2022 Judges

Brian Osmond

Brian Osmond has over 30 years of experience as a cinematographer (and IASTE member) with over 90 credits in film and television. His work on commercials, music videos, industrials, news, reality, TV, and films has taken him to over 40 states and seven countries. His recent work has been seen in such films as the Academy Award-winning “Mank,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and the highly popular Netflix series, “Mindhunter.” He began his career in Pittsburgh in the camera department as a camera loader (in the days of actual film, not digital) with the intention of working up to director of photography.   “Silence of the Lambs” was an early credit for him. His fine work has resulted in him being nominated for SOC (Society of Operating Camerapersons) Camera Operator of the Year award for “Mindhunter,” as well as for BSC (British Society of Cinematographers) Operators award for “Mank.”

Osmond is a 1988 graduate of Grove City College (GCC). Not only was he a computer science major, he was also a lighting designer for several GCC theater productions.
He became interested in media (theater, radio, video, film) along the way and pursued a career in film after college. 

Brian and his wife Laura (Davis), also a GCC graduate (’89), currently reside in Pittsburgh. They have four children. Their daughter, Evelyn, is also currently enrolled at GCC.

Christine Swanson

A visionary filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan, Christine Swanson most directed the record-breaking, smash-hit film The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, which was 2020’s Best TV Movie award recipient from the African American Film Critics Association and nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Movie Made for Television as well as five NAACP Image Award Nominations including Outstanding Directing. Her other celebrated movie credits include All About You, The Miki Howard Story, and For the Love of Ruth, for which she also earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Television Motion Picture. Christine has directed numerous television shows including All American, All American Homecoming, P-Valley, Chicago PD and more. Christine received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Los Angeles with her Studio Executive husband, Michael Swanson and their four amazing children.

Jeff Day

Jeff Day is an award-winning screenwriter/director/producer with over 30 years of experience on stage and screen and is the co-founder of Lucky Day Studios, a company that has produced three feature length films and has multiple film and TV projects in development. Jeff co-wrote, directed and produced Midway to Love, starring Rachel Hendrix, a film that premiered on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel in the US in June 2020 to excellent ratings. That film was sold for release on television in Canada, France, Spain, Italy and the Middle East. Before that, Day co-wrote, co-directed and produced Unrequited, starring Michael Welch, Justin Baldoni, and David Keith. Unrequited sold to Lionsgate for US distribution and sold in eleven additional international territories. Jeff Day was also co-writer, director, and producer on the coming of age faith-based film, Faith, Love and Chocolate, starring Rebeca Robles. That was one of the featured projects on Pure Flix and has been viewed with solid ratings (3.5 stars) on Amazon Prime.

Day received his MFA in Directing at the University of Utah in conjunction with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He spent three years at the Sundance Institute working with critically acclaimed directors, Moises Kaufman and Craig Lucas. In addition to the feature films described above, Jeff has directed multiple short films, a television sit-com pilot, reality TV pitch footage, and more than 75  stage plays for professional, collegiate, and community theatre. He is a four-time winner of the Directing Award of Excellence from the Kennedy Center’s KCACTF and was recognized as a Marcom Award of Excellence recipient for writing and directing the mini-feature, Stolen Moments. Jeff Day is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Actors Equity Association. Jeff spent 16 years as the Director of Theatre & Cinema Performance at Asbury University before leaving that position in 2020.

“As an actor, I trained in the Meisner method and I utilize those principles as a Director. When directing, I am committed to a truthful portrayal in acting and in characterization. I allow for the discovery of emotion found through truthful moments and in the action of each actor working off the other. It is critical for the cast to trust in the vision of the director and his/her understanding of the story they tell.  Frank and honest discussions of subtext and motivation drive my passion and process. We must allow truth to come forth and create an atmosphere of trust in an environment that encourages creativity. I believe in the power of story and its ability to inspire and impact lives. That is, I believe, in the higher calling of the arts.”