Judd Taylor has developed an eclectic career in film programming, acquisitions, and script analysis, working with film festivals and worldwide sales companies including Tribeca Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Cordillera International Film Festival, Princ Films and Glass House Distribution. He programmed the feature film lineups for Cordillera and Chandler International Film Festival in 2020. For Princ Films, he’s acquired Crazy Samurai Musashi, Psychosia, True Fiction, All Roads to Pearla, and Billie and Emma. He was previously Associate Director of Programming and a Board Member for DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles and sat on the Screening Committee of Cleveland International Film Festival. He’s also worked in marketing at Cinema Management Group on Oscar nominated worldwide hit Loving Vincent. He annually screens 400+ films and reads 100+ screenplays. This is Judd’s second year judging the Narrative Features for Reading FilmFEST.
With over 25 years experience in the film world as a DP, Director, and Producer, Kevin is a trusted source for any size project and is considered one of the East Coast’s premier DPs for his beautiful visuals, steadicam and drone work. Known for THE SIXTH SENSE (1999), THE BELOVED (2011), CHASING AMY (1997) THE WOODSMAN (2004), EQUITY (2016) and AS YOU ARE (2019). Kevin is also the creator of FUNNY & AMEN, a series of shorts proving that Christians actually can have a sense of humor.
Best Female Filmmaker Judge
Student Film Judge
Best Actor Judge
Ann Gillette has worked in casting and as a producer on over 600 projects including: feature films, television, commercials, industrials and live productions. Ann is also a highly-respected commercial/TV/ film acting and media coach. Her coaching style focuses on the practical and ‘real-life’ aspects of auditioning as well as the realities and expectations required of an actor in the business.
Best Documentary and Social Impact Award Judge
Kelly DeVine has served as the Artistic Director for the Global Peace Film Festival Artistic Director since 2006. Connecting story to community in action, the GPFF supports and amplifies the work of Central Florida civic, faith, educational and activist groups by curating film and media events to raise awareness and catalyze audiences. She has consulted on impact projects for award-winning documentaries such as Bully, How To Survive A Plague.
Best Music Judge
Marty Mellinger is a musician, music producer, arranger and composer. Owner of Cross Keys Productions Recording Studio, Mr. Mellinger has written and produced over 450 commercials and short film scores. He was nominated for a regional Grammy as Jazz Producer in 1988. Mr. Mellinger is also a highly sought-after pianist and has performed with Simone, Rick Derringer, Mary Wilson, Ray Parker, Jr., and Rita Coolidge (he was even asked by Bruce Springsteen to be the original keyboard player in the East Street Band). He recently composed the score for Finding Jenn’s Voice, an award-winning documentary feature.
Meggan Kerber was named the Executive Director of the Berks Arts Council in August 2019. Prior to joining the Berks Arts Council, Meggan served the non-profit community for over 20 years in non-profit fundraising, marketing and special events. In addition, she spent several years in the corporate sector focusing on marketing for the restaurant industry and event planning. She has served in the past with the Bethany Children’s Home, Director of Development; Olivet Boys & Girls Club, Chief Development Officer; Girl Scouts-Great Valley, Penn State Berks, and Easter Seals.
In 2005, she received her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) accreditation from CFRE International. Meggan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an MBA in Community Service and Economic Leadership from Alvernia College.
With a passion for serving others, Meggan has also served as a Professional Fundraising Counsel within the State of Pennsylvania to provide consulting services to non-profits in donor database management, planned giving, annual campaigns and special events. She has worked with but not limited to Lebanon Valley Farm Exposition Center, Centro Hispano, The Historical Society of Berks County, Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County, Girls on the Run of Berks County and Laurel House. Most of this work is done pro bono.