2012 Judges

Kelly Trigger

Chair, 72 Film Fest Jury Kelly Trigger has been a member of the 72 Film Fest jury since its inception and has chaired the panel for the past five years. An associate professor of English and honors faculty at Frederick Community College, Ms. Trigger teaches media studies, composition, reading, popular culture and film as literature. Her doctoral research in the American Studies program at University of Maryland focuses on media, youth, and cyberculture.

Jack Gerbes joined the Maryland Film Office in 1992, and was named Director of the Film Office in 2002. During his tenure, Jack has worked on over 125 feature films and television series. His credits include: “Ladder 49”, “Enemy of the State”, “Runaway Bride”, “Wedding Crashers”, “ 12 Monkeys” and the HBO series “The Wire”.  He is on the advisory board of the Maryland Film Festival and Women in Film and Video of Maryland.  Jack has represented Maryland at the Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival  and American Film Institute Festival. In 2006 he served on the jury of the Kratkofil Film Festival in Bosnia.  Jack has received the Guardian Angel from Women in Film and Video and was named a Baltimorean of the Year by Baltimore Magazine in 2004


Matt Edens

From children’s animation to true-crime documentaries, Matt Edens has written more than 100 hours of television programming for broadcast and cable. He’s currently the story editor for Snapped, a true-crime series that airs on the Oxygen Network.

Rhett Murphy

Rhett loves story. A graduate of Florida State University’s renowned creative writing program, Rhett focused his studies on screenwriting and film — completing his first feature length screenplay to fulfill the program’s undergraduate thesis requirement. Rhett has had several feature screenplays optioned and has a produced feature film credit. He specializes in HDSLR videography, is an Apple Certified Pro Editor, and is an Adjunct Professor for Towson University’s Electronic Media & Film Department, where he teaches Screenwriting and Story & Concept Development. Rhett is also the founder of RedWhoosh Productions, a small-scale media production company in Baltimore.

Eric Reickel

Eric Reickel holds degrees in literature and liberal arts from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins.  He has been an English teacher in Frederick County for the past 28 years.  He wrote the curriculum for a new Film Studies course in Frederick County Public Schools, and has taught the class to over 500 students over the last eight years.

Rona Mensah

Rona Mensah, is super stoked to return as a judge to the 72 Fest. She says that she’s most excited to see the what team takes Audience Favorite (is that what you call the award?)  each year. Rona is an Ensemble Member at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) and can be found hosting the Morning Show on Lite 97.5 in Martinsburg, WV.  When she’s not doing that stuff, she’s volunteering all over Frederick for Alive @ Five and Celebrate Frederick. Best of luck to all the teams and participants of this year’s 72 Fest!

Nichole Dowlearn

Since 2001, Nichole has worked documentaries on Discovery, History, and A&E, as well as performing script consulting and doctoring for a number of broadcast television shows, nationally broadcast advertising campaigns, and internationally released films.

Nichole began her career in the entertainment industry 13 years ago, assisting in development and production for legendary Hollywood stars Ann-Margret and Burt Reynolds and was even a personal assistant for actor/comedian Pauly Shore. While living in Los Angeles, she was also Marketing Coordinator for a youth-themed television network, and was poetry editor for The Southern California Anthology. Nichole earned her Master’s degree in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California, and went on to attain her Doctorate in Education, focusing on the effects of depression on creative writers.

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