48 Hour Film Festival Judges

From: Tim M.
Sent on: Monday, July 16, 2012 5:12 PM

Hello Detroit 48 Hour Film Project Teams!

We're excited to announce our judging panel for the 2012 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project.  

Nicole Rupersburg - Detroit, MI

Nicole Rupersburg is a Detroit-based freelance arts and culture writer. She is the brainchild behind Eat It Detroit (http://www.eatitdetroit.com), but when not writing about/eating food she is indulging in her even greater passion: film. (She is even known to do both at the same time.)

With a background in film theory, she has contributed film reviews to thedetroiter.com and Real Detroit Weekly, and has also written extensively on the Michigan film industry for various publications.

She has previously served as a judge for the inaugural Detroit Independent Film Festival (DIFF) as well as the 2010 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival (DWIFF) and the 2010 and 2011 Detroit 48 Hour Film Project.


Samantha Lee
Manager, Program Development for truTV


Gary May- Royal Oak, MI

Gary May began his award winning broadcast production career in Detroit in 1971.  Following “on-air” stints with several Michigan radio stations, Gary crossed over to television and in 1974 began directing and producing television for Detroit area retailers.  The JL Marsh Company of St. Louis discovered Gary’s talents and provided the first national exposure of his work through a series of radio and television spots for Marsh’s varied music industry clients.  That led to work with the William B. Tanner Company in Memphis, Tennessee and closer to home, the JL Hudson’s department store chain hired Gary to produce the award winning, “Naturally it’s Hudson’s” advertising campaign in 1977.

Gary continued to provide creative services throughout the 80’s and 90’s to many Detroit Area ad agency’s and began shooting and directing for The March of Dimes, ESPN, ABC Sports and the USGA.   

Gary continued to provide creative vision, direction and production skills to many of the automotive (GM, Ford, Delphi) giants in the area and for the past ten years, produced and directed the Emmy Award winning television series, “Minds of Medicine,” for the Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit.  In addition, Gary partnered with the Premiere Creative Group for the (2006) NFL Super Bowl 'Kick Off' event at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on behalf of Detroit's Super Bowl Committee and Chairman, Roger Penske.  Gary was also asked to direct the 2008 NCAA Final Four ‘Road to the Final Four Live’ show in Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre.

In the past three years, Gary has supervised production on two independent features in Michigan, Annabelle and Bear and Margarine Wars. Currently he directs and produces the, Autoweek's Vinsetta Garage TV Series for Discovery's Velocity Network.


Anthony E. Griffin - Grand Rapids, MI

Anthony E. Griffin is a multiple award winning filmmaker based out of Grand Rapids. In 2010, he was named "Michigan Filmmaker of the Year" by Muskegon Film Festival and is also the co-founder and festival director of Thriller! Chiller!, Michigan's premier film festival celebrating genre movies.

Griffin's production company, UnSAFE Film Office, has produced and lensed three Michigan based feature films, Fairview St., Handlebar, and Lucky, to critical acclaim and acknowledgment throughout the film festival circuit. He has produced, written, directed and shot more than thirty short films, music videos, web series and commercials, consulted on numerous other film productions and film festivals, and served on the boards of directors for both the West Michigan Film Video Alliance and the Grand Rapids Community Media Center.

Additionally, amongst the contributions of many others, Griffin was invited by the Michigan legislature and testified on behalf of the Michigan film incentives enacted in 2008. He was also instrumental in the development and construction of the Dirk Koning Microcinema located at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Griffin has competed and won awards at several timed filmmaking events such as the Compass 24 Hour Film Festival in Grand Rapids, the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival 48 Hour Challenge and Project Twenty1, an international competition based out of Philadelphia.

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