Taos Shortz Film Fest 2015
Wendy has been in the film & television industry in New York City and Los Angeles since 1997. She relocated to Taos after ten years as Lead Editor in Los Angeles, bringing with her a full HD editorial suite to continue her work. Her recent feature film release as lead editor, Plastic Paradise, premiered in Oct 2013 worldwide. She is currently editing a feature, Bon In Dolpo, on her own system here in Taos. She shoots and edits short form documentary projects in between the larger feature length films. History: B.A. in Film & Television; began working immediately on the Howard Stern Show in NYC. Jolted into the pilot seat in 1998 as Producer /Director of Live Music Channel, a NYC-based music documentary-style television series on Fox & Warner Bros. nation-wide, featuring artists such as: Jane's Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Bjork etc. Relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 as lead editor for various networks, documentaries, trailer houses such as: Discovery Channel; NBC Universal; MTV; VH1; Current TV; TLC; PBS; G4; Speed; Fuel tv; Lifetime; Oxygen; History Channel as well as short docs, "Democracy In Egypt"; "Tijuana Police", etc; various commercials, pilots, promo videos, and film trailers as well. Education: B.A., Film & Video, Virginia Tech University; Concentration: 16mm Film; N.S.E. program, Hunter College, NYC. Also a drummer, Wendy has recorded several records that have been licensed to Viacom networks and NBC Universal for show music placements.
Kathleen has worked with Sundance Institute since 1989, serving as program coordinator to the Feature Film Program Director's Lab since 1993. Previous Co-Director of Milagro at Los Luceros, Kathleen currently spearheads The Milagro Initiative in New Mexico, which works in collaboration with Robert Redford and Santa Fe University of Art & Design in providing Robert Redford Scholarships. She serves on SFUAD's Film School Advisory Board.
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. On the heels of a feature film shot in Bucharest with Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong, the next film, in post production right now, is "The Homesman", another Tommy Lee Jones creation shot in Northern New Mexico last spring and due out later this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.