About Us

Meet the Judges for the 2012 YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout

Brooke Dagnan

Brooke Dagnan has worked as a publications photographer, video designer, and film editor.  Her work focuses on documentary film production and interactive new media.  Brooke’s most recent project, Sale Barn, is a glimpse into one of the longest-running auction houses in the country…a hometown auction held weekly at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds in Hillsdale, Michigan.  Past projects include serving as editor of Turning Point, a documentary chronicling the lives of students at White High School in East Toledo, and The PIX Film Project, an interactive, experimental film kiosk programmed entirely in Max/MSP and Jitter.  A faculty member at Eastern Michigan University, Brooke has developed a course in International Cinema and a documentary production class with integrated Service-Learning and Learning Beyond the Classroom components.  Brook has a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Film at Ohio University.

Beth Harrison Kane

Beth Harrison Kane is an EMMY award-winning producer with a Master’s Degree in Film & Video from the University of Michigan.  She has worked as a Broadcast Producer at advertising agencies in Michigan and California for such companies as Young & Rubicam and Chiat/Day/Mojo.  Following her employment at Chiat/Day, Beth was Executive Producer for San Francisco Production Group — a production, post-production,  3D animation and effects company.  Currently she is an adjunct faculty member in the Communications Department at Washtenaw Community College, teaching scriptwriting and other Broadcast Arts and Communication classes.

Sharad Kant Patel

Sharad Kant Patel is an independent filmmaker based in Ann Arbor.  After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio-Television-Film, he applied his skills to commercial and promotional production while simultaneously continuing independent filmmaking.  Several of his educational animations are on permanent display at the Houston Museum of Science, and other prize-winning shorts have screened at SXSW Film Festival, Aurora Picture Show, Houston International Film Festival, and Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival.  Recently he worked with a group of high school students on their first feature film, Bindlestiffs, winning the audience award at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival.  Sharad is currently in post-production on his first feature length film, Christian Roane, and is also serving as a programmer for narrative shorts for the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.

The Mission

The Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout is a new event for the Ypsilanti, Michigan community to come together as filmmakers and film lovers to enjoy the valuable contribution that film makes to our cultural and economic lives.

Film is a creative expression that combines many art forms…acting, interweaving design, music, photography and moving images, multiple technologies, writing, and more…it can take us on emotional journeys, spin stories of delight and despair, educate, entertain, and inspire diverse audiences.  This contest gives filmmakers an opportunity to do that process in just 24 hours!

Founding Partners
Mark Ducker/Wild Rose Pictures LC
Creator/Director, Ypsi 24-Hour Film Shootout

Mark Ducker has nearly 30 years experience in media production in national and international settings with diverse cultures and organizations. The work has included multi-camera TV broadcasts as well as documentary style production throughout the United States and in several countries around the world.  Media projects have included informational and promotional messages on subjects such as the automobile, environment, HIV/AIDS awareness, malaria prevention, and nursing education.  International settings have included working in Bangladesh, Haiti, India, Laos, Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia.  Other television experience includes serving as Producer of “The Chenille Sisters:  Making Rhythm” – a program distributed nationally on PBS.

Management of arts events includes Founder and Creative Director of the Wyoming Film Festival held in Saratoga, Wyoming, and in January 2012, he was Creator and Co-Director of “Detroit Knows Cars: The 2012 Motor City Automobile Fine Art Exhibit” on display in downtown Detroit.  Currently Mark Ducker is Owner/Producer/Director of Wild Rose Pictures LC, an independent media production company.

MIX and MIX Marketplace
Bonnie and Ed Penet / Leslie and Markel Leland
Ypsilanti, Michigan

The Mix partners, co-owners/co-creators of the retail store MIX, MIX Studio Theater, and the developing MIX Marketplace, are active in the recent revitalization of downtown Ypsilanti.  In recent years, a thriving retail, food, and cultural scene has emerged due to the vision, cooperation, and hard work of people like the Penets, the Lelands, and an extraordinarily dedicated downtown Ypsilanti business community.  As community leaders, the MIX partners bring to the table an indefatigable continuing vision and commitment to downtown cultural development.

Tony Dixon

WDEE-TV.COM is an Internet based TV station, located in Washtenaw County Michigan. Our goal is to create a family-friendly, on-line entertainment and information destination. WDEE-TV.COM is a subsidiary of Dark Elf Entertainment, Inc.

“The WDEE” has been, and continues to be, an innovator in spotlighting local entertainment, news and personalities. With content such as ‘The Business Spotlight ©’, ‘The Non-Profit Spotlight ©’ , ‘Lets Talk Politics: Michigan ©’ and more in development, we are on target with our goal to become Michigan’s leader in on-line, Michigan-centric programming.

Our goal in assisting in the creation of the ‘Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout is to showcase the work of local filmmakers, and to give them a world-wide distribution platform where their content is spotlighted, instead of being just another video among millions.

© 2012-2013 Wild Rose Pictures LC