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Four filmmakers will be at the Woodbridge campus in the Theater (Room 120) for a panel discussion.

Kathryn O'Sullivan - Screenwriter, Producer, Creator

Kathryn O'Sullivan is a playwright and mystery writer.  Her novel "Foal Play" won the 2012 Minotar Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and will be published by St. Martin's/Minotaur in spring 2013.  She was awarded the Mary Marlin Foundation playwrighting grant, and a Shubert Fellowship for her play-with-music "MAE" about stage and screen icon Mae West.  Her plays have been seen at the American Globe Theatre, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Source Theatre.  Her shorts have been seen at play and film festivals across the country.  She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Playwrighting from the Maryland State Arts Council, a President's Sabbatical Award, and the Faculty of the Year Award (twice) from Northern Virginia Community College where she is a theatre professor.  She has collaborated with Paul Awad on a dozen projects including her play "Lot Lizards" which is published in "The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2011" (Smith & Kraus).  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Mystery Writers of America.  She earned her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama.  Writer and creator of the award winning web based Western series "Thurston".

Film Credits

  • Thurston [web series] (2011 - ) [writer/creator/executive producer] 

  • A Ghastly Tale (2010) [writer/producer]

  • The Fugue (2009) [executive producer]

  • Dracula's Mother (2007) [writer/executive producer]

  • Lot Lizards (2006) [writer/executive producer]

  • Sweet Dreams [co-producer/executive producer]\



Paul Awad - Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer, Composer, Writer

Paul Awad is a director and cinematographer who worked in commercials before turning his focus to narrative projects.  His work has received recognition from the ADDY Awards, the Kodak Company, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  His short films "A Ghastly Tale" (3D), "Dracula's Mother", "Lot Lizards", and "Sweet Dreams" have won awards at festivals and is currently available on Netflix and Amazon.  He has collaborated with Kathryn O'Sullivan on a dozen projects and directed her award-winning play "Lot Lizards" at the American Globe Theatre (Off-Off Broadway).  He has also directed plays at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Source Theatre, and the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, a Master's in Film Production and is on the digital filmmaking and production faculty of The Arts Institute of Washington where he was a sabbatical awardee.  You can view samples of his work at www.dieselfilms.net 

Film Credits

  • Thurston [web series] (2011 - ) [director/cinematographer/editor/composer/producer] 

  • A Ghastly Tale (2010) [director/cinematographer]

  • The Fugue (2009) [director/cinematographer/editor/composer/writer]

  • Dracula's Mother (2007) [director/cinematographer/editor]

  • Lot Lizards (2006) [director/cinematographer/editor]

  • Sweet Dreams [director/cinematogapher/editor/composer/writer]

  • The Killing Kind [director/editor/composer/writer]

  • Akh Ursula Akh [sound mixer]


Lucy Gebre-Egziabher - Director

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher is an award winning, independent filmmaker who lives in VA. She earned a MFA degree in Film from Howard University. In addition to filmmaking, Lucy guest lectures on film, critical studies and delivers workshops in film/video production, in the US and abroad.  She recently joined the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Alexandria campus. She teaches Film and Theater Studies in the Communication Studies and Theater Department.  Lucy has produced & directed narrative films as well as organizational videos for Teret Productions, a production company she founded in 1999.  Lucy's award winning films "At the Second Traffic Light" and "Weti's Poem" have been shown at film festivals and venues around the world.  

Film Credits

  • At the Second Traffic Light (2000) Bag-Arge (1996) [director/writer/co-editor]

  • Weti's Poem (1997) [[director/producer/editor]

  • Tchebelew (1996) [director/producer/editor]

  • Bag-Arge (1996) [director/producer/writer/editor]

  • Emancipation (1995) [director/producer/writer/editor]


John Poague - Director

John Poague is well versed in the film production where he has spent his career both in front and behind the camera.  As an actor, John has been featured in films such as John Water's "Serial Mom" and Mario Van Peebles's "Panther".  John has also produced and directed feature films that have received major distribution deals and have been exhibited in venues across the country.  His film, "The Wickeds" has been called a modern re-imagining of George A. Romero's classic "The Night of the Living Dead".

Film Credits

  • Good People (2008) [assistant director/actor]

  • Safehouse (2008) [director/actor]

  • Unraveling Michelle (2008) [producer/featured]

  • Bigfoot at Holler Creek Canyon (2006) [director/producer/writer/editor/actor]

  • The Wickeds [director/producer]

  • Skippy (2001) [actor]

  • The Flunky (2000) [actor]

  • In the Name of Justice (1999) [director/producer/writer/actor]

  • The Legend of Cryin' Ryan (1998) [associate producer]

  • Dusting Cliff 7 [production assistant]

  • Nineball (1996) [actor]

  • Panther (1995) [actor]

  • Serial Mom (1994) [actor]


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