About the Jury

About the Jury

Lydia Moyer (Head Of Jury)

(Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental/Music Video, Animation)
Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in central Virginia. She runs the new media program in the art department at the University of Virginia. Her films have appeared at film festivals all over the world including the Mountaineer Short Film and Video Festival where her film “Black Damp” won “Best Documentary” earlier this year.

Simon Boyes

(Narrative Feature/Narraitve Short)
Simon Boyes is one of underground horror’s most promising writers. Ever since breaking onto the scene with 2006’s “Broken” (which he co-directed with his writing partner Adam Mason) Simon has written or co-written some of the best underground horror films of the last decade including “The Devil’s Chair,” “Luster,” and “Blood River,”, which won the Narrative Feature category at the 2009 West Virginia Filmmakers Festival. Simon is also the author of the 2009 novel “Asylum.”

Kevin Carpenter

(Narrative Feature/Documentary Feature)
is the founder of the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, and acted as director from 2001-2009. He’s also the creator of the Jeremiah Carpenter Trail, a member of the West Virginia Filmmakers Guild, and owner of the Elk Hotel.

Patrick Felton

(Narrative Short)
Patrick Felton is the director of the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival. He is participating on the jury under duress.

Steve Fesenmaier

(Documentary Feature/Documentary Short)
Steve Fesenmaier was the head of the West Virginia Library Commission’s famous film archives for over two decades. He has programmed films all over the state including at the Labelle Theater in South Charleston and as part of the West Virginia International Film Festival in Charleston. Steve is currently Editor-In-Chief of TheGazz.com’s WV Film Blog.

Gerald Habarth

(Documentary Short/Documentary Feature/Experimental/Animation/Music Video)
Gerald Habarth is an Assistant Professor of Arts in the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. He is the founder of Mountaineer Short Film and Video Festival which is held annually in Morgantown, WV. He has shown his work in numerous group and solo exhibits in both Chile and the US, including the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Film Festival.

Adam Mason

(Narrative Feature/Narrative Short)
Adam Mason is one of underground horror’s most promising directors. Ever since breaking onto the scene with 2006’s “Broken” (which he co-directed with his writing partner Simon Boyes) Adam directed some of the most shocking underground horror films of the decade including “The Devil’s Chair” “Luster” “Blood River” and “Pig” for which he was featured in Fangoria Magazine.
Marc Porter
Marc is a faculty professor of Film at West Virginia State University. He loves films from the 1980s.

Jesse Rivard

(Narrative Feature/Narrative Short)
Jessie is a producer, and location films of motion pictures. Earlier this year, Jessie organized and judged Festivall Charleston’s 72 Hour Film Project along with WV Filmmaker of the Year Nominee Bob Wilkinson.

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