Introducing the North Bay Art & Film Festival’s Prestigious Panel of Jurors!

Mark Vashro

Mark Vashro

Film Juror

Mark Vashro is an actor and filmmaker originally from Boise, ID and now calls the Bay Area his home. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in acting and one in film production. He works as an actor and producer on commercials, industrials, short films, feature films, as well as live theater.

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He has produced several feature films including a cross country bicycling documentary titled “Bike Against the Wind” for which he won Best Director at the Boise Film Festival. He has also produced many short films including “Thunder Road” the 2016 Sundance Grand Jury prize winner. He is currently producing a filmed play reading series called “The Highlighter Reading Series”, with which he is pulling the curtain back on the creative process of theatre. As he continues to learn about the world around him, he is always excited to find new stories.
Joanne Butcher

Joanne Butcher

Film Juror

Joanne Butcher has worked extensively with hundreds of filmmakers from the US, UK, Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America. She was the former Director of the Alliance Cinema on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, IFP/Miami and a founder of IFP/National.

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She collaborated for 9 years with the Brazilian Film Festival and served on their Jury. She created and spearheaded the Florida Statewide Film Competition that provided $200,000 cash and services to a feature film. Joanne served as the global marketing curator for YouTube’s UK Movie Channel. She has taught film financing and screenwriting.
George Maguire

George Maguire

Film Juror

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.

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His over 35 film and TV credits include FIGHT CLUB, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, METRO, THE SWEETEST THING, OPAL, THE DOG LOVER, 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. Upcomming projects include the remake of NOSFERATU, and JERRY OF JUPITER as an Associate Producer. 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.
Jacalyn Evone

Jacalyn Evone

Film Juror

Scriptwriter, Producer, Director, Cinematography and Editor,Jacalyn Evone has both hosted, produced, and directed over 300 local productions for public access and cable TV, including Berkeley Community Media, Vallejo Community Access Television, and Oakland Channel 78.

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Her film productions include two award-winning documentaries, short films and commercial programming. Her current feature length motion picture STRIPES begins its festival circuit tour this 2016. Her films have screened at festivals across the country. She has participated in the background of local film festivals, has served as a past festival juror, and reviewed films with MPAA, Motion Picture Association of America in Los Angeles in the determination and classification of the motion picture film rating to be applied. Her portfolio includes videography, photography and video editing for individuals such as Muhammad Ali, Actor Brock Peters, Hip Hop Rap Artist Suga-T, and Dr. Yvonne Cole, gospel recording artist, speaker, and foster mother of famed platinum recording artist Keyshia Cole.

A scriptwriter for both stage and film, her stage play “America The Beautiful?” was cast with the help of actor Felton Perry, with its premier debut hosted by actor Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role as T.C. in the Magnum P.I. TV Series. A graduate of the Academy of Art University, Motion Picture and Television, she served at the helm as past Board Chair of Vallejo Community Access Television where she continues as a producer.

TJ Walkup

TJ Walkup

Film Juror

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.

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As a stringer TJ Walkup has sold stories to every major affiliate.He is a recipient of a Cine Golden Eagle Award for the docs-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.

Patricia LaMarr

Patricia LaMarr

Film Juror

An Executive Director at Northern California Filmmakers Coalition in Sacramento, CA, an organization founded to encourage individuals in filmmaking or film related areas towards developing and producing film projects.

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Established on July 12, 2012, members collaborate on film projects and attend presentations and workshops. Their goal is to serve as an anchor for the filmmaking community through building a strong networking system, while focused on principles of integrity and professionalism in the industry. Serving at the helm of this organization, Patricia LaMarr offers a valuable perspective to the juror panel.
Kareem Grimes

Kareem Grimes

Honorary Judge

In order to succeed we must first believe that we can.
-Michael Korda

Actor Kareem Grimes has not only believed that he would be a success in life, he is a living testament to that school of thought. The Los Angeles native has had his sights set on gracing the silver screen since the age of nine and has never once looked back.

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As a child he would watch the popular television show Different Strokes and convinced himself that he could play the role that Gary Coleman so eloquently coveted. Kareem’s natural comedic timing and innate ability to entertain made that goal not in the least bit farfetched. Nicknamed “Baby Flip” for his questionable resemblance to super comic Flip Wilson, the budding thespian would pretend as if he was Flip’s character “Geraldine” to the delight of anyone who would listen. “I was always that kid who pop-locked at the party, always showboating. I loved the attention and pretending to be someone that I wasn’t,” he maintains. Little did he know that during those same impromptu sessions, he was building a foundation that would later prepare him for his foray into a world of cattle calls, agents, unions, and the usual barrage of auditions.

By the time he was a teenager, he was well versed on the in’s and out’s of the business; displaying professionalism, passion, and dedication to his craft. Things really started to roll, John Singleton gave him his first speaking roll in Boyz N The Hood (Ice Cream Truck kid). Though just playing a bit part, he delivered such an impressive performance that folks began to take notice and he soon found himself rubbing elbows with some industry heavyweights. His passion for acting and faith in God slowly brought him out of the trenches to landing plum roles in television shows, TV (Bones ,Castle, ER, The Riches, C.S.I, Castle, Standoff, Crossing Jordan, A Recurring role on The Shield etc.) commercials (Pizza Hut, Subway, Coors Light,24 Hour Fitness, Bud Light), theater Love’s Holiday, Purple Stuff TV Web Comedy Sketch Show), and feature films (Jarhead, Baby Boy, Perfect Combination, Too Legit To Quit The MC Hammer Story, Legendary). “You’ve got to know that you want this. You got to eat, sleep, and live it. It’s not just something that’s part time for me, it’s an everyday thing. Like I always say to my friends-treat your career like it’s a bank account, if you deposit into your career, your returns will be great,” Kareem Grimes.