JUDGES

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TIM GUTHRIE

Tim Guthrie is an Omaha-based multi-media visual artist and experimental filmmaker. His work has been awarded Independent Artist Fellowships, including the Distinguished Artist - Filmmaker award from the NEA. He has also presented his multi-media work all over the country, as well as internationally, including at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He was a TEDx Omaha speaker in 2018.

His films, including “Missing Piece,” have won numerous Best Documentary awards, including the 2017 Humanitarian Award (GIFA), as well as Audience Awards, multiple Special Juror’s Awards, and numerous other top awards. His work has been shown widely, including in Wales, UK, Sweden (High Coast), Sydney (World Film Festival), Japan (Hiroshima Animation Festival), Greece (5th Annual Athens International Animation Festival), Italy (Control Arms Conference), and the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, as well screened in London, Miami, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Hollywood, and Toronto, and at many other festivals.

He is a professor at Creighton University.

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ROB FORTNER

Rob Fortner is an Instructional Multimedia Specialist at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. No stranger to theatre, he has performed on most of the local stages in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Rob worked with New Dominion Pictures for the Discovery Channel in the early 2000s appearing in episodes of “The FBI Files”, “Critical Rescue”, “The New Detectives”, and the TV Movie that inspired the Movie “A Haunting in Connecticut”. In recent years, he has focused on the stage. Having appeared in 130+ stage productions from Germany to Kansas since 1993, he has played roles such as “King Arthur” in “Spamalot”, “Thomas Jefferson” in “1776”, and “Ben Stone” in "Follies.” His latest stage credit was in the musical “It Shoulda Been You” as “Murry Steinburg.”

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JUSTIN JONES

Justin Jones is a writer, based in Los Angeles via the I-5 Corridor from Olympia, WA and Portland, OR. He studied Digital Film & Video at the Art Institute of Portland until 2012, during which time he produced several commercial advertisements for local businesses. His first feature film, “Seven Stages”, reached the semi-finals in the Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Competition before being picked up by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision, and debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. He continues to ply his craft, with two scripts currently in production and others in various stages of disarray on their way to seeing the light of day.

FIRST CITY STUDENT SHORT JUDGES

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DAVIS DEROCK

Davis began acting and filmmaking in 2003. He graduated the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of Los Angeles in 2007 and has since created and acted in numerous films, commercials, and plays. He continues to create films and sketches with his Co-owned company C2D2Films. When he isn’t working Davis enjoys spending time with the love of his life Shawna and their two dogs.

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CHAD CRENSHAW

Chad has been acting professionally in Kansas City for the last 9 years. He has been in numerous feature films, shorts, plays, commercials, and live Improv. Recent feature film projects include No Good Heroes and All Creatures Here Below with Karen Gillian and David Dastmalchian. Chad also writes, directs, and produces films, sketches, and commercials as co-owner of C2D2 Films. When he is not working he is spending time with his wife Kimberly, family, and friends.