NPFF Judging Process
For 32 years the National Paddling Film Festival has
been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos
and images. This competition has provided the paddling community with
a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation.
In that time, the NPFF has also helped to raise the quality of paddle
sport entertainment by providing recognition of talent, along with important
and useful feedback, for the artists who make the show a possibility.
Thanks to the judges’ contribution of their valued written opinions,
along with the organizational work of the film festival volunteers, hundreds
of amateur, accomplished and professional image artists have been better
able to gauge the audience's enjoyment of their work and gain the encouragement
and information helpful for creating even more entertaining art in the
future. In 2006, the volunteers of the National Paddling Film Festival
made a few changes to the structure of the festival in an effort to put
more focus on the film and image competition and enhance the judging process.
As in previous years, the NPFF volunteer judges will continue to prejudge
all entries and also to invite other judges who are either motion picture
and television media professionals, accomplished and professional paddling
filmmakers or representatives of paddling organizations to lend their
scores and opinions to determine the winners. The difference in this process
starting in 2006, and to be used in following years, was that our invited
judges will now be making their judgments prior to the Festival instead
of the day of the show. By making this change, the organizers of the NPFF
are hoping to increase the number and diversity of qualified judges and
provide more time for the judges to score and make their comments about
2014 NPFF Judges
William C. Eades Jr. (Bill, Bilbo, Nate's Dad)
Lifetime member and former president of the Missouri Whitewater Association
of water deprived boaters. ACA instructor for whitewater, instructing
mainly on-river clinics conducted by the MWA. Easily the worst and oldest
team paddler and technical rep for Pyranha US, since 1996. Film judge
for the NPFF since 1998. Associate Professor at Washington University
School of Medicine, directing a cancer center core laboratory for flow
cytometry, involving critical light and color measurements for fluorescent
cell marking and cell sorting.
Matt "Rattso" Muir has been paddling whitewater since he bought
a used Dancer in 1992. He attended and judged his first NPFF ca. 1998,
and has been collecting Paddle Porn since. He also helps keep the American
Whitewater website the best source of river beta on the World Wide Internets.
Barry's 8mm film, "El Horrendo" provided the inspiration for
the establishment of the first National Paddling Film Festival in 1983.
As a BWA member/past president and a founder of the film festival, Barry
served as the NPFF Coordinator for several years during the 1980s
and 1990s and was awarded the William Nealy Award in 2006. As an accomplished
photographer and videographer, Barry has numerous whitewater films to
his credit including several winning NPFF entries.
Paul Martzen lives in Fresno California where he is a professional photographer
and amateur film maker. Paul is married and has two grown sons. He
started whitewater kayaking in 1982 and has explored many rivers, though
mostly in California. Many of his whitewater photographs can be
found on the American Whitewater website. Paul attended and helped
out at the 2008, 2011 and later NPFFs, which he enjoyed tremendously.
He is very happy to help the event again this year by judging and
critiquing the films.
Burgess Carey is a whitewater paddler and consumer of whitewater
products since the early 1980's. Sometimes a "has been" and
always an armchair athlete, past involvement in the BWA and NPFF has resulted
in much controversy and scurrilous remarks. Professionally intent on changing
the world one outdoor venture at a time, Burgess is the
current steward of the Boone Creek Outdoors project and when not watching
paddling films can often be found sleeping "Down by the River"
in his van.
Jonathan Morrison is an Producer and Editor for WTIU, a PBS station in
Bloomington, Indiana. He is an avid paddler and loves to hit the water
every chance he gets. Jonathan also loves to camp, snowboard, hike, bike
and do pretty much anything outdoors. He is owner of Birddog Studios,
a freelance production company that specializes in music recording, video
and audio production, marketing & photography.
Clay Wright is a creek boating and play boating pioneer with numerous
international "First D's" and whitewater video appearances to
his credit. He won the 1997 World Championship in Squirt Boating, 2005
National Championship in Freestyle as well as numerous extreme races including
the original Green Race. He still competes in races and rodeos but also
serves as an ICF Judge, USACK Rules Committee Chair, Keener Coach, and
was guest speaker at last year's NPFF.
Erin Galey, hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, started kayaking in
college while working as a raft guide in the Grand Canyon. She gypsy kayaked
for several years after college, working in places like Morocco, Zambia,
Nepal, and the Pennsylvania/Maryland/West Virginia area. She began work
in the film industry with a role in A&E's Rollergirls when she moved
to Austin, TX. From there, she went on to work on various commercials,
short films, and music videos, often alongside cult director Bradley Beesley,
like on the music video "The W.A.N.D." for the Flaming Lips.
After realizing she wanted to shoot and direct,
Erin went on to study at NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore, working as a cinematographer
and director on a multitude of short films shot all over Asia. Her thesis
film Sahasi Chori (Brave Girl), premiered at SXSW 2013, and has won multiple
awards, including the "Women in Film Directing Award," from
HollyShorts, and the audience award at Palm Springs ShortFest. She signed
with Shorts International for USA distribution, and Sahasi Chori will
be available on iTunes and AT&T Uverse this spring, In early 2013,
Erin founded the multi-platform production company IN THE FLICKER, specializing
in short form narrative media and branded content. She splits her time
between Los Angeles and Portland as a Writer/Director and Producer.
Spalding Hurst is a native of Bardstown,
KY. He graduated from Full Sail University with an Associates of Science
in Film and Video. After 10 years in television he is currently in communications
with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, helping tell the story of the
congregations global ministries through all forms of media. Whether in
Kentucky or travelling, Spalding enjoys whitewater kayaking whenever or
wherever he can find it.
Sellus Wilder is an award-winning filmmaker
and former Mayor Pro Tem of Frankfort, where he lives with his wife and
two children. He is currently shooting a documentary on the controversial
David Downing is a Glasgow, Ky native who graduated from Western Kentucky
University with a B. A. in Broadcast Television. After working for the
man for the first five years, Dave decided to start his own business in
2004. After expanding in 2008 he decided to join forces with three friends
and start Yellowberri, a Bowling Green based advertising agency. Six years
later they have continued success working in all aspects of multimedia
as well as side projects with music and film.