Rammy Awards Judges, 2019
John Cantine10th year as judgeM.F.A. Film Production, Ohio University, B.F.A. Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.
Kristen Lauth Shaeffer8th year as judgeKristen is a Pittsburgh based filmmaker and producer. She is also an Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University.
Joe Hale5th year as judgeJoe plays a vital roll maintaining the video infrastructure inside Robert Morris University's award winning Academic Media Center. He is also an accomplished non-linear video/film editor and a musician.
Corey Martin5th year as judgeCorey Martin is the Managing Editor at KDKA-TV. Corey is a graduate of the prestigious Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism.
Chris Nicholson5th year as judgeChris Nicholson is a Senior Creative Service Producer for FOX 53 / 22thePoint as well as an award-winning independent film maker.Tristan Webster3rd year as judgeTristan Webster is a news videographer working with WJZ out of Baltimore, Maryland. He previously worked at WTOV in the Ohio Valley. Tristan is a West Virginia University graduate and also an alumni of PRHS. He won the first ever Rammy Award (editing) back in 2011.He began taking video production classes with Mr. Koehler just for fun. Some of Tristan's fondest memories at Pine-Richland involved videos with his friends and working after-school events with Mr. Clack and Mr. Karpinski. After enjoying the time spent in PRTV, Tristan decided he would pursue a career in video production.It excites (but doesn't surprise) Tristan that Pine-Richland still produces enthusiastic and creative minds. Whether for pleasure or passion, Tristan encourages any aspiring filmmaker, or videographer to continue to create in the name of art and entertainment. Filmmaking is about exploring new ideas and supporting each other's projects. Keep up the great work!Gabe Marchetti2nd year as judge
Gabe Marchetti is a freelance film and television professional working primarily in the camera department as an operator and assistant. Following completion of a communications degree at Ohio University, the PRHS alum returned home to Pittsburgh and entered its burgeoning production workforce. His recent projects include the Pittsburgh-based shows Restored by the Fords, Gone, and Mindhunter, as well as international work on the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Championship.
Jessica Malandro1st year as judgeJessica Malandro attended the University of Pittsburgh and studied film, writing and theater. She presently works for Pitt's Innovation Institute. Jessica is a PRHS alum and won the first ever Best in Show Rammy award for her short "SEEK."David Safin10th year as judgeDavid Safin is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Saint Vincent, a Master’s degree in Multimedia Technology from California University of PA, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology from Chatham University. (Technically David did not vote this season, but his dedication to the Rammys, since our beginning, warrants his inclusion here.)