We are incredibly proud to introduce you to our judges for the 2023 Port of Fear Film Festival. Below you will find a team of filmmakers, educators, studio execs, and much more. The diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and areas of study help to make this team a true example of the incredible reach of the cinema arts , and especially...Horror Cinema.
Jungyoon Kim is a creative producer with a wide-arranging background that spans multiple continents including China, Germany, South Korea, and the U.S. His storytelling abilities have earned him widespread acclaim, with his films being featured at renowned events such as Berlin International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, and others.
Recognized as a rising star in the industry, he has been honored with prestigious fellowships such as Marcie Bloom, Hollywood Foreign Press, along with the distinguished Richard Brick Award for special distinction in Line Producing.
He’s currently at Blumhouse, turning nightmares into box office screams.
Danny Villanueva Jr.
Danny Villanueva Jr. is a Mexican-American screenwriter/director born on April 6, 1989 in Chicago, IL. He studied Digital Filmmaking/Video Production at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In 2012, he launched a horror-themed web channel, How Bizarre, which featured short films, mini documentaries and bite-sized cartoons. In 2017, the channel evolved into an independent film production company, How Bizarre Pictures. I Dream of a Psychopomp is Villanueva's feature-length directorial debut.
Brian Kilgour is a PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature with a Minor in Film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brian's dissertation is on the tragic in Russian avant-garde literature of the 1920s. He has also done research on Soviet Kazakh cinema and occasionally writes reviews of contemporary Russian cinema for the journal KinoKultura. At UW-Madison, Brian is a teaching assistant for Russian language and literature courses; he is also a frequent guest lecturer on Andrei Tarkovsky in Slavic Sci-Fi courses. Brian is excited to work with Port of Fear this summer and support local filmmaking in Wisconsin!
Jason Paul Collum
Celebrating 29 years as a filmmaker and journalist, Jason Paul Collum is a Racine native. Among his 17 writing/directing credits are Screaming in High Heels (SyFy and Chiller), Something to Scream About (Showtime), October Moon 1 & 2 (among the first On Demand titles to air), and Sleepless Nights: Revisiting the Slumber Party Massacre (for Roger Corman & Shout! Factory). He has published over 60 articles and 4 books, and was an assistant editor for Femme Fatales magazine and a one-time editor of Cinefantastique magazine. His new horror/parody Mark of the Devil 777 was released in December 2022, and his horror franchise guide "They Made How Many?!" will be released July 2023.
BJ Rayniak is a Wisconsin based independent Writer, Producer, Director, Musician, and Artist who studied filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago. After college, while living in Los Angeles, he worked on numerous movies, TV shows, music videos, and commercials. This led to a unique opportunity working for the Hollywood Location Company as an On-Site Representative where he learned the day to day operations of managing a studio.
Years later, BJ moved back to Wisconsin with the purpose of creating films in his home state through his company, Rayni Day Productions. Since then, he has produced the award winning feature film The Rocket, the documentary The Worth of Water: A Great Lakes Story, and most recently the suspense-thriller BLAME.
Michael Thomas Determan
Michael Thomas Determan is a Director, Cinematographer and Producer from Racine, WI. He earned his BS in Finance, Business Administration, and Human Resources followed up with a MSM, Michael has always had a passion for film making, stemming back to a young age where he fondly recalls watching classic movies
(primarily Westerns) with his parents. Michael has worked in all aspects of film making for nearly two decades, learning everything
practically, on many sets. Projects he’s worked on in various film making roles, include feature films, short films, music videos, corporate videos, charitable videos for non-profits and documentaries. An award winning Director of Photography, Michael is also the owner
and operator of Determined Digital, as well as being a freelancer.
Alex Kudrna is the visionary owner of Backyard Dream, a production company based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. With a boundless imagination and a passion for storytelling, Alex brings dreams to life through film. He believes in the power of authentic storytelling and strives to create meaningful, emotionally resonant experiences for audiences. Backyard Dream, under Alex's leadership, has become a beacon of creativity, nurturing local talent and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers. Through their dedication and commitment to their community, they have forged a legacy of magic and inspiration, leaving an indelible mark on the world of filmmaking.
With over a decade as a freelance video producer, Jason Love has crafted short films and documentaries that have been seen around the world. His works have covered topics of true crime, mental health, and travel, which have been featured in outlets such as NBC, PBS, and Buzzfeed.
Jason is currently the director of the Racine Video Production Workshop. It is there that oversees the creation of video podcasts, short films, and online videos from high school students across Racine County (Wisconsin). Through Racine Video Production Workshop, Jason has fostered a creative and technical appreciation for video production in the next generation of content and video creators.
J. Anthony Ramos
J. Anthony Ramos is an Actor, Writer, Director, and Producer from Racine, WI where he still resides. His love of films and storytelling
started at a young age, when his parents would often take him to the movies. The films that inspire him are from all genres, but he is fond
of Horror and Science Fiction films. He owns and operates Night Watchman Productions, an independent production company that has produced Behind the Bucket: A Garrison Story and the currently in production, Charlie Apocalypto.