2018 Judges

Helen Bertrand

Helen Bertrand’s love of film started at a young age, watching movies at the Los Altos Drive In Theatre in Long Beach, CA from the back of a station wagon.  It’s no surprise that her first job in high school was in the snack bar of that same theatre.  It was there that a group of talented teens and 20 somethings came together to shoot a little horror movie entitled “The Mist”, which Helen starred in and produced.  Quickly discovering that she was a pretty terrible actress, Helen went on to college majoring in film with a minor in English with a Writing Emphasis. If she couldn’t herself make a character believable, she would write the words for someone else to.  It was writing that lead Helen down another path, to a 20 year career in Broadcasting spanning the US and musical genres of Country, Classic Rock, Top 40 and Adult Contemporary.  After crash landing in Roswell, NM in 2002 and discovering so many talented people who were making music, tv and film, Helen found her way back to the creative side of movies.  In 2013 Helen co-wrote and acted as Executive Producer on a short film, Tie Dye Man: The Movie” which was entered into the Roswell Sci-Fi Film Festival. And although it didn’t win any awards, seeing Tie Dye Man on the big screen solidified for Helen what she knew all along – she would much rather watch films than make them. Helen remains in Roswell today raising a talented daughter (aspiring actress and writer), running Phat Peanut Promotion, promoting musical artists to internet and small market radio, writing and producing a silly vlog and watching film every chance she gets.

Steven Black

Before medical school local physician, Dr. Steven Black had a brief but interesting stent in the Television and Movie Industry. After working his way through college managing movie theatres Dr. Black moved to Los Angeles and took a job with Twentieth Century Fox Films in the marketing and distribution department while working on his stand-up comedy at various clubs in the L.A. area. Dr. Black has appeared at The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store and many other comedy clubs across the nation before making the decision to go into medicine. After making the decision to go to medical school he continued in the industry while going to school at night to complete the pre-requisites for med school. During this time he worked as an assistant talent agent briefly at “The Artists Group” and then as Director of Sales for Expanded Entertainment, a division of the Samuel Goldwyn Film Company. Dr. Black currently works in substance abuse and practices Psychiatry and Internal Medicine here in Roswell, New Mexico. He maintains an active interest in the film and entertainment industry.

Paul Forrest

has in excess of 25 years of Strategy, Lead Advisory and Corporate Finance experience and has worked for three of the Big Four Global Advisory firms. The previous Head of the Film and Media team and the International Head of Transaction Services for a global accountancy firm, Paul specializes in structuring film finance, tax based film investments and special purpose vehicles for the support and financing of film and often brings these skills to film projects as a Producer. At home with a film’s financial issues, when not producing film, Paul is also a veteran Steadicam Operator and Cinematographer on film, television and music videos dating back to the 1980s.  Having accrued a large amount of film kit, Paul also runs an extensive hire facility for high end stabilized film and digital filmmaking equipment. Paul is currently a board member of a Swiss Film Fund, Chairman of a data business, Mentor at Virgin Startup and the owner of several film production companies and funding vehicles.  In addition, Paul is a board advisor to a full-service Post Production Facility based in Soho, London and a Visual Effects Company in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Donovan Fulkerson

He began his love for music at age 5 being classically trained in piano and later vocally.  His love for theater was birthed at age 7 in productions.  He starred in lead roles early on and started directing/writing by junior high.  Skills in the arts include acting, directing, producing, set design, singing, writing, graphic design, video editing, photography, amongst others while administration, service training, efficiencies and public speaking are business strengths and has performed/spoke in front of small crowds to numbers in the thousands.  He served a decade as a youth pastor before working professional business in Dallas in 2001.  In 2011 he and his wife founded RELICWOOD MEDIA providing photography, design and film products.  He is author of the published book, SIN’S CURE – NO MORE PICKING FRUIT, DESTROYING THE ROOT.  Notable film credits:  SUBJECT 413 Short Film – Actor, CAMP Feature Film – Associate Producer & Actor, THE ROSWELL PROJECT Feature Film – Producer & Actor, TAILED Film Series – Producer, Director, Writer, Actor, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF ROSWELL – Documentary, Producer, Director, DP, Editor.  He serves on the Roswell Museum & Arts Board, Roswell Chamber of Commerce Board and New Mexico Film Foundation Advisory Board.  He is the President/CEO of the Roswell Film Festival.  He has two awesome children and a wife he is madly in love with.

Brent Morton

Brent has been in education for over 23 years. Over the last 20 has been teaching Film and Broadcast at a Magnet School in Richardson, TX. He believes that no matter who or what you are there is a story to be told and how you do it defines who you are.

Brent is the first teacher/class judging team as a part of our judges.  Students from their fall classes collectively judge submissions as a part of their studies and then discuss/apply lessons learned from watching multi-faceted films from international filmmakers.

Harry Musselwhite

has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in music, opera, theatre, film, and writing. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, and in concert halls throughout Europe and The United States. He is active on the film festival circuit, having served as the Executive Director for The Rome International Film Festival and adjudicating and presenting at The Macon Film Festival, Albuquerque Film Festival, The Knoxville Film Festival, and many more. His children’s book is a frequent visitor to Amazon.com’s top one hundred in several categories, and “Martin the Guitar” has been sold throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Harry writes a popular column on the arts and southern culture for The Rome (GA) News Tribune, and his columns have appeared in The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Thomson Times. Harry is an award winning screenwriter. Mexico’s Oaxaca Film Festival and the Hollywood Screenplay Competition have recently recognized his screenplays. He has been a finalist at The Charleston International Film Festival and a semi-finalist for Hollywood’s Kairos Prize. For thirty years, Harry was Senior Lecturer in Music at Rome, Georgia’s Berry College. His students have gone on to perform at The Metropolitan Opera, The London Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Harry Musselwhite resides in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

Charles Ousley
From a young age Charles had a love for Science Fiction. Filling his free time with Sci-Fi movies, Japanese Anime and reading books from Ray Bradbury to Isaac Asimov he has dreamed of his own future work to one day make it to the big screen. Along with loving Sci-Fi, a love for vocal arts developed later in High School. After three years of vocal training he spent three more years singing with various amateur artists in Washington State. He had a 4 year tour in the US Army and then took a break from Choral arts to begin a new life with the love of his life Lisa and raising his two beautiful children, Thalia and Danny. The following number of years were spent gathering experiences which now fill many of his current unpublished works in Drama and of course, Science Fiction. After moving to Roswell, New Mexico and auditioning for many film roles, Charles has participated in local and national films such as Coyote County Loser and Men Who Stare at Goats as extras and recently a small speaking role in the Sci-Fi web series Tailed.

Zane Rader

His career in video began way back in the winter of 2010 when he and his brother decided to make a goofy music video together. Through the creation of this video he fell in love with the process of video production and telling stories through video. He switched into the media arts major and has been developing his abilities ever since. From short films, to full length features, documentaries, to large scale advertising, Zane’s career spans just about the entire gamut of video production. His work has been screened in festivals, has won prestigious advertising awards, and has blown up online a time or two. Creating films that move people in any capacity is what gives Zane inspiration, motivation, and drive to push forward in this field and explore new ways of getting a story out there.

Past Judges

After decades of experience on stage, including productions in high school and college, traveling nationwide as part of a Christian theatre group, and hundreds of performances of his one-man shows throughout the Southwest, Boyd has most recently been seen on the stage of the Roswell Community Little Theatre.  His last two roles were Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and King Henry II in “The Lion in Winter”. He performed in Way Way Off Broadway’s production of “Les Miserables”. He is well-acquainted with the Roswell Sci-Fi Digital Shootout, having won Best Actor in 2011 for his work in “Reset” and Best  Screenplay in 2013 for “Tailed”.

Jonathan Chisdes is an independent film critic based in central New Mexico; he founded the Chizfilm Movie Reviews website (www.chizfilm.com) in 2006.  The site currently focuses exclusively on Jewish movies. Jonathan’s reviews have been well-received internationally.  He was invited to speak on the topic of “Faith and Film” at Baylor University’s Symposium on Faith and Culture.  He was also interviewed on the Nacham Segal Network, a New York web-based radio station, along with Rama Burshtein, the director of the Israeli film “Fill the Void,” Jonathan has worked as a writer for the Virginia Film Festival; he ran the Congregation Beth Israel [Charlottesville, Virginia] Jewish Film Series, the Temple Israel [Winter Springs, Florida] Jewish Film Series; and he helped to found the Charlottesville Jewish Film Festival. Jonathan has also worked in the industry as an Associate Producer for Light Speed Productions, written a screenplay, and acted in seven short films shot in Florida, New Mexico, and Colorado.  He was Associate Producer of the independent films “Where We Started” and “Teddy Boy,” and he continues to support many independent films and film festivals throughout the US. His reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the Orlando Spectator, the Rollins Sandspur, the Orlando Reporter, the Valdosta Spectator, the Bet Chaim L’Chaim, Content of Character, and Persona Jon Grata.  “Jerusalem Jones and the Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” a play he co-authored and produced, had a number of performances.  He is currently working on a novel. Jonathan is married to the most wonderful woman in the world, Natasha Chisdes, who is the Chizfilm Marketing Director, the secretary of the New Mexico Film Foundation, and also a strong supporter of independent films and festivals.

is an acclaimed producer, who has helped create and produced some of the best-known music of our time, as well as discovering and helping to launch the careers of many musical superstars. Gary discovered and produced the 8 original Steely Dan records with all but one being nominated for the “Album of The Year” Grammy. He was a V.P. of A&R at ABC Dunhill Records where he was also instrumental in the signing of such artists as Jimmy Buffet, Chaka Kahn (Rufus), and Jim Croce. At Warner Bros. Records Gary joined the legendary A&R staff that is regarded as the “gold standard” for A&R staffing where he was hands-on responsible for the signings of Prince, Rikki Lee Jones, Christopher Cross and producing among other records, Donald Fagen’s Grammy nominated solo record “The Nightfly”. Gary has produced records with some of the great artists during this period including Hall of Fame seminal singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Joe Cocker, Tupac Shakur, Diana Ross, Peter Tosh, 10cc, Digital Underground, Rosie Vela and Eye to Eye. Gary is a veteran of over 30 years’ experience, which includes the formation of and performing as the COO of Jake Records (Universal) and Stadium Records (EMI, where he was also the COO), as well as consulting all the major labels.

Brent McCorkle has loved movies for as long as he can remember. After seeing Star Wars more than forty times as a kid, he and his brother stopped counting. Brent’s films are known for their compelling, heartfelt and emotionally-visceral storytelling….including an award-winning project that caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, landing him a subsequent first-look deal with DreamWorks. Brent’s recent narrative work has garnered honorable mentions in publications such as Variety and MovieMaker. In addition to his narrative work, Brent has directed, scored, and edited on a number of high-profile commercial and corporate projects for brands like Frito Lay, Verizon, and HEB. Brent’s production company, Matchstick Media is based in Nashville, where he currently lives with his wife of nineteen years, and their five children, 2 dogs, and 12 fish.

founder and owner of August Music International (AMI), was tapped by the music industry in the mid-80’s as she built an ad agency in the Midwest. Taking on a small market radio station as a client of her ad agency, she found herself in the middle of concert promotions, radio promotions, artist publicity, and a host of other related business endeavors – all of which allowed her inside contact with major record labels, publicists, talent booking and other related services. By 1995, Ms. Minter had returned to her native Texas, and began a new ad agency (Metropolitan Advertising and Marketing, Inc.) from her home base of Austin, Texas. Immediately her new agency (MAM) began to receive phone calls from newly formed online businesses (CompuBooks and AutoGroup for starters) thrusting her into the embryonic world of online commerce. As her agency grew, Minter began to understand clearly that this new media outlet called the “Internet” with its worldwide marketing position was going to impact the music industry, and by August of 1996 had founded Austin Music International. In January of 1997, Ms. Minter formed the corporate entity, put her investment partners in place, and the real work of artist selection, development and marketing took center stage. In September ‘97, AMI coordinated the webcast of the CMA awards in Nashville hosted by Vince Gill, and sold their merchandise online in a “first” for the CMA and AMI. The next three years would see huge company developments including successful AMI artist showcases at PopKomm (Koln Germany) and more. But by November 2000 monumental changes were in the works – the tragic death of the primary investment partner necessitated the dismantling of the original AMI, which prompted a decision to move the business from Austin to Houston in 2002 with a complete reorganization; followed by the formation of a strategic partnership with music producer Gary Katz, www.garykatzproducer.com. Today, the expansion of artist services and industry affiliations from its home base in Houston is allowing AMI (August Music International) to approach a much larger main stream market.

Austin Musselwhite

is an Atlanta based Mobile Developer who recently graduated from Georgia Tech with a major in Computational Media where he focused on film and game design. He has volunteered for film festivals since the age of 13, and has been an adjudicator for the Rome, Georgia International Film Festival. He is currently working in App Development for SapientRazorfish.

Rob Price directs the Communication Arts – Digital Media Arts program at SAGU, and teaches a variety of courses within the specialization.  He also serves as executive producer for all major student film projects and documentaries.  Under Mr. Price’s direction, SAGUs student-led film projects have won multiple industry and film festival awards. Prior to coming to SAGU, Mr. Price was part of the pastoral leadership team at Lakeview Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving as Media Outreach Pastor for seven years.  Prior to his pastoral role, Mr. Price worked for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) for several years, traveling around the world as a television reporter/producer. His academic achievements include a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting/Journalism from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, and a master’s degree in TV/Film from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Rob is completing a terminal degree — a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Film Studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.  He and his wife Sharon, have four children: Jessica, Jenson, Jenna and Jamison. They reside in Midlothian, Texas.