Corinna Thuss is the Managing Director, continuing to lead FilmOneFest in its second decade of celebrating the super short film format and its growing impact on storytelling and image making around the globe.
Since 2009, Corinna has offered her expertise to FilmOneFest as an event planner and fundraiser. With her inclusive leadership style and extensive networks, she helped to professionalize the event, most notably in helping to secure a high definition screen and sound system. During her nearly 10-year tenure, working with former Co-Directors Julie Gartenburg and Robert O’Connor, audience size at the event has more than tripled due to the higher quality films submitted from more than 100 countries.
She has a Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and honed her event and meeting planning skills over 20 years in the corporate world at PaineWebber in New York City.
Since moving to Atlantic Highlands with her husband, Robert, she has freely shared her expertise in the community. She volunteered for two years as the event planner for TEDx Navesink as it grew and transitioned to a larger venue at Monmouth University. In addition, Corinna has been an education advocate for the past 12 years, volunteering at her daughter’s schools, leading PTOs and serving on the Board of Education in Atlantic Highlands.
President of the Henry Hudson Tri-District Education Foundation since 2016, which focuses on enhancing STEAM programs and athletics in the Tri-District schools (Atlantic Highlands and Highlands Elementary Schools, and Henry Hudson Regional School).
Prior to volunteering for the Foundation, Corinna served for six years as PTO President of Atlantic Highlands Elementary. Her legacy is seen by every person who passes through the doors—the beautiful landscaping, playground equipment, and state of the art sound and lighting systems for the theater program, to name a few.
An alumni of Boston University’s College of Theatre Arts, Bracco holds a BFA in acting. He is an award-winning actor/director and has worked in theatre and film from Boston to New York City. Some of his credits include Dopey in Balm in Gilead, Hamm in Endgame, Paul in the award-winning feature The Court, The Smoker in The Gambler’s Club, and Paul Raimo in Raimo’s Price. In 1997 he launched his company Red Hook Films, right out of his own living room in Red Hook Brooklyn, and has been developing and producing films ever since. Some of Red Hook Films’ productions include The Court, Goin Down, Ursa Minor, Stocks Bonds and Notes, and The Goner, to name a few. PJ joined FilmOneFest in 2019 as the MC and production company that produced the 2020 FilmOneFest online mini series. In 2021, PJ has taken on the role of Submissions Director taking on the challenge of viewing over 2,000 submissions.
Jon Crowley has been a founding member, judge and M.C. of the FilmOneFest for all of the festival's ten years. In addition to having served as a vice president at the FOOD and Syfy networks, Crowley was an executive at truTV where he co-created and executive produced the hit comedy series, The Impractical Jokers. He also writes, produces and directs for popular shows such as House Hunters International, Growing Up Hip-Hop and Marriage Bootcamp. This last year, Crowley won two Television Academy Emmy Awards-- most notably for a live, two-hour town hall about the opioid crisis. In November, Crowley was elected to the town council. He lives in Atlantic Highlands with his Wife (who serves on the Board of Education) and teenage son.
Gedney has been working in the music side of the film industry for more than 25 years. He has collaborated with top Hollywood talents, including Ron Howard, Robert De Niro, Malcolm D. Lee, Wes Anderson, Jodie Foster, Lasse Hallstrom, and Ang Lee. Most notably, Gedney received a Golden Reel for his work on the Oscar winning film “Chicago.” Recently he’s worked on the award winning films "The Hundred Foot Journey,” “Girls Trip”, “A Dog’s Purpose”, and “Warrior”. Gedney is currently working on the highly anticipated film “The Nutcracker And The Four Realms” for Walt Disney Pictures, which will be released on November 2, 2018.
He’s an award-winning journalist specializing in movies and travel and a contributing editor to the Arts & Leisure News Service, a national syndicate based in Manhattan. He has written extensively about films and filmmakers for New Jersey publications, including the Asbury Park Press. Zak also hosts film series at New Jersey libraries.
Susan Littenberg has edited over 20 feature films including 13 GOING ON 30, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, and A LOT LIKE LOVE. She was nominated for Best Edited Comedy for EASY A at the 2010 ACE Awards. As First Assistant Editor she worked with Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, and with Ang Lee on SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and THE ICE STORM.
Susan most recently was a producer on the award winning documentary BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, and has been consulting on several independent Feature Films. She teaches editing at AFI and the graduate school at UCLA.
Demethress Davis is an Alumni of Hamilton College majoring in Creative Writing\English. Writer of screenplays and fiction; member of Screenwriting Union since 2009.
Her focus is to help others know their potential and understand that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and keep pressing forward.
Meaghan is a production and graphic designer in Los Angeles, with art department experience on the Warner Brothers series Shameless, Animal Kingdom, and Amazon Studios' Bosch. Her commercial credits include work for Spotify, J. Cole, Bad Bunny, Bacardi Rum, and Turner Classic Movies. She was the program designer for the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival in 2018 and 2019. Her strangest on-set experience involved a dozen trained cats for a musical Meow Mix ad.
Adam Cushman is a writer and director whose recent work includes the feature films The Maestro and Restraint, and the short crime drama Five Families. Sometimes he acts as well.
Camryn Monteforte - A NJ local creative talent in both music and culinary arts. Camryn is the founder and Co-Owner of the MeeMom’s Eateries in Wall, Middletown and Brick, New Jersey. In addition to being a restaurateur, he is the singer/songwriter Camryn James, the artist behind songs such as “Lovers in London” and “After Life”.
FilmOneFest 2021 Volunteer Staff
Brian Murphy - AHAC Treasurer
Corinna Thuss - Director
Manda Gorsenger - AHAC Board Member
PJ Bracco - Submissions Director
Stephanie Ladiana - AHAC President
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