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This panel of artists reviewed our photography, theatre, and cinematic arts students' work.

They provided artistic feedback and selected the Best of Festival Winners.

Jeremy Basset is an independent director and cinematographer working in Los Angeles. He directed and shot the music video Maniac (2021) and you can see his camera work on the reality TV show Below Deck (2022) and the horror film Strings (2021).  

Alex Brisker is currently working for Sony on the sequel to the Sundance winning film Searching (2018). He is known for his work as an editor and visual effects artist on films such as Profile (2018) and Unfriended (2018).

Adam Cohen is a film composer from LA known for his work on the film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005) & won an ASCAP Award for his score for Psych (2013).

Thomas Colglazier graduated St. Margaret’s in 2021 and is currently studying for a Theatre Bachelor of Arts degree and minoring in Cinematic Arts at USC.

Cameron Covell is an independent writer, director, and editor in NYC. His recent work includes VFX on Dear Evan Hansen (2021) but he’s best known for his work at RocketJump creating the short Skyrim’s Back (2018 for Nintendo) and Curve the Bullet (2017).

Katie DeShan is our middle school theatre teacher at St. Margaret’s who has worked as a performer and educator with the California School of the Arts and The Imagination Machine. Her production of Matilda is opening in a few weeks here in the Hurlbut Theater.

Ella Fields is currently studying film at Emerson College in Boston. Her short film Stereo (2016) reached over 10 million views on YouTube launching her as an influencer and earning her partnerships with Target and Walmart.

Neela Gerayli graduated St. Margaret’s in 2022 and now attends Chapman University, a top 5 film school studying Film Production. Last weekend several of her short films were screened at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City.

Robbie Graham graduated from St. Margaret’s in 2019 and is now a singer for a band with fellow SMES graduate Blake Stevenson. Robbie wrote, shot and edited a 20 minute movie detailing the tracks on their debut EP. 

Phillip Griswold is our middle and upper school studio art teacher here at St. Margaret’s. Professionally his work can be seen in exhibits in California and are a part of public and private collections in New York; Los Angeles; Lucerne, Switzerland and Beijing, China.

Ben Holiday is a music editor who was nominated for a Golden Reel for Outstanding Achievement in Sound for In the Heights (2021). He has worked with Martin Scorsese on The Departed (2006) & Shutter Island (2010) and with Robert Eggers on The Lighthouse (2019).

Sunny Keller is currently studying at Paris College of Art through Emerson’s Global BFA in Film Art program. She is a writer, director and editor who has won accolades worldwide since she began making films at the age of 11. 

Jennifer Klein is a professional photographer who is responsible for the beautiful photographs that line the halls of the Performing Arts Center. Her specialty is capturing the live performances, her professional work also includes weddings, sports, and portraits.

Ryan Krall graduated from St. Margaret’s in 2021 and is now majoring in Animation at Loyola Marymount University. Look for his work in our upcoming stage production of Mary Poppins as he lends a hand with some dancing animated penguins!

Hallie Mayer graduated from St. Margaret’s in 2007 and is now a producer for Dimension 20. As an actress she was in the original cast of The Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball at Hong Kong Disneyland and you can see her in a currently running Chase Bank commercial.

Mary Mayer is a 30 year veteran art teacher at St. Margaret’s. As an artist she uses old school analogue film cameras and newer mediums. Her work is displayed in group shows, galleries and she has two pieces in the permanent collection of Bloomingdales in Santa Monica, CA. 

Jonah Mazer is a director, cinematographer, editor, and producer in Los Angeles working with Adidas, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Calvin Klein, Macys, Puma, and Brand Marketing & Content Creation for a clothing company called Drew House. 

Skyler Millicano is a stunt choreographer and actor with a long list of credits including Nope (2022), NCIS (2021), The Prom (2020), Us (2019), and Get Out (2017). This spring he will be a guest teacher for our Acting and Cinematic Arts class for our fight choreography unit.

Gianna Montesano graduated from St. Margaret’s in 2022 and is currently a freshman pursuing photography in her spare time. Her AP photography work was featured in FrightFEST last year and she is happy to lend a hand on the jury this year.

Teddy Alvarez-Nissen is a 2020 U.S. Presidential Arts Scholar and is now studying Film and Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. During the pandemic he created a short film shot on a meticulously constructed miniature set titled Bug Love starring…a snail.

Melia Norwood graduated from St. Margaret’s in 2022 and is currently pursuing strategic communications at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She continues to pursue photography in her spare time. 

Katrina Ogilvie is a screenwriter who fell in love with storytelling at a young age. Her first of three Television Movies was the award-winning Behind The Movement. She sold a pilot to CBS, has written two books, and is a writer on Apple TV’s Swagger and OWN’s All Rise. 

Max Page graduated from St. Margaret's in 2022 and is currently a Film Production major at Loyola Marymount University. His favorite movies include The Dark Knight, Chinatown, 12 Angry Men, Knives Out, and Sunset Blvd.

Sydney Park is an actress who at age 6 became the youngest stand-up comedian to take the stage at the Hollywood Improv. You can see Sydney in The Walking Dead (2016-19), Moxie (2021), There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021) , and Wish Upon (2017).

Chloe Reder graduated from St. Margaret’s in 2020 and is now studying screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. Chloe was part of the very first 48 Hour Film Off team at St. Margaret’s that won first place for their short film Time Machine at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in 2019.

Darcy Rice served as the director of the performing arts at St. Margaret’s for 25 years and directed 50 shows and productions during that time. His production of The Importance of Being Earnest opens November 3rd next door in the McGregor Theater.

Jesse Standlea is our visual arts department chair at St. Margaret’s. His ceramic and 3D artwork is shown in the Los Angeles area and straddles the line between functional and conceptual art practices. 

Theo Taplitz is a writer, director, editor, and actor who just wrapped production on his short film Gable and is directing a fall mainstage production of Henry IV parts i and ii at Columbia University in New York City. You can see Theo’s acting work in the upcoming films Showing Up (A24/Cannes, 2022) and Wyrm (Hulu, 2022).

FrightFEST Jury

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