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Downtown Film Festival Judges

2020 Judge

Deb Acklin

Deborah Acklin is president and chief executive officer of WQED, the nation’s first community-owned public media company, also known worldwide as “Mister Rogers’ station.”

2020 Judge

Stephen Gong

Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), a public media and cultural non-profit organization located in San Francisco.

2020 Judge

Tika Laudun

Tika Laudun is an independent filmmaker and photographer. She recently retired from Louisiana Public Broadcasting after nearly forty years at the agency.

2020 judge

Jessica Turk

Jessica received her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in directing and producing and works for Nashivlle Public Television.

2020 Judge

Donald Thoms

Donald Thoms is a seasoned broadcaster, journalist and leader in media with extensive experience with production and film development.

2020 Judge

Courtney Pledger

Courtney Pledger joined Arkansas PBS as executive director and CEO in 2017 where she is responsible for overall operations and management of the statewide educational network.

2020 Judge

Christina Melton

Christina Melton is Deputy Director of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and an award-winning documentary film producer.

2020 judge

Daniel Duarte

Daniel Duarte is a producer, director, editor, and film-maker.