Taos Shortz Film Fest • 2017
150+ Short Films from over 33 Countries
March 30 - April 2, 2017 • Taos, New Mexico

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Wendy Shuey

Wendy relocated to Taos after serving a decade as Lead Editor in Los Angeles, she continues to cut feature films such as Plastic Paradise, Bon In Dolpo and is currently finishing The Black Zone. She shoots and edits short form documentary projects, trailers, music videos and pilots in-between features. She has BA in Film & Broadcast from Virginia Tech Univ. She has been a producer/director for Howard Stern Show and Live Music Channel, NYC, a music series featuring: Jane’s Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Bjork, etc. She is also a Lead Editor for various networks & post houses such as Discovery Channel, NBC Universal, MTV, VH1, M2, CurrentTV, TLC, G4, Speed, Fuel, Oxygen, History Channel, plus short docs on democracy in Egypt, Tijuana police corruption, commercials, pilots, promo vids, and film trailers. Also a drummer, Wendy has recorded several records that have been licensed for various network series …and often wails on drums between edit sessions. You name it, she’s done it!

 

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Kathleen Broyles

Kathleen Broyles is the Director of the Robert Redford-Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program at Santa Fe University of Art & Design.  She is also President of the Board of The Milagro Initiative, and is consultant to Sundance Institute, where she has worked since 1990.
In 2009, Kathleen became Co-Director of Milagro at Los Luceros, a collaboration between Redford Enterprises and the State of New Mexico, organized to provide immersive jobs training and education in film and the arts, with emphasis on New Mexico’s Native American and Hispanic populations. That effort, which ended in 2011, led to the creation of the The Milagro Initiative, a New Mexico based non-profit organized to be a center for creative training in film, the arts and sustainable futures, in creative liaison with Robert Redford.
Kathleen began her current work in Operations Management at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990, and was brought into Sundance’s Feature Film Program in 1992. In addition to management and casting for the Sundance Directing and Screenwriting Labs, Kathleen also directed locations casting for John Sayles on Silver City and Honeydripper. Kathleen attended Hollins University, obtaining a BA in Art, and an MA in English/Creative Writing, with Film as the Literary Component.

 

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Kathy Fitzgerald

After a stint at working at WGBH-Boston, Kathy teamed up with her husband to form a production company which through the years has produced, among other films, John Huston’s “Wise Blood” and “Under the Volcano”, Bruce Beresford’s “Mr. Johnson”, Sean Penn’s “The Pledge” and Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Three Burials of Melchiades Estrada” and, most recently, “The Homesman”, shot in northern New Mexico in 2013. She has also worked on several documentaries, including “Otter 502” about the plight of the California sea otters. Currently in pre-production, is a film with Santa Fe’s own lyrical film director, Godfrey Reggio.

 

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Kelly Clement

After many years of working in theater, Kelly received an M.A. in film production from San Francisco State University. In 1990 he directed Clowning Around, for which he received an Academy Award for best student documentary. He has since produced and directed numerous films, videos and multimedia projects. From 1995-2003 Kelly was the Director of Programming for the Taos Talking Picture Festival. He has also worked as a film programmer for the True/False Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival. Currently he is the documentary film programmer for the Starz Denver Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and he teaches film/video courses at the University of New Mexico-Taos. M.A. in Film Production from San Francisco State University.

 

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Dustin Grella

Dustin is an animator and documentary filmmaker whos work attempts to glean glimpses of colorful insight into the seemingly mundane. His work has screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His film “Prayers for Peace” screened at almost two hundred festivals worldwide and won over forty awards. He has written and mailed himself a letter every day for the past eleven years and has over 4250 sealed letters neatly filed and categorized.

 

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Ben Levin

Ben Levin is a past-president of the University Film and Video Association and has served on the National Film Preservation Board by appointment of the Librarian of Congress since 1989. He is currently a professor University of North Texas, specializing in Documentary film. Ben has been involved in numerous documentary productions as producer, director and/or editor. The work has received many honors including several CINE Golden Eagles, awards from the Broadcast Education Association, the University Film and Video Association and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in addition to screenings on public television and in other venues including the London International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival and two screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 

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David Jean Schweitzer

David started developing film in a darkroom and shooting with a Super 8mm movie camera when he was 11. His first job in the industry was as a film delivery boy.  He studied  at The New School for Social Research, but his philosophy as an imagist draws more from the personal contact with the people he has worked for.During his formative development he took entry-level jobs and rose up through the trenches in what turned out to be a historic intersection of fine art, pop music and motion pictures. David interned at The Factory and David Bowie’s Main Man Productions before becoming personal assistant to Donnald Cammell. Moving from television documentaries to music videos and commercials and eventually to feature film camera department whence he worked for cinematographer masters,  Gordon Willis, Bruce Surtees and  Dariusz Wolski. David is known for his unique and thought provoking independent films, has now taken on one of the darkest chapters in US history, the 1930’s Dust Bowl, with his upcoming film, Hot Wind.

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