Jury members 2019
Hood received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of South Florida, Tampa,1990. She is a Professor Emerita, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida where she taught from 1993 - 2015. Her art videos have been shown in over 25 countries around the world and received numerous awards. Recent select screenings include: 5th International Motion Festival, Cyprus, Blue Danube Film Festival, Vienna & Budapest, MicroActs5, London, 16th Festival International Signes De Nuit, Paris, CODEC Festival, Mexico, Torrance Art Museum, WOW.18 ARTVIDEOKOELN, Torrance, CA, The Americas Film Festival of New York, MCNY Short Film Festival, Metropolitan College New York *award, Best Experimental film, Southern Margins International Short Film Festival, Clemson University, South Carolina - award, ‘most innovative film’, Time is Love.11, traveling exhibition in 5 countries, Cannes AVIFF Art Film Festival, Cannes France 2017
Christopher D. Lusk
Christopher D. Lusk is a filmmaker and native of West Virginia. While primarily self-taught, he is the recipient of the Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke University where the focus of his studies included documentary filmmaking. Through the combination of multiple elements and genres, including documentary and experimental, his stories have ranged from intimate, personal portraits to the narratives of entire communities. His work has aired on PBS and screened at film festivals both in the U.S. and internationally
Patrick is an actor, playwright, comedian, and performance artist from Charleston WV. Patrick holds a Masters of Arts in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communication. Patrick’s interests and projects vary and have included directing the 2011 West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, creating the interview podcast That Conversation, hosting the long-running comedy open mic “Mojo’s Comedy Night” and directing of the Alban Arts Center’s hit production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” earlier this year. Patrick works as an instructor at West Virginia State University where he currently teaches English Literature and World Religions.
Ron Hollingshead is an artist, curator, lecturer, and educator. He received an MFA in sculpture at West Virginia University. He has taught at WVU, Shepherd University, and in the W.A.S.H. (Workshop in Art Studio and History) program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Using his personal experience as a springboard, Hollingshead wryly confronts the universal struggle with injury, disease, pain, and treatment. He has exhibited his work extensively in the Unites States, with shows in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia and internationally in Ireland, Mexico, and New Zealand. Hollingshead’s sculptural and mixed-media work can be found in the permanent collections of The International Museum for Collage, Assemblage, and Construction (Mexico), The Art House Gallery (Virginia), and in private collections.
Breellen Fleming is an aspiring artist from West Virginia who enjoys experimenting in a multitude of media and exploring emotion and faith through art. She wants to create a more open dialogue about religion by examining her own beliefs and experiences through an artistic lens. She is currently pursuing a degree in Intermedia at West Virginia University.
Gerald Habarth serves as Associate Professor of Art in Electronic Media at West Virginia University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Parsons School of Design. Originally from Maryland, he spent most of the 1990's living in Santiago, Chile and traveled throughout much of South America. His work is characterized by the synthesis of painting, drawing, electronic media and the moving image, trying to find a meaningful tension between the handmade and the computerized. He has shown his work in numerous group and solo exhibits in both Chile and the US, including the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Film Festival. He is the founder and director of the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival and the School of Art and Design's Space Atacama Program.