This page outlines the judging rubric for the Five-Minute Film Festival and introduces the panel of celebrity judges who will determine the winners.
Five-Minute Film Festival Judges
Heather Murray (she/her) is a documentary filmmaker and videographer who just finished her first documentary short about a local youth rock climbing team. She works as a teaching artist for AVFilm, which takes her to schools and community centers throughout Sonoma County to teach students of all ages how to transform their ideas into creative visual stories.
Mike Starkey is currently faculty teaching film editing and media classes at Santa Rosa Junior College. Starkey, a former producer and editor on many local projects, including two pilot episodes for a docu-series, featuring some of the founding, history making, wine makers and their families in Napa Valley. Interviews included members who were part of the historical Paris Wine Tasting in 1976. Other projects included editing a multiple series of training videos which were distributed and sold worldwide. This 3-camera project filmed full builds in a shop, was created by a custom engine builder, and covered topics including Performance Carburetors, Superchargers, Nitrous Oxide, Rotating Assemblies, Engine Building and more. “It’s an honor to watch these films created by our young up and coming Sonoma County filmmakers, and to participate on this panel!”
PETE Stringfellow: Best known as a country artist, PETE [stringfellow] has also written and produced original songs for over 300 movies and television shows, including Meet the Parents, Matchstick Men, Next Friday, The Simpsons, & Southpark. As an actor, Stringfellow has appeared in several commercials, movies, and TV shows including CMT’s hit drama “Nashville” and has the lead role in the movie “My Brother’s Shoes”, a Sony Pictures film. He owns a home in Nashville, TN and one in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA, which is also the name of one of his songs.