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.

Alan Kreizenbeck

Alan Kreizenbeck’s interests include American theatre, acting theory, and contemporary playwrights. He has received fellowships from the Shubert organization and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book, Zoe Akins: Broadway Playwright was published in 2004. His essays are included in books on American directors, American theatre in the 1920’s, and notable contemporary plays. He has published in numerous professional journals and made presentations at regional and national conferences. Professor Kreizenbeck has directed in university and professional theatres throughout the United States, winning “best production” awards in Denver and Houston. Named Honors College Professor of the Year in 2003, he teaches courses in theatre and social protest, acting, and theatre history. He heads the Institute of Research in Art and Social Development, which conducts arts programs in area public schools.

Erik Hadden

Erik is a native of Frederick County, Maryland. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He has been involved in various amateur film and stage productions over the last 21 years. As a part of the team Airrick Glasses Productions, he co-wrote and played the lead role in the 2008 short film Like Write on Rice— which won the 72 Film Fest “Best in Fest,” “Best Acting” and “Make a Difference” awards. He currently lives in the United Arab Emirates and in April 2012 he performed on stage in The Desert Monologues in Dubai.

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.

Walter Chalkley

Walter holds Bachelors degrees in English, History and Philosophy and is currently a Masters Candidate in Modern Humanities. He is one of the founders of CinemArts (begun in 2004) and holds the position of Director of the Frederick Film Festival (begun in 2009). Before founding CinemArts he was a member of the Weinberg Center’s MovieTime at the Tivoli committee for five years, holding the position of chairman of that committee for the last four. He is also currently a writer and editor for ThomsonReuters and has extensive experience in publishing.

Michael J Nazelrod

Raised along the banks of the rolling Potomac River in beautiful southern Frederick County, Michael J. Nazelrod hails from Brunswick Maryland. Educated by the local school system Mike received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and subsequent degrees in teaching and theatre from University of Maryland, Hood College and McDaniel University.

For 32 years Mike taught fine arts and theatre in Frederick County. During that time he wrote the first curriculum guide for Technical Theatre and collaborated with Theatre and Art teachers throughout the state in creating the State Curriculum Guide for Fine and Performing Arts. As an instructor of theatre at Middletown High, Hillcrest Elementary and Walkersville High Schools, Mike read, reviewed and presented hundreds of one-act and full length plays as well as hundreds of musicals for critical assessment. As a director and producer, the list of titles reflect all dramatic categories not only classic titles but the avant-garde brought to the stage.

Over the years Mike has also worked with such community theatre groups as “Beneath My Wings Production Company”, “Fredericktown Players” and the “Brunswick Community Theatre Group”. Yet his most rewarding experiences came from the hours spent working with the enthusiastic, creative and oft times innovative young thespians and aspiring playwrights.

Mike is honored to be serving as a judge for the “72 Script Fest”.

Shuan Butcher

Shuan Butcher serves as the Director of Communications for The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a non-profit, four-state organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled American heritage in the region running from Gettysburg, PA., through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, WV to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

Prior to this role, he served as the Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council, the umbrella arts organization for Frederick County.  In this capacity, he oversaw the management of the Cultural Arts Center, a 14,000 square foot multipurpose arts facility consisting of a theater, gallery, event hall, and office complex.  He also facilitated the merger with the Frederick Festival of the Arts, a fine arts and crafts festival that draws over 20,000 people annually.  In addition, he led the highly successful Keys to Frederick public art project, developed the annual Festival of Greens event, and other initiatives.  Furthermore, he created Art in the Park, a yearly event in collaboration with the city’s minor league baseball team, the Frederick Keys.

Butcher received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and earned a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University.   He published “Inspiration to Serve: 101 Quotes about Kindness, Caring, and Giving” and co-authored “Making Change for the Better: The Importance of Youth Giving.”  He is a frequent contributor to Frederick Magazine, Find It Frederick, and other publications.  He currently serves as a member of the Tourism Council of Frederick County Board of Directors and the Frederick County Business Development Advisory Council.  He resides in Frederick with his wife Cindy.


Celeste Schaefer Snyder

Celeste Schaefer Snyder is a documentary film and interactive media producer in San Francisco with Geller/Goldfine Productions and Storyline Productions. In addition to the critically acclaimed  BALLETS RUSSES (2005), featured at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, her second documentary feature with Geller/Goldfine productions, SOMETHING VENTURED premiered at SXSW in 2011 with a TV broadcast expected in late 2012. Schaefer Snyder is also co-producing the upcoming documentary feature SATAN CAME TO EDEN: THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR (working title), a murder mystery set in the Galapagos archipelago. A wearer of many hats, Schaefer Snyder has during her 11 years with Geller/Goldfine also produced, directed, written, and/or edited large-scale corporate interactive media, video and design projects for clients as diverse as Hewlett-Packard and Old Navy. Schaefer Snyder has also served on the Golden Gate Awards documentary film jury panel for the San Francisco International Film Festival.