Judges of the 2007-2008 Boston Motion Picture Awards

International Short-Film Competition

In Rounds 1 and 2, the pool of applicants will be narrowed to 20 Semifinalists, and then to 10 Finalists. In Round 3, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners will be selected.

Stephen Root  |  Keiko Agena  |  Cirroc Lofton
Sayed Badreya  |  Ty Burr  |  Safa Sadeghpour
Aaron Howland  |  Seth Howland


Judges: Round 3
(More Judges Coming Soon!)

Stephen Root

Keiko Agena

Dodgeball
(Actor)
Office Space (Actor)
From the Earth to the Moon (Actor)
King of the Hill (Actor)

Born in Sarasota, FL, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida, but left before graduating when he won a regional audition for the National Shakespeare Company. After three years of touring with the troupe, Root settled in New York. His Broadway debut came in So Long on Lonely Street, which was followed by the Tony Award-winning All My Sons. A starring role in the Broadway national tour of Driving Miss Daisy brought Root to Los Angeles.

For five years, Stephen Root starred as Jimmy James in NBC's NewsRadio. Mike Judge cast Root in the animated Fox series King of the Hill, and later as Milton Waddams in the film Office Space. Since then, Root and his character Milton have become cult heroes. Root's other work includes roles in Dodgeball, From the Earth to the Moon, The West Wing, and Finding Nemo. He is currently shooting Mad Money with Queen Latifah and Diane Keaton.


Keiko Agena



Gilmore Girls
(Actress)
Kim Possible (Actress)
Western Avenue (Actress)

Keiko Agena began acting at the age of ten. In 1993, she made her first television appearance, on the popular show Renegade, and then followed up with appearances of shows such as ER; Beverly Hills, 90210; Felicity, and Without a Trace.

From 2000 to 2007, Agena played Lane Kim on the critically acclaimed show Gilmore Girls, while also making regular appearances on the Disney animated series Kim Possible. In addition to television work, Agena has also appeared in several independent short films, including Western Avenue, in which she starred opposite John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle).


Cirroc Lofton



Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
(Actor)
The Hoop Life (Actor)
The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks (Actor)

Born in Los Angeles, Lofton entered the acting arena at the age of nine. Lofton is known best for his work as Jake Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the son of Captain Ben Sisko, and the youngest regular cast member of any Star Trek series.

Lofton also played Curtis Thorpe, a young basketball phenom, in the acclaimed Showtime series The Hoop Life. He also had a recurring role on the ABC series Invasion, and will appear in the upcoming film, The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks.

Lofton resides in Los Angeles, is currently recording an album, and recently was cast in the independent feature Ball Don't Lie.


Sayed Badreya



Shallow Hal
(Actor)
The Insider (Actor)
AmericanEast (Writer, Actor)
T for Terrorist (Producer, Actor)

The Egyptian-born filmmaker Sayed Badreya realized a childhood dream when he won roles as an actor in major Hollywood films such as The Insider, Three Kings, Independence Day, and Stargate. Growing up in poverty in Port Said, his dreams of movie stardom looked as bleak as the prospect of peace in the Middle East. Movies were his escape from the Six Day War in 1967 through the Yom Kippur War in 1973. It was at this point that Sayed knew he was destined to be a part of the film world.

Sayed attended New York University film school, and then moved to Hollywood to pursue his film career. He worked as an assistant to actor-director Anthony Perkins and worked closely with director James Cameron on True Lies. Sayed later founded the production company Zoom In Focus, and produced and starred in T for Terrorist, which won Best Short Film at Boston International Film Festival. He also wrote and stars in the upcoming film AmericanEast.


Ty Burr



The Boston Globe
(Film Critic)
The Best Old Movies for Families (Author)

Ty Burr is a film critic for The Boston Globe, a position he has held since July 2002. For ten years prior to that, he worked for Entertainment Weekly as the magazine's chief video critic, and also covered film, music, theater, books, and the internet. He began his career at HBO in the 1980s, where he helped program the Cinemax pay-cable service.

Burr's latest book, The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together, was published by Anchor Books in February, 2007. Burr has also written articles on film and other subjects for The New York Times, Spin, The Boston Phoenix, and other publications. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.


Safa Sadeghpour



www.Beanywood.com (Founder)

Bio Coming Soon!



Judges: Rounds 1 & 2

Aaron Howland



The Albino Code (Director, Editor, Composer)
Interrogation (Producer, Editor)

Aaron Howland co-founded 7 Fluid Oz. Productions LLP in 2001. In 2006, he directed the critically acclaimed short film The Albino Code and produced the feature film Interrogation (currently in distribution talks). In 2003, he produced the award-winning short film Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective. In addition, his work has been screened at festivals across the US, released on DVD, and featured on CNN, MSNBC, and Inside Edition.


Seth Howland



The Albino Code (Producer)
Interrogation (Producer)

Seth Howland co-founded 7 Fluid Oz. Productions LLP in 2001. In 2006, he produced both the critically acclaimed short film The Albino Code and the feature film Interrogation (currently in distribution talks). In 2003, he produced the award-winning short film Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective. In addition, his work has been screened at festivals across the US, released on DVD, and featured on CNN, MSNBC, and Inside Edition.

International Spoof-Writing Competition

In Rounds 1 and 2, the pool of applicants will be narrowed to 20 Semifinalists, and then to 10 Finalists. In Round 3, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners will be selected.

Jane Bussmann  |  Trace Beaulieu  |  Siu Ta
Toddy Walters
Dennis Hurley  |  Aaron Howland


Judges: Round 3
(More Judges Coming Soon!)



South Park
(Writer, Actress)
So Graham Norton (Writer)
Smack the Pony (Writer)
Bussmann's Holiday (Writer, Actress)

Jane Bussmann began her career at 19, with a column for Britain’s Guardian newspaper. At 22, the BBC hired her to produce topical jokes for their radio presenters. She later wrote for the hit British sketch series Smack The Pony, which won two International Emmys.

In 2001, Bussmann was a writer for the controversial British Brass Eye Special. A satire about the media’s coverage of pedophilia, the show led to calls for new censorship regulation. Tony Blair was "dismayed" by the comedy. It was nominated for a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society Award.

Bussmann's live comedy, Bussmann's Holiday, recently premiered at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, followed by sell-out runs at Manhattan's 59e59 Theater and at England's Around the Fringes festival and Britdoc Festival. Bussmann has also written for both South Park and So Graham Norton.




Mystery Science Theater 3000
(Writer, Actor)
Freaks and Geeks (Actor)
America's Funniest Home Videos (Writer)
People Traps (Writer, Producer)

For seven years, Trace Beaulieu worked as a writer and actor, playing both Crow T. Robot and Dr. Clayton Forrester, on the cult-classic television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. After the seventh season ended, Beaulieu reprised his roles as writer and actor on Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Since then, Beaulieu has written for America's Funniest Home Videos, appeared as a regular in the sitcom Freaks and Geeks, and appeared in the 2001 "Bad Moon Rising" episode of The West Wing. In addition, Beaulieu wrote and produced a pilot entitled People Traps for the cable network Animal Planet, and wrote the script for the comic book Here Come the Big People, published by Event Comics.




Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
(Actress)
This Is Wonderland (Actress)
The Best Years (Actress)
Kata Practice (Writer, Producer, Director)

Siu is best known to Canadian audiences as “Nancy Dao," the feisty articling student turned criminal defense lawyer in three seasons of This is Wonderland (CBC). She is best known to American audiences as "Cindy Kim" in Harold & Kumar go to White Castle. Other film/tv credits include The Art of Woo (CFC Feature Film Project) and Leap Years (Showtime). Siu won a Best Actress award at the Hart House Film Festival for her work in God’s Goodness. Recently Siu played "Cynthia Song" in six episodes of The Best Years, a new TV series that will broadcast on The N in the States and Global Television in Canada.

On stage Siu has appeared in Soap Opera (Art in a Cup), Story of a Comfort Girl (Alumnae New Ideas), and Jishin (Danger Girl Productions). Last spring, she also appeared in the world premier of Hana's Suitcase at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People.




South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
(Actress)
South Park (Actress, Musician)
Orgazmo (Actress)

Toddy Walters is a Los-Angeles based singer, songwriter, voice-over talent, and eco-warrior. While a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Toddy was cast as the lead in the first movie that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone made, Cannibal! The Musical (Troma). October Films' 1999 release Orgazmo showed Toddy's comic timing and her curves. Toddy also played a character on Comedy Central's ill-fated show, That's My Bush. In addition to performing numerous voices for South Park, she also wrote spoof songs for the show, a memorable example being a spoof of an Enya song in the episode "Death," as well as spoofing the singing voices of such luminaries as Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette.

Nowadays, Toddy continues to do voice-over and write her own unspoofed music (available at myspace.com/toddyivycom). Look out for her upcoming album release of Planet Satsuma. You can also catch her hosting a weekly video podcast as 'mz toddy' for prairietreeproject.com, a web site dedicated to battling this exponentially growing monster known as global warming. She'll entertain and inform you, in her wacky wily ways, about how you can be part of the cure.


Judges: Rounds 1 & 2

Dennis Hurley



The Albino Code
(Writer, Actor, Executive Producer)
Let Them Chirp Awhile (Actor)

Dennis Hurley co-founded the production company Down Cellar in 2005. In 2006, he wrote, executive produced, and starred in the critically acclaimed short film The Albino Code. He also studied with The Upright Citizens Brigade, and appeared on both Law & Order (NBC) and Saturday Night Live (NBC). Dennis will also be appearing in the upcoming feature film Let Them Chirp Awhile, starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Anthony Rapp (Rent).


Aaron Howland



The Albino Code (Director, Editor, Composer)
Interrogation (Producer, Editor)

Aaron Howland co-founded 7 Fluid Oz. Productions LLP in 2001. In 2006, he directed the critically acclaimed short film The Albino Code and produced the feature film Interrogation (currently in distribution talks), and in 2003, he produced the award-winning short film Jack Milton: Fairy Tale Detective. In addition, his work has been screened at festivals across the US, released on DVD, and featured on CNN, MSNBC, and Inside Edition.

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