The 7th Annual Wheaton Film Festival was an online event from November 5 - 13th, 2021. 

2021 WFF Schedule

--Film Screenings--

Saturday, November 6, 2021


12:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Student Films (Group 1 of 3)

  • Thoughts and Prayers by Lisa Gold
  • From the Marrow by Justis Aderibigbe
  • Doze of Reality by Wide Angle Youth Media
  • A Word from Glen by Zach Swasta
  • Always With Me by Yari Jamali
  • The Good Candidate by 5 Doc Productions LLC


2:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Student Films (Group 2 of 3)

  • Black Girl Bitter by Sadia Alao
  • Muggy by Phynley Joel
  • STARFISH by Jordan Resnick
  • Graduating Covid by Donald Mirisola
  • I'll Be There 4 U: An Uber Story by Brandon Wilkerson
  • Squatch Man by Jordan Wilson


4:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Student Films (Group 3 of 3)

  • Nashville's Shadow by J. Austin Duke
  • Stuck by Yusif Ziyadzade
  • Stay Tunafish by Allie Trigoso
  • Justice by Peter Koevari
  • Cyan by Emeka Johnson
  • Public Transportation by Pedraam Faridjoo


7:00 PM: FILM PREMIERE - General Films (Group 2 of 2)

  • Embryo by Noah E. Logan
  • Missing by Adam Eltarhoni
  • It Was Only A Dream by Job van Zuijlen
  • Thirteen Years by Steve Hoskinson
  • The Don't Call List by Tevin Everett
  • Julie Leaves the Nest by Sheri Ratick Stroud
  • Mateus by Caleb Pimpo
  • GUTS by Eric Lochstampfor
--Networking Event--

Thursday, November 11, 2021


7:00 PM: COMMUNITY NETWORKING EVENT (Open to All Ticket Holders)

WFF 2021 Panel Discussions and Speakers

- Paul Marengo: "Grant Writing 101 for Creative Professionals"
- Kevin Sharpley and Gianfranco Bianchi: "The World of Animation"
- John Mason: "Entertainment Law for Creative Professionals"
- Melissa Houghton and Sara Barger: "Effective Networking for Media Makers"
- Ziad Foty: "Adobe Creative Cloud for Filmmakers"
- Adam Levin: "Web Streaming and Sound Recording Equipment"
- Maryanne Culpepper: "Writing Effective Stories for Scripts"
- Kimberly Skyrme: "Casting 101 for Film and Video"
- Chris Petracco: "Future of Film: Filmmaking in the Metaverse"

WFF 2021 Officially Selected Films

General Films
West Virginia - Covid and Hunger Collide by Brian Boenau (1st Place)
Embryo by Noah E. Logan (2nd Place)
GUTS by Eric Lochstampfor (Tied 3rd Place)
(The Making Of) Please Don't Make Me Play Piano Man by Steve Nerangis (Tied 3rd Place)
Missing by Adam Eltarhoni
She Had It Coming by Anna Keizer
Mateus by Caleb Pimpo
The Divorce by Jackson Tozer
A Glint of Hope by Job Michael van Zuijlen
It Was Only a Dream by Job Michiel van Zuijlen
Julie Leaves the Nest by Sheri Ratick Stroud
Thirteen Years by Steven Hoskinson
The Don't Call List by Tevin Everett
Apothecaries of Time by William Strang-Moya
The Feast by Zeb Blair

Local Films
My Brother is Deaf by Peter Kimball (1st Place)
Revenge of the Electric Cart by Rikki Stinnette (2nd Place)
Bucket Hat! by Demetrios Tzamaras (3rd Place)
Tikkun Olam by Bob Ahmed
Threadbare by Derek Adam Thomas
Graduating Covid by Donald Mirisola
Visiting by Gabriel Ashton Brown
Streamer Stalker by Gaelan Draper
Night Lights by Hannah Churn
(crude) Oil by Lisa Buch

Student Films
Thoughts and Prayers by Lisa Gold (1st Place)
Black Girl Bitter by Sadia Alao (2nd Place)
Nashville's Shadow by J. Austin Duke (Tied 3rd Place)
Muggy by Phynley Joel (Tied 3rd Place)
The Good Candidate by 5Doc Productions, LLC
Stay Tunafish by Allie Trigoso
I'll Be There 4 U: An Uber Story by Brandon D. Wilkerson
Mateus by Caleb Pimpo
Squatch Man by Deric Bucher
Cyan by Emeka Johnson
STARFISH by Jordan Resnick
From the Marrow by Justis Aderibigbe
Public Transportation by Maiya Dulguerov
Justice by Peter Koevari
Doze of Reality by Wide Angle Youth Media
Always With Me by Yari Jamali
Stuck by Yusif Ziyadzade
A Word From Glen by Zach Swasta

WFF 2021 Judges

Maryanne is an award-winning writer/filmmaker with extensive experience in developing, writing and producing documentary and nonfiction series. She is the former President of National Geographic Studios and served as the Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital . Her most recent projects include writing and producing video and editorial content for Avatar: Discover Pandora, an international touring science museum exhibition based on the fictional world in James Cameron’s movie Avatar. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA)

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Friday, November 5, 2021


5:00 0 6:00 PM: Filmmaker Reception (Filmmakers and All-Access Pass Holders)


7:00 PM: Festival Opening


7:10 PM: FILM PREMIERE - General Films (Group 1 of 2)

  • She Had It Coming by Anna Keizer
  • West Virginia - Covid and Hunger Collide by Brian Boenau
  • Apothecaries of Time by William Strang-Moya
  • The Divorce by Jackson Tozer
  • The Feast by Zeb Blair
  • A Glint of Hope by Job van Zuijlen
  • (The Making Of) Please Don't Make Me Play Piano Man by Steve Nerangis


8:30 PM: FILM PREMIERE - Local Films (Group 1 of 1)

  • Revenge of the Electric Cart by Rikki Stinnette
  • Night Lights by Hannah Churn
  • My Brother is Deaf by Peter Kimball
  • (crude) Oil by Lisa Buch
  • Streamer Stalker by Gaelan Draper
  • Bucket Hat! by Demetrios Tzamaras
  • Tikkun Olam by Bob Ahmed
  • Threadbare by Derek Adam Thomas
--Main Weekend Schedule-- (Start time: 1:05 PM)

Friday, November 12, 2021


1:05 - 2:00 PM: Introduction + Kevin Sharpley and Gianfranco Bianchi - “The World of Animation”


2:00 - 3:00 PM: Break


3:00 - 4:30 PM: John Mason - “Entertainment Law for Creative Professionals”


4:30 - 4:40 PM: Break


4:40 - 6:10 PM: Melissa Houghton and Sara Barger - “Effective Networking for Media Makers”


6:10 - 7:00 PM: Dinner Break


7:00 - 8:30 PM: Ziad Foty - “Adobe Creative Cloud for Filmmakers”

Saturday, November 13, 2021


11:00 AM - 12:45 PM: Introduction + Adam Levin - “Web Streaming and Sound Recording Equipment”


12:45 - 1:15 PM: Lunch Break


1:15 - 2:45 PM: Maryanne Culpepper - "Writing Effective Stories for Scripts"


2:45 - 3:00 PM: Break


3:00 - 4:30 PM: Kimberly Skyrme - “Casting 101 for Film and Video”


4:30 - 4:40 PM: Break


4:40 - 6:00 PM: Chris Petracco - "Future of Film: Filmmaking in the Metaverse"


6:00 - 7:00 PM: Dinner Break


7:00 - 8:41 PM: Film Finalists [All Categories]


8:41 - 8:45 PM: Break


8:45 - 9:05 PM: Awards Ceremony

Meagan has been involved in the entertainment business for over 23 years. Prior to moving to South Florida, Meagan was in Los Angeles where she garnered casting and pre/post-production experience while working on numerous TV shows and short films. Once she arrived in Miami, Meagan got very involved with the local film community. She has co-produced short film and music video contests and has coordinated many entertainment networking events, including film-based seminars and screenwriting workshops. Meagan's last job before being hired for the Florida Film Institute was at a local talent agency where she loved being a film/tv agent for actors.

Maryanne Culpepper
Meagan Pava- Lewis
Tim Flaherty

Tim has spent 30+ years in the media field, including 20 + years in television and industrial video production. In addition to TV shows, commercials, and many industrials, Tim has produced or co-produced numerous short films, and wrote and directed the documentary “100 Years of Maryland Football” in collaboration with the University of Maryland and NuAd, Inc. He continues to write, shoot and produce TV commercials and industrial content, and writes scripts for a wide variety of projects.

Nate Fisher

Nate is an eclectic mix of analytic and artistic talents. He is a proud member of the Silver Spring community and spends his professional efforts split between working on local productions and assisting clients with their own audience engagement activities. Nate enjoys collaborating with other passionate creatives on local projects such as Movie Nightcap and Silver Spring Inquiries for his production company, Createrly. He also works with his passionate team of communications professionals at Mindshare Capture Consulting for brands including Technicolor, J.D. Power, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and more.

Paul has 26+ years experience in the area of development and program execution. His experience includes a wide range of development activities including Corporate/Foundation/Government Support as well as Individual Giving. Paul believes by empowering and providing the necessary tools to smaller non-profit organizations they can become competitive fundraisers. Paul has worked with and trained many non-profits on alternative ways of thinking of how data and other items can be of use to their development strategies.

Paul Marengo
Chris Petracco

Chris is a senior digital media specialist and content creator with over 20 years of experience in communications and media production, including over a decade teaching communications and media at the college level. Chris has a comprehensive knowledge of multimedia production, volumetric filmmaking, social media solutions, digital media production, and digital tools to create comprehensive media campaigns. Chris helps clients develop broadcast, cable, and online products. He is the founder of TrustedPhotoDC and TPA360 and now is known as a reality capture expert.

Antonio is a highly respected production professional who has over 20 years of experience as a director, producer, photographer and writer, Piedra's work is well-known for his distinctive visual and narrative style. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in South Florida, Antonio developed his love for film as a child then, while working for a cinema at the age of 16, he discovered his desire to pursue as career in cinema and the arts. He attended Florida Atlantic University where he majored in Communications and Business. Inspired by his passion for television and film, Antonio spent the next few years writing, producing and directing over 100 direct response commercials, corporate videos, commercials, music videos and movies with some of the entertainment industry’s best and brightest. His work has brought a best music video nomination on BET, a National Distinction Award for Best PSA and one of the top cult movies of the last generation. Antonio’s expanded interest into the world of photography, most recently inspired him to expand his fashion editorial portfolio and launch an exhibit on Miami's Art Basel week in 2016. Considered one of the best Latin American director-producers, he has also become recognized as one of Miami's top photographers, having developed his trademark use of bold colors, humor and poses which are signatures to his unique style.

Antonio Piedra
--Panel Discussion--

Monday, November 8, 2021


11:00 AM - 12:20 PM: Paul Marengo - "Grant Writing 101 for Creative Professionals"