Taylor University is delighted to announce the guest speakers for Taylor’s Envision Film Festival, March 3-5, 2016.
Jonathan Bennett is a 2007 Taylor graduate who worked in the Camera Department on NBC’s Harry’s Law starring Kathy Bates. His credits include the newest film by Ang Lee, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, as well as the highly anticipated film Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. He has also worked on The Duff, Identity Thief, Powers, Rectify, and The Vampire Diaries. Jonathan is thrilled to be coming back to his alma mater.
The Festival also welcomes 2005 Taylor graduate Heidi Burkey, a documentary producer/director from Los Angeles. During her previous work with the nonprofit, Discover The Journey, she produced more than 45 documentary shorts advocating for social change on behalf of children. Her first feature documentary, Jedi Junior High, is a coming-of-age film about the theatrical aspirations of middle schoolers producing a musical version of Star Wars. Jedi Junior High will screen on March 3rd at 7pm in Mitchell Auditorium.
Heidi’s brother Jason Burkey is the festival’s third guest. He is an award-winning actor based in Atlanta. He has been in multiple feature films, including the 2012 surprise box-office success October Baby in which he was the male lead. Jason made his television debut in the CBS pilot, The Surgeon General and appeared in the film Mom’s Night Out.
Appearing by Skype will be Senior VP for Production at Dreamworks Animation, Christina Lee Storm. Storm is the treasurer of the Producers’ Guild of America, an award-winning international producer and Production Supervisor for the highly acclaimed, 2012 Oscar-winning film The Artist. Storm will talk about the role of the producer.
Workshops will be available on the topics of documentary editing, working in the camera department on a feature film, Steadicam operation, the RED Dragon digital cinematography camera. The public is welcome to register for any of the festival’s free events at envisionfilmfestival.com.