We have some amazing guests and independent filmmakers lined up this year, who will be taking part in Q&As and other special presentations. Stay tuned for more info and the complete schedule!

2021 Guests

  • Amanda Rae Jones

    Amanda is an award-winning Producer and innovative financial operative who offers 25 years of experience in identifying industry trends for greater market impact through opportunity. Focused on applying strategic thought leadership and consensus building techniques in high velocity industries, she is also a passionate cinephile, a published author, certified Sommelier and Co-Founder of Wandering Dragon Productions.


  • Ryan Spickard – The Stairs

    With a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, Ryan is a graduate from the International Stunt School and has been heavily involved in stunts since 2005.  He currently teaches and trains for fight performances on stage and screen as the co-artistic director of Performers Forge. Ryan is the executive producer of The Stairs.


  • Josh Crotty – The Stairs

    Josh Crotty (“Dirty Doug” – The Stairs) was born in Vancouver, Washington, just outside Portland Oregon. He was surrounded by all sorts of artistic influences including the two most prominent, his parents. Everything from culinary arts, playing multiple instruments to producing full on homemade TV and film “productions” with his extended family. With a reputation for being a bit of a troublemaker he left his hometown and landed in Los Angeles. His lack of classical training and “let’s just do it and see how it works” attitude worked in his favor as he has nabbed film and television ever since.


  • Jason Lowe – The Stairs

    With an unquenchable thirst for movies, no matter the genre, Jason has probably seen it.  He has been working in the industry since 2006 and has received 3 nominations for best writing for his recent work on The Stairs.


  • Ryan Purcell – The Stairs

    With over 60 film credits, his years of film work around the globe has given Mr. Purcell an observer’s eye. Having the opportunity to have worked under Vilmos Zsigmond and Hanskel Wexler has influenced him greatly. He recently received the European Cinematography Award and International Horror Hotel Award for Best Cinematographer on The Stairs, and has shot a dozen other award winning feature films and festival winning shorts.


  • Anisha Savan – Ghost Me

    Anisha Savan is a film writer, director, editor and producer based in New York City. In addition to narrative work, she has had the pleasure of directing music videos, fashion ads, and contemporary dance films. Her first horror short, He Comes From a Good Family, was released in 2020, receiving several awards across festivals. Her latest horror short, Ghost Mewon Best Horror at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and picked up both Best Horror and the Audience Award at the European Short Film Festival. Ghost Me will have it’s U.S. premiere at Portland Horror Film Festival.


  • Craig Ouellette – $TRIP

    Craig Ouellette grew up in Denver, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. He graduated with honors from the University of Iowa and studied directing with Judith Weston. He has written and directed more than 25 short films, most in the horror, thriller, and action genres. Those short films have over 70,000,000 views online, have played numerous festivals, and won multiple awards.
    When his Mom was diagnosed with Cancer, Craig captured her year-long ordeal on video. The resulting feature documentary, “The Closer She Gets”, played at Slamdance, won best documentary at Zero Film Festival, and has been used by hospice care professionals to help families cope with their own cancer journeys.

    Craig is also an avid traveler -50 states, 40+ countries and counting. He finds inspiration in the uniqueness of other places, people and cultures. He blogs about it at


  • Edward Martin III

    Edward Martin III is a writer and filmmaker scrabbling together a semblance of home in the Pacific Northwest. He’s surrounded by looming evergreens with sullen boughs, mountains that ponder the nature of death, and a relentless sea that dissolves everything it touches. His most recent movies are “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” (an animated adaptation of the Lovecraft novel), “Flesh of my Flesh” (a bizarre zombie horror set in the too-near future), and “The Dead,” a drama set at a wake. Several other film projects are in development at this time. He has also written and directed four web series “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse for Zombies,” “Head of House,” and “Scuba Dooba-Doo (an entirely underwater web series) and is working on two more. Because sleep, apparently, is an option. Find him online at


  • Gavin V. Murray – Red Snow

    Cinematographer, Red Snow

    Gavin was born in San Francisco, CA to artist parents. He didn’t have a chance. Falling in love with film and lighting in high school, Gavin went on to work on commercials, features, shorts and music videos, learning from his mentors and contemporaries, adding to his ever growing toolbox of solutions and style that he implements on each set. So far his work has taken him across the world, shooting in Tokyo, London, Shanghai, and Idaho. He loves horror and comedy, probably stemming from an early sleepover choice of Evil Dead II.


  • Jason Wilkinson – She. Picked. Me.

    As an avid movie lover and Filmmaker, Jason has pursued and forged his own career path thus far. In college he was accepted into the BFA program at Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in both Theatrical Performance and Vocal Performance. Since graduating, he’s worked with several production companies in the Pacific Northwest like Killing Time Productions, Deep Sky Studios, Black Bald Films, endHaven Productions, DNA PDX, and Why? Films. He is an award winning Director who specializes in writing, directing, and assembly editing short films, television pilots, feature films, commercials and documentaries. One trait he truly values is “collaborating with driven, honest, and innovative creatives.”


  • Jeremy Castro-Cook – Razor Tail

    Hello, this is Mr. Salad. I am a filmmaker and curator of events showcasing different mediums of art. If you would like to see more of my work and more about me, my website is


  • Justin Zimmerman – Jack the Radio: Creatures

    Justin Zimmerman, MFA in Film, is a nationally recognized writer, director and professor. His narrative and documentary work has appeared in more than 150 film festivals across the globe and has been broadcast on national public television, where he won two international television awards. He’s also been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, he contributed a story to the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Love Is Love, and his script and comic work has been optioned on multiple occasions. You can see more of Zimmerman’s personal work at his website:


  • Lyndsey Bohlender – Red Snow

    Casting Director, Red Snow

    Lyndsey has worn many hats as an actress, art director, and casting director. In 2019, she co-directed the horror short film “Audiobook of the Dead”, which premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival and went on to play Salem Horror Fest, Another Hole in the Head, and many more. Lyndsey loves horror films that feature strong heroines like Laurie Strode and Buffy Summers, so she is excited for horror fans to see Olivia Romo kick ass in Red Snow.


  • Matt Koski

    Matt Koski is a creative technician. A Tucson native, he’s been producing animation and music for 12 years in Portland. He was influenced by Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” watching the film frame by frame. His past projects include a music video for the band Towers, a segment for 100 Friends of Finland, and giving Johnny Marr a ride to his gig.


  • Monica Suriyage – La Ciguapa Siempre

    Monica Suriyage is a biracial, blasian, Afro Latina director and on – camera host. Her first horror film “Black In Red Out” screened at over twenty film festivals and led to her being featured in the documentary “Horror Noire” about the history of black horror, alongside icons like Jordan Peele, Tony Todd and Rachel True. Her digital short form shows on Snapchat and Facebook, music videos and branded beauty campaigns have millions of views online. Monica has also recently joined Fatale Collective, a team of all women horror directors. Her current project “La Ciguapa Siempre” is a horror short film in collaboration with Netflix and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. She likes pretty things, scary things, and pretty scary things.


  • Nico Bellamy – Red Snow

    Nico Bellamy (“Luke”, Red Snow)

    Although he had the opportunity to study law or medicine at the best schools in the world, Nico Bellamy decided not to apply himself throughout his entire academic life, and instead moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue a more stable career as an actor and writer. He is proud to have made a second home for himself on the stages at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and theaters along the West Coast, and excited to have a role in Red Snow that he can really dig his teeth into.


  • Peter “Drago” Tiemann

    “The Stairs” is Drago’s directorial debut after 20 years behind the camera as a Second-Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator. He has a 100% safety record and is the co-chair for the SAG/AFTRA Stunt & Safety Committee for the Pacific Northwest, he is also a member of the Director’s Guild of America.
    This is his fourth feature film as a producer and is the Co-Founder of Wandering Dragon Productions & Hazard Factory Stunts & Effects.


  • Rollyn Stafford – Zombie Walk

    Rollyn Stafford works primarily as a director, actor and stand-in in Portland, Oregon. Credits include ‘Grimm’, ‘The Librarians’, Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Romance’, ‘Zombies Like To Watch’, ‘1 Dead Dog’, ‘Road to Bob”, and ‘Exorcist: The Fallen’. When not making movies, Rollyn works for the Portland Art Museum/NW Film Center and follows Bob Dylan on tour.


  • Sean Nichols Lynch – Red Snow

    Sean Nichols Lynch is a filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for genre movies. His new feature, the Christmas-set vampire horror comedy Red Snow, had its world premiere at Panic Fest and will have its international debut at FrightFest London. His feature-length debut Prep School is now available on VOD. For more about Sean, visit


  • Teddy Tenenbaum – Koreatown Ghost Story

    As writers, Teddy Tenenbaum & Minsun Park have combined experience in features and television, including pilot sales, staff writing, feature spec sales, and feature and television assignments (including The Grudge film series, the Hellraiser reboot, and the series Ghost Whisperer). They have written separately and together, and currently write both as a team and as solo writers. They specialize in genre writing and directing, including horror, thriller, and action, typically with a humorous edge. With Minsun’s background as an Asian-American woman born in Korea and Teddy’s experience as a White dude from Ohio, they cover a lot of bases.


  • Tim Shechmeister – Hello?

    Tim Shechmeister is a writer, director, and educator living in Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA’s MFA directing program, Tim sold his 2011 thesis film VIRAL to Sony Screen Gems to be adapted into a horror feature. He’s currently developing projects for film and TV, and loves horror like nothin’ else in this world, or the one beyond.


  • Trey Anderson – Performance Anxiety

    “Performance Anxiety” is the directorial debut for Trey Anderson, who wrote the script as well. His film heroes include Sam Raimi, Robert Townsend, and Bugs Bunny. At home in Long Beach, Trey loves wrestling with his 18 month old son, watching the NBA while whispering, “that coulda been me” under his breath, and dominating the trivia portion of family game night.