2015 Lifetree Film Fest Judges
Korey Pollard is a DGA first assistant director on A to Z a new half hour comedy for NBC. Korey’s previous television and film credits include the new Stephen Bochco show Murder In The First for TNT, the ABC series Nashville, TNT’s television series Rizzoli & Isles. TBS television series The Wedding Band. FOX’s LIE TO ME, Life on NBC, critically acclaimed USA television series Monk, HBO’s Deadwood, FOX’s House, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s Boomtown and CBS’ CSI, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2, And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, Thirteen Days, Waterworld, Clear & Present Danger, Eye For An Eye, GI Jane, That Thing You Do and Stand By Me among others.
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 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 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 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works including 28 nonfiction books (latest books being Abraham Lincoln: Untold Secrets from the Grave [2011-12 Unpublished], Inspirational Wit and Wisdom from the Internet, The Evidence for Heaven, and Miraculous Messages.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.
Erika Lehman is the marketing coordinator for the City of Loveland’s Museum/Gallery and the Rialto Theater Center. She is responsible for marketing activities and programs at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, Rialto Theater Center, and the Art in Public Places Program.
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.
Hugh McKean is a city council member for the City of Loveland. He owns a small home repair contracting business as well as a firm conducting background investigations and employment eligibility verification for employers. He is also a NRA pistol and firearms safety instructor. Much of his professional life has been as a contractor to the federal government, notably as an aviation fuel supplier to the Department of Defense and working on economic impact studies for the Army Corps of Engineers.