John Wildman is a multi-faceted presence in the entertainment world, known for his work as a film and film festival publicist, consultant, filmmaker, journalist, and critic.
Currently, Wildman is the publicist and consultant for a number of national regional film festivals, including; the Dallas International Film Festival, Tallgrass International Film Festival, Oxford FF, Women Texas FF, Bentonville FF, Harlem International FF, Indie Memphis FF, San Luis Obispo FF, EARTHxFilm, Louisiana Film Prize, the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (Austin), as well as the Dallas Comedy Festival.
He is also the managing editor and lead columnist of Festworks.com, and a host on The Daily Buzz NPR broadcast reporting from Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes. His feature film directorial debut, the grindhouse art-horror thriller THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE was released to critical acclaim in 2015, and his short film, THE MONEY STORE screened on the film festival circuit last year.
Wildman was formerly the Senior Publicist for the New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, the Chaplin Award Gala, and the Director of Press and Public Relations for the American Film Institute. As a journalist, he was a contributor to Film Comment.com and Film Threat, among other publications prior to that, including Movie City News and Moving Pictures Magazine.com. Wildman also wrote and produced the Vision Awards for several years, which aired on the ION and PAX Networks and benefitted Retinitis Pigmentosa International. His work in television production included the following shows/series: Jingle Ball Rock (FOX), Essence Music Festival (UPN), Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert (FOX), Tim McGraw: Sing Me Home (NBC), Christmas in Aspen (ABC), Janet Jackson “All For You” in Hawaii (HBO), Music In High Places (series) (MTV, DirecTV), and the 2000, 2001 & 2003 Radio Music Awards (ABC) (NBC).
Mona Kasra, MFA, Ph.D. is a cross-disciplinary scholar and a creative practitioner, who explores and experiments with existing and emerging media. She has exhibited work in numerous gallery and online exhibitions and has programmed, curated, and served as a juror for several film festivals and art exhibitions. In 2016, she served as Conference Chair at ACM SIGGRAPH, undertaking an engaged role in the strategic planning, leading, and managing of the world’s largest, most influential annual conference on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Mona is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design at the University of Virginia (UVa).
Paula Goldberg is a storyteller, educator, lover of coffee and salt and someone who is fiercely optimistic that at 52 percent of the population, women can be a political and artistic force. Constantly reinventing herself – she has worked in corporate america, academia and artistically as an actor, screenwriter, producer and director. Credits include the feature screenplay, The Perfect Family staring Kathleen Turner and Emily Deschanel, directing the 3rdseason of the Roland Joffe produced MTV series, Undressed, creating the original web series, Inappropriate Workplace and most impressively, raising an 11- year old son. Guess which has been the toughest gig?!
Kyle Kondas is a local media producer, professor, podcaster and artist in the DFW area. Currently Kyle runs video for “Therefore” a trans-media art, performance, and sound group who just held their most recent show at the AT&T Performance Center, “The Alexa Dialouges”, this past May. Also Kyle produces and cohosts The North Texas Beer Podcast and The 937st Best podcast on the Internet, and is one of the hosts on Next Issue and Just A Sec, two live video podcasta on the Dallas on Air Network.
Jamie Laughlin is a North Texas-based culture critic and former Village Voice Media arts editor. When she’s not squirreled away in a dark theater, she’s contributing to D Magazine, the Dallas Observer and Art and Seek.