Deke Anderson – Mr. Anderson has worked in the entertainment business for nearly 30 years. He first earned his living as an actor with substantial roles on numerous television shows. His many TV credits include series regular on Days of our Lives; recurring roles on The Show and other episodic productions; and guest star performances on Cheers, Webster, Brisco County and the Dick Wolf-produced Nasty Boys. He has acted in more than 30 feature films, including Army of Darkness, The Hidden and The General’s Daughter. Having directed more than 50 re-enactments for the No. 1 reality Cop show, Mr. Anderson has a keen sense of what it takes to be successful both in front of and behind the camera. During a 15-year span at his own Next Level Studios, he has coached thousands of actors, including Bruce Campbell, Shannon Elizabeth, Christopher Judge and Sarah Foret.
Clive Barker – Mr. Barker is one of the premiere contemporary writers of horror novels, a best-selling author of twenty books, including his first book for children, The Thief of Always. He splashed onto the literary scene in 1984 with the first of his Books of Blood, marvelous collections of novellas and short stories which caused Stephen King to say that Clive was “the future of horror.” His novels including The Damnation Game, Weaveworld, and The Great and Secret Show, have all been best sellers, and the first two movies that he’s directed, HELLRAISER and NIGHTBREED, have firmly established him as a star in his chosen field of fantasy and horror. Mr. Barker's singular talent which happens to encompasses many media forms is actually the ability to excel in imagining, or as he puts it, it’s an exploration of “the world between my ears.”
Ron Bertram – A Houston art collector, Mr. Bertram exhibited featured items from his H.R. Giger collection at the first Silver Screams Film Festival in 2005 and returns this year with an even grander display. H.R. Giger is the world-famous Swiss artist and surrealist whose work includes the creation of the Academy Award-winning ALIEN design (www.hrgiger.com). Both Ron and Don Bertram, continue as proud supporters of Silver Screams Film Festival.
Frank Dello Stritto – an author known as one of the most eloquent chroniclers of horror films. His latest book, “Vampire Over London: Bela Lugosi in Britain,” written in collaboration with Andi Brooks, was met with critical acclaim. He is a regular columnist to “Cult Movies Magazine.” A writer/historian on “B” horror movies, Frank J. Dello Stritto presents a fascinating contention: That the monsters of the movies are preparing kids for the dark and scary adult world they soon inhabit. Mr. Dello Stritto was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and though lived in Houston for many years, he and his wife Linda have recently moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, and he’ll be keeping tabs on Silver Screams from there, in hopes of getting back to SSFF from time-to-time.
J.D. Feigelson – Screenwriter of DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, the closing night selection for 2005’s Silver Screams Film Festival. Mr. Feigelson is a Beaumont native, who spent his early years as head of a Houston production studio. He wrote the original script for RED WATER, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, and served as executive producer. The shark saga, set along the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast, was actually shot in South Africa. Mr. Feigelson produced the Civil War drama, “One of the Missing.” A mutual friend had introduced Mr. Feigelson to author Ray Bradbury who saw that film. He was impressed by the work and offered to mentor Feigelson in screenwriting. The relationship exists to this day. Mr. Bradbury later hosted the premiere of “One of the Missing” when it appeared on PBS. The success of DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW led Mr. Feigelson to Los Angeles in 1981, and the production of DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, his first commercial television network movie. It has since become a cult classic.
Cynthia Freeland, Ph.D. – A tenured professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Houston, Dr. Freeland is author of the book “The Naked and the Undead.” She loves horror movies, and many of her related lectures address the treatment of women in horror films. She was the founding director of Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. One of her favorite horror films is David Cronenberg’s SCANNERS.
Brandon Jones - In 2006, Mr. Jones represented the sale of SHTICKMEN to Blockbuster stores nation-wide, Blockbuster Online, and Netflix and oversaw the independent theatrical release in Dallas and Chicago. He also represented the sale of the film NICE GUYS SLEEP ALONE to Blockbuster stores nation-wide and most recently represented the distribution deal for the film LOADED to Westlake Entertainment. LOADED will be released theatrically in October 2007 and hit rental and retail shelves in January 2008. Mr. Jones was a producer on KARMA POLICE, currently in post-production. It will hit the festival circuit in 2008.
Mr. Jones formed Film Frog Productions in 2003 as a vehicle to exhibit independent films. Hands on education and experience through operating a mid-size theatre chain in Chicago, marketing manager at Blockbuster, and Director of Sales/Marketing at Studio Movie Grill have given Mr. Jones the tools and know-how in the business of motion picture financing, marketing and distribution. His passion for independent film gives him the drive to make filmmaking in Texas a success.
Rob McKinnon – Co-founder of Pure Horror Films, Inc., in Houston, and director of MR. HELL for an Austin production company, Rob McKinnon is a member of Horror Writers’ Association, and has written two screenplays that he will direct for Pure Horror Films, Inc. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in film and broadcasting in 1970. Following his graduation, he headed up the writing department at the three TV networks that Lyndon Baines Johnson owned in Austin, and has directed numerous award-winning dramatic format films for television and industry. Mr. McKinnon began his feature film career with partner Jolene McMaster, co-director of Silver Screams Film Festival, with the formation of Pure Horror Films in 2002. In 2008, they will produce the McKinnon scripted CREEK COUNTY, which Rob will direct.
Steven Peros – Writer of both the stageplay and the screenplay of THE CAT’S MEOW, which on screen (2001) starred Kirsten Dunst, Edward Hermann (as William Randolph Hearst), Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Tilley and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich, Mr. Peros came to Houston to attend the stage production at Country Playhouse. He was also writer for the movie MURDERED INNOCENCE (1995), and has written for the screen, THE UNDYING, a ghost story which will begin principal photography in January 2008. He is currently directing FOOTPRINTS, a mystery set entirely on Hollywood Boulevard. He’s very knowledgeable on classic horror, and looks forward to coming back to Houston whenever SSFF needs him. He resides in Los Angeles.
Adam Simon – Writer of A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, starring Virginia Madsen, is currently filming in Canada. It’s being produced by Gold Circle Films. Mr. Simon also wrote BONES (2001), starring Snoop Dog and Pam Grier, and THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, a documentary which he wrote and directed for the Independent Film Channel, and screened by Women In Film & Television Houston in a special Halloween program in 2002. Mr. Simon attended the WIFT screening and spoke at length to the audience about the making of THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. He was also writer/director of CARNOSAUR, starring Diane Ladd in 1993. He wrote and directed BRAIN DEAD in 1990, starring George Kennedy and Bill Paxton. Mr. Simon lives in Los Angeles.
Gordon K. Smith – ( a.k.a. "Mr. Weird", the producer/host of DCTV's "Weird Theatre"), is an award-winning Dallas-based writer, filmmaker, film historian and actor. Born in Houston and reared in Lubbock, he is a graduate of Texas Tech University and was one of the very first employees of Blockbuster Video (for whom he wrote thousands of VHS box blurbs ). Smith has appeared in bit parts in over 35 movies and TV episodes (including The Alamo and "Walker Texas Ranger"). In 1989 his research work led to the revival of the near-lost cult classic Carnival of Souls, for which he was interviewed on National Public Radio the following year. Recently, he was the researcher for the AMC Channel series "Movies 101", produced special video tributes for the AFI-Dallas and Fort Lauderdale Film Festivals, and co-hosted, with WFAA's Gary Cogill, "It Came From Dallas", an annual salute to pioneer Dallas filmmakers.