Past Program Mentors & Judges

Steven Beer

Partner at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo was a mentor for the 2015 Spring Writers Lab.

James Belfer

Founder of Dogfish Pictures was a mentor for the 2015 Spring Writers Lab.

Kevin ‘Dot Com’ Brown

Comedian and Actor (30 Rock), judged BVEW/Key West Film Festival’s short comedy film competition.

Melissa Breaux

LA-based talent manager at Washington Square Films was a mentor for the 2015 Spring Writers Lab.

Alexander Buono

Academy Award Nominated Producer and Cinematographer, 10-year veteran Saturday Night Live judged BVEW/Canon’s National Film Pitch Competition.

Corey Campodonico

Producer of Robot Chicken and co-founder of animation house Shadow Machine, judged BVEW/Key West Film Festival’s short comedy film competition.

Russell Carpenter

Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer, Titanic judged BVEW/Canon’s National Film Pitch Competition.

JC Chandor

Recent Academy Award Nominee and Spirit Award Winner (Margin Call, All is Lost, A Most Violent Year) judged BVEW’s Original Screenplay Competition.

Rik Cordero

Award Winning Director and Founder of Three 21 Media (NIKE: The World is Watching, Inside a Change) judged BVEW/Canon’s National Film Pitch Competition.

Leah Dubie

Comedian and Writer (WE tv’s ” Cinematherapy”, Playboy Magazine, LOGO, truTV “World’s Dumbest”), judged BVEW/Key West Film Festival’s short comedy film competition.

Marcus Dunstan

Writer and Director (FEAST, SAW IV and THE COLLECTOR), Project Greenlight Winner, was a mentor for the 2015 Spring Writers Lab.

Anna Gerb

Film Producer (Margin Call, All is Lost, a Most Violent Year) was a mentor for the 2015 Spring Writers Lab.

Robert Levi

Emmy, Peabody, and Academy Award-winning Director/Writer judged BVEW’s Original Screenplay Competition.

Heather Matarazzo

Actress & Spirit Award Winner judged BVEW/Canon’s National Film Pitch Competition.

Tracey Nyberg

VP of Temple Hill Entertainment (producers of the Twilight Series, Everything Must Go), judged BVEW/Key West Film Festival’s short comedy film competition.

June Diane Raphael

Writer/Actor (Ass BackwardsBride Wars) judged BVEW/Canon’s National Film Pitch Competition.

Kelly Reagan

Writer/Producer (Nickelodeon, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Boston Comedy Festival), judged BVEW/Key West Film Festival’s short comedy film competition.

Luanne Rice

New York Times bestselling author judged BVEW’s Original Screenplay Competition.

Maureen Ryan

Producer, Academy Award-Winning Documentary Man on Wire, Project Nim judged BVEW/Canon’s National Film Pitch Competition.

Manny Toro

ABC News, founder of Rotting Television,  judged BVEW’s Music Video Competition.