Jury

The Freeland Film Festival Jury will award filmmakers in the following categories.

Best Feature, Jury Award Winner – Sponsored trip to Southeast Asia or Africa to present film to local film artists and activists. Invitation to join and permission to film a Freeland frontline activity on wildlife or community protection. Festival laurels and award.
Best Short, Jury Award Winner – Sponsored trip to Southeast Asia or Africa to present film to local film artists and activists. Invitation to join and permission to film a Freeland frontline activity on wildlife or community protection. Festival laurels and award.
Best Local Film, Jury Award Winner – Membership with Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance and Milwaukee Film. Festival laurels and award.

Feature Jury

Jury Member Lashondra Scott

LaShondra Scott

LaShondra Scott is a visionary leader on a mission to change the conditions, mindsets and attitudes of community residents through transformative and mission-driven films and television shows. LaShondra is the President and CEO of Neo Soul Productions, and the President/Executive Director of a nonprofit called The 411 Live. Scott, a production executive for over 15 years, has produced and directed television programing, documentaries, video and radio content that has been broadcast on a variety of outlets including, MPTV, radio 1290 WMCS and cable outlets. Scott also creates inspiring videos for business, organizations and nonprofits.


Jury Member Mark Borchardt

Mark Borchardt

Mark Borchardt is a Milwaukee filmmaker, screenwriter and playwright. He has written on cinema, books and theater in a variety of publications and has been a recipient of the Milwaukee County Art Futures Fellowship. His latest film, “The Dundee Project” screened at Slamdance last year as well as opening night for the Wisconsin Film Festival. He’s also had three of his recent plays produced and/or read at Milwaukee’s Village Playhouse and Samuel French in Los Angeles. He cares about the environment as much as you do.


Shorts Jury

Jury Member Faythe Levine

Faythe Levine

Faythe Levine is the assistant curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Her personal creative practice and curatorial vision is centered around ongoing themes of community, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment and documentation. She has made it a priority that her projects stay approachable and accessible to a large audience, interacting with people in a way that establishes creativity as a vehicle towards personal independence. Levine’s two most widely known projects, Sign Painters (2013) and Handmade Nation (2009), both feature length documentaries with accompanying books, have toured extensively in formal and renegade outlets.


Jury Member Carl Bogner

Carl Bogner

Carl Bogner is an instructor in the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on film practice, experimental media, writing, and approaches to the ephemeral. He is also the director of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival.