2016 Lifetree Film Fest Judges

John Bucher

John Bucher

John Bucher owns Sideshow Media Group, a culture communications company. He has produced film, television, and video programming in more than 30 countries. He’s a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and lectures on story, film, and pop culture around the world. Currently, John teaches at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and lives in L.A. with his wife, Katie.

Katie Bucher

Katie Bucher

Katie Bucher is a campaign manager for Warner Brothers. She has worked on theatrical campaigns including the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit trilogy. Katie has produced several short films, most recently the award-winning film The Tuner. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, John.

Joani Schultz

Joani Schultz

Joani Schultz is chief creative officer of Group Publishing and a part of the team behind Lifetree Café, the national chain of conversation cafés that sparked the Lifetree Film Fest. She’s a film connoisseur and fan of all things story.

David Balsiger

David Balsiger

David W. Balsiger is a television producer-director, international rights consultant, advertising executive, and the author of 40 major literary works including 28 nonfiction books (latest books being Abraham Lincoln: Untold Secrets from the Grave [2011-12 Unpublished], Inspirational Wit and Wisdom from the Internet, The Evidence for Heaven, and Miraculous Messages. As president/CEO of Balsiger Media Enterprises, he is now concentrating on representing TV specials, series and movies from independent producers.

Angela Appleton

Angela Appleton

Angela Appleton is the Director of Corporate Engagement for World Vision. She is responsible for cultivating relationships and developing partnerships with corporations that result in donations for World Vision’s domestic & international programs.