Guest Judges

Jackie Weissman

For the past 25 years, Jackie Weissman has worked as a media producer, director, editor, and educator.  Rock N Roll Mamas, her documentary featuring Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols, Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, and up and coming hip hop mc, Ms. Suad, has shown around the world to sold-out audiences. Her award winning documentary, The Gorilla and the Piker, was featured on WNET, Channel 13 in New York, as a part of its Reel New York series.

She is a founding board member of Women In Film-Portland and has served as Board President for two years. Jackie is also a founding organizer of Oregon Doc Camp and has been serving as Director for the past three years.  She received her MFA in film and video production from Columbia College-Chicago and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and teenage son.

Tara Johnson-Medinger

Tara Johnson-Medinger is an American film director, producer and champion of gender
equality in the entertainment industry. Co-producer of the award-winning, music
documentary “The Winding Stream,” and feature film “City Baby”, her feature film
directorial debut “My Summer as a Goth” was released in 2019. An advocate for women in film, Johnson-Medinger honors groundbreaking female and non-binary filmmakers as Executive Director of the international Power of Women in Film Festival (POW Film Fest), while developing the next generation of media makers through the youth education forum she founded, POWGirls. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her
husband and two children.

Panelists

Tristan Stoch

Tristan Stoch is a Portland filmmaker and a Pacific University alum (Class of 2011). He has worked in a variety of roles in the film industry, ranging from pre-production to post-production. He currently works as a freelance set lighting technician. When he is not on set, he is working on a documentary about mushroom hunters in the Pacific Northwest  

Lauren Mueller

Lauren Mueller, a documentary filmmaker from Portland, Oregon, holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University where she was recognized as an Emerging Global Talent by the University Film & Video Association with a Kodak Gold Award for her short film, The Gibbons of Santa Clarita. The docu-fiction takes a look at the psychological effects captivity can have on gibbons, the lesser-apes. Monotony and boredom eventually overtake the gibbons psychologically and they begin to challenge their captors. 

 

Lauren was a production coordinator on the award-winning documentary, Seed:The Untold Story, which aired on PBS, and a producer at Blue Chalk Media, a New York/Portland production company with clients on six continents which is devoted to the power of nonfiction storytelling. Most recently, she served as Director of Photography on a Netflix Original, Chasing Feliks, which follows an international gathering of rubics cube fanatics.

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The Elise Elliot Enrichment Fund

Forest Grove Public Arts Commission

NW Documentary

Northwest Film Center

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