SoCal Short Fest: The only short film festival with a celebrity jury!

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Ming with Kevin Smith and the cast of AMC's COmic book men

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Meet Ming

Ming Chen became involved with Kevin Smith after making a fansite dedicated to the movie Clerks in 1996. Smith asked Chen to build the View Askew Productions website. After working for  LivePlanet he joined Kevin Smith's company in 2002.  

Chen has participated in several podcasts for SModcast Internet Radio including Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!, Puck Nuts, and co-hosts I Sell Comics! with Mike Zapcic. In 2012 he began starring with co-workers from Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash including Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, Mike Zapcic, and Bryan Johnson on Comic Book Men.

Ryan Jay



Meet ryan

Ryan Jay is one of America’s most popular nationally syndicated film critics. Based on his website,, he is featured weekly as resident film critic on The Morning Blend and weekend newscasts on the NBC-TV affiliate in Milwaukee, WI (and previously on the FOX-TV affiliate in Fort Myers, FL). On radio, he can be heard live Friday mornings on FM stations across the country, in addition to recorded weekly movie review segments for Premiere Networks. Ryan is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which annually awards excellence in film at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards; and the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association which annually hosts The Dorian Awards. Most passionate about movies and the arts, Ryan has cultivated a career celebrating entertainment and sharing his unique perspective with TV and radio audiences. He was host of Digital Dish, a weekly, live, celebrity gossip show on Today’s TMJ4 Facebook page and continues to spotlight performers of theater and the arts on his Ryan Jay Reviews Facebook page. Often on the red carpet at movie premieres and events, he has interviewed many of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. And every other week he can be found in the pages of Us Weekly magazine as Fashion Police. Inspired since childhood by his favorite film, The Wizard of Oz, Ryan has become an Oz historian, interviewing the casts and filmmakers of many Oz films, publishing articles and presenting multimedia lectures, celebrating the legacy of Oz to audiences from around the world at annual Oz festivals in NY, IL and KS, along with universities and theaters and museums. Ryan has worked as a television producer of major pop culture and entertainment programming for networks such as Bravo, Showtime, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, TLC, and even The Jerry Springer Show.


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Jay mohr

Meet jay

Jay Mohr is an American actor, comedian and radio host. He is known for his role as Professor Rick Payne in the TV series Ghost Whisperer (2006–2008), the title role in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried (2008–2010), as a featured cast member on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (1993–1995) and the back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire (1996). Since making his feature film debut with Jerry Maguire, he has appeared in the films Suicide Kings (1997), Picture Perfect (1997), Paulie (1998), Small Soldiers (1998), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Are We There Yet? (2005), Street Kings (2008), Hereafter (2010) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).

Mohr hosts his own podcast Mohr Stories on the SModcast Network and, since September 2015, hosted Jay Mohr Sports, a daily midday sports radio talk show on Fox Sports Radio. Mohr left Fox Sports Radio in January 2016 to pursue acting ventures. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as the inaugural host and executive producer of Last Comic Standing (2003–2006).

Emma Ridley

Emma with Fairuza Balk in Disney's return to oz

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Emma Ridley

Meet Emma

Emma Ridley is a performance artist, with a history in dance, music, film, television, and burlesque. With her many transformations, she has inspired a generation. Emma spent most of her early years being in the spotlight, starting at the tender age of only 8 months advertising as the Gerber baby, as well as appearing in many feature films, including Jackie Collins ‘The World is Full of Married Men’, starring Tony Franciosa and Carol Baker, playing their 4 year old daughter Lucy. Emma played another character called Lucy in the well known ‘Hammer House of Horrors’ film ‘The House That Bled To Death’. Many more film and television projects followed.

Emma joined the Royal Ballet London at age 6, starred as princess ‘Ozma’, the queen of Oz, in Disney’s ‘Return to Oz’, and won rave reviews as Bobbie Mechelle in Neal Simons’ ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ on the British Stage in Repertoire Theater. She also had a role in the American Disney TV show ‘Boy Meets World’, all while spending her very full youth writing, performing, and producing music and music videos.

Emma then decided to “settle down”, out of the spotlight, on a Californian ranch/farm to raise her 3 children (with horses, goats and chickens, oh my!). She has since returned once again to the spotlight as a successful business creator and owner of “Goddess Fitness Dance”, a completely unique self-expressed ballet, yoga and pole dancing approach to fitness!

Emma has now ventured into production and is CEO of her very own TV COMPANY. Partnering up with the new love of her life Micheal Carter of Paradigm Digital and creating TVDANCE.LIVE, a live broadcasting company of all things dance, bringing the best of ballroom dance competition live streamed from across the nation.