2015 MAD Festival Design Juror – CF Payne – website
C.F. Payne is an artist-illustrator whose artwork has graced the covers of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Reviewand Sunday Magazine, MAD Magazine, der Spiegel, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, Boys Life and more. He has been commissioned to paint countless politicians, authors and entertainers. He has illustrated ten children’s picture books, including The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, written by John Lithgow.
His artwork has been exhibited at The Cincinnati Art Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Society of Illustrators Museum of American Illustration, The Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design and numerous college and university galleries.
2015 MAD Festival Audio Juror – Avery Bremner (aka) DJ Aversive – website
Avery Bremner (aka DJ Aversive) is a soaring new electronic music producer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has released original material with multiple labels including MalLabel Music (San Fransico USA) and The Outtallectuals (London UK). She has performed at festivals and ground breaking electronic music events in western Canada since 2012. She is known for producing tracks which are consistently pushing the boundaries between genres and exploring new territory with sound design.
2015 MAD Festival Motion Juror – Kori Feener – website
Kori Feener is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who believes in the power of storytelling. Her most recent feature work, Hard Way Home, gave her the opportunity to turn the camera on herself as she attempted to thru-hike 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The film takes on surprising meaning about the values of human connection and the power of letting go as Kori engages in a process of overcoming the aftermath of a difficult relationship. Hard Way Home premiered at the Virginia Film Festival in 2013 to a sold-out crowd and went on to win the Best Feature award at the Chattanooga Film Festival.
Her previous documentary works include: Where There is a Will, a feature about a Massachusetts family struggling with the emotional and financial results of their son’s traumatic brain injury and Off-Season, a short portrait of an elder woman taking care of the cows on a Haverhill, MA farm. Kori has also worked as cinematographer on numerous narrative shorts that have screened at film festivals across the United States.
In the past year, Kori worked as Assistant Editor to the award-winning documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, joined the prestigious Non-Fiction Cartel in Boston, MA and began a documentary feature collaboration entitled Bea with Allen Moore, a long time cinematographer to the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns.
Kori earned a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from the University of Tampa and an M.F.A in Media Art at Emerson College.
2015 MAD Festival Presenter – Tom Estlack – Multimedia Artist – website
Tom Estlack currently lives and works in Pittsburgh. He studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenija. His work has been shown in the United States and Europe.
Tom’s artistic practice is centered on the use of visual/aural information and viewer/participant interaction in order to create art that arouses an awareness of social issues and evokes an appreciation for paradox. His studio work involves interactive/kinetic sculpture/installation, animation, digital/interactive multimedia, music and performance. Recent exhibitions include ‘Celebrate’ at Percolate Art space (Pittsburgh, PA) and ‘Shoebox’ at Todd Art Gallery (Murfreesboro, TN).
2015 MAD Festival Presenter – Will Kuhn – Music Technology – willkuhn.com
Mr. Kuhn is the Department Chair and Music Technology instructor at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio. In 2006, he designed an innovative Music Tech curriculum focused on amateur music production, which as of this writing involves over 350 students annually. His lab-based courses and student projects are regularly featured at regional music education events. Nationally, he gives clinics and workshops on revitalizing school music programs for the 21st century.
|West Liberty University Faculty – The following faculty members will be speaking, presenting sessions, and helping organize the festival.
William Baronak – Communication Faculty – website
Sarah Davis – Art Faculty – website
Brian Fencl – Art Department Chair – website
Theresa Gretchen – Executive Producer of WLU-TV 14 – website
Moon Jung Kang – Art Faculty – website
James Haizlett – Art Faculty – website
Matthew Harder – Music Faculty – website
Lou Karas – Director of Center for Arts and Education – website
Meta Lasch – Theater Faculty – website
Christian Lee – Communications Faculty – website
Martyna Matusiak – Art Faculty – website
Jeff Pfister – Communications Faculty – website
Jared Thompson – Video Production Specialist – website
Robert Villamagna – Art Faculty – website