Taos Shortz Film Fest 2013
After recieving a B.A. in Film & Television and working on the Howard Stern Show, jolted into the pilot seat in '98 as Producer /Director of Live Music Channel, a NYC-based music documentary-style television series on FOX & WB channels nation-wide, featuring top artists such as: Jane's Addiction, Flaming Lips, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch
Nails, Bjork etc. Relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 as a Lead Editorial position for various networks, documentaries, trailer houses such as:Discovery Channel (One Way Out); NBC Universal (E! Investigative series & True Hollywood Story series); ESPN (X-Fighters); MTV (JerseyShore, After Hours); E! (Boulevard of Broken Dreams); Current TV (Vanguard Group - 'Democracy in Egypt', 'Tijuana Police', 'Remittances', etc.; TLC (Mongolia); PBS (Discovering Buddhismseries); G4 ('Heroes' Post Show), and many more. Judge for international film festival, Taos Shortz, past three years. Education: B.A., Film & Video, Virginia Tech University &Concentration: 16mm Film; N.S.E. program, Hunter College, NYC. Co-founder of Vivus Media, Los Angeles-based film and video production company.
Kathleen has worked with the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program and Film Festival
since 1989. Her work expanded into New Mexico with the creation of "Milagro at Los Luceros"
a collaboration between the State of New Mexico and Redford Enterprises. She is the Program Direction for Milagro at Los Luceros, and President of the board of"The Los Luceros Milagro Initiative" whose missions are to increase the presence of
Native American,Hispanic and underepresented voice in the film industry.
Kathy was raised in Italy, schooled in England, and came to the US for college and ran a film society here with her future husband.
After a stint with PBS in Boston, she teamed up with her husband to form an independent film production company and started right in by producing John Huston's 'Wise Blood," followed by his "Under the Volcano." Other films through the years have included "Mister Johnson" shot in Nigeria with Bruce Beresford, "The Pledge" directed by Sean Penn and "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones. Films in the pipe works include a film shot in Bucharest last year, called "Closer to the Moon" starring Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong which will be released later this year.
She has worked on documentaries in Italy and Peru and juried at many film festivals,
including the Telluride and Taos Mountain Film fests and the Port Townsend festival.
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. Co-founder & Director of Programming for the late great Taos Talking Picture Festival.
David is an American born artist working in New York City & Taos, New Mexico. David's interest in the arts began at an early age, working primarily in sculpture and painting. His interest in photography developed in his early twenties while living and working in Europe and the Middle East. Upon returning to the U.S.David attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California studying with many great contemporaries of the time. David graduated with honors, (BFA 1981). David & his wife moved to New York City in 1982 and in 1984 he opened his New York studio and began a career photographing landscape, environmental and fine art projects as well as commissions for Pepsi, Mercedez-Benz, Seagram's, American Express, Lancome and others. David is the 2009 recipient of the Sony World Photography Awards L'Iris D'or Grand Prize for his work in the deserts of the southwest U.S.
Raised on an off-grid farmstead in Northern Minnesota, Sean Solowiej found his way to New York City where he began working as a documentary film editor on projects for HBO, A&E, Scholastic, Harcourt, and Bravo. His next move was to New Mexico where he rebuilt two post-war adobe houses across from the Rio Grande, continuing to work with PBS and local documentary producers to create films and hybrid live statewide interactive media events.After a four-month expedition tour as Audio Engineer for Alexandra Cousteau's Expedition: Blue Planet, he directed and edited biographical pieces for the Witness TRUST Campaign. Sean's recent film “Violinas” was chosen as the best documentary short at the 2010 White Sands International Film Festival. He is currently producing a thesis film titled "The Nature of Energy" for a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University.
David Jean Schweitzer
David is an award winning filmmaker and has been a Director of Photography in the International Cinematographer’s Guild since 1980. He worked at CBS, EYE On, PBS Networks, Dalai Lama's first vist to the USA , the first Space Shuttle launch, Columbia Pictures Television's EUE/Screen Gems Commercial Division. One of his recent shorts, "Good Luck Mr Gorski" recently traveled the festival circuit and won numerous awards. David lives in Northern NM with his dog and two cats.