Avery attends Saint Anne’s Catholic School. Avery has studied glassblowing, jewelry making and printmaking. She is mentored by artist Christian Waggoner (Star Wars/Disney Fan Art) and recently participated in the Arts Council of York County’s portrait contest. Avery will be spending her summer as an intern at Springs Creative.
Joanna Davidovich is an independent animator, character designer, story artist, and filmmaker. She earned a BFA in animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated as a salutatorian of the class of 2005. Now based in Atlanta, she works as an animation artist for commercials, promos, and television shows. Her award-winning short Monkey Rag played in festivals worldwide and earned a theatrical run, and is currently available to see online.
Assistant Director, Director's Guild of America
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Green was watching Annie Hall at a movie house in Pittsburgh, where she was majoring in theater at Carnegie Mellon, when she noticed the credit “DGA Trainee.” She called the Guild to find out more. Upon graduation, she boarded a plane for Los Angeles (the trip was a gift from her parents) to take the entrance exam for the DGA Training Program.
She was chosen to be among a group of 10 trainees who rotated among shows at Universal Studios. The experience gave her a solid foundation in the basics—as well as a network of contacts that has helped her keep up a career for more than 30 years, most recently with stints as 1st AD on House and The Temptations.
Gabrielle Lansner is an award winning filmmaker and critically acclaimed choreographer dedicated to creating emotionally complex and layered works that delve into the heart and psyche. She has directed, choreographed and produced four award winning short films that have screened and garnered awards at film festivals worldwide. Lansner has also choreographed episodes of Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Since 1997, she has been the Artistic Director of gabrielle lansner & company, a critically acclaimed dance/theater company based in New York City. The works have been produced at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, HERE, River to River Festival, P.S 122, The Joyce Soho, to name a few and have toured the US and Canada. The company has received support from The Dance Films Association, The Alvin & Louise Myerberg Foundation, The Harkness Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, Altria, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Field.
She is a member of SAG, New York Women in Film and TV, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, is on the Board of Directors of the Dance Films Association/DFA, NYC and was instrumental in developing PS 122 in NYC as a rehearsal and performance space.
She is currently in development for Still Life, a feature length narrative that she wrote.
Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer
After spending over thirty years as a photographer and reporter for newspapers, Terry Roueche realized that he was not so interested in writing or photographing what other people were doing, and looked to pursue photography as an art. Over the years, Roueche has explored numerous themes, working to develop a diverse body of work.
Terry Roueche began his career as a newspaper photographer and reporter. He opened his studio in 1976, and he teaches photography with a summer art program in France. Roueche has written numerous articles about photography and often gives talks and offers workshops to regional groups. He is primarily a commercial photographer, working with international, national, and regional companies, whose special interests are abstract images, larger format negatives, black and white landscape, portraiture, and fine art photography.
Candy Clapp, a native of North Carolina, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her writing aspirations after graduating from UNC-CH with a B.A. in Dramatic Art and a minor in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures in 1980. She landed her first job as assistant to the writers of The Tim Conway Show followed by the hit show Three’s Company where she eventually wrote dialogue and sold scripts. When the latter ended, she became an assistant talent agent at Creative Artists Agency. Several years later she entered into a development deal with Jeffrey Katzenberg and Walt Disney Studios. Clapp sold screenplays to Paramount Studios, Three Arts Productions, Briggle-Hennessey and Carruthers among others. Her favorite credit to date was founding the national award winning Merry Pranksters Theatrical Troupe for the mentally challenged in association with the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism. She helped produce the award winning documentary film, Laugh At Us, based the drama groups struggles. The film produced by Emulsion Arts and directed by Karen Collins and John Disher, aired on nationally on PBS and in Canada. Clapp currently lives on a horse farm in the Carolina foothills in Landrum, SC where she is currently writing a novel.
Director, Director's Guild of America
Marty Elcan has over three decades experience in film production as a DGA director and Assistant Director. Her feature film debut Next of Kin starred Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, Ed Begley, Jr., Bess Armstrong, Jeremy London and George Newbern. She directed four award-winning short films (in 43 film festivals winning 14 major awards), Fox' Beyond Belief, 2nd Units on a feature and a CBS pilot, a commercial, a music video, national award-winning PSA's, and an L.A. Emmy-nominated documentary, and just recently directed a new short that takes on gender and racial parity in a comedic way. Marty also currently directs and produces the wildly fun Sign Language dvd series Shut Up and Sign that is sold nationally. Prior to directing, Marty worked on over 60 shows as an Assistant Director on such classics as Steel Magnolias, Driving Miss Daisy, Inerit the Wind (with George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon), Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, and Six Feet Under. She proudly serves as Vice President of the Alliance of Women Directors.
Director, Cinematographer, Writer
Joanne is passionate and prolific storyteller. She has written and directed feature films and documentaries including the award winning Purple Dreams, lensed and directed countless television commercials and directed national and international television shows. With more than 30 years in this ever-changing industry and among a small population of women to break the glass ceiling in directing and cinematography, Joanne’s career continues to expand and grow. Currently her documentary feature in "Purple Dreams" is screening in festivals around the USA as well as Australia.
Ng'endo Mukii is an award-winning film director, most well known for Yellow Fever, her documentary-animation exploring Western influences on African women's ideals of beauty.
Her work focuses on relationships, the separation between perception and reality, and the use of moving image to represent unspoken truths. At the prestigious Design Indaba conference (2015), she presented her talk, Film Taxidermy and Re-Animation, proposing the use of animation as a means of re-humanizing the ‘indigenous’ image.
Ng’endo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (‘06), and holds a Master of Arts in Animation from the Royal College of Art (‘12). She is a Berlinale Talents Alumni (’14, ’15), a Design Indaba 2015 keynote speaker, and participated in the Grafikens Hus Artist’s residency (in partnership with Iaspis) in 2015.
Her films have won numerous awards, including Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the Chicago International Film Festival, and Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
She works in Nairobi as an independent filmmaker.
Winthrop University (Professor, Winthrop University College of Visual & Performing Arts)
Stock began teaching at Winthrop in 2004. Her specialty is modern and contemporary European art. She guest-curated an exhibition at Winthrop titled "Performing Gender" and investigates gender issues in her scholarship. Stock also received a Fulbright teaching scholarship and spent six months teaching art history in Beijing, China.
Michael Cusack lives and works in Adelaide in South Australia. His first major award was an Australian Film Institute Award in 1985 for the short film Waltzing Matilda. Since then Michael has forged a career as director of both high end television commercials and a number of highly successful short films. He has received the prestigious Master’s Chair Award from the Adelaide Advertising and Design Club a record six times and received the President’s Award from The Adelaide Art Directors for outstanding achievements in TV/Cinema. In 2002 he was made an Honorary Member of the Australian Cinematographer’s Society in recognition of his contributions to the National Film Industry. In 2006 he was again awarded an AFI for Best Short Animation for his film Gargoyle. He has received numerous other awards and nominations over his career, including Cannes, The London Internationals, The New York Festival, Anima Mundi, Stuttgart, Hiroshima, Berlin, Cinanima, The IF Awards and a nomination in the Australian Academy Cinema & Television Arts. (AACTA) His film Sleight of Hand was awarded Best Animation at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, making it eligible for consideration in the 2014 Academy Awards. The same film also received First Place in the Underexposed Film Festival yc that same year. Sleight of Hand was awarded an impressive thirty five awards worldwide by the end of its festivals run. Michael is frequently in demand as a speaker and has been invited onto the judging panels of many major film festivals.
Director, Director's Guild of America
Dick Feury has and MFA in Film & Television Production from New York University. He has worked on feature films, television movies and episodic television for the past 37 years as a First Assistant Director. He is also a member of the Directors Guild of America
Nick Hough is a Fort Mill, South Carolina native who runs the film blog A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Movies where he reviews recent releases and documents his goal to “Watch Every Movie.”
Hough has been involved in theater productions including Tokens of Affection, Nuncrackers, Play On, and Don’t Tell Mother with Fort Mill Community Playhouse and earned a Metrolina Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actor (Regional South) for his role as Max in Lend Me A Tenor with the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County. He also won a 2016 Montie Award for his performance as Paul Miller in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s while living in Texas.
Michael Rivers served in the US Army and upon return sharpened his computer and technology skills that he learned in service. Rivers is a Field Service Technician at Carolinas Health Care Systems and is co-owner of RiverSystems I.T. Consulting. A life long film enthusiast, Rivers posses a keen insight into all film genres.
Winthrop University (Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts) - RETIRED
Dr. David Wohl served as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University before retiring in 2017. Prior to his arrival at Winthrop University in 2010, Dr. Wohl served as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Communications and Media Studies at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV for over 25 years. He was the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Charleston Stage Company in Charleston, WV and held the position of General Manager of the Porthouse Repertory Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He has published articles and reviews in such publications as Theatre Journal, Southern Theatre, and Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. He has directed over 100 theatre productions, including Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, True West, On Golden Pond, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, A Raisin in the Sun, Proof, Art, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, To Be Young Gifted, and Black, and The Rocky Horror Show.
Between 1975 and 2010, Dr. Wohl was one of the leaders in West Virginia's arts community. He served on the West Virginia Arts Commission's Peer Assistance Network since its inception in 1990 and has conducted numerous workshops on grant writing, strategic planning, board development and marketing for over thirty non-profit organizations throughout West Virginia. He served seven years as President of Arts Advocacy of West Virginia and for three years coordinated "Arts Day" at the WV Legislature. He was instrumental in lobbying the WV legislature for the creation of the Cultural Resources and Capitol Improvement grant fund, which has given over $15 million to arts organizations throughout West Virginia.
In 1998, Dr. Wohl served a term as President of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), the largest regional theatre association in the country, where he has served for over a decade as Finance Committee Chair for SETC.
Dr. Wohl has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Kanawha Players, the West Virginia Theatre Conference, the Southeast Theatre Conference and the Paradise Film Institute. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Festiv-ALL Charleston, an annual 10-day celebration of the arts in West Virginia’s capitol city.