Jim Farmer
Festival Director

Jim Farmer has served as the festival director of Out On Film since 2008. He has also served on several juries since 2010,  including the head of the jury for the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival. Under his leadership Out On Film was named a Grand Marshal in the 2017 Atlanta Pride parade and received the Beacon Award for Community Engagement from the ArtsATL Luminary Awards. Farmer won the 2015 Guardian Angel Award from  the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) Award and in 2019 took home the award for Businessman of the Year. An Atlanta-based arts writer, he is a member of five regional and national critics organizations.

The Team
Justice Obiaya
Marketing Manager
Alex Watson
Graphic Designer
Eric Needham
Alfredo Claro
Ed Welly
Technical Services
Chris Mason
Cathe Payne
Angie Short
Carolyn Williams
Ray Pounds
Trent Farrington
Box Office
Chris Lott
James Rex
Marketing and Operations
Dennis Kemp
Jeff Frank
Justin Brown
Board of Directors
Craig Hardesty
Steve Cochrane
Jim Anderson
Belinda Hernandez
Jonathan Shapero
Jim Lunsford
Emeritus Member
2020 Jurors
Ben Baur

Ben Baur grew up in a small town in Oregon, where he began performing at the age of seven in a community theater production of “Pippin.” Ben pursued acting ever since, and moved to Los Angeles after high school. There he attended a conservatory theater program and found his way onto big screens (“Something Like Summer”), small screens (“The Following” “General Hospital”, “Famous in Love”), and everything-in-between screens (“Hunting Season,” “These People”).

Eventually Ben decided to tell stories of his own. He wrote, produced, and starred in the web series “#Adulting” and the award winning short film “Something New.”Currently residing in New York City, Ben continues to create work that he can't wait to share with the world!

Rich Eldredge

With lengthy stints at both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta magazine, Richard L. Eldredge has been covering Atlanta’s arts, entertainment, political, dining and charitable fundraising scenes since 1990. In 2015, he launched Eldredge ATL, a daily digital magazine dedicated to the city’s ever-evolving arts, entertainment, cuisine and cultural landscapes. Since 2011, he has worked as senior editor at VOX Teen Communications, supporting Atlanta’s next generation of journalists. In recognition of this work, Eldredge received the Atlanta Press Club Impact Award in 2015.

Erica McCarthy

Erica McCarthy is a documentary filmmaker from Athens, GA currently based in Austin, TX. 

Her career has included music, sports and public television documentaries.  She has two National Emmy Awards and is currently working a series about American contemporary artists and the important imprint they have created within the communities they live in. 

KJ Mohr

KJ Mohr is a professional film curator and educator with three decades of experience in art house cinemas, festivals, museums, community-based, and educational organizations. She is deeply committed to collaborative work and community engagement, with expertise in cinemas of the Global South, women directors, queer cinema and experimental/avant-garde film. KJ teaches in the MFA Filmmaking program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and in the Film and Video Studies Department at George Mason University, having previously been part of the film faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with the Maryland Film Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, Outfest, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Women in the Director’s Chair and Conversations at the Edge, a weekly visiting filmmaker series at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. 

Leo Mullen

Leo grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and to this day considers himself a proud Clevelander. He is a graduate of Georgia State University’s Film program. He has completed several short films which have screened in various cities across the country. As well as directing, Leo is an editor and writer. A student of film theory and occasional cinephile, “Queer Moxie” (directed with fellow local filmmaker Heather Provoncha) is Leo’s first feature length film. Being a queer black man in the South, he finds it is important to create art of all mediums as diverse as the world around him. He is in the process of writing his first narrative features and shorts with plans to start production on them in the very near future. #blacktranslivesmatter #resist #believewomen

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Antony Osso

Antony Osso is a documentary and narrative filmmaker and screenwriter.

His short film series The Devotion Project, which chronicles thriving LGBTQ couples and families, has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and earned him a spot on the OUT100, Out Magazine’s list of the most compelling LGBTQ people. The not-for-profit, crowdfunded short docs have screened at over 55 festivals worldwide and garnered 15 awards – including the Best Short Film at Out on Film 2012.

Osso’s full-length documentary “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream,” which celebrates the immigrant story of his Italian family and the pizzeria they’ve run for 40 years, is available on Amazon Prime, Vimeo on Demand, and Tubi, among other streaming platforms.

He lives in New York City, where he works as a script supervisor on projects like “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Private Life,” and currently, “Power Book II: Ghost”.

More than 30 years of experience in television and film production. Doug is a writer/director/producer and actor.
In the summer of 1983 Doug started as the one and only intern/assistant producer to Charlie Rose when Charlie returned to
television with his national show.   From there Doug went on to writing, producing, and directing marketing and promotions campaigns at ABC, CBS and NBC.  He  also created and executed launch campaigns for Soapnet, UPN, and LOGO.
In 1991 Doug moved to Los Angeles to direct for the legendary ad men Ray Jacobs and Stefan Gerber - Doug's first
assignments included directing such stars as William Shatner, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, and Martin Sheen. After that
he moved on to writer/producer and Creative Director positions at CBS, NBC, and ABC, and E! Entertainment Television.
At the same time, Doug pursued an acting career with guest starring roles on Star Trek Voyager , The Drew Carey Show ,
The Huguley's, and Girlfriends and Chance in the ground-breaking LOGO series, Noah's Arc . Doug has starred in NBC’s
Good News , the long-running Young and The Restless , and in Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. His
stage work includes the American premier of T he Ice Pick , the Tony Award Winning South Coast Rep's premier of The
Hollow Lands and the critically acclaimed production of The Bacchae , playing Dionysus, at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe
Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and the world premier of Salome at the Mack Sennet in Los Angeles.
In 2006 he formed The Ogden Group Entertainment. Their first feature as a writer, producer, director a buddy-comedy
entitled Hot Guys with Guns , was released in April of 2014 by Wolfe. The main title song, Something to Shoot For, written
and sung by Mervyn Warren was short-listed for nomination for the 2015 Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences asked to include the script for Hot Guys with Guns in the core collection.

Doug Spearman