Festival Judge 2024

Rozalyn Mattocks is an award-winning director and writer hailing from Marietta Georgia. She is known for her love of production design, vintage feel and unique characters. Horror and Sci-Fi are favorites, but you will find a little of all flavors in her work.

As a southerner storytelling is in her blood. Growing up, going to the movies every Saturday with her mother instantly hooked her on a medium that told stories visually. She began making elaborate sets in her home and staging scenes for anyone who stopped by. 

She holds a degree in Film from Georgia State University and spent seven years in television working for The Walking Dead. Her films have played in festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Atlanta Film Festival.

She continues to push herself with every project, always learning, growing and striving for new heights until her feet don't quite touch the ground.

She loves adventure, dancing, compassion, goofiness, darkness and purse sandwiches. She does not enjoy heights, cruelty, jump scares, or being tickled. 



James Mackenzie is a graduate of Loyola Marymount's School of Film & Television in Los Angeles. His MFA thesis, Audrey Makes a Mixtape, was recognized on the US BAFTA Student Awards shortlist, and as a member of the Film Independent Incubator Lab, he helmed his award-winning first feature, American Zealot. He brought his web series Tough Love to the Tribeca N.O.W. Creators Market, and premiered Three Men Named Mantas, an international co-production shot in Lithuania, at the Atlanta Film Festival. These and other projects have been featured by Variety, Revry, WABE, and the University of North Georgia, where he serves as the Associate Director of the Film & Digital Media program.

Melissa Jackson is a multiple Emmy award-winning storyteller. She spent more than 25 years in the broadcast industry producing, writing, and supervising newscasts, specials, and documentaries in the Southeast for top-rated media companies such as WSB-TV in Atlanta.  She has interviewed thousands of politicians, newsmakers, and celebrities during her broadcasting career. Jackson worked full-time for media institutions and freelanced nationally and internationally as owner of her own production company. Additionally, she cooordinated media crews across the country as a media relations specialist working with A-list movie productions and television series. She taught as an adjunct lecturer at UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications prior to joining Piedmont University in 2018.  She is an Associate Professor of Mass Communications and recently led efforts to launch a new film production major at Piedmont.  Jackson is the Co-Chair of the student scriptwriting competition for the Broadcast Education Association and a judge for the Silver Telly Council.

Darieus Legg is an x8 award winning storyteller who crafts emotional and thought provoking narratives in film, animation, and public speaking. He recently gave a TEDx called, “What Makes You Stoked?” Darieus focuses on spreading Stoke through film, animation, and public speaking. He believes Stoke with a capital “S” starts on the inside. Darieus teaches the five fundamental building blocks of Stoke; having an open heart, leading with a curious mind, smiling and not taking life too seriously, cultivating courage, and being in service. It is not uncommon for investors and collaborators to call him a virtuoso of the arts. He carefully selects who to collaborate with, by ensuring that the client/brand and work align with spreading Stoke worldwide. His design philosophy is intentional, focusing on quality over quantity. A showrunner and executive producer for major networks such as Fox, Disney, and NGO’s. Darieus has created multiple golden Telly award winning programs for Cornerstone on Demand and an AAF Gold awards for advertising agencies. In 2023, he was the 43rd Hawaii International Film Festivals - featured artist.

Darieus grew up on a sailboat and in Kona, Hawaii. Under the tutelage of Shane Dorian he excelled in surfing and competed professionally. He transitioned from surfing full-time to filmmaking in his early twenties. He is now happily forty.  Darieus is an avid surfer and lifelong learner. He loves reading, meditating, and going to the cinema to watch movies. 

MISSION: Spreading Stoke worldwide.

Website: darieuslegg.com