Judging Panel: Christine Sheaks

Christine started her career in the casting office of her favorite TV show Moonlighting After four seasons Christine moved to New York to work for famed Casting Directors John Lyons and Donna Isaacson where she became their Associate Casting director working on such award winning films as ltigtBarton Fink The Hudsucker Proxyltigt and ltigtFargoltigt

Eventually John Lyons went on to produce for director Paul Thomas Anderson He asked Christine to cast his films ltigtHard Eightltigt and ltigtBoogie Nightsltigt Christine won the Casting Society Award for ltigtBoogie Nightsltigt and Oscar nominations followed for Burt Reynolds Julianne Moore and Paul Thomas Anderson The film became a spotlight for some of the most talented actors of a generation

Christine went on to cast for Bob and Harvey Weinstein on such movies as Kevin Smith's ltigtJay and Silent Bob Strikes Backltigt and ltigtScary Movieltigt where she discovered Anna Faris She was then at Warner Bros where she cast the 100M movie ltigtDeep Blue Sealtigt ltigtThirteen Ghostsltigt for Joel Silver and ltigtWelcome to Collinwoodltigt for George Clooney The Cullen Brothers pulled her back into television where she cast the show ltigtLuckyltigt for FX and she found the then unknown Craig Robinson In total Christine has cast more than 50 feature films and television projects

Following in her mentor's footsteps she helped set up the Indie Cult film ltigtThursdayltigt Aaron Eckhart and Thomas Jane for which she received her first producing credit and second nomination for a CSA award

Four years ago she started Indie Girl Consulting and created the popular Facebook Blog that has more than 40000 followers She is currently creating a second blog for the Jewish Journal based on her book The Wandering Shiksa

Christine Produced the feature film Married Young with Daniel Kaufman and Morey Levovitz It stars David Fynn Currently in School of Rock on the West End Vanessa Lengies Ever Carradine Lucas Neff Max Beesley Jayson Blair John Pankow Nancy Travis and Gary Cole ltigtThe story of a man his pregnant wife and his animated alter ego MARRIED YOUNG is a poignant comedy about what it takes for a husband not to be a selfish douche bagltigt Married Young is currently in post -production