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THE INAUGURAL

YELLOWHAMMER FILM FESTIVAL

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FESTIVAL

DIRECTOR

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

WELCOME

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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!

Sincerely,

Chris Stagl,

Festival Director

 

PARTNERS

& SPONSORS

Thank you to the following Partners and Sponsors for their assistance with making this festival a reality! If you or your company would like to partner with YellowHammer to support future filmmakers please reach out via the contact form below. 

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PRESENTERS & BIOS

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TED SPEAKER

Producer

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." 

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WILL NAPIER

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

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ERIC FLAGG

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.

ISAAC BROWN

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.

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THEO LOVE

Director

Theo Love is a producer and editor, known for The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018), Little Hope Was Arson (2013) and McMillions (2020).

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TY PRIMOSCH

Animator

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.

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KJ MATHIESON

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. 

BRIAN JONES

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.

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Jul 31, 10:00 AM CDT
YellowHammer Film Festival

OPENING REMARKS

CHRIS STAGL

10AM

CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE FOR FILMMAKING

DR. WILL NAPIER

10:30AM

HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS IN ALABAMA FILMMAKING

BRIAN JONES

11:30AM

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF CREATIVE WORKS

ERIC FLAGG

ISAAC BROWN

12:30PM

UNDERSTANDING CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND STORYTELLING

TY PRIMOSCH

KJ MATHIESON

1:30

ALABAMA SNAKE SCREENING AND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR
THEO LOVE

THEO LOVE

2:30

 

KEYNOTE
SPEAKER
&
PRESENTATION

TED SPEAKER

3:30

Student Film Exhibition
&

AWARDS CEREMONY
 

4:30

 

EXHIBITION

ENTER YOUR SHORT FILMS TO BE SHOWCASED DURING YELLOWHAMMER!

RULES:

  1. All films must be submitted by entering a URL to your video hosted on either YouTube or Vimeo. YellowHammer will not accept uploaded videos or videos on 3rd party hosting sites.

  2. Entries should not be password protected on their respective sites and must be set to downloadable.

  3. All film entries must have been created in the past 3 years - nothing prior to July 15, 2018

  4. The entrant must be either the writer, director, or producer of the production.

  5. The film must have been created while you were in either high school or college.

  6. All entries are completely free.

  7. You do not have to attend the conference to enter the exhibition - all though we'd love to have you do both.

  8. All submissions are due by July 15th for judging purposes.

  9. All entries will be shown but not all will win awards.

  10. All entries must be less than 10 minutes long including credits.

  11. All genres allowed.

  12. You must have the right To enter this work. 

  13. Awards will be given in the following categories:

    • Best of Show - High School

    • Best of Show - College

    • Writing / Storytelling

    • Directing

    • Producing

    • Cinematography

    • Audio/Score

    • Acting

    • Editing

    • YellowHammer Scholarship Award

  14. Every film exhibition entrant will receive a swag bag from the YellowHammer Festival!

Examples of productions you may consider entering are: Short Films, Commercials, Promos, Social Media Videos, Animations, Kinetic Type, Music Videos, etc. We are very liberal on acceptable medium. 

Thank you for entering the competition.

 
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MEET THE TEAM

 

CHRIS STAGL, 

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Favorite Movie Quote:

What The Hell Is A JIGGAWATT!?

-Marty McFly,

Back To The Future

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DR. WILL NAPIER, 

DIRECTOR OF QUALITY CONTROL

Favorite Movie Quote:

WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT!

-Chief Brody,

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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