Introducing the 2018 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2018 judges!
Best known for her breakout roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Doctor Who Big Finish, Chase Masterson has been working as an actress in film, television, and voiceover for the last 25 years. However, it is her work as a producer that she has found most challenging. Chase’s first foray into production was in 1997 as creator and executive producer of The Prize, directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Koppel. The Prize, a behind-the-scenes documentary on the 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, featured interviews with Luc Besson (whose Fifth Element opened the Festival) and Mike Leigh, the president of the Cannes Jury that same year. Chase served as executive producer on Through Your Eyes, a documentary narrated by David Carradine and Michael Madsen about Houston-based deaf and blind triplets Zoe, Emma and Sophie Tucker, with all producer profits going to benefit the 7-year old girls. Through Your Eyes has been featured twice on Dr. Phil, who has raised over $450,000 through the film.
Chase served as co-producer on Creature Unknown, in which she co-starred with Maggie Grace, and as associate producer on L.A. Actors, starring Tony Shalhoub and Brandon Routh, and executive produced by Stratton Leopold (M.I. III, Sum of All Fears). She produced and hosted the popular weekly radio show The Fandom featuring interviews with William Shatner, Joss Whedon, Coolio, George Takei, Bruce Campbell, Joel Gretsch, Ira Steven Behr, Mark Hamill, and others, and served as executive producer on ManiaFest, which featured appearances by Stan Lee, Wes Craven, Tom DeSanto, Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, Sean Cunningham, Tobe Hooper, and others. ManiaFest benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
As featured on the cover of Back Stage magazine, Chase served as sole producer of the critically acclaimed Yesterday Was a Lie, a sci-fi film noir feature by writer/director James Kerwin and shot in classic black-and-white. The film garnered numerous awards—including over a dozen for Best Feature—as well as the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant. Yesterday Was a Lie was accepted to over four-dozen festivals worldwide, picked up by Entertainment One, and released theatrically.
Chase was named Best Feature Film Producer by the LA Femme Film Festival. Chase is founder and CEO of Pop Culture Hero Coalition, the first 501c3 organization to use pop culture stories to make a stand against bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying and cyberbullying. With co-founder Carrie Goldman, Chase helms a team of psychologists and experts working in schools, comic-cons and children's hospitals. For more info, please visit @ChaseMasterson on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Robin Richesson is a freelance illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. She works primarily as a storyboard artist, production illustrator and costume illustrator in the film and television industry. As a storyboard artist, Robin collaborates one-on-one with the director to create a visual plan for shooting the scenes. Her credits include American Beauty, Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body, Evan Almighty, Starship Troopers, Mars Attacks! and Peter Pan. She collaborates directly with costume designers to visualize their designs through costume illustration. Her credits include the films Forrest Gump, Beloved, Contact, The Spiderwick Chronicles, War of the Worlds, Buddy, The Polar Express, Little Women, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Unbreakable, Stuart Little, Mars Attacks!, Cable Guy and Iron Man. As a production illustrator, she worked on The Last Airbender, Small Soldiers, What Lies Beneath, The Grinch, Castaway, Contact, Viva Rock Vegas, Park & Recreation (NBC), and True Blood (HBO). She appears on the special features of the Aeon Flux DVD (“The World of Aeon Flux” featurette).
More recent projects include Jack Reacher, The Fantastic Four, Smurfs 2, Mad Men (AMC), and Castle (ABC), The Good Place (NBC), I Love Dick (Amazon), The Romanoffs (Amazon), Goliath (Amazon), G.L.O.W. (Netflix), Future Man (Hulu), Preacher (AMC), Counterpart (Starz), Here, Now (HBO 2018), and Destroyer (2018 feature release). Robin has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, educational companies, fashion clients and children’s books. She serves as art director/illustrator for the social work journal Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, and illustrated the regular column “History of Dress” for The Costume Designer magazine.
Robin received a BFA in Illustration and a MFA in Studio Art from California State University, Long Beach, where she now teaches. She continues her work in the entertainment industry, and on other illustration projects, including a graphic novel project. She was included in Entertainment Weekly magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Hollywood” list for 1998, was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2007 for the College of the Arts by California State University Long Beach and was recently interviewed for the Costume Designer’s Guild Legacy Project.
Jessica Tseang is a comic book historian, knowledgeable in both domestic and international sequential art. She has been on AMC’s Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, Nerdist’s The Impact of Black Panther, a featured finale speaker for UCLA Geek Week, and will be seen on Ghost Empire: The Forgotten Story of Harvey Comics. Tseang has spoken on 200+ panels collectively at pop culture conventions around the world that include San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, G-Fest, and others. This has allowed her to share the stage with top talents from film, television, comics, podcasts, literature, and music. She has over 10 years of experience in the TV and film industry working with accomplished executive producers, and providing press coverage at conventions and red carpet events.
Tseang is also the co-host for the The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast, and spends her free time at museums, loving her three dogs, volunteering for veterans, and mentoring young girls. She credits all of her success to the unconditional support of her mom, dad, friends, and the Big Guy Upstairs.