Sandpoint Radius Film Festival is the brain child of a core group of talented filmmakers, producers, directors, artists and actors. Our goal is to create a festival that caters to Inland Northwest filmmakers with ample opportunities for networking, discussions and learning. We will provide each submitted film with notes from the judges whether or not your film is chosen an official selection. To that end, we promise our judges will watch each film and score them on 9 major points. Judges may also provide optional notes on your film if they so desire.


Festival Committee Members:

Sarah Hines – Sarah began her career in Film at the age of 7, when she auditioned for her first TV show the same day as winning first place for singing at a local competition. That Audition sparked a lifelong love of singing, film, theater and creative writing. Sarah studied acting in Bellevue, WA, until she moved back to Sandpoint, ID in 2003. Sarah has continued to study writing and film while working and being a full time single mom. In 2015 Sarah teamed with her sister Hailey to create Planted Roots Productions after doing behind the scenes photography for a local film called “Give up the Ghost”. Sarah has acted in, directed, done costuming and written multiple short films, including the “Peace Among Black Hills” western short.

Robert Lindner – Robert Lindner is a storyteller and student of Humanity as well as Father of 5 wonderful boys. An actor, director, cinematographer, musician and visual artist, his life’s purpose is to promote unity and trust through the arts.

John Maio – Director and writer of documentary, docu-dramas and educational films currently distributed worldwide by Discovery Communications. In addition to his work at Discovery he has also directed and written several independent features, including “Harrington’s Notes.” Which won the “Best Feature” award at the 2000 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival and his most recent project titled. “Defying Extinction: The Story of the California Condor.”

Becky Revak – Becky is an award winning director, camera operator, and writer. Her career in the motion picture entertainment industry started in 1986, in the sound department as a Boom Operator on the Northern Exposure sound team, she then moved over to the camera department and was accepted into the Cinematographers Union, Local 600 in 1992 while loading on the original movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 2010 Becky and her husband started the motion picture equipment company Idaho Grip & Lighting that has made it possible to shoot low budget films to super bowl commercials in our neck of the woods.

Aric Spence – A cinematographer, director and sometimes actor. He founded the Sandpoint Filmmakers Network in July of 2014. His interest in photography goes back to childhood when I received a Canon FTB camera and 50mm lens. Eventually photography brought him to capturing moving images which has fueled his love for crafting cinematic stories ever since. He has an affinity for vintage lenses and loves to use them on film projects when appropriate.

Patricia Walker – Patricia is the Executive Director of the Panida Theater in Sandpoint, Idaho. For nine years prior to taking the Panida position, she was the arts coordinator for the city of Nampa, Idaho. Under her leadership, the Panida Theater has reinvigorated its film series, reached out to bring supporters back into the fold and, recently rolled out a membership drive to keep the grand dame of downtown Sandpoint alive and well.


Judges:

Mary Maio – Producer of Documentary and Educational Films and Videos for Discovery Education. Mary and her husband John have over 30 titles currently distributed at DiscoveryStreaming.com from 1986 to present. Mary was also the instructor for Dramatic Video Production and Advance Multimedia/Animation at San Benito High School, Co-Director of San Benito Student Film Festival and instructor of Video Production, Drama and Animation at Big Bear Lake Middle School. Mary was a Bronze Award winner of the Columbus Ohio Film Festival and received an “Achievement for Cable Excellence” nomination for Best of Children’s Programs.

David Phillips – A photographer by avocation, David began his formal training at the University of Colorado under Gary Metz and Charlie Roitz shooting film. Fast forward through the years to the arrival of digital photography and lots of formats. As an engineer, mastering the mechanics and the technology of digital photography was relatively easy. But understanding exactly how a paintbrush works doesn’t mean you can paint, or tell a story. More years, and hundreds of thousands of photographs later, David feels like he is beginning to get it.

Cameron Rasmussen – Cameron Rasmusson is the editor of the Sandpoint Reader and a lifelong fan of movies. He has taken college courses on film criticism and appreciates the medium across all genres and formats.

Becky Revak – Becky is an award winning director, camera operator, and writer. Her career in the motion picture entertainment industry started in 1986, in the sound department as a Boom Operator on the Northern Exposure sound team, she then moved over to the camera department and was accepted into the Cinematographers Union, Local 600 in 1992 while loading on the original movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 2010 Becky and her husband started the motion picture equipment company Idaho Grip & Lighting that has made it possible to shoot low budget films to super bowl commercials in our neck of the woods.