2021 FESTIVAL RECAP
A huge thank you to all of our festival sponsors, partners, filmmakers, supporters, entrants and YellowHammer Team!
Congratulations are in order for all of our filmmakers. These are the films that were recognized with a special award this evening:
Best Motion Graphics: Cassie Jacobson for #FallTermOnYourTerms
Best 3D Animation: Sophia Azpe for Pirate Lesson
Best Original Song: Lauren Richmond for Reginald The Flying llama
Best Commercial: Tate Moseley for Apple Watch Series
Best Score: Johnny MacMillan, Composer and Aleksei Borovikov, Director for Glances
The YellowHammer Award: Nicholas Coker for Drawn to Campus
Best Writing & Best 2D Animation: Christina Giordano for Stolen
Best Directing: Matej Sefcik for Moving On
High School Division
Best Experimental: Austin Michael & Peter John for AntiCinema
Best Documentary: WVN Productions for Limitless
Best Commercial: Kinsley Hunter for Every Girl Has a Gas Station Story
Best Cinematography: Grant Meder for The FIxer
Best Directing: Alex Dashwood for Girl Scout Cookies
Best Writing & The YellowHammer Award: Grayson Waggoner for Them's The Beans
Best of the Fest & Best Acting: Sunny Keller for Worst Critic
DR. WILL NAPIER: AVOIDING STORYTELLING MISTAKES
BRIAN JONES: THE VALUE OF YOUR FILM OFFICE
ISAAC BROWN & ERIC FLAGG: CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
ISAAC BROWN & ERIC FLAGG: CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM (CONCLUSION)
KJ MATHIESON & TY PRIMOSCH: CREATIVE STORYTELLING
THEO LOVE: Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ALABAMA SNAKE
TED SPEAKER: THE ROLE OF A PRODUCER
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE EXHIBITION
(WE HAD SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES AND HAD TO END A BIT EARLY BUT STILL ANNOUNCED ALL OF THE AWARD WINNERS IN THESE FINAL TWO VIDEOS.
YELLOWHAMMER FILM FESTIVAL
CHRIS STAGL, MFA
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND ASSISTANT CHAIR OF DESIGN, TROY UNIVERSITY
EDUCATION CO-CHAIR, AMERICAN ADVERTISING FEDERATION, MONTGOMERY
AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
20+ YEAR CREATIVE & HIGHER EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL
AVID FAN OF CLASSIC SCI-FI AND HORROR FILMS
Hello everyone, my name is Chris Stagl and I am the YellowHammer Film Festival Director.
The YellowHammer Film Festival is a free and enriching interactive experience for high school and college students which will consist of workshops, a keynote speaker, student film exhibition, and an awards ceremony. Anyone can attend the day long festival but only students can compete in the exhibition!
We genuinely look forward to hosting this important festival of humanities, arts, and film for the State of Alabama and we hope that the YellowHammer Film Festival becomes a staple in the community and lives of those students, educators, and filmmakers who participate.
Thank you for being a part of this festival and we look forward to seeing you all, virtually, on July 31st!
PRESENTERS & BIOS
Ted Speaker, a native Alabamian who has produced five feature films and a TV special in Alabama over the course of his career, including Lynn Shelton's final film Sword of Trust (IFC), Whitmer Thomas: The Golden One (A24/HBO), The Death of Dick Long (A24), and most recently as line producer on Theo Love's Alabama Snake (HBO).
"As a proponent of regional independent filmmaking I'm excited to have the opportunity to speak about what makes independent films possible outside the usual production hubs of Los Angeles and New York, that also challenge traditional studio development and production methods. It's also important to me as a producer to pass along some of the intangibles that help make independent films successful."
Author / Educator
Ph.D. English Literature, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2008. Dissertation: The Haunted House of Memory in the Fiction of Stephen King.
M.A. Creative Writing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2000.(Awarded with Distinction)
B.A. English with Anthropology minor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1997.
National Curriculum Team for English Redesign
Foundations Committee Member
Bache laureate Speaker at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduating class of 2009
Member of Creative Writing Department contributing to new curriculum
Filmmaker / Educator
Eric Flagg is the Coordinator of the Digital Media Technology, programs at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida and documentary filmmaker at Jellyfish Smack Productions. Eric attended the University of Florida where he received a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Documentary Film Production. Eric likes the technical aspects of production and editing as much as he likes research and storytelling and has combined his experience as an environmental/wetlands science consultant with filmmaking to tell stories about ecology, our changing Earth and our combined human impacts on natural systems. He also loves producing music videos.
Filmmaker / Educator
Isaac is an award-winning director with a master’s degree in documentary film production from University of Florida’s Documentary Institute. His thesis film GIMME GREEN won over a dozen awards, premiered on the Sundance Channel, and screened at over 100 film festivals around the world. Isaac is a Florida Individual Artist Fellow; he directed the documentaries TERRA BLIGHT and SiDiKi. He's a licensed captain and a FAA certified remote pilot. He is currently working on several documentary projects through his company Jellyfish Smack Productions. Isaac is a Professor of Digital Media at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He’s a firm believer in the power of storytelling to change hearts and minds.
Ty Primosch is an animator and a film director from Greater New York. He currently works as an artist at Netflix Animation after a 10 year run at Blue Sky Studios and is credited with “Ice Age”, “Epic”, “Rio 2”, “Peanuts”, and the upcoming movie “Ferdinand”. “Corky” is Ty’s independent short animation film debut. It was animated out of his apartment over a 6-year period.
Animator / Educator
K-J Mathieson is an animator and educator with extensive experience in concept development, animation production, 3D technology, and the film festival circuit.
As an active member of the global animation community, her work has screened in over 150 international and national film festivals, including animation, children, and fantasy festivals, as well as genre conventions and comic-cons. Her animated shorts are an official selection at several Academy-Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), and Canadian Screen Award final stage qualifying events.
Location Scout / Producer
Brian S. Jones serves as the Media & Location Coordinator for the Alabama Film Office. Among his responsibilities are matching film production needs to locations across the state and acting as a liaison with the media. He also helps coordinate filming on any state-owned properties including state buildings, universities and the Alabama State Parks. Before joining the Alabama Film Office, he was in the public relations department of the Alabama Tourism Department for 18 years. He served as project manager for the award-winning Year of Alabama Arts and Year of Alabama Food campaigns. Jones graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in public relations and the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. He also completed a study program in entertainment marketing at the Disney Institute and the University of Central Florida while working for The Walt Disney Company.
CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE FOR FILMMAKING
DR. WILL NAPIER
HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS IN ALABAMA FILMMAKING
CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF CREATIVE WORKS
UNDERSTANDING CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND STORYTELLING
ALABAMA SNAKE SCREENING AND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR
Student Film Exhibition
MEET THE TEAM
Favorite Movie Quote:
What The Hell Is A JIGGAWATT!?
Back To The Future
DR. WILL NAPIER,
DIRECTOR OF QUALITY CONTROL
Favorite Movie Quote:
WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT!
TATE MOSELEY, DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & COMMUNITY
Favorite Movie Quote:
You need to believe in yourself or none of this matters.
-Frosty Hesson, Chasing Mavericks
DESTINY EADY, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING
Favorite Movie Quote:
You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you ‘you can’t do it’. If you want something, go get it. Period.”
-Chris Gardner, Pursuit of Happiness