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Mindy Fay Parks
Mindy is a Chicago actor and filmmaker. She has worked in front of the camera for NBC's Chicago Fire, The Onion, and several successful indie films. Her first self-produced and co-written short film, "Off Book", is currently enjoying success in the festival circuit and has been nominated for a slew of awards. In 2016, she served as Co-Director of the Juggernaut Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Film Festival, which welcomed a local Chicago audience of 300. She believes it is her theatre background that has inspired her love of film festivals since they give filmmakers an opportunity to bring their work to a live and interactive audience.
Josh is an award-winning filmmaker with festival and industry ties around the country. In 2005 he established his own production company, Olive Entertainment, and has written, produced, and directed several award-winning films. His latest feature, "The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man" has won over 25 awards. He is a member of the programming team for Washington's Gig Harbor Film Festival and is also director of Oklahoma's Twister Alley Film Festival, which was recently featured in MovieMaker Magazine as one of the World's Top 50 festivals worth their entry fee!