Morgan Hill, CA â€“ March 4, 2008 â€“ Today, the
announced that critically acclaimed special effects editor and director, Terry Windell, is onboard as keynote speaker for its fifth annual short films event.
With over twenty-five years of experience, Windellâ€™s career has run the gamut from live action director to visual effects animation supervisor. He has worked on Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s â€œA Band Apartâ€? commercials, as well as stints at several notable production companies, including Lucasfilmâ€™s Industrial Light and Magic, Paramount Pictures, and Boss Film Studios. His film credits include the award-winning films Star Wars-The Return of the Jedi, E.T., Poltergeist, and Star Trek II â€“ The Wrath of Kahn, Ghostbusters, 2010, Poltergeist II, Fright Night, and many others.
â€œWeâ€™re absolutely delighted to welcome Terry as our keynote speaker for our 5th anniversary,â€? said Kim Bush, chair, Poppy Jasper Film Festival. â€œHis extensive experience on some of the most innovative and critically acclaimed films that have made their mark on film history is indicative of his unique creative talents.â€?
Windell will give his keynote presentation on November 14 during the PJFF Opening Night – Award Ceremony. Following his presentation will be an opportunity to ask questions of Windell.
â€œI am looking forward to being part of the Poppy Jasper Film Festival as it reaches this fifth year milestone,â€? said Terry. â€œThis is one festival that Iâ€™ve had the opportunity follow from its inception, and these guys really â€˜get it!â€™ Itâ€™s one of the best venues Iâ€™ve ever seen where filmmakers of all levels of experience have the opportunity to really showcase their creativity in a short film, an opportunity not often available in this world of feature films.â€?
Windell is also one of the industryâ€™s top directors of commercials, with over 120 commercials for Fortune 500 companies under his belt and numerous industry awards. Additionally, his work can also be seen on the small screen where he directed three seasons of the television series Star Trek Voyager and Special Unit 2. Windellâ€™s growth as a filmmaker continues as he is now writing and developing several feature film projects and he has recently added teaching to his list of accomplishments. Currently, Windell is directing, designing and supervising the 3D visuals effects of the World of Coca Cola Museum live action documentary and innovative 3D interactive â€˜rideâ€™ film.
About the Poppy Jasper Film Festival
The Poppy Jasper Film Festival â€“ one of the few that accepts only short films â€“ takes its name from Morgan Hillâ€™s indigenous, rare poppy jasper gemstone. Its smaller, interactive setting gives emerging filmmakers unique access to recognized and distinguished peers in the film industry, including Academy Award nominees and winners.
The 2007 event attracted films from five other countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and United Kingdom), and included films by twelve female filmmakers.
The Fifth Annual Poppy Jasper Film Festival will be held November 14-16, 2008 in Morgan Hill, CA. For further information about the Poppy Jasper Film Festival, please visit