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Blake is an award winning director, writer, and actor. His feature film writing and directing debut THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL world premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival to rave reviews and went on to win 8 Grand Jury Awards at film festivals around the globe.
His follow up film THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING (100% Rotten Tomatoes score), based on the NY Times Best Selling novel from Nancy Pickard, starred Maika Monroe, Maggie Grace, Will Patton, and Bonnie Bedelia among others. It world premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival as the opening night film and won 9 Grand Jury Awards on the festival circuit prior to a theatrical release by SP Releasing.
Sage Wallace-Williams is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a 2020 graduate from the University of Missouri where she received her M.A. in Documentary Journalism; previously, she earned her B.S. in Multimedia Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University. She has worked in several film spaces (including documentary and narrative films), and she has found a home in storytelling and wants to make filmmaking more equitable for all marginalized communities. She hopes to become a development executive and producer for films one day.
Caitlin is an artist, curator and teacher based in Kansas City Missouri. Grounded in the moving image but integrating installation, sound, sculpture, collaborations, curatorial work and community programming, her work investigates the obscure and overlooked landscapes of the everyday. It has been exhibited around the world receiving numerous awards and grants including a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art.
Leigh Kellmann Kolb is an Assistant Professor of English and Journalism at East Central College in Union, Missouri. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Westminster College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Lindenwood University. Ms. Kolb’s film and television criticism has been published in print and online publications, and she has been a screener for the True/ False and Citizen Jane film festivals, a juror for the St. Louis International Film Festival, and a board member and programmer for the Riverside Short Film Festival.