Judges 2012

RJ Mitte (DRAMA)

RJ Mitte plays Walt Jr. on AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad, now off to a supercharged season two. He also plays the lead role inHouse of Last Things, a fantasy/Thriller now in post-production. We at Burbank International Film festival are thrilled to have him aboard as one of our finalist judges in Sci-Fi and Horror.

Max Williams (DRAMA)

Max stars as the lead in IFC’s dark comedy series Bullet in the Face. Max’s other credits include the HBO original series, Arliss, CBS’s The District and most recently the Showtime series Shameless. Max was nominated as Best Actor for the film The Lucky 7.

Brittney Powell (WEBISODE/NEW MEDIA)

A native of Burbank, Brittney is no stranger to the webisode world. She starred as Dr. Randi Minki on 11 episodes of the comedy web series Safety Geeks: SVI. On television, Brittney played Summer Holloway on General Hospital with other TV roles including NCIS, Two and A Half Men, Beverly Hills 90210 and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Daniel Roebuck (DRAMA)

Local Burbank resident, veteran of TVs Lost and a familiar face to fans of the hit series Matlock, Roebuck played legal assistant Clifford Lewis for three seasons, and has logged roles in such telefilms as Caught in the Crossfire, Runaway Father, the small screen remake of The Dirty Dozen and The Killing Mind on Lifetime. He also shared a small piece of television history with a role in the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation which resurrected Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock and introduced the new TV series.

Patricia Bethune (DRAMA)

Patricia Bethune, is best known for her recurring roles as Dr. Edna on AMC’s Emmy winning show Mad Men and on HBO’s hit show True Blood. Bethune’s over 50 film and television appearances include Species III, Sons of Tucson, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Cold Case. Patricia is a spokesperson for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and co-wrote the handbook “What Can I Do? A guide for family and friends of caregivers.”

Robert Picardo (SCI-FI/HORROR)

Robert played the holographic doctor on Star Trek: Voyager and created the role of Richard Woolsey on Stargate SG1, Stargate: Atlantis and SGU. Other genre TV credits include Supernatural, Smallville, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Crypt. Horror films include 976-EVIL, Gremlins, and the classic werewolf film, The Howling.

Larissa Gomes (SCI-FI/HORROR)

Larissa starred in Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Saw VI and appeared in Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse and Miramax’s Get Over It. Her many TV credits include CSI: Miami, La Femme Nikita, Out of Practice and was a series regular on ABC’s prime time drama In Justice. Larissa is also an established singer/songwriter and has toured the world from North America to Europe and Asia. We are excited to have Larissa back for the second year on our Sci-Fi.

John Billingsley (SCI-FI/HORROR)

John Billingsley, Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Enterprise, graduated from Bennington College where he studied theatre. He moved to Los Angeles and was cast in NYPD Blue and guest-starred on The Practice, Profiler, The X-Files. In l999, Stephen Spielberg cast him in The Others. John’s guest starring Taxi Gatwick work includes The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Star Gate, and Angel. His most recent credits include NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, CSI: NY, 24, and Alan Ball’s True Blood as Coroner Mike.

Bonita Friedericy (SCI-FI/HORROR)

Bonita is familiar to Trek fans as Rooney from Star Trek: Enterprise and can currently can be seen in the Taxi Heathrow to London television series Chuck as NSA Director Diane Beckman. She has also appeared on Veronica Mars, Bones, The Nine, The West Wing, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in the film Christmas with the Kranks.

Marc Zicree (SCI-FI/HORROR)

Author of the best-selling “The Twilight Zone Companion,” Saturn Award winner in 2011. Marc’s credits include Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: DS9, Babylon 5 and Sliders. Marc wrote and directed an episode for the popular webseries Star Trek New Voyages and is an authority on Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, having written 15 screenplays and over 100 teleplays.


Joe Nation started making films on VHS with his two brothers. In 2008, Joe moved to Los Angeles to pursue the Big dream. Joe spends his time working Writing/Directing, experimenting, making creative mistakes, and spending quality time with his dog, Wonton Sombrero. Joe is now one of the biggest writer/directors on Youtube with over 450,000 viewers. Joe now makes a living completely off of his Youtube productions.

Bill Plympton (ANIMATION)

Two-time Oscar nominee for animated shorts, and the acknowledged “King of Indie Animation”. Bill is also a former cartoonist for the New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw. He has the distinction of being the only person to hand-draw an entire animated feature film (in fact NINE so far!). In addition to being an honoree, Bill is the presenter for this year’s inaugural “Plympton Award for Indie Animation” which will go to an entrant of the Burbank International Film Festival, annually.


Writer/director/producer of the animated spoof of Dirty Harry film Magnum Farce, the multiple-award-winning short based on the feature-film script now in production at Bella Fe Films. Ken is executive producer of the documentary Adventures In Plymptoons, whose subject is twice Oscar-nominated indie animator Bill Plympton.

David Reddick (ANIMATION)

David is a professional cartoonist, fine artist, and creator of the comic strips “The Trek Life” for CBS/STARTREK.COM, “Gene’s Journal”, “Legend of Bill” and “Rod & Barry” at Roddenberry.com. David is a full-time cartoonist at Paws Inc. where he works on the “Garfield” comic strip. David’s comics and cartoons have appeared in magazines like Star Trek Magazine, Knights of the Dinner Table, Nickelodeon and has created product designs for Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios, Roddenberry Productions, and the NCAA. Learn more about Dave on his website at www.davidreddickstudio.com

Andrew Lema (ANIMATION)

Andrew Lema graduated from Woodbury University with a BA in Animation. He started his career in Visual Effects for the hit TV series ”Smallville” and “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. In 2007 and 2008 he received 2 Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design” for the cable series Sport Science. His continued success includes such feature films as Tron: Legacy, Thor, and most recently Red Tail to name a few. In 2010 along with his older brother Gemmer (also a Woodbury Graduate), they started their own independent production company, Lema Productions which provides Visual FX, Graphic Design and Architectural Drafting services.

Kitty M. Love (ANIMATION)

Programmer for Burbank Events for Women In Animation, including lectures and “Pitch Night,” Kitty is a storyboard artist, animator, background arits and character designer and a key administrator for this year’s Full Day of Animation.


Burbank’s own proprietor of House of Secrets comics book store, Paul is also a comics publisher of Five Color Comics and art publisher, whos Art of Fiction publications showcase independent talents that are deserving of recognition and publication: “We practice the art of visual storytelling to compel you to enjoy and appreciate the ‘Art of Fiction’ in all its limitless forms and functions.”

Jim Thompson

Program Director at University of Southern Califorma (USC) for Duke University’s “Duke in LA” program, Jim’s annual “Genre Matters” conference routinely includes the impact of Graphic Novels and Comic Books on modern and historical cinema.

Raul Aguirre Jr.

A sixteen-year veteran of Nickelodeon, FOX and Disney, where he was a protégé of Glen Keane on Treasure Planet. Raul is an instructor at Gnomon School of Visual Effects, an active freelancer, and host of the Man vs. Art podcast which interviews industry professionals and provides information, inspiration, and entertainment for artists.


Storyboard Supervisor for Disney and author of “Storyboard Secrets: The Complete Guide to Professional Storyboarding,” Sherm was Lead Storyboard artist for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, writer and storyboard supervisor for the TV show, and has supervised, worked layout and written for Phineas and Ferb, Fish Hooks, The Might B! and layout for The Ren & Stimpy Show.


Ted has worked storyboards for Family Guy, Hey Arnold! The Movie, SpongeBob SquarePants, and is a self-published comic book artist whose influences include Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby.

Heather Osborne-Thompson, Ph.D. (WOMEN FILMMAKERS)

Heather is an Assistant Professor at Californai State University, Fullerton, in the Department of Radio-TV-Film. She teaches courses in the critical study of television, including “Critical Studies: TV” and “Children’s Television,” and is the author of articles on female comedians’ reality series and the history of fake presidential candidates on American television.