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Guest Judges & Schedule

2018 ACM Student Film Conference & Festival

April 20-22, 2018 at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

Guest judges

Guest judges for the 2018 ACM Student Film Conference & Festival were Garrett Brown, Cecelia Condit, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Deanna Morse.

Guest Judges

A distinguished panel of four guest judges made the final selection of award-winning films, gave presentations, and interacted with students and faculty throughout the conference and festival.

  • Cecelia Condit is a world-renowned video artist and professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Intermedia and experimental animator Deanna Morse's work has shown internationally, on Sesame Street, and is in permanent collections in numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Scholar and author Alexis Pauline Gumbs has published widely on Black feminist literary practice and Caribbean women's literature and is active as a publisher, poet, grassroots organizer, and mixed-media artist.
  • Award-winning actor, writer, and theater producer-director Garrett M. Brown has appeared in many movies and television series and over 100 plays in Los Angeles and New York during his 40-year career.

Research award winners

Hannah Ganzel (Best of the Midwest) and Chase Monteiro (Audience Choice Award) from Lawrence University received awards for their scholarly research at the 2018 ACM Student Film Conference & Festival.

Schedule of Events


Meet and Greet and Dinner for students, faculty, and guest judges

Guest Judges Panel - Guest judges Garrett M. Brown, Cecelia Condit, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Deanna Morse discussed their careers and held an informal Q&A session

Silent Film Screening with Live Scoring By IGLU - Members of the Improvisation Group of Lawrence University (IGLU) performed an improvised live score to the silent film WURLD (2010) by Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie

Film Screening - Screening of films nominated for Best of the Midwest, Social Impact Award, and Cinematic Artistry Award


Film Screenings


Film Screenings

Presentations by Guest Judges

  • Cecelia Condit - A Few Short Videos
  • Deanna Morse - An Animator's Journey
  • Garrett M. Brown - How To Make it SMALL in Hollywood
  • Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs - The Most Effective Way To Do It: Black Feminism and Film

Film Screenings


What's Funny In A Dark Time? - Garrett Brown performed his original one-man show


Live Reading of Screenplays - Garrett Brown and Lawrence theater arts students perform live readings of the winning screenplay and two honorable mentions


Scholarly Paper Presentations

Awards Ceremony