Bethesda Film Fest Jury

The 2022 Bethesda Film Fest was be juried by CJ Crimm, Michael Anthoy and Nina Gilden Seavey.  Please check back soon for more information on the 2023 Selection Panel.

CJ Crimm, Filmmaker

Cheryl Jacobs Crim is an independent filmmaker who has been telling provocative stories for television and film for three decades. She has produced, directed and edited numerous television specials and documentaries and has won dozens of regional, national and international awards including two Silver Telly’s, a Gold Medal from the NY Film Festival and “Best of Show" from the Houston International Film Festival. She also has received 12 Regional Emmy's for Outstanding Specials and Documentaries including two for Individual Achievement in Directing and Editing. Her most recent film, Resisterhood showcases the wave that brought us the most ethnically, racially and gender diverse Congress in history. It shares stories of hope that will re-energize the movement and inspire even more people to join the fight to secure a bright future for our country.

Michael Anthony, Director, Producer and Writer

Michael is an accomplished director, producer, writer, and transmedia storyteller. He balances teaching with being a practitioner. His film Walls that Bleed: The Story of the Dudley/A&T Uprising looked at a forgotten story of campus unrest during the civil rights movement. It played at numerous film festivals and community screenings, and was nominated for Best Documentary Film in the HBO/CNN category at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. He is currently in post-production on Color Correction which uses the science of DNA testing and ethnographic research to construct a narrative of racial identity in the United States. He has also received the Platinum Award in Distance Learning, Best Short Film at the Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Film at the 48 Hour Film Festival in Greensboro, NC..

Nina Gilden Seavey, Filmmaker and George Washington School of Media and Public Affairs

Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian with a 30-year career in the non-fiction world. Her media projects can be seen in theaters, on television, in digital and ancillary media. Seavey served as the Founding Director of The Documentary Center in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University from 1990-2020. She currently holds the academic rank of Research Professor of History and Media and Public Affairs with appointments in both the Department of History and in the School of Media and Public Affairs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Seavey’s most recent production is an 8-part podcast, My Fugitive, produced by Pineapple Street Studios. Her previous works include: A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America, The Ballad of Bering Strait, The Matador, A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer, The War at Home, 4th and Goal, and Parables of War. Seavey’s works have won numerous awards including five National Emmy nominations (one statue awarded), the Erik Barnouw Prize for Best Historical Film of the Year, The Golden Hugo, Cine Special Jury Prize, The Telly Award, among many others.