2022 CC7D JURY
Mark Bentley - Producer, has worked across films, drama and documentaries. His film work culminated in RESTORATION with Robert Downey directed by Michael Hoffman, which won two Oscars. TV dramas followed on subjects as diverse as second-generation immigrants, paraplegia, the Bradford riots and a nineteenth century lesbian - festival favorite the SECRET DIARIES OF MISS ANNE LISTER, directed by James Kent. His Feature Documentaries are similarly wide-ranging from WIKILEAKS; SECRETS & LIES, to heart disease in THE WIDOWMAKER both directed by Patrick Forbes, environmental catastrophe in TEN BILLION. Most recently he produced the Corpus Christi-set THE PHANTOM, for Netflix. It covered the case of Carlos de Luna, who was arrested in 1983 for murder, and examined the unjust truth behind his execution.
CLARE CORSON BULUA
Clare Corson Bulua is a Brooklyn based director, writer, and producer. Her short films have screened at various festivals including Aspen Shortsfest, Cleveland International Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, and TriBeCa. Her film "Humpty" was selected to air on PBS. Clare earned her MFA in Directing and Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. A 2017-2018 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow, she is currently developing several projects including a science fiction comedy pilot about an alternate future political landscape and a feature follow up to "Humpty."
Todd Biggerstaff is an actor and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He graduated from Skidmore-Tynan ISD and trained at Del Mar College before making the move to California. Todd has been seen in commercials for Monday Night Football, Fox Sports, Gatorade, Tom
Clancy’s The Division video game and the MTV Movie Awards, with his most notable being a Live Snickers Super Bowl commercial with the late, great Betty White. He’s also appeared in television series such as Hawaii 5-0 and The Equalizer. Todd currently spends his time working on new screenplays and starring in films and T.V. in and around L.A.
Andrew Hanks is a filmmaker who was born and raised in Corpus Christi. His passion for filmmaking began when he started making his own short films in middle school. He attended film school at Arizona State University. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and has been working full time in the film/television industry for 3 years. He is currently working towards joining the Director’s Guild of America as an Assistant Director and continuing to his career in Hollywood.
As Visit Corpus Christi’s Executive Vice President and the current Corpus Christi Film Commissioner native Erica Bhakta has been a driving force on the sales team and most recently at the executive level with Visit Corpus Christi since May 2011. With a 16-year background in the Hospitality industry, Erica brings extensive knowledge of the significant economic impact that group business can bring to Corpus Christi, including film. Over her career, Erica has focused her efforts on developing strong relationships both with community leaders, stakeholders, investors and building strong client relationships. Her innovative approach has allowed Corpus Christi to remain one of the most competitive coastal destinations as the city continues to push towards their goal of becoming “The Gulf Coast Capital”. Erica’s dedication to working closely within the community has been a cornerstone for making Corpus Christi a premier visitor destination.