FEB 7th 2021
Pop Up Video Film Festival is a virtual short film fest hosted 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
3-4PM Cocktail Hour Roundtable:
Gleana Albritton (Judge)
Scott Phillips (Judge)
Crystal Traywick (Judge)
4:05-6PM Screening 1:
Notice (13:30) Phyllis Jackson
Sound of Silence (6:00) Donald Wilson
My Luchador (12:51) Shea Sizemore / Chip White
My Hairy Legs (2:22) Marji Bordner
Crab Trap (24:48) Shea Sizemore / Chip White
Chills (7:39) Troy Duong
Where My Girls (21:50) Mads Engel
The Uncanny Valley (15:00) Ian Vardy
Life-Binder (10:00) Sara Bess Ferreira / Terrell Sandefur
TOTAL: 115 mins
6-6:20PM Q&A's WITH FILMMAKERS
6:20-8:20PM Screening 2:
Molly (10:00) Phyllis Jackson
Black Dispatch (19:01) Shea Sizemore / Chip White
Ephemera (8:01) Chris White
Afterglow (4:11) Ariana Bolanos
Whisper (8:17) Emily Chandler-Westergreen
Benjamin Redding R+J (11:00) Bruce Getz
Encounters (7:12) Sozo Bear Films (Brad Kennedy/Luke Pilgrim)
Photobomb (9:23) Catherine Dyer / Jason McDonald
Stream It (14:07) John Houzer
TOTAL: 120 mins
8:20-8:40 Q&A's WITH FILMMAKERS
8:45- 9PM Awards Ceremony:
Best of Screening One:
Best Overall ($500 + trophy)
Best of Screening Two:
Best Overall ($500 + trophy)
Thank you to our sponsors
Kenneth Henson Jr.
Sherry Jenkins & Val Web
THE LAW OFFICES OF
Bo Bartlett & Betsy Eby
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."
These film professionals are bringing their creative genius and insight in 2021!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gleana Albritton is a producer, writer and a reformed marketer having worked for many years as a digital media & marketing exec in the entertainment and technology space - including AMC Networks International, Twitter, A+E and fuse TV. In 2017 she launched her production company, Sisu Media Group to create, develop and produce content for and about women. "Walking The Dog While Black" #WTDWB was the first project Gleana directed, produced and co-wrote through her company. Most recently Gleana produced award winning web-series "Grounds" written by playwright and TV writer, Natalia Temesgen and “Tinnitus.” When not directing, writing, or producing her own projects- Gleana can be found on set working with up-and-coming filmmakers primarily as an Assistant Director. Gleana is an Associate Programmer for the Bentonville Film Festival and she's written about TV/pop culture with bylines in Metro NY, CultureSonar, and Levo League (defunct). In addition to Alliance of Women Directors ATL (Communications Chair) she is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Women of Color Unite/The JTC List, and Digital Cinema Society. Gleana is currently developing narrative feature film, episodic, and short film projects.
Meredith Riley Stewart (Producer) A 21st century triple threat, Meredith is an actor, producer, and content creator. Born and raised in Alabama, after graduating from the University of Alabama, she spent a decade as a professional dancer in Philadelphia and New York City. Her roles in front of the camera include appearances on Scandal, Criminal Minds, Devious Maids and three of the four soap operas still on air. Behind the camera, Meredith is an avid content creator across multiple disciplines. Her feature film, The Inheritance, which she produced and co-stars opposite Mena Suvari and Jaleel White, wrapped in August 2020 and will be available next year. She was tapped by Women In Film to create their first-ever digital series, Flip The Script, a comedy about gender parity in the workplace. It has over 9 million social media impressions and screened on the CW network. The mash-up comedy short fan film she produced, Orphan is the New Orange, has over 3 million YouTube channel views and toured the globe with ComicCon. Her digital series AutocorrectFU was featured on Funny or Die and Whohaha, and has been curated onto Amazon Prime Video. Her virtual reality (VR) project, a feminist experience entitled See Me, spent the past two years on the festival circuit. As a member of Women In Film, Meredith served on the board of the PSA program where she produced the Telly Award winning spot for River LA. She currently serves as a WIF Peer Mentor. Above all, Meredith is passionate about utilizing media as a platform for social change.
Crystal Traywick has more than 20 years of film industry experience to include nearly ten years of progressive leadership over operation teams, more than four years in film acquisitions working alongside major and independent studios, lead marketing departments for over three years as a proven driver of incremental foot traffic through innovated programming, worked closely with film production executives, and lead sales teams to secure screen placement theatrically as well as internationally.
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!
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.
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.
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."
April Norris: Teacher/Writer/Entertainer/Movie Enthusiast
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 Pop Uptown 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."
Isaac Sabelhaus received his B.A. in Art History from Columbus State University in 2017. After helping to establish the Bo Bartlett Center’s administrative and curatorial processes, he moved to Atlanta to further his education. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in Art History at Georgia State University.
His favorite movies include: Carol, Metropolis, Moonlight, Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola), and Up.
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.