SPROCKETS MUSIC VIDEO Festival - 2013 Judges


Christopher Roberts - Head of Artist Relations for VICE Media
Coleen Haynes - Executive Producer RSA/Black Dog Films
Heather McIntosh - Cellist, Bassist, Film Composer
Jennifer Smith - Writer/Director, Professor of Video Production at UGA Grady College
Stephen Pitalo - Writer/Editor, Music Video Historian


2013 Judges Bios

Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts was name Festival Director of Toronto, Ontario's North By Northeast Festival in April 2013. Previously, Roberts worked for Vice, serving as head of artist relations at its record label and managing director of its Experiential Department. With Vice Records, he scouted and signed artists like Black Lips, Action Bronson, and the Raveonettes. He also lent his expertise towards curating and staging live events around the world, including Vice's own Creators Fest and the brand's initiatives at festivals like Bonnaroo and SXSW.

Coleen Haynes

Coleen Haynes is the Executive Producer of Black Dog Films, the music video division of Ridley Scott & Associates started by Jake Scott. Born in Cincinnati but raised in Atlanta, Coleen moved to Los Angeles to begin her career. Coleen landed her debut job as a producer for Mary Lambert, the first female music video director, and jobs with notorious directors like David LaChapelle, Dayton & Faris and Michel Gondry soon followed. Coleen also line produced David LaChapelle's first feature directorial debut, the acclaimed documentary "Rize."

Coleen came on board as EP of Black Dog Films in 2011, after having run the music division at HSI as EP for seven years. Since Coleen joined Black Dog Films, she has been responsible for the production of a plethora of stunning music videos for the biggest names in the music industry such as Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, and Sigur Ros. Black Dog Films boasts an unparalleled roster of exceptional directorial talent including Floria Sigismondi, Shynola, Zoe Cassavetes, Christian Larson, and Dawn Shadforth.

Heather McIntosh

Heather McIntosh, cellist, bassist, and composer, has lately relocated to the Los Angeles area from Athens, Georgia. She has composed music for Craig Zobel's Compliance and Calvin Lee Reeder's The Rambler, both of which premiered at Sundance. She also composed the original music, performed by her band The Instruments, for the critically-acclaimed documentary Examined Life by Astra Taylor.

McIntosh has served as house cellist for the indie rock bands comprising the seminal Elephant 6 Collective. Over the span of the last decade, she has performed with such groups as of Montreal, The Olivia Tremor Control, Jeff Mangum, The Music Tapes, Gerbils, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Apples in Stereo, Great Lakes, and The Ladybug Transistor. On the National stage she has performed with such well-known artists as Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine, Animal Collective, Cat Power, Superchunk, M Ward, Julia Holter, The Clientele, St. Vincent, Azure Ray, Icy Demons, Bright Eyes, Washed Out, Dr. Dog, Youth Lagoon, The Whigs, Norah Jones, John C. Reilly and Friends, Faust, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne. Jessica Pavone, and the legendary Faust.

In 2007, McIntosh founded the AUX experimental music festival which included appearances by Robert Schneider, Black Swan Network, Melted Men, Dark Meat, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, and the legendary Faust.

In addition to her tireless work in the Athens music scene, she has also often extended her talents to the wider realm of music. In doing so, she has had the opportunity to play with such well-known artists as Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine, Animal Collective, Cat Power, Superchunk, M Ward, Julia Holter, The Clientele, St. Vincent, Azure Ray, Icy Demons, Bright Eyes, Washed Out, Dr. Dog, Youth Lagoon, The Whigs, Norah Jones, John C. Reilly and Friends, Faust, Gnarls Barkley, and Lil Wayne.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is an Associate Professor of Telecommunications in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She teaches courses in digital video production, an industry studies course for the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program, and is the director of the Grady L.A. Summer Study Program in Los Angeles. Smith received a B.A. in Telecommunications from Baylor University, an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University, and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Her work has garnered numerous awards, screened at U.S. and international film festivals, and broadcast on cable networks such as HBO, Logo, Showtime Australia, The Sundance Channel, and BSkyB. Smith worked for Dreamchaser Productions in Dublin, Ireland on such projects as U2's Zooropa Tour, with Caravan Pictures (now MGM) on feature films such as Rush Hour, and was Executive Producer on the feature film The Secret of Moonacre. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is on the board of the EcoFocus Film Festival, and serves as a judge for the Peabody Awards. Smith is scheduled to direct the feature film Paper Street later this year.

Stephen Pitalo

Stephen Pitalo, Music Video Historian, lives in New York, and has interviewed music legends from Ray Davies to Joan Jett to Joey Ramone and is currently writing a book that includes interviews with more than 60 directors who shot iconic clips during the genre's heyday (1976-1993) from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to Guns N' Roses' "November Rain". His blog is THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC VIDEO http://GoldenAgeofMusicVideo.com, and he currently writes for Maxim Magazine, curates VEVO's 80sOnVevo Youtube Page, and writes a weekly classic video column for Videostatic.com. He also once won a Toyota 4x4 on VH1's "Name That Video" game show, and then sold the car to pay off his student loans.