2010 Film Slam Seminars

Alison Segar

Alsion is new to the film world, but her film AND I AM ME is amazing. Alison says, “I am originally from London, England, having moved to Burlington, Vermont fourteen years ago. I live here in this frozen wasteland with my patner, Nan, and our three children. I see film as a way to tell stories that need to be told, and to ignite the activism in us all so we can fight for the world to be a safe place for our children and our community in which we live.”

Betsy Jose

Her new film BEYOND BOUNDARIES takes a look into the lives of immigrants in the USA with diverse sexualities; their challenges, triumphs and dreams.

Betsy Kalin

An amazing filmmaker, she is self-distributing her HEARTS CRACKED OPEN. She is currently working on her latest feature film, EAST LA INTERCHANGE.

Kelly Burkhardt

Owner and creative force behind Pepperbox Pictures where she writes, directs, and produces commercials for various clients including for profit companies and nonprofit organizations. Kelly is now the Managing Director of the independent film distribution division TLA Releasing and is spearheading TLA Entertainment Group’s Video On Demand division as well. She has been integral in TLA’s nationwide theatrical and home video releases of groundbreaking and critically acclaimed films such as MYSTERIOUS SKIN and LATTER DAYS. For the last six years, Kelly has also been instrumental as programmer for Philadelphia Qfest. Kelly’s first short narrative TREMBLE AND SPARK is currently playing the film festival circuit.

Kelsy Chauvin

Has written several short and long form screenplays and theater sketches. She has produced and directed several short films through her company, Over/Under Productions. Her latest short, REALITY CHECK, takes a satirical view of reality entertainment.

Laura Terruso

Laura’s first short film DYKE DOLLAR is a film on “American economic angst and gay panic explodes in suburban New Jersey.”

Lauren LoGiudice

Started making films when she was 10. It is her intention to craft truth and laughter through art to inspire and enrich her communities. She produces short films with Over/Under Productions, most recently REALITY CHECK. Her Italian grandmother character, Carmella Ravolli, is now starring in a new web series. Check it out on YouTube.

Madeleine Olnek

Her short film COUNTERTRANSFERENCE has won numerous awards, including Best Short Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. It was also awarded the LA/Women In Film award at Sundance, given to one female shorts filmmaker. Madeleine is currently in post-production on her feature film comedy, CO-DEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME.

Mark Payne

Mark’s film GET HAPPY is a joy to watch; a coming of age musical extravaganza! Mark is a two-time Emmy Award winning celebrity makeup artist, currently based in Hollywood. He has worked on many famous faces including: BeyoncĂ©, Kelly Ripa, Heather Mills, Paris Hilton, and Jane Seymour to name a few.

Matt Bucy

In Vermont, a number of filmmakers are collaborating to make a film about the fascinating political and cultural world that is Vermont from the early days to the present. Matt is one of those filmmakers. Vermont was the first state to give LGBT couples legal rights equal to heterosexual marriage and many other major rights have been secured there.

Richard Ballon

Is a poet and playwright who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. His short video BENEFIT OF THE SPONSOR played at CineSLAM in Vermont as well as several other LGBT film festivals, the last being in Spokane Washington in 2009. He is presently working on a short film titled NO CIGAR with filmmaker Matt Bucy. Richard’s monologues and plays have been performed in New York at the Estrogenius, Women at Work, Left Out, and Emerging Artist Theater festivals, as well as at the Dylan Thomas Festival in Chicago; Inspirato Festival, Toronto; and Walking the Wire in Iowa City.

Richard Davis

Richard knows so many languages and uses them all in his many travels around the world, where he captures the lives and stories of gay folk in places where you might not even know about. Last year at CineSLAM we presented his film on a gay center in Lima, Peru called AFTERNOON IN AUGUSTINO. This year Richard is back with a short for CineSLAM 2010 called OUT IN ROMANIA. It looks at the lives of a colorful cross section of LGBT individuals who struggle with acceptance and self-acceptance in a society that does not tolerate minorities. The clash between Orthodox tradition and Western European openness plays out on a personal level in a country in transition.

Tim McCarthy

Grew up in an orphanage and foster homes as well as with his family. At seventeen, Tim joined the Army as a nuclear missile technician, which paid for his undergraduate studies at Umass/Boston in philosophy and psychology. Hhis concentration on information management systems using the new microcomputers for applications led Tim to success in the computer world. In March of 1988, McCarthy tested HIV+ and believed he had only a few months to live. Since April 1990 McCarthy has traveled the world with his video camera in search of LGBT culture.

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