MEET OUR 2020 TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL & STUDENT JURORS
Kim Estes, Actor
Emmy Award Winner
Kim Estes, an Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - 2017, for his role as Sergeant Amanda Smith in “Dicks.” His impressive list of TV appearances includes “Criminal Minds, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fresh off the Boat, Pretty Little Liars, The Real O'Neals," and "NCIS". You can also see him in the season six Private Practice episode Apron Strings where he plays a mediator. This list continues with character parts in “400 Days, Crossroad, The Bachelor Next Door, 5 Hour Friends, Night Eyes, Removal and a host of other films.
While born and raised in Los Angeles, Kim has spent time in Vallejo, where he attended college at CSU, Cal Maritime Academy before continuing his post-graduate work at the University of Southern California. We are thrilled to have Kim Estes as a member of our juror panel.
George Maguire, Acclaimed Actor
Pursuit of Happyness, Fight Club, True Lies
George Maguire has been a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA for over 50 years. His career spans both coasts and includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Companies and many of the top regional theaters in the states including Actors Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes, Marin, and Northshore Shakespeare Festivals, PCPA Theaterfest, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Magic Theater, Shotgun Players, Clarence Brown Theater and many more. His over 30 film and TV credits include "Fight Club, Pursuit of Happyness, Metro, The Sweetest Thing, Opal, The Dog Love," James Franco’s "Yosemite," Clint Eastwood’s "True Lies, Youth," films and pilots for NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS and Lt. Governor Mel Wexler on "Nash Bridges". His most recent projects include "13 Reasons Why" and "Generations," which is now touring the film festival circuit, along with "Nosferatu" with "The Shape of Water" star Doug Jones.
His directing credits include CenterRep, PCPA, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, SRT Santa Rosa, New Conservatory Theater, Indra Theater Company, Broadway By The Bay, and Playground of which he is a proud member. He is Professor Emeritus at Solano College Theater where he co-founded the Actor Training Program and teaches Advanced On-Camera Acting for Nancy Hayes Casting and Academy of Art University. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0536574/
Sandra Dee Richardson, Award-Winning Actor, Casting Director
Sandra Dee Richardson, known as Sandra Dee is an award-winning American actress, winning over 13 awards as actor, director, or producer, including a best-supporting actor award. Her career has exploded with opportunities over the last decade in film, commercials, television, and as a print model, the face of numerous products and services.
Adding more versatility to her career, Sandra Dee Richardson has cast numerous films including four award-winning films in the last year. Some of the dramatic, action-packed award-winning films and documentaries cast, directed, or produced include double platinum winner, “Restorers of Truth”, “Southern Secrets, Sins of the Past”, “Healing Yesteryear (2019)”, “Dr. Castillo (2016)”, “The Great Controversy Ended (2017)”, “Nine Lives (2017)”, “Never Alone (2014)”, and “We Promised (2015).
Richardson’s credentials include certification as a Business Consultant and Project Manager. She is also an acting consultant-coach and trainer. Her degree is in business management with an emphasis on communication and marketing with a minor in theater. To expand knowledge of acting and film techniques, Richardson attended six training schools, most notable were the Actor’s Studio, Robert Conrad Studios, and South Coast Repertory. She also received personal training from several outstanding trainers in New York and Los Angeles.
Early in Richardson’s work life, she became a manager in the federal government expanding on customer service, public relations, and marketing. She currently owns an entertainment, production and marketing company called RS Rich Enterprises Inc./RS Rich Productions. When not in front of, or, behind the camera, Richardson is teaching, marketing, writing books and screenplays. http://rsrichenterprises.com/
TJ Walkup, Director
Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
TJ Walkup is an award-winning filmmaker who has been a professional in the television industry for over 27 years. Owner of OMNIFIC PICTURES an independent production company. He has been DP for National Geographic, directed/produced videos for MTV, HGTV, Discovery Communications, and countless other channels and outlets.
As a stringer TJ Walkup has sold stories to every major affiliate. He is a recipient of a Cine Golden Eagle Award for the docu-series “Addicted” and this work also nominated for a Prism. A recent film he has shot is “Trial by Fury,” features his cinematography and is the reexamination of the Lacie Peterson Case featuring Mark Geragos the defense attorney.
TJ Walkup is a Father and a Husband and works out of the SF Bay Area, occasionally his film making takes him to New York/LA and the Amazon Jungle.
Dave Kilgore, Actor
Composer, Playwright, Author
Dave has lived in and around Detroit, Michigan his whole life, took four years of theatre in high school, and worked as a pianist/singer/entertainer for twenty years before going into film acting. He has appeared on camera in over one hundred projects in the last ten years, including feature films, shorts, commercials, and industrial films, playing roles that range from a police detective to mob boss to mayor to the Grim Reaper. He has also produced a handful of his own short films and music videos that have screened at festivals across the country.
Dave, always more than happy to share his life experience, enjoys most watching his students grow and learn. He has taught piano, theatre and film acting and was a mentor for the 2018 Capstone film class at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, where he instructed students on the auditioning, directing, and handling of talent on set.
Dave has written over one hundred songs, two musical plays for kids, and multiple books, including a book of monologues and scenes for young actors. His three books of monologues for adult actors will be available online by May 1, 2019.
Debra Miller, Actor
Composer, Playwright, Author
Debra Miller an American born actress from Arkansas. Her film credits include “San Andreas, Steve Jobs, Ant-Man 1 and 2, Venom, Sense 8 and Jordan Peele’s thriller US.” Along with film credits, she has added a number of TV shows to her list of credits, which include “Murder in the First on TNT, Wives with Knives on Investigation Discovery, HBO Ballers and ABC's miniseries When We Rise.” Additionally, “Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and a speaking spot in A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities.” She has appeared in numerous commercials with several Golden State Warrior Basketball players such as Stephen Curry “Stronger Feels Good” for Muscle Milk, Wins and Losses” for Kaiser Permanente, Draymond Green “Beats by Dre” Headphones for Apple and Andre Iguodala “NBA Hands” for NBA. Debra has booked roles for “Sutter Health, Princess Cruise, Samsung, Apple, Geico Insurance, Vistaprint, Microsoft Office 365, Wells Fargo
and Bank of the West.”
In 2018, Debra landed a featured spot in a national commercial with singer/musician John Legend and then Golden State Warrior’s Kevin Durant for Google Assistant called; "Make Google Do It!" In 2019, Debra booked a brief, but visible role, in a commercial for Post’s “Honey Bunches of Oats" and "David’s Bridal”. She has acted in shorts and featured films such as Jacalyn Evone’s “Stripes and Sisters.” She played mom to known Oakland rapper Fabby Davis Jr aka Mr. Fab on Season 1 of “The North Pole Show.” In 2018, Debra agreed to participate in research to obtain FDA approval of a groundbreaking ultrasound machine to detect early signs of "breast cancer"; Allowing an alternative to painful Mammograms. Her sharing of personal breast cancer scares and family history of the killer disease.
Debra has earned IMDB credits for various accomplishments. She’s detailed oriented and has a keen eye. She’s worked in production, craft services, editing and on a team of producers for distributed web-series. In 2019, she added voice-over; to her skills, and has been in charge as a Film Festival juror assistant, coordinator and floor manager. Off-camera, she’s a licensed pharmacy technician, Cosmetologist and a certificate for nurse’s assistant in 2009. With two associate degrees and one course shy of completing registered nursing prerequisites. Debra is determined to excel academically. A wife of thirty-plus years, mom of six amazing adults and grandmother to eight adorable youngsters; her faith, singing, cooking, dancing, yard work, writing scripts, poetry and perfecting her skills are of utmost importance.
Our Student Jurors
Lorelei is from Boulder, Colorado where she balances professional theater and film work with the school. In her free time, Lorelei studies kickboxing, voice, and ukelele. She loves walking around the neighborhood with her dog, Paisley, and baking delicious treats for her 3 siblings.
Zach St John
Zach has been involved in performing arts for 4 years. He has participated in Readers theaters, and in two different hour-long productions, with the most recent acting in a lead role. His hobbies include karate, boy scouts and coding.
Jaela LaPolla-James is a sixteen year old singer, writer, and up-and-coming actress from Napa, California. She has starred in a few amateur stage productions and considers herself having a keen eye for good children's media.
Ava is beginning her journey into performing arts and is eager to get started. In her free time, Ava is on a competitive dance team and also is on a traveling soccer team. She is the middle of three sisters and can often be found making everyone laugh.
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