Rammy Awards Judges, 2019

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     John Cantine
     10th year as judge
     University of Pittsburgh  
     M.F.A. Film Production, Ohio University, B.F.A. Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.  
    John Cantine is Senior Lecturer of Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  Cantine is the former Director of Education and an Associate Professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He is also a coauthor of the filmmaking textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking, a freelance video editor and script consultant, and an independent film and video artist. His videos and current class information can be found at johncantine.com.
     

     
    Kristen Lauth Shaeffer
    8th year as judge
     
    Chatham University logo   
    Kristen is a Pittsburgh based filmmaker and producer.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University.
     
     

     
    Joe Hale
    5th year as judge
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    Joe 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 Martin
    5th year as judge 
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     Corey Martin is the Managing Editor at KDKA-TV.  Corey is a graduate of the prestigious Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism.
     

     
     
    Chris Nicholson 
    5th year as judge
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    Chris Nicholson is a Senior Creative Service Producer for FOX 53 / 22thePoint as well as an award-winning independent film maker. 
     

    Tristan Webster
    3rd year as judge
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    Tristan 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 Marchetti
    2nd year as judge

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    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 Malandro
    1st year as judge
    University of Pittsburgh
    Jessica 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 Safin
    10th year as judge St. Vincent College logo
    David 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.)