Show Me Justice Film Festival
Meet the Judges
The Film Jury for SMJFF 2011
Fred Andrews, a UCM alumnus (1975 - BA Political Science & Economics), is the founder and former president of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, a media arts nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to act as a catalyst for the development of the film community in the Kansas City region with an annual festival, workshops, master classes, and special screenings. Fred stepped down in June 2011 and set up a Creative Filmmaking Fund through the UMKC Foundation. He serves on the KC Film Commission and is an adviser to CinemaKC. Fred is working on several film related projects in collaboration with a variety of area institutions and organizations. Fred earned his MPA in nonprofit management from the UMKC Bloch School in 1998 and continues to work in the nonprofit sector as a grant writer and planner for a community action agency in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Barbara Baker has 34 years teaching experience at the college level and is currently Professor of Speech Communication at UCM. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism as well as Film Theory and Criticism. She has presented over 30 scholarly papers and several publications, some co-authored with students. In addition to presenting her work at state, regional, national and international conferences, Barbara has also won several research awards, including a national award for her dissertation and several top paper awards.
Kevin Willmott, writer/director of Sundance featured films C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,and The Only Good Indian, Professor at the University of Kansas - advisory board member and film
Chris Blunk, film producer/director at Through a Glass Films, Inc., a film production company -
advisory board member and film judge.
Amy Mack is an award-winning filmmaker and fine art painter. She has worked in the arts for over two decades, primarily in Los Angeles, California. She currently resides in New Mexico. She has exhibited her film work with the Pulitzer Museum, and her paintings hang in collections in the company of works by Basquiat, Hockney, Warhol and other artists who have influenced her art. Mack co-founded an artist-run gallery and think tank in the North Hollywood Arts District. She has received positive review in The New York Times, and served as Exhibitions Co-Chair of the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Arts.
A few clients / projects Mack has contributed to are: CBS Sunday Morning, The Tonight Show, Sport’s Illustrated, Paramount Television, and production assignments for Rolling Stone, Premiere Magazine, Entertainment Weekly - HBO Sinatra Miniseries with Tina Sinatra, Mirabella, and in-house advertising for Carole Little fashions. Her work as a set stills photographer afforded Mack the opportunity to befriend Academy Award winning cinematographer Brianne Murphy; the first female DP on a major studio picture, Emmy winner and four-time nominee for outstanding cinematography, and also work with Allen Daviau; cinematographer of E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Color Purple.
In September of 2010 Mack was in pre-production to direct Small Town Art Heist but changed focus after experiencing the unusual circumstances surrounding the ‘First Annual Show Me Social Justice International Film Festival’ when it became the target of a political agenda. She is currently filming Small Town Film Fest, the second of her six ‘small town’ films, and The Lemon Flower Fish, another of her dreamscapes film series. Amy Mack is an advisory board member and film judge.
Nathaniel Archer Wolf has worked in television, film and video for over 26 years. Most of his production experience has been in journalistic investigative documentary work in the US and abroad, working in 36 states and 38 countries around the world. Mr. Wolf has worked in the news, sports, and entertainment side of television production. His film work has been both as a photographer and producer/writer, working on documentary and independent features and researching his own documentary projects. He has worked on crews for major motion picture productions for feature release and in made-for-TV movies. He currently is working on a feature film script and resides in Las Vegas, NV.