Emily Eng | Co-Founder

Emily was born and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts for Digital Filmmaking and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University. She has worked on several films that have been selected in the 2017 Princeton Student Film Festival and the 2019 Campus Movie Festival. Emily has also worked under Emmy award winning director and writer, Andrew Cohn and alongside several producers at CBSN Originals and CNN. 

Kevin Lin | Co-Founder

Kevin was born and raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts for Digital Filmmaking focusing heavily into cinematography and editing. He was a top 16 finalist for Campus Movie Festival for several of his short films and a CMF Terminus 2019 nominee. Kevin has filmed alongside ‘Port Authority’ director, Danielle Lessovitz, on several short documentaries.

Larry Fried | Jury 2021

Larry Fried (he/him) is a passionate storyteller originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey and now living in Highland Park, New Jersey. A proud alumnus of Rutgers University’s arts conservatory, Mason Gross School of the Arts, he now works as the Video Content Coordinator for Special Olympics New Jersey while also engaging in freelance videography and video editing through his independent production company, Larry Fried Presents. He has worked on projects for numerous organizations across New Jersey, including Monmouth Arts, Surflight Theatre Company, and Torah Links of Middlesex County. Back in 2015, Larry was awarded 1st place at the 16th Annual Middlesex County 3D PSA Contest “Don’t Drive Dangerously,” with his PSA entitled “Distractions.”

Zack Morrison | Jury 2021

Zack Morrison is a writer and filmmaker from East Brunswick, NJ, currently based in Los Angeles. Zack is the writer/director of  Everything’s Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major, winner of the Television Academy’s student Emmy award for Best Comedy Series in 2019, and he has screened his work at festivals around the world. His other projects include creating and producing the YouTube sketch comedy series We Have A Show, writing and directing an upcoming musical project with Buzzfeed, and he previously held creative support positions at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live.  Zack has a MFA in television writing from Columbia University, and is a proud Rutgers University graduate, where he helped pioneer the BFA film program at Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

Dominic Mistretta | Jury 2021

Dominic Mistretta is a recent BFA film graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While studying there, Dominic honed in on his love of directing and writing short films, and transferred that love over to the field of music videos, working for many artists from all over the tri-state area. Dominic’s work has appeared on multiple hip-hop outlets such as Hot 97, No Jumper,  ELEVATOR, and F*CK THEM. On the short film side of the spectrum, Dominic’s films have been accepted and shown in festivals such as The Princeton Student Film Festival and Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film festival, PROJECT FX. He has also PA’d and worked under numerous professional film companies such as Fictional Films, Magnalux Pictures, and To and Fro Productions. Currently, Dominic freelances as a music video director and hopes to bridge the gap as a short film and music video director for years to come.

Alyssa Lopez | Jury 2021

Alyssa Lopez is an alum of Rutgers University, graduating with a BFA in Digital Filmmaking and a double major in Journalism and Media Studies. She has been featured in Mason Gross Magazine and Rutgers Magazine for her artistic endeavors and involvement in the Mason Gross community. Her own written work has been published in AlumKnights Magazine.

Alyssa has previous experience working for the digital department at The Rachael Ray Show and for the film unit at Saturday Night Live.
Currently, Alyssa is working as a Digital Production Coordinator at Comedy Central.

Steven Reyes | Jury 2021

Steven Reyes is an alum of Rutgers University, graduating with a BFA in Digital Filmmaking. During his time at Rutgers, his work was featured as apart of Rutgers Student Affairs as well as the Rutgers NO MORE campaign. Steven is currently working as a video editor for BuzzFeed and has had his work featured across their network of channels such as Tasty, As/Is, Cocoa Butter, and Multiplayer.