May 30, 2020
Pop Up Video Film Festival is a short film fest hosted at Pop UPtown in Columbus, GA. PUVFF aims to support, highlight, and celebrate filmmakers from the local to the international short film scene.
Pop Up Video Film Festival caters to the budding filmmaker.
These talented folks deserve a platform to tell their stories and a connection to our
indigenous local and regional film industry community.
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The Festival Agenda
Pop UPtown 10AM-11:15AM: Brunch with Film Professionals Panel, sponsored by Bare Roots catering & Iron Bank Coffee. Bare Roots will be selling Bloody Mary's & Mimosas.
Pop UPtown 11:30AM-2PM: Block of varying short films with moderated filmmaker Q&A.
Lunch Break 2PM-3PM
Pop UPtown 3-4PM: Special Screening of Moments of Joy sponsored by AFLAC & a moderated Q&A with Chispa House and Alayne Gamache.
Pop UPtown 4-6:30PM: Block of varying short films with moderated filmmaker Q&A.
Stock Market (next door) 6:30-8PM: Cocktail Mixer at Stock Market
Pop UPtown 8-9PM: POP Awards
The Loft 9-10PM: After-party
*Live interviews taking place upstairs with The Talkies Podcast
Each screening is projected on the latest equipment with a pristine sound system.
All film screenings take place at the newest, coolest venue in town, Pop UPtown.
Each film is under 30 minutes and curated into three screening blocks.
Thank you to our sponsors
Kenneth Henson Jr.
Sherry Jenkins & Val Web
Bo Bartlett & Betsy Eby
THE LAW OFFICES OF
Jacy Jenkins graduated from The University of Georgia, then spent 3 years serving the inner-city in Los Angeles and learning the entertainment industry.
Jacy is foremost an entrepreneur that has started and sold an apparel line, a food truck, and a tax business. She helped set up the tourism industry as the Director of Tourism for Phenix City, AL and co-founded Way Down Film Festival in Columbus, GA in 2016.
Jacy is a visionary, who founded a collaborative, culture, online magazine, Electric City Life, and Monthly Meeting of the Minds.
Jacy served as the Marketing Director and Talent Buyer for The Loft along with helping start CutBait Music Festival. She was recruited by Fun Academy Motion Pictures as the VP of Partnership, to help promote and distribute their first animated feature film, SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO across the world.
Now, she has helped co-found the first pop-up shop in Columbus and Pop UP Video Film Festival. She continues to be a force for the growing film industry in her home city and state, while freelance consulting for writing, marketing, and planning festivals, events, and fundraisers."
Columbus, Georgia native, Cora King, is an invested resident in the Uptown district. Although she spent the better half of her undergrad in the healthcare field training to become a midwife, it did not keep her from coming back to the arts; her true passion.
Having co-founded Columbus Georgia’s first high-profile film fest, Way Down Film Festival, 2016-2018, she now is the Co-Founder of Pop Up Video Film Festival, which is focused on growing Columbus’ indigenous film community. She also helped found Electric City Life, a digital, collaborative platform for the community, as well as the Broadway Paw-Rade, a nonprofit annual event to raise pet adoption awareness, funds for medication and vaccines, and encourage a pet-friendly community.
In addition to event planning, she has a well-respected background in marketing and advertising. She specialized in outdoor advertising with Outfront Media for four years and went on to serve as the digital advertising coach for LEAD Digital/ The Ledger-Enquirer. Cora ventured into Fun Academy Motion Picture Studio, where she directed digital marketing for the feature film, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero.
She went on to become a freelance creative consultant/marketer for independent filmmakers and is most recently managing the studios of internationally-renowned painters and filmmakers, Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby.
These film professionals are bringing their creative genius and insight to Pop Up Video 2020!
Sara Lynn Holbrook is the Director of Springer Studios, the film division over at the Springer Opera House. She splits her time between, producing, directing, running her casting service Columbus Casting and working as a successful film, commercial and television actress in Atlanta. Sara Lynn is one part of the trio that is the Talkies podcast. She has appeared in "Good Girls" on NBC and in the Bruce Willis film “Survive the Night”, that came to Columbus. Sara Lynn Holbrook is represented by Atlanta Models & Talent.
Jef Holbrook is a professional film, television and voiceover actor and screenwriter. He's a Columbus native who has worked on projects for Lifetime, OWN, Discovery, Audible and others. He is best known for his voiceover work with Scientific American and the New York Times. Jef is also represented by Atlanta Models and Talent.
John Houzer is a local area Videographer, Graphic Designer, and Editor. Produced various commercials for local businesses to include Harley Davidson, Shane’s Rib Shack, Lemongrass Thai & Sushi, and Realtree Outdoors. He’s also done videography for Creative South, one of the largest design conferences in the Southeast, and the indie film Electric Jesus. In 2018, he was awarded the Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Videographer by the Ledger-Enquirer, the Local’s Choice Award for Favorite Videographer, and the Local’s Choice Award for Favorite Graphic Designer.
Terrell Sandefur is a film & television producer, co-founder & managing director of FilmGeorgia.com, a member of the board of directors of Film Impact Georgia, and host of the Choose Georgia event which is held annually at the Sundance Film Festival.
He is the former president and marketing director of the Macon Film Festival and former Macon Film Commissioner.
Terrence “Ty” Manns is a former US Army Infantry Officer, corporate, turned feature award winning film Writer, Producer & Director. He is a principle partner in Manns/Mackie Studios, a Georgia based feature film production company.
Ty retired from the military in 2003 after nearly 24 years of service and transitioned into the Corporate American where he served in positions as Vice President Operations, North America, Vice President Marketing & Business Developments, North America and CEO/Managing Director of a major Defense Sector Company. Ty retired from Corporate America in 2013 and started his full-time career in screenplay writing and film production.
Ty’s film credits includes – The 5th Quarter, The Wish, White Water, A Question of Faith. My Brother’s Keeper and Redeemed which starts principle-production on 29 November, 2018 in Columbus, Georgia.
Monica Jones is the owner of Sweet Gum Marketing in Columbus, Ga and publishes the LocaL Magazine. A native to the area who has lived across the country, she began her marketing career in Columbus in 1999. She worked in radio locally before moving on to work in several markets, five radio groups, 20 radio stations, broadcast television, print media and as a formal sales trainer. Moving back to Columbus in 2012, her immense background in media and marketing and her passion for working with local business has made her one of the most sought-after marketing consultants in the area. She loves living in Columbus, spending time with her dog Rocco and promoting all the Arts & Entertainment the area has to offer.
Tony Pettis is a 22 year old entrepreneur and local socialite. He’s the Creative director for Native Company (a fashion brand), The founder of both Pin-Drop Praise and TONYtalks, The illustrator of Growing Pains the Book, The Gallery Administrative assistant at Garry Pound Studios and an artist! With a heart for the growth of the city of Columbus Ga, Tony has set out to build connective ways to both empower and join areas of our culture. Tony graduated from William Henry Spencer High school as an AP (Advanced placement) Art student and quickly started his entrepreneurial endeavors
afterwards. Tony’s claim to local notoriety first began to blossom his senior year in High School when He launch his fashion brand Native Company in 2016 and then grew when he joined forces with The Columbus Collective as their brand strategist and marketing manager in the summer of 2019. Although it may seem like a lot of work, Tony’s family life and childhood wasn’t all butterflies and good times, which in essence fueled his never quit, go getter outlook on life. Tony has continued to allow the circumstances of his life to shine through in efforts to empower others who may feel that there has to be a certain formula that may be needed in order to began dreaming. He’s not certain of a lot of things, but he’s certain of one thing and that is that, anything is possible. Tony believes that if you can dream it, that means you can build it, and if you can build it, you can share it!
An all-star group made up of experts in critiquing films, influencers with film-related involvement in the community, and creators with a down-right passion for film.
Becca Zajac serves as the Executive Director of the Dragonfly Trail Network, a newly formed non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life in Columbus, Georgia through the implementation of, and advocacy for, multi-use trails. Becca is responsible for marketing the trail and programming its use, overseeing future construction, and facilitating fundraising.
Prior to the Dragonfly Trails, Becca was the Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations for Uptown Columbus, Inc., a non-profit that facilitates and coordinates economic revitalization initiatives throughout downtown Columbus, Georgia.
Becca is committed to making Columbus an inviting, perpetually active, connected, and desirable city for all. Her passion is creating meaningful experiences through events that connect, engage and inspire the community while also providing a visible economic impact on the town.
A native of Michigan, Becca is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio with a dual degree in Business Marketing and Environmental Economics. She is a board member of Columbus' Young Professionals, PAWS Humane Society, Bicycle Columbus, and chairs the Vibrant & Connected Places Action Area for Columbus 2025, the Columbus area’s comprehensive long-range planning effort.
Matthew Rorer is a Columbus Native pursuing his Master's Degree in Communication Arts from Valdosta State University and previously received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Columbus State University. He works for 88.5FM WCUG Cougar Radio at CSU as Operations Director.
In addition, Matt produces "ArtHaus Radio", a weekend morning radio show of an eclectic mix of stories and songs. Matt is also an employee of PMB Broadcasting and has become very involved in the community through both Radio entities.
Growing up as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Columbus has been something Matt never really spoke much about, but in more recent years, seeing the atmosphere here explode with acceptance, been good for him. Once he became more active in the community, he knew it was time to live his entire truth. Now he wears what he wants boldly, feeding positivity back into the community by being authentic. A film that inspired him to be authentic was The Fifth Element. "[The Fifth Element] It's my all-time favorite move. The comedic aspects mixed with the other-worldly fashion was always something that resonated with me, and it's oddly shaped the way I portray myself fashion-wise."
Born and raised in Columbus, GA, April is 43 years old, and a former school teacher. She grew up in a house
full of singers. Her first gigs were in churches, but her audaciousness had her offering singing telegrams
to neighbors. The experiences growing up around musicians and recording studios gave April an
appreciation for what it takes to be a part of the creative process. Production of any kind requires
patience and endurance, so she is amazed when people see their visions to fruition (it may be a flop, but
not a failure).
April loves stand up comedy and has been known to bomb is such places as The Loft, Lemongrass, and No Shame Theater. She's written for Electric City Life, The Local Magazine, and just joined the Columbus Writer's Guild to plug into the writing scene.
"It is an honor to be entrusted with viewing these artists’ projects in the PopUptown Film festival. It takes
a lot of sweat and dedication to host events that support our ever-growing art community. Having
worked in local art galleries I have seen how diligent artists have to be in order to get exposure. As I
watched these short films, I took into account the many hours of “hurry up and wait” that went into the
making of each 7 to 25-minute movie. My favorite movies are based on theme/plot, acting, editing,
quality of the movie and relevance. Did it move me/make me laugh/think?
It is great to see such diversity represented in the films that were selected. Thank you for allowing me to
be a part of such a cool thing happening in my hometown."
Katie Bishop was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia and received a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Alabama in 2012. Upon graduation, Katie lived in Atlanta for almost 2 years, working in a small marketing start-up in Sandy Springs. When things started to change in her hometown of Columbus, she saw an opportunity to come home and make a difference.
In the summer of 2013, she moved home to help launch the Columbus Ga Whitewater project, and manage their marketing. As she settled into this position, she began to realize she could make a bigger impact in Columbus by owning her own business. She quit her job and starting waiting tables while building a Public Relations business with her business partner, Stephanie Woodham.
In the fall of 2015, they launched Yalla Public Relations in Columbus, Georgia. The firm handles marketing for the whitewater park, along with more than 20 other hospitality and tourism-based companies in the Columbus, Georgia area. The firm also markets and manages 8 different events each year in the Columbus area.
Katie is passionate about cooking and making her community a better place to live, work and play. Her boyfriend, a cinematographer, and their dog Hauk live happily in the Columbus Historic District.
Scott Phillips holds a degree in print journalism from the University of Georgia where he served as one of the film critics for the Red & Black student newspaper. Scott is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA), the Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) and the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS).
Scott has been the Executive Editor and Senior Writer for The Movie Isle (www.themovieisle.com) since its inception in November 2017. From 2013 through 2017, he reviewed films for Film Dispenser (www.filmdispenser.com).
Scott’s work also appears in each issue of Columbus and the Valley Magazine where he writes about a variety of film-related topics. Along with his duties as a critic, Scott served as the Content Programmer for the Way Down Film Festival from 2016 to 2018.
He is the co-founder of the Midnight Train Film Festival which will premiere in early 2020. In September 2016, he founded the Way Down Film Society which meets every month at Troy University in Phenix City, Alabama.
Scott has covered numerous film festivals including the Chattanooga Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, Overlook Film Festival, Cineapocalypse, Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and FrightFest.