IT'S PARTY TIME!! Join the festivities on Thursday, October 9th for our NEW Opening Night Reception, which starts at 6:00 PM in the Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Appetizers and beverages will be served. The opening night film, RUDDERLESS, starts at 7:30 PM. Information on how to gain admission to the event is available by clicking TICKETS & PASSES on the left-side of the page.
FEATURED GUESTS – Biographies
|JOSHUA CALDWELL is an accomplished director, writer, producer, former digital exec, and MTV Movie Award winner. He has worked with a number of high profile producers, including CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, for whom he produced Cybergeddon the online global motion picture event for Yahoo! and directed all of the film’s ancillary content for the immersive website. His award-winning short film Dig, starring Mark Margolis of Breaking Bad, has been featured in numerous film festivals. He’s directed episodes of Welcome to Sanditon, the new series from the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Furrocious, a webseries for Discovery Channel Online. Most recently, he released his latest short film, Resignation, and his debut feature film LAYOVER had its World Premiere at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the New American Cinema Award.|
|SUSAN KOSCIS is the Director of Special Projects and Communications at Search for Common Ground. Previously, she was Vice President of Arts & Culture, where she created the Common Ground Film Festival. She has been a grants panelist for the U.S. Institute of Peace and for the National Endowment for the Arts. From 1989-1994, Susan was the Director of International Projects for the American Management Association in New York, designing and implementing management training programs and products for organizations and corporations worldwide. Susan has held a variety of positions in arts management, including: the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London Records, and CBS Masterworks (now Sony). While at CBS Records, she produced a classical music radio program that was heard in the NYC metropolitan area.|
|TRAVIS OBERLANDER is a writer/producer and social media guru. In 2013, Travis produced his first feature film, LAYOVER, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. Additional credits include, Furrocious, a web-series for Animalist.com a part of the Discovery Digital Networks; Just The Tip a webseries from Hazy Mills/CORE Media Group; and Ryde, a webseries inspired by the popular rideshare service, Lyft. He has worked closely with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, writing the cyber-bridges for the third installment of Zuiker’s Level 26 novel series and also served as the writer's assistant on Zuiker's ABC reality series, Whodunnit?|
SCC Moderator, Darrell Copp, received his BS in Communication and Performance Arts from Eastern Michigan University and his MA in Communication from ASU. He coordinates the Film Humanities program in the Department of Communication and Performance Arts at Scottsdale Community College.
Since the age of 6, Fred has had a passion for the world of great cinema, and at 74 he remains a dedicated film aficianado. He teaches film studies in the OSHER/ASU Lifelong Learning Program for people over 50 at the Tempe Library.
SCC Moderator, Janet Robinson has been teaching film studies at Scottsdale Community College since 2000. BEsides years of experience in the Los Angeles movie industry, and her Master’s degree in Education, Janet has also taught foreign film abroad, ranging from silent film in China to Czech film in Prague, through the Education Abroad Program at SCC.
|TAKI ERNST speaks fluent Japanese and possesses a special passion for Asian film.|
|SANDRA FROMM is the quintessential film buff, seeing more than 100 movies a year. Along with her love for travel, she is an ardent supporter of foreign films.|
|DURRIE PARKS is an award-winning record and film producer, and is also founder of the Arizona Film Society.|
|CRAIG PRATER began his film festival career with television and recording entertainer, Sonny Bono, and served as Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Prater then joined the Royal Thai government for four years, as Executive Director of the Bangkok International Film Festival. He is currently Executive Director of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.|
|CYLAN SCHAFFER discovered his love for the arts while taking a number of film courses. Shaffer also studied dance at the UA School of Dance. Combining his two passions, he directed a short narrative dance film as his senior thesis.|
|MICHAEL SIMONYI is a foreign film buff, and a former world music critic, who has assisted with the Festival's programming for 10 years!|
|MICHAEL TUCKMAN is a veteran of the independent film industry, beginning his career at The Cinema Guild in New York City, where he created the company's theatrical distribution division. He now provides theatrical booking services to independent film distributors and also works directly with filmmakers to release their films under their own banners. He has served as a panelist and juror at multiple film festivals and is a frequent participant in film industry panel discussions.|