Judges for the 2018 Youth Action Film Festival:
Ryan Schwenn is a junior at New Tech High @ Coppell and a student in New Tech’s film program, FUZE. A veteran of the FUZE Show, Ryan has also appeared in front of and behind the camera in several award-winning shorts submitted to the Dallas International Film Festival, the Better Business Bureau North Texas Film Competition, and the World of Seven Billion Student Film Contest. Ryan Schwenn has also worked and collaborated previously with several other film programs, including the SMU Advertising Department and CHS’ KCBY program. Experienced in many different aspects of film, Ryan is very excited to be returning as a judge this year.
Daniel Larva is a junior at New Tech High @ Coppell and a veteran of the Fuze program. Daniel has experience in operating a camera, audio equipment, directing, and editing. He also has experience working in large teams. In the first annual YAFF competition, his group received the award for The Best Short Film for their film Vanished. Later in his Fuze career, Daniel has worked on shorts accepted to the Dallas International Film Festival and the Better Business Bureau North Texas Film Competition. He has prepared to work with SMU on their student-led commercials.
Andrew Patterson is an award winning filmmaker, with credits as a writer, director and producer. His first film Subtle Voices: Cries from Colombia (2006) was an official selection at both the Delray Beach Film Festival and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. His second film, Let There Be Zombies (2014) premiered to a sold out crowd of over seven hundred fans at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas. The film won the People’s Choice Award at the Interurban Film Festival and the Award of Merit at Indie Fest. Let There Be Zombies is currently available On Demand through multiple platforms such as Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Xbox Video, Playstation, and Google Play. His production company, Film Patterson LLC, is currently in post-production for their next feature film called Prepper which is scheduled to premiere this summer. Andrew also teaches AP Human Geography at Coppell High School and believes that education is the key to shaping the mind of our next generation and is excited to be a part of creating that future. Andrew is married to his wife Lara and resides in McKinney, Texas where he finds rest and comfort while reading, watching movies and playing with his dogs.
Daniel Larva is a junior at New Tech High @ Coppell and part of Fuze III. Daniel has experience in operating a camera, audio equipment, directing, and editing. He also have experience working in large teams. In the first annual YAFF competition, his group received the award for The Best Short Film for their film Vanished.
Chanelle is the Youth Media Specialist for KQED Learning. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.
Rachel Roberson is KQED’s news education manager. Before coming to KQED, she spent 14 years as a middle school reading, writing and social studies teacher leader in San Francisco, Abu Dhabi and Austin.