARTNIK, that brings access to the arts via an online learning environment and live classes and workshops.”

Kym won Best Animation in 2015 COFF with her children's film, "KODA, the IMAGINATIVE PUP".

She brings experience with visual arts, multi-media & computer animation to the young teen category COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Hannah A.

HANNAH A., Bend ~ 15-18 & Adult Judge / Relief Judge

Background: Full-length Documentary Film production, Music Videos

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Hannah has consistently won in the top three places in her age-category every year of the COFF festival. Most recently, she won 1st-place with her music video, "I LOVE TO PLAY OUTSIDE" in 2015 COFF. She has produced and marketed a feature-length film called "LABELED" and won in the 2015 COFF with the trailer, "LABELED: the PREVIEW".

She brings script-writing, film production, directing, marketing and editing skills to the Teen & Adult category COFF Judging panel.

Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Sara Anne Kichenmaster

SARA ANNE KICHENMASTER, Bend ~ 15-18 & Adult Judge

Background: Local Blog and Book Author, Film Producer

.Cental Oregon Film Festival judging panel - Sara Anne Kichenmaster

See samples of Sara Anne's Book, Something Broken

Sara Anne has produced music videos and won in the 2012 COFF with her short film, "Pretty Fair Maid". She is the author of a book, "Something Broken". Sara Anne has a writer's blog called "Of War & Words". See Sara Anne's interview on Homeschooled Authors.

She brings script-writing, film production and creative writing skills to the Teen & Adult category COFF Judging panel.

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