RIFF WITH US MAY 19-21 • 2017

RIFF JURORS

Katie Torpey Katie Torpey is an award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker with an MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has sold several screenplays, written for television and worked for numerous studios and networks.  She co-created “Mother Up!” a Hulu original animated TV series about motherhood, starring Eva Longoria. It was one of Hulu’s first TV shows and premiered in 2013–14.  She wrote and directed the independent film “Truth About Kerry” shot in Ireland, starring Stana Katic (Castle) and released in April 2012. Her original screenplay “The Perfect Man” was released in theaters in 2005, starring Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear and Chris Noth. The following year, her romantic comedy “On the Other Side,” hit theaters in Bollywood.  Her latest screenplay, “Spaghetti Park,” is in preproduction, and she is currently adapting her memoir, “Just Breathe,” into a screenplay.  In January 2017, Katie launched her own production company, Your Story Productions, a Film, Television, and Digital Media Company that focuses on helping writers to discover and write their stories, creating content that entertains and makes a difference. Katie will be teaching Advanced Screenwriting in the MFA Screenwriting program at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2018. Katie is bi-coastal and lives in CT and Los Angeles. 

Katie Torpey

Katie Torpey is an award-winning screenwriter/filmmaker with an MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has sold several screenplays, written for television and worked for numerous studios and networks.  She co-created “Mother Up!” a Hulu original animated TV series about motherhood, starring Eva Longoria. It was one of Hulu’s first TV shows and premiered in 2013–14.  She wrote and directed the independent film “Truth About Kerry” shot in Ireland, starring Stana Katic (Castle) and released in April 2012. Her original screenplay “The Perfect Man” was released in theaters in 2005, starring Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear and Chris Noth. The following year, her romantic comedy “On the Other Side,” hit theaters in Bollywood.  Her latest screenplay, “Spaghetti Park,” is in preproduction, and she is currently adapting her memoir, “Just Breathe,” into a screenplay.

 In January 2017, Katie launched her own production company, Your Story Productions, a Film, Television, and Digital Media Company that focuses on helping writers to discover and write their stories, creating content that entertains and makes a difference. Katie will be teaching Advanced Screenwriting in the MFA Screenwriting program at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2018. Katie is bi-coastal and lives in CT and Los Angeles. 

Brian DeCubellis Award winning director/producer Brian DeCubellis' feature film Manhattan Night,  starring Adrien Brody, had it's theatrical Connecticut premiere at RIFF last year.  Brian wrote the screenplay adapting the novel Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harrison.  The movie, released by Lionsgate Premiere, also stars Yvonne Strahovski  Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals, and is currently on-demand and has been released worldwide. Brian has written and directed films,  TV shows, commercials,  music videos and branded programming for MTV,  Fox,   VH1, Comedy Central,  Spike,  Teen Nick,  ABC and more.  

Brian DeCubellis

Award winning director/producer Brian DeCubellis' feature film Manhattan Night,  starring Adrien Brody, had it's theatrical Connecticut premiere at RIFF last year.  Brian wrote the screenplay adapting the novel Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harrison.  The movie, released by Lionsgate Premiere, also stars Yvonne Strahovski  Campbell Scott and Jennifer Beals, and is currently on-demand and has been released worldwide.

Brian has written and directed films,  TV shows, commercials,  music videos and branded programming for MTV,  Fox,   VH1, Comedy Central,  Spike,  Teen Nick,  ABC and more.  

John Donkin JOHN C. DONKIN (Producer) began his computer animation career in 1983 when he joined the world renowned CGRG (Computer Graphics Research Group) at The Ohio State University. He went on to become a director and senior animator at the pioneering CG company Cranston/Csuri Productions.   Donkin came to Blue Sky Studios in 1998, as a technical director; one of his first projects was to help complete the company’s Academy Award winning short film “Bunny.”  He developed the production pipeline for Blue Sky’s first animated feature film project, “Ice Age,” before becoming the film’s associate producer, managing the production and its 160 person production crew. He earned an Academy Award nomination with Carlos Saldanha for their animated short "Gone Nutty" created at Blue Sky Studios featuring the popular Scrat character from the “Ice Age” films. He also produced the Oscar nominated short "No Time For Nuts". Donkin has worked on several Blue Sky films as a Producer.  His credits include, "Robots", "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift".  as well as the global box-office hits, "Rio" and "Rio2". John holds a BFA in Cinematography and an M.A. in Computer Animation and Art Education from The Ohio State University. He lives in Katonah, NY with his wife, Teresa, and two children, Alec and Nola.

John Donkin

JOHN C. DONKIN (Producer) began his computer animation career in 1983 when he joined the world renowned CGRG (Computer Graphics Research Group) at The Ohio State University. He went on to become a director and senior animator at the pioneering CG company Cranston/Csuri Productions.  

Donkin came to Blue Sky Studios in 1998, as a technical director; one of his first projects was to help complete the company’s Academy Award winning short film “Bunny.”  He developed the production pipeline for Blue Sky’s first animated feature film project, “Ice Age,” before becoming the film’s associate producer, managing the production and its 160 person production crew.

He earned an Academy Award nomination with Carlos Saldanha for their animated short "Gone Nutty" created at Blue Sky Studios featuring the popular Scrat character from the “Ice Age” films. He also produced the Oscar nominated short "No Time For Nuts".

Donkin has worked on several Blue Sky films as a Producer.  His credits include, "Robots", "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift".  as well as the global box-office hits, "Rio" and "Rio2".

John holds a BFA in Cinematography and an M.A. in Computer Animation and Art Education from The Ohio State University. He lives in Katonah, NY with his wife, Teresa, and two children, Alec and Nola.