Our Guest Panelists

Cinema Arts Guests

Kevin Craig West

Kevin Craig West – Award winning actor/filmmaker and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. When not on camera or stage, he enjoys producing, directing, writing and coaching. He also enjoys sharing his talents as a teacher/artist and has worked with many Arts in Education groups including Theatre for a New Audience, Only Make Believe, and Symphony Space. Kevin is the owner of the production company, MoBetta Films, an advisory board member of WAM Theatre as well as Lake Placid Film Forum, former President of Upstate Independents and has served as Assistant Director of FilmColumbia Festival.


Meosha Bean

Meosha Bean is an award winning actress and filmmaker. voted best upcoming director at the New Jersey Film Festival 2012 Meosha started filming and acting at the tender age of 7 and has since completed roles in features + shorts films,and music videos. Now the founder of M.V.B Films est 2003. Meosha projects have included and untold story of Mariano Mendoza , Anatomy Of An Antihero season 23 and 4 which is soon to be released on DVD & online platforms. M.V.B Films Presents horror short stories Vol 2 feature film can be found on amazon prime later this year , Miss Pepper her award wining short which gained in excess of 30,000 views in one week upon release. Meosha had garnered a micro influence level following on YouTube at 15.3 k and subscriber and over 3.3 million plus views. After attending acting and modeling school She then went to do feature films, music videos and promotional work. Among them she worked with the legendary pro boxer Roy Jones Jr, legend in the game singer Keyshia Cole, Designer and artist Ron Bass who has made clothes worn by Beyonce and Jay Z. Music sensation Chris Brown. The king of rock Billy Idol and many more. (Monday, February 17 only)


Crystal Connor

An award-winning Master Imaginationist. She work for the Department of Sleep Prevention as the Chief Operating Officer for the Bad Dreams & Nightmare Division. She also moonlights as photographer for Instagram. Or in layman’s terms she writes horror and takes tons of selfies. She is a Washington State native, and she loves everything to do with monsters, bad guys (as in evil-geniuses & super-villains. Not those kind her mother warned her about), rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high-heeled shoes & unreasonably priced handbags. When she’s not terrorizing my readers or racking up frequent flyers miles by gallivanting all over the country attending fan conventions and writer’s conferences she reviews indie horror and science fiction films for both her personal blog and HorrorAddicts.net and judge horror films for the Seattle Crypticon and the Bleedingham film festivals.


Published by Sumiko Saulson

Writer of poetry, science fiction and horror fiction. Cartoonist. Sumiko Saulson’s blog “Things That Go Bump In My Head” focuses on horror fiction writing and features author interviews, writing advice, short stories and editorial pieces. She is the author of three novels in the science fiction, horror and dark fantasy genres, “Solitude,” “Warmth”, and “The Moon Cried Blood”. She is also the author of a short story anthology by the same name as her blog. A published poet and writer of short stories and editorials, she was once profiled in a San Francisco Chronicle article about up-and-coming poets in the beatnik tradition. The child of African American and Russian-Jewish American parents, she is a native Californian, and was born and spent her early childhood in Los Angeles, moving to Hawaii, where she spent her teen years, at the age of 12. She has spent most of her adult life living in the San Francisco Bay Area. My blog is at http://www.sumikosaulson.com

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