Barton Weiss, is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator who has lived in Dallas since 1981. Mr. Weiss has taught film and video production at Texas A&M’s Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin and Arlington, Dallas Community College District and West Virginia State College. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, serves on the Board of Directors of the University Film and Video Association, is a past Vice President of the Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals, founder and past president of the West Virginia Filmmakers’ Guild, and co-founder of VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas. He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, United Features Syndicate and KERA 90.1 FM Radio in Dallas. Mr. Weiss received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University in 1978 and a B.A. from Temple University in 1975. In 2012 he was named a finalist in the Annual Art Awards by the Dallas Observer. Bart can be reached at bart(at)videofest.org
Raquel Chapa, Raquel Chapa, Managing Director, first short “Open Season” was made possible by the Southwest Alternate Media Project. She is currently in her 9th year of programming a short film program for Association of American Indian Affairs. She was associate producer for the 3rd episode of the We Shall Remain series on PBS, and has worked on documentaries for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. She was accepted in to NALIP Latino Producers Academy the summer of 2010 and to the PBS Production Lab in 2011. She is also a media critic for Native Foodways magazine. Raquel can be reached at raquel(at)videofest.org.
Alvin Hysong After a 20 year career as a Sales and Marketing Executive, in 2009 Alvin lost his job as a consequence of the Great Recession. Shortly after, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He submitted for a role in a Drama Comedy short film titled “My 21st Birthday”, the casting director and producer were so amazed with his delivery of “The Boiler Room “ monologue that they decided to give him the opportunity of a principal role in the film. After that first Break, he has played the role of “Enforcer” in short film Hearts of Vengeance and a “Fiddler” in feature film Days Gone By. In total, he has worked in ten short films, two independent feature films, wrote and directed the short film A. J. and The Juicers and is currently attending Lights Film School. Alvin has attended training in HB Studios, has participated in several workshops and continues to train for his New Acting career at R.E.A.C.T. Studios and TBell Studios in Dallas. Currently a Board member of SAGAFTRA, Alvin Hysong has written 2 Full feature films: “A homeless Life” and “What Goes Around”. Currently he is in the middle of writing his 3rd Feature film “Fighting For Honor”, the untold Story of an all-volunteer all-Hispanic unit, who served bravely and with distinction in WWII and Korea Wars who face their greatest challenge in 1952 where eighty-seven enlisted men and one officer were arrested followed by a series of mass court martials, including dishonorable discharges
Wes Sutton Big D Mobile Programmer, Wes started in film making creating music videos for bands during the height of the Deep Ellum music scene in Dallas. He has also made music videos for Tori Amos and Modest Mouse. He is a director, cinematographer, editor and visual effects artist. The feature “Jebadiah’s Axe” that he shot, edited and created the visual effects was selected for several festivals last year. His latest production is the feature “Till Death”, a romantic-revenge/action-adventure/road-trip dramedy is currently on the festival circuit.
Vivian Gray is currently a sophomore at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Vivian is an aspiring amateur filmmaker based in Memphis, TN. Her work is mostly centered around the relationship of sound and picture. Some of her personal work includes Memphis Public Art, a piece made for the White House Student Film Festival and Santa Fe, an artistic cover video for the song by Andrew Belle (unauthorized). In addition to her personal projects, Vivian has directed author Becca St. John’s book trailer and collaborated with several other young filmmakers as co-director and writer on the short film It’s Confidential which was part of Memphis’s 48 Hour Film Festival. It’s Confidential received three awards: best use of character, best writing, and best choreography.
Matthieu Cartal was born in Saint-Germain-En-Laye, France. he was raised somewhere between Paris, the city of lights and the west suburban middle class boredom. Currently living in Texas, he’s a movie maker wannabe who’s been playing around with a Super 8 camera for the past six years, a good way to practice the shooting/editing practice that was a common exercise during his last year of master in anthropological film which he completed in 2008. Since then he has lived between France, Spain, Puerto Rico and the USA, worked all kind of odd jobs except one directly related to his studies. His interests are film photography and movies, the artisan methods of film processing and illustration. He can’t really draw but that doesn’t stop him.