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Judges

David W. King

David W. King’s film and television career spans 30 years and many facets of live-action and animation production. He has 124 IMDB credits dating back to his first days as a production assistant on an obscure 1980 Peter Fonda film called Rough Riders. David’s subsequent positions and credits have included Vice President of Production, Supervising Producer, Producer, Director, Associate Producer, Production Manager, Post-Production Supervisor, Executive in Charge of Production, Writer, Cinematographer and Editor. He’s worked for major studios like Universal, Walt Disney, Hanna-Barbera and 20th Century Fox. At Disney and Universal, David produced feature-length projects like Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure and Balto 2 and 3. David also wrote or co-wrote 8 feature screenplays, most of which were optioned. David moved to Polson, Montana in 2012, where he set up his own production company, David W. King Pictures. Samples of his work are available at his website, DavidWKing.com.

As a judge, David finds it great fun to discover little gems as he and his fellow judges review scores of FLIC entries each year. There are always surprises and spirited discussions on the part of the judges, whose tastes vary much like those found around water-coolers the world over.

 

Karen Lewing

Karen Lewing is Artistic Director for the Port Polson Players Theatre, now in it’s 42nd season. She and husband Neal (Managing Director) were both recipients of the 2016 Montana Governor’s Arts Award. Karen and Neal co-founded the Old Prison Players in Deer Lodge, where she served as Artistic Director for 13 years. She has performed in regional companies including the Missoula Children’s Theatre, The Montana Repertory and Fort Peck Theatres. The Lewings also served as Technical Directors for the Custer Reenactment, Hardin MT. Karen has co-written eight children’s musicals and three of her own full-length shows. The Lewings original musical, Valley Full of Diamonds, performed for Polson’s Diamond Jubilee and Centennial, features Polson’s official anthem, also written by the team. Karen hails from Seattle WA, where she was an Actors Equity performer. She feels she can now officially call herself a “Montanan,” as she and Neal have raised their two kids in Polson, (both UM graduates), have two grandsons in Polson and has lived over half her life in the shadows of the Missions.

 

Mac Swan

When he was in high school, Mac Swan worked as a film projectionist in the Golden Horn theater in Missoula. “There’s nothing like watching a movie twenty or thirty times to help you see the strengths and weaknesses in a film,” he said. He further developed his interest in film through his teaching career in Polson schools where, for several decades, he studied media with his students. He also helped write a statewide curricula framework for the arts to be used in Montana. The Montana Forensic Educators recognized Swan in 2011 by placing him in their Hall of Fame for achievements in coaching speech, drama and debate. He retired from teaching in 2004 and entered the real estate profession. He currently works at Mission Bay Realty in Polson.