NPFF Judging Process
For 33 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
2015 NPFF Judges
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 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 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.
Clay 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 a previous NPFF.
Sellus 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 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.
While reasonably new to paddling, Nate has spent the majority
of his life behind a camera making films and images of all kinds. After
graduating from WKU, he too, joined forces with Yellowberri in Bowling
Green, Kentucky to create professional videos and photos of all sorts.
Having shot and edited different films and photos for the last several
years, Nate relishes in the fact that judging the work of other talented
peers is almost as much fun as creating the work itself.
Colin is a water addict, hailing from the salt side growing
up surfing in North Carolina and California. He is pretending that his
other lifelong obsession of stalking trout with a fly rod gives him enough
water-reading street cred to judge the paddling tribe. He was initiated
into kayaking last spring at the Bluegrass Wildwater Clinic, and was thrown
into vicious Class I rapids by Robert Milgate, Hanley Loller, and Dot
Edwards. Colin brings 20 years experience working in film, having shot
everything from Old Spice spots to mayonnaise commercials. Colin recently
worked at local branding agency Bullhorn Creative, and now is on the brand
development team at Tempur + Sealy in Lexington.