Introducing the Offshoot Jurors
Now it's time to meet the members of our jury who have put in countless hours judging the submitted films, over 75 from 11 different countries!
Gary is a Board Member of the Seedling Film Association and the Chief Juror for the Offshoot Film Festival. From 2005-2007 he was the Chief Juror and projectionist for the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in Northern California. In 2009 he was Chief Juror for the 540 Film Fest, and he sat on the jury for Bentonville's 4320 Film Challenge in 2010. In California, Gary was Executive Producer for ten years at Morgan Hill Public Access TV channel. Gary's favorite movies are Harold and Maude, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T., the 1967 version of Casino Royale and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Skye has always been a person to explore the unexplored and seek out the new and exciting. She received her B.F.A in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts, then bought a backpack and traveled the world for the next five years. She returned to the states to attend the University of Southern California - where she received her M.F.A in Film and Television production. To this day she has shot over 50 films, TV series and documentaries, traveled and shot in over 60 countries and lived on 3 continents - She has worked for many production companies, including A & E, National Geographic and Fox Sports. Skye has her own production company, Top Knot Films in Los Angeles, which is committed to producing film content that is globally relevant and eco-friendly.
Zac is former Head of Acquisitions at PorchLight Entertainment and MarVista Entertainment, where for over ten years he acquired distribution rights to over 150 films and television programs. Films acquired by Zac include the successful family film trilogy, "Shiloh", the award-winning "The Blue Butterfly" starring William Hurt, "The Kid & I" directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Tom Arnold, and "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang", which stars Justin Long and was produced by Kevin Spacey and the team behind "Napoleon Dynamite". Zac also acquired and helped arrange financing for the highly-acclaimed film Hunt for Justice: The Louise Arbour Story, which screened at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Earlier in his career Zac ran a full-service film production and distribution company called 4 Corners Entertainment, which produced three films and distributed dozens more, including some international distribution rights to the Academy Award nominated "Hoop Dreams." Prior to that Zac spent time learning the distribution business at New World International and AIP. Zac is currently on the Advisory Boards of several film festivals and has been a featured speaker at film fests and television markets around the world. Zac holds a BA degree in Psychology from UCLA, where he was also a four-year letterman on the NCAA Division 1 baseball team.
|Mark Landon Smith
Mark Landon Smith is the Executive Director of Arts Live Theatre and Co-founder and Co-producer of Ceramic Cow Productions, two-time winners of the 24 Hour Play Festival. Mark wrote, co-directed and co-produced the comedy short film "Dupont Mississippi: F5: featured at the International Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. He as appeared in front of the camera in the films including "Frog Hair", "A Separate Peace" and starred on the television series "Simple Pleasures." Stage directing credits include Ascension Day, Androcles and the Lion, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Little Shop of Horrors, @#!*%, Yankees!, Frankenstein, The Music Man, The Hobbit, All My Sons, Crimes of the Heart, We Love Patsy Cline, An Evening of Williams And Inge, Holes, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, among others. Mark is a two time Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Regional Finalist and as actor he has appeared with Centerstage, TheatreSquared, Tidal Theatre Company, Gaslight Dinner Theatre, The Playroom, Theatre Memphis, Starlight Productions, three seasons with the McCoy Repertory Theatre. As a professional playwright, Mark has had nine scripts published by Baker's Plays/Samuel French. His plays are produced nationally and internationally and include three foreign translations, an Off-Broadway Production and a film adaptation. Mark has also served as adjunct faculty member with Tulsa University and MidSouth College and has served as former Artistic Director for the Actor's Workshop Theatre Company and the Youth Repertory Theatre. He served as a juror of the 540 Film Fest in 2009 and he is a team member and director of the Ceramic Cow Productions comedy improv group, Phunbags!