As the 7th annual Top Shorts 2021 approaches, we're excited to announce this year's judging team!
Meet the team:
PREMIER JUDGE: DAVE EICHHORN
Dave Eichhorn is a multiple Emmy winning film and sound editor. Having worked on many Hollywood blockbusters, Dave has been awarded 3 Primetime Emmys, nominated 11 times, and has over 300 credits for clients like Disney, Netflix, HBO, Amazon, FOX, CBS, NBC, FX Network, Showtime, Hallmark, NatGeo, and more.
His rather unusual but comprehensive skillset as a film editor, supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer has landed him work with a who's who list of top-name Hollywood directors. He also has worked on numerous commercials and trailers for companies like Facebook, Subaru, and Nike.
Dave now owns and operates Post in the Woods in Los Angeles, a full-service post house geared specifically for indie filmmakers. "I just love working with talented new up-and-coming directors and producers, and they love having a one-stop-shop for professional film finishing services. I get to treat every project as if it were my own, while working one-on-one with filmmakers. This is easily the most creative and satisfying part of my career, and it’s a great way to utilize my 32 years of industry experience.”
JURY PRESIDENT: CASEY RUGGIERI
Casey Ruggieri is an L.A. based actor, writer, and filmmaker. Since graduating from Ithaca film school with a Cinema and Photography degree, Casey has written and worked in various formats, including commercial, tv, film, theater, improv and sketch. Casey released her short film “Drag” this year which has made it into the new horror film fest, Horrors 4 You. Casey's production company, Fernleaf Films, is currently in pre-production on her next two films, both of which, are genre-based.
Some of her onscreen credits include Oscar nominated “Gone Girl” (directed by David Fincher), Golden Globe winner “House of Lies”, “Tales of Halloween”, “Kroll Show”, “S.W.A.T.”, and “Party of Five”, as well as dozens of national commercials that allowed her to work with directors like Rian Johnson.
Casey is very active and passionate about her work with young students in the non-profit sector. She is currently a head mentor with Young Storytellers, an LA based nonprofit that works with elementary students, teaching them the fundamentals of storytelling and screenwriting.
Shaw Jones was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He majored in Psychology and English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and began acting after he landed a talent scholarship at KD Studio Actors Conservatory. Following that, he starred in the feature Dust to Dust alongside Wille Nelson and Robert Vaughn, then continued his journey by relocating to Los Angeles. Shaw has worked on NCIS, Shooter, Criminal Minds, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 911, Snowfall, All My Children, The Young and the Restless and many others. He can be seen in the upcoming feature film End of Sentence with Academy Award nominee John Hawkes.
Shaw can be seen as a lead in the sci-fi feature Proximity with two-time Emmy winning director Eric Demeusy.
Lisa Roumain is an award winning Actress based in Los Angeles. She was born in Puerto Rico, and grew up in South Florida. She has played a diverse range of characters in TV projects such as Yellowstone, Westworld, Grey’s Anatomy, & Criminal Minds, as well as worked on the core motion capture troupe in Avatar. This year, she can be seen in 8 upcoming films, the new series Blindspotting, and has just wrapped the first season of a new motion capture animated series.