Finalists will be announced on July 1, 2013 and you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite video.
Joseph Ramsey is a Producer/Editor who has worked with the likes of Hype Williams, Bobby Oneill, Sony/BMG/Epic, and Don King Productions to name a few. Joseph began his career as a humble production assistant on music videos and commercials while in college in Atlanta Ga. He eventually worked his way up to 2nd A.D., but would soon choose to follow the path of the enlightened... Post-Production. In a career that spans over 18 years covering, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and currently D.C., Joseph now finds himself Producing and Directing documentaries for several Non-Profit organizations. When not working Joseph loves, music, puppies and long swims in short vats of I.P.A..
Bob Connelly is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Film and Media Arts in American University’s School of Communication. As a Research Manager with National Geographic Channels International, he oversees the production of commissioned documentaries to ensure that their content and presentation comply with the editorial standards and practices of the National Geographic Society. Among his research projects, “Eye of the Leopard,” by National Geographic Explorers-In-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, received the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming, and “Aftermath” was recognized in National Geographic Channel’s receipt of the “Governors Award” Emmy in 2008. In addition, he has authored numerous articles on independent films, filmmakers, and filmmaking policy for the Association of Independent Video Filmmakers, the Independent Feature Project, and American University’s Center for Social Media
Duy Linh Tu
Duy Linh Tu is a co-founder and the Creative Director of Resolution Seven, a documentary and commercial production house and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice; Head, Digital Media Program. He is a videographer, photographer, writer and multimedia consultant. Prior to forming Resolution Seven, Duy founded and was the Chief Operations Officer of Missing Pixel, an award-winning interactive production company.
Duy has shot for major broadcast networks, cable channels, independent production houses, and Web channels. He is the Director of Photography and Producer of the award-winning documentary, deepsouth.
He received his M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University.
The Smithsonian Channel
The Smithsonian Channel judges' panel is comprised of an editorial team that includes award-winning producers in the field of non-fiction programming and creators and editors of multi-platform digital content. The Smithsonian Channel celebrates the American experience with original non-fiction video that examines topics that Americans are passionate about, putting the spotlight on the achievements and artifacts that define the American experience. Among the network's offerings are the critically acclaimed documentaries "MLK: The Assassination Tapes", "Titanoboa: Monster Snake" and "The Hunt For Bin Laden."