2017 Film Festival Judges

MARK HOSACK (Narrative Shorts/Documentary Shorts/Documentary Features)

Mark is an award winning screenwriter / director, film editor, and producer. He is currently developing projects and has worked alongside such studios and production companies as Davis Entertainment (Ground Zero), Intrepid Entertainment (White Knuckle), Hannibal Entertainment (Give ’em Hell, Malone) and Sony Crackle (Sequestered). He’s also a member of the WGA. Mark wrote, directed and co-produced the award winning independent film Pale Blue Moon (distributed by Shoreline Entertainment), and wrote the screenplay for the action feature Give ’em Hell, Malone (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames – distributed by E1). He has also directed several short films. Mark has edited close to a hundred trailers for clients such as Shoreline Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment. He has also edited several independent features. Mark has worked as an Assistant Director on several features, and has worked as a Location Scout and Manager on hundreds of commercials for clients such as AT&T,  Snickers and Mercedes.

MILES DOLEAC (Narrative Shorts/Documentary Shorts/Documentary Features)

Miles, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is an actor, director, writer and producer in television, theatre and film and a professor of Classical Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Miles’ feature-length directorial debut The Historian, won several awards at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo, received a theatrical release and was distributed in various outlets. Miles also wrote, produced and starred in the film, which was shot in Hattiesburg and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Miles’ second feature, The Hollow, a murder thriller shot in MS which he also wrote, directed and produced was released October 7, 2016. Miles won a Best Actor Award at the 2016 Long Island International Film Expo. Miles shot his third feature, Demons in December 2016. Also an actor, Miles has appeared in numerous television shows and films. Miles is the Executive Director of FestivalSouth Film Expo, an indie-focused film festival that takes place in Hattiesburg, in late May/early June each year. Miles co-founded New York’s Southern Playwright’s Theatre Project in New York and is closely involved in the theatre community in his hometown. Miles is also an impassioned advocate of education. He holds a BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, an MA in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD in Ancient History from Tulane University. Miles serves as an Assistant Professor of Classics and Film Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches courses in Film, Latin, Greek and the history of the Greco-Roman World. Miles’ book on Alexander the Great, In the Footsteps of Alexander: The King Who Conquered the Ancient World, is available at various retail outlets. Miles lives in Hattiesburg, MS, with his wife and their five dogs.

MARI KENNEY (Narrative Shorts/Documentary Shorts/Documentary Features)

An actor, screenwriter, and sketch producer from Hattiesburg, Mari Kenny has worked for several years as an English teacher and largely spends her life immersed in art, performance, and film. Between her work in literature, theatre, improv in Hattiesburg’s Hardy Action Theatre, and her film podcast and blog Chicka Flickas, Mari keeps a steady work load and feeds her keen interest in arts and entertainment.”

KEVIN BOON (Narrative Features/Student Shorts)

Kevin Alexander Boon is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter, a produced playwright, a film scholar, and a staunch advocate for community filmmaking. He has degrees in music and psychology and holds a doctorate of English from the University of South Florida. He currently teaches writing, film, and literature at Penn State, where he founded The Mont Alto Film Project and the Open Keg Film Project, both ventures in community filmmaking. Kevin is the author of a number of books, including Script Culture and the American Screenplay (Wayne State), the definitive book on the screenplay as literature, and numerous scholarly articles on the works of Quentin Tarantino, John Huston, Oliver Stone, David Mamet, John Carpenter, and others. Kevin’s most recent feature film (Ghosting) was released through Random Media and The Orchard (a division of Sony) in October of 2016, the same year his screenplay, An Unmarked Grave, took first place for horror in the ISA screenplay competition. Kevin is also an award-winning poet and short-story writer. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 for his short story “The Angels of Marie Fontaine,” and has won numerous awards for his feature films. He is currently filming the crime-thriller A Host of Sparrows in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

DON TINGLE (Narrative Features/Student Shorts)

Don Tingle – Workshop Director for the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op – Huntsville, AL. The Alabama Filmmakers Co-op is a Huntsville based community service organization that was founded in 1977. Don has presented over 150 workshops on various aspects of low budget and amateur movie making. He leads multiple workshops for the North Alabama community including a monthly Filmmakers Workshop focused on technical aspects of amateur filmmaking and travels extensively to present workshops at regional film festival. Don has presented seminars and workshops at Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, the Tupelo Film Festival, The Mississippi International Film Festival, the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, the Southern Shorts Film Festival, and for various community programs agencies. Don has served as host and moderator for panel discussions at film festivals and interviewed actors, screenwriters and filmmakers. He organizes and produces the Huntsville based “Rocket City Short Film Festival,” a showcase for local and regionally produced short films, held in October of each year.

BART SHANNON (Narrative Features/Student Shorts)

GB Shannon is a writer/director who makes his home in Memphis, TN. Aside from his films, Fresh Skweezed (2012) and Broke Dick Dog (2016), Shannon works as a commercial director at VIA Productions. He is currently editing his first documentary feature on 70’s comedian Gary Mule Deer. He is also a member of the music video directors’ collective known as Electron.(teamelectron.com)