Meet 2014’s third-place winner, Meagan Cuthill

1. Tell us about yourself. Who are you?

I am a senior about to graduate with degrees in Politics and Media Studies and am involved on campus at USFtv. I am from the Seattle area and decided early in high school to change up my scenery and go to San Francisco for college. My hobbies include video production, going on adventures around the city for fun and food, reading up on current events, and hanging out with friends. I also lifeguard at Koret and love swimming. With my experiences at USF, I’ve become immensely interested in working in broadcast television or in public service, as my majors relate to. Hopefully after traveling a bit of the world after graduation, I’ll find a place in a newsroom back in Seattle!

2. What made you interested in video production?

I have always appreciated and been entertained television and film, but I personally got interested in video production when taking Video Production for my Media Studies major and it pretty much went from there. I’ve been making videos ever since. I have been one of the News Producers at USFtv for the past two years and am passionate about making segments for the station.

3. What were your thoughts behind your Student Video Contest contribution?

I wanted to profile students who are involved on campus in varying capacities. Every student has different interests and they all put them to use in activities, organizations, departments, etc. USF has so much diversity within the school and students I have come to know here have been intelligent, engaged, and personable.

4. Why did you choose to come to USF?

I came to USF for a number of reasons: being in San Francisco, the beautiful campus, the style of education, small class sizes, and strong programs. And all these reasons kept me here!

5. What do you like most about San Francisco?

I like the culture and energy of San Francisco. I know that’s broad but it’s true. There are so many fun people, places, and kinds of food! This city has a lot going for it.

Meet the Jury: Marie Baillargeon, Baillargeon Connect Director of Communications and Community
Another returning jury member and USF alum, Marie Baillargeon has accomplished much, including positions on the USF Alumni Regional Board, Executive Board of Earth Day San Francisco, and the USF Alumni Regional Board, among many others. Read on to find out more about this versatile jury member.
Marie Baillargeon is the Director of Communications & Community at Baillargeon Connect www.baillargeonconnect.com, designing integrated communication plans and brand community engagement for start-ups, non-profits, education, finance, and the wine industry.
Marie is a Communications and Media graduate of the University of San Francisco. She serves on the USF Alumni Regional Board, Executive Board of Earth Day San Francisco, and member supporter of professional organizations such as the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), and Common Wealth Club. Beyond her media experience, she collaborates with the California Film Institute (CFI) and the Napa Valley Film Fest (NVFF), most recently as the NVFF Jury Liaison, handling all aspects of the competition films, awards, and acclaimed Jury. Marie is committed to social justice as a state-certified advocate for women and children of domestic violence. She was invited to speak at the historical TEDxWomen, TEDxFiDi, live-streamed with the Paley Media Center in NYC. Her domestic violence outreach led to her invitation as an online contributor to the Huffington Post covering the need for dialogue, education, proactive legislation and enforcement on this closeted issue for survivors held captive to social agency and family court dysfunction.
Marie is most proud of her beautiful and resilient children. She delights in raising her son and daughter – in the scenic backdrops of the Napa Valley and her City by the Bay.

Meet the Jury: Marie Baillargeon, Baillargeon Connect Director of Communications and Community

Another returning jury member and USF alum, Marie Baillargeon has accomplished much, including positions on the USF Alumni Regional Board, Executive Board of Earth Day San Francisco, and the USF Alumni Regional Board, among many others. Read on to find out more about this versatile jury member.

Marie Baillargeon is the Director of Communications & Community at Baillargeon Connect www.baillargeonconnect.com, designing integrated communication plans and brand community engagement for start-ups, non-profits, education, finance, and the wine industry.

Marie is a Communications and Media graduate of the University of San Francisco. She serves on the USF Alumni Regional Board, Executive Board of Earth Day San Francisco, and member supporter of professional organizations such as the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), and Common Wealth Club. Beyond her media experience, she collaborates with the California Film Institute (CFI) and the Napa Valley Film Fest (NVFF), most recently as the NVFF Jury Liaison, handling all aspects of the competition films, awards, and acclaimed Jury. Marie is committed to social justice as a state-certified advocate for women and children of domestic violence. She was invited to speak at the historical TEDxWomen, TEDxFiDi, live-streamed with the Paley Media Center in NYC. Her domestic violence outreach led to her invitation as an online contributor to the Huffington Post covering the need for dialogue, education, proactive legislation and enforcement on this closeted issue for survivors held captive to social agency and family court dysfunction.

Marie is most proud of her beautiful and resilient children. She delights in raising her son and daughter – in the scenic backdrops of the Napa Valley and her City by the Bay.

Meet the Jury: James Kilton, co-founder of USFtv

Co-founder of USFtv, former USF student body president, and ’08 USF graduate, James Kilton makes a perfect fit for our jury panel. Read on for his story.

What’s your USF story?

I loved my time at USF. I was student body president for two years and started the student-run TV station, USFtv, with my classmate and friend, Dave Binegar. The experience was invaluable.

What’s your favorite place in the City?

Zazie’s Restaurant on Cole Street.

What’s your background in video, and what are you doing now?

I realized I wanted to edit film/television during my senior year in high school and USF gave me the tools to do so. Through my experience of co-founding USFtv, I used those skill sets to found my own visual effects company. Since my graduation three years ago, I have edited and done visual effects work for Wipeout (ABC), The Good Guys (FOX), and Burn Notice (USA). (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3477105/)

What’s your favorite video you’ve produced?

My favorite video was the USFtv mockumentary that Dave and I produced our senior year entitled, “USFtv: The True Story.” Some may argue that this isn’t actually how it happened, but I would disagree…especially the parts with Bobby Lee. :P

Meet the Jury: Meghan Raab
While the jury convenes, be sure to check out their wonderful profiles!
To get a start, meet Meghan Raab, USF alum, Account Manager, and more.
Meghan started her career in advertising at Hub Strategy in July of 2011 after a six-month stint as a public relations intern at Current Lifestyle Marketing. Although she enjoyed working with clients like Hidden Valley Ranch dressings, the Clorox Family of Toilet Products, and Black Box Wines, she realized she was better suited for a creative agency. Her experience in television production, writing, and journalism founded her passion for and understanding of creative industries. She loves working with her coworkers and clients to produce high-quality, imaginative products that make everyone smile.
One of the first projects that Meghan worked on at Hub was a new business pitch for University of San Francisco. After Hub won the pitch, Meghan became one of the account executives on the team, and is now the Account Manager and key client contact. She has a blast working on campaigns for her alma mater, and loves coming back to campus for meetings. Meghan also works on the Blue Shield of California and LinkedIn accounts. She has experience managing a wide range of projects, including out-of-home, print, digital, mobile, television, radio, social, and experiential. 
Meghan graduated from University of San Francisco in 2010, earning a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Media Studies. During her free time, you can find Meghan writing, dancing, and scouring Etsy for vintage wears. And if it’s snowing, she’s probably bombing down a mountain somewhere in Tahoe.

Meet the Jury: Meghan Raab

While the jury convenes, be sure to check out their wonderful profiles!

To get a start, meet Meghan Raab, USF alum, Account Manager, and more.

Meghan started her career in advertising at Hub Strategy in July of 2011 after a six-month stint as a public relations intern at Current Lifestyle Marketing. Although she enjoyed working with clients like Hidden Valley Ranch dressings, the Clorox Family of Toilet Products, and Black Box Wines, she realized she was better suited for a creative agency. Her experience in television production, writing, and journalism founded her passion for and understanding of creative industries. She loves working with her coworkers and clients to produce high-quality, imaginative products that make everyone smile.

One of the first projects that Meghan worked on at Hub was a new business pitch for University of San Francisco. After Hub won the pitch, Meghan became one of the account executives on the team, and is now the Account Manager and key client contact. She has a blast working on campaigns for her alma mater, and loves coming back to campus for meetings. Meghan also works on the Blue Shield of California and LinkedIn accounts. She has experience managing a wide range of projects, including out-of-home, print, digital, mobile, television, radio, social, and experiential. 

Meghan graduated from University of San Francisco in 2010, earning a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Media Studies. During her free time, you can find Meghan writing, dancing, and scouring Etsy for vintage wears. And if it’s snowing, she’s probably bombing down a mountain somewhere in Tahoe.

Meet the Jury: John Dilley and Teri Heyman of Kontent Films

In this special edition of the ‘Meet the Jury’ series, we proudly introduce two contest jurors. Director at Kontent Films, John Dilley, and Executive Producer at Kontent Films, Teri Heyman, will be lending us their experienced eyes and ears as we narrow down the video submissions.

Read onward to learn more about our new jury members from Kontent Films.

John Dilley

John Dilley is a director and writer based in San Francisco, CA. His first short film, Little Failures, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It was an Official Selection at France’s Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, which has been heralded as one of the most important short film festivals in the world. The film also screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the STARZ Denver Film Festival, among others.

John’s second film, How To Be Popular, based on the New York Times Magazine article of the same name, premiered on PBS and has gone on to screen at various festivals around the country. In 2006, John’s work was featured in a program by emerging filmmakers at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris.

John was born and raised in Oakland, California and is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

Teri Heyman

Executive Producer at Kontent Films, Teri Heyman has worked with director Mark Decena for over 10 years and produces all jobs coming through Kontent Films—from scheduling and estimating, through production and post-production.

Teri was Executive Producer on Mark’s latest feature “Watershed”, produced and narrated by Robert Redford. Her production experience runs a wide gamut—national and local tv commercials, radio spots, web videos, promotional corporate videos, documentaries, and feature films.

She is currently in production on a 4 part documentary series “Stand Up Planet” for KCET/LinkTV funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Meet the Jury: Alexander Crook

Yet another alum has decided to join our team of experienced jurors. We are honored to include Alexander Crook, a past winner of the Student Video Contest, to our panel.

Alexander Crook graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 2012 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Chemistry. He also won third place in the USF Student Video Contest in 2012, along with Matt Chalabian and Karim Iliya.

Upon graduating, Alex traveled to Cambodia to pursue a career in photography. He is currently working as a photographer for The Phnom Penh Post.

His photos have been published on the cover of The Post and Seven Days Magazine and in The Myanmar Times. Alex is available for hire worldwide.

Website: www.alexcrook.com

Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/crooka

Meet the Jury: Paul Morrill, Joanne Parsont

Moving right along with meeting the wonderful jury, it is our pleasure to introduce to you two jury members with an excellent eye for film. Without further adieu, meet Paul Morrill and Joanne Parsont. 

Paul Morrill

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Paul produces a variety of videos for the university as a whole, as well as for its individual schools/colleges and offices, that support USF’s brand and visual identity. Projects range from news makers on campus, faculty biographies, promotional videos and coverage of events both on and off campus.

Joanne Parsont

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Joanne Parsont is the Director of Education for the San Francisco Film Society and has worked for more than 15 years as a film programmer, writer, editor, consultant, and media educator.

Meet the Jury: Erika Myszynski 
In this edition of Meet the Jury, we introduce to you another USF alum that is kindly joining the 2013 jury panel, Erika Myszynski.
USF Alum of class ’11, reporter and filmmaker Erika Myszynski has worked on various medical and environmental video projects with Solar Eye Communications as well as produced topical documentary shorts that scream for a call to action. ‘Ugandan Days’ and ’If Streets Could Speak: Peru’ are two. She is constantly working to visually expose local and global social dangers that all inevitably tie together. Human stories are of great interest. Currently in production: ‘Give Me Your Tears: Hungarian Roma Rights’ [working title].

Meet the Jury: Erika Myszynski

In this edition of Meet the Jury, we introduce to you another USF alum that is kindly joining the 2013 jury panel, Erika Myszynski.

USF Alum of class ’11, reporter and filmmaker Erika Myszynski has worked on various medical and environmental video projects with Solar Eye Communications as well as produced topical documentary shorts that scream for a call to action. ‘Ugandan Days’ and ’If Streets Could Speak: Peru’ are two. She is constantly working to visually expose local and global social dangers that all inevitably tie together. Human stories are of great interest. Currently in production: ‘Give Me Your Tears: Hungarian Roma Rights’ [working title].

Meet the Jury: Mary Zweifel
Introducing another fantastic returning jury member, Mary Zweifel!
Director of Administration of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program and Co-Organizer of the annual USF Human Rights Film Festival. She is working to complete a MA in International and Multicultural Education at USF.
Mary Zweifel joined the University of San Francisco in 2007 and is the Director of Administration of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program and Co-Organizer of the annual USF Human Rights Film Festival. Her research is with Ugandan women peace builders, and she will complete a Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Human Rights Education at USF. Mary earned her B.A. in International Studies, concentrating in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies, from the University of California, San Diego.
To learn more about the USF Human Rights Film Festival go here: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/hrff/

Meet the Jury: Mary Zweifel

Introducing another fantastic returning jury member, Mary Zweifel!

Director of Administration of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program and Co-Organizer of the annual USF Human Rights Film Festival. She is working to complete a MA in International and Multicultural Education at USF.

Mary Zweifel joined the University of San Francisco in 2007 and is the Director of Administration of the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) Program and Co-Organizer of the annual USF Human Rights Film Festival. Her research is with Ugandan women peace builders, and she will complete a Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Human Rights Education at USF. Mary earned her B.A. in International Studies, concentrating in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies, from the University of California, San Diego.

To learn more about the USF Human Rights Film Festival go here: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/hrff/

Meet the Jury: Dave Binegar
Meet USF alum and returning jury member, Dave Binegar!
Class of ’08, co-founder of USF’s student-run television station, USFtv, David Binegar studied media studies, film, and graphic design while at USF, and has worked on several animated feature films for Disney including “A Christmas Carol.” He is a freelance Production Coordinator, and will begin the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC Fall 2013.
Dave Binegar, class of ‘08, is one of a panel of USF alumni, faculty and staff involved in media and film who will be judging the video contest entries. This is his story.
What’s your USF story?
I arrived at USF on a foggy August morning, and swiftly fell in love with San Francisco.
The friendships I made at USF are more valuable to me than almost anything else I learned in school. I made deeply meaningful relationships and met very dynamic people there. I am extremely grateful that USF brought these people into my life, and allowed me the space to explore myself and this fantastic city.
What’s your favorite place in the City?
San Francisco is simply a mashed-up collection of memorable places on top of one another, I cannot just pick one. However, The Castro Theater, The Independent, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, and Cinch Saloon are all extra special for me. The Castro Theater especially is a magical place; anything I watch there seems better than it would seen anywhere else in the world.
What’s your background in video, and what are you doing now?
I first learned how to create video as a Media Studies student at USF, and primarily working with the passionate undergrads who founded USFtv. These experiences allowed me to intern at several different media companies in New York and London, and eventually work on CG features for Disney at ImageMovers Digital, and my current role as Art Department Coordinator for ShadeMaker Productions. I enjoy my current work immensely because this is my first time working on a stop-motion animated feature; a very challenging and hugely fascinating approach to movie-making.
What’s your favorite video you’ve produced? 
One of my favorite videos that I’ve done is an experimental short called “SoSF Sign,” for Sam Green’s Documentary Production class.
What’s your favorite video that you wish you had produced?
I am still in awe of the animation created for this video of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks." It’s imaginative, inventive, and utterly gorgeous. Time seems to stop when I watch this video. It’s simply beautiful.

Meet the Jury: Dave Binegar

Meet USF alum and returning jury member, Dave Binegar!

Class of ’08, co-founder of USF’s student-run television station, USFtv, David Binegar studied media studies, film, and graphic design while at USF, and has worked on several animated feature films for Disney including “A Christmas Carol.” He is a freelance Production Coordinator, and will begin the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC Fall 2013.

Dave Binegar, class of ‘08, is one of a panel of USF alumni, faculty and staff involved in media and film who will be judging the video contest entries. This is his story.

What’s your USF story?

I arrived at USF on a foggy August morning, and swiftly fell in love with San Francisco.

The friendships I made at USF are more valuable to me than almost anything else I learned in school. I made deeply meaningful relationships and met very dynamic people there. I am extremely grateful that USF brought these people into my life, and allowed me the space to explore myself and this fantastic city.

What’s your favorite place in the City?

San Francisco is simply a mashed-up collection of memorable places on top of one another, I cannot just pick one. However, The Castro Theater, The Independent, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, and Cinch Saloon are all extra special for me. The Castro Theater especially is a magical place; anything I watch there seems better than it would seen anywhere else in the world.

What’s your background in video, and what are you doing now?

I first learned how to create video as a Media Studies student at USF, and primarily working with the passionate undergrads who founded USFtv. These experiences allowed me to intern at several different media companies in New York and London, and eventually work on CG features for Disney at ImageMovers Digital, and my current role as Art Department Coordinator for ShadeMaker Productions. I enjoy my current work immensely because this is my first time working on a stop-motion animated feature; a very challenging and hugely fascinating approach to movie-making.

What’s your favorite video you’ve produced?

One of my favorite videos that I’ve done is an experimental short called “SoSF Sign,” for Sam Green’s Documentary Production class.

What’s your favorite video that you wish you had produced?

I am still in awe of the animation created for this video of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks." It’s imaginative, inventive, and utterly gorgeous. Time seems to stop when I watch this video. It’s simply beautiful.