2016 Jurors

Carolyn Bracken Franzoni

A large part of Carolyn’s life has been spent around the film industry. As the child of movie actor Eddie Bracken, she was taken to sets at a very young age to watch her dad work. Much as it fascinated Carolyn, she didn't choose working in film as a career. Instead she became a children's book illustrator but to Carolyn there's not a lot of difference. She often pretends her books are mini-movies with the pages as scenes, the backgrounds as sets, the characters as actors, and Carolyn the producer/director/cinematographer. Carolyn says, “I guess it's just in my blood.” Carolyn lives in Dundee with her husband, Hank.

Walt Haight

Walt is a lifelong film buff, and is a huge fan of such luminaries as Ed Wood, Al Zugsmith, Bert I. Gordon, and Phil Tucker. His favorite activity is spending an evening watching a movie that most likely is not being watched by anyone else on the planet. Walt has acted and directed at Gallery Theater in McMinnville, and has also been seen on the stage at Pentacle Theater in Salem. His busy schedule does not keep him from singing in two vocal quartets, Jabberwocky (jazz) and The Aliens (barbershop), and when time permits he immerses himself in a sizable sports card collection at home. Walt lives in McMinnville with his wife Dawn, and works at McMinnville Water & Light.

Todd Logan

Todd Logan has been reviewing movies since 1978, when he became the film critic for City On A Hill weekly, a position he held for three years. A former Hollywood script reader and a particular fan of the cliffhanger serials of the 1930s and 40s, Todd has written hundreds of reviews and articles for various internet film sites. He's also an actor who has performed locally with Gallery Theater ("Born Yesterday"), Pentacle Theatre ("Retreat From Moscow," "Midsummer Night's Dream," among others) and Theater Outreach ("Peter Pan and Wendy"). Todd was also a featured performer in Seth Allen's film "Joke," which was entered in competition at the 2012 Salem Short Film Festival. Todd works for the state of Oregon when not inhabiting darkened theaters. He looks forward to seeing this year's crop of short films!

Jeff Sargent

Jeff is delighted to once again be a part of the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Grateful for Dan and Nancy’s vision, he is now on the Foundation Board of Directors and since the festival’s launch has been a judge, emcee or on the festival planning team. Jeff's day job is as Executive Director of the Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP), an organization he loves serving. Jeff is also a proud Rotarian, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Gallery Theater. He and his wife Julia have appeared on stage in a number of Gallery productions. On weekends they can often be found walking around downtown McMinnville, at a local event or out with friends enjoying this remarkable community.

Kevin Smith, Assistant Professor, Film Arts & Writing
Chemeketa Community College

Kevin Smith has few regrets about leaving Chicago behind in 2014 to join the faculty at Chemeketa Community College, where he teaches in the Film Arts program. He earned BAs in History and English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an MA in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric and a PhD in Film Studies, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While Kevin finds the natural beauty of Oregon awe-inspiring, he has, sadly, not yet been able to find good pizza.

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