Executive Director and Founder of Haydenfilms LLC and Haydenfilms Institute, Hayden Craddolph has always been an avid film lover. After graduating from Kutztown University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance, Craddolph found himself working as a broker on Wall Street rather than a film producer in Hollywood. However, upon returning to Kutztown to pursue his Master’s Degree, he was encouraged to consider the Electronic Media program. Curious and excited, he took up the challenge.
While crafting his thesis project, Craddolph envisioned an interactive, virtual film festival and a universally-accessible forum where filmmakers from across the globe could showcase their films and vote on a winner. This idea translated into Haydenfilms LLC, which launched the first Haydenfilms Online Film Festival in 2004. Out of over 250 entries, Quinn Saunders emerged with the grand prize of $10,000 for his film Fortunate Son. The 1.0 Online Film Festival was followed with the Haydenfilms 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 Online Festivals, with 5.0 coming in early 2013.
In 2010, Hayden transformed Haydenfilms LLC into the nonprofit Haydenfilms Institute, with a mission to empower, educate and fund global independent and student filmmakers. Inspiring projects have emerged from Haydenfilms Institute, such as the 2012 Youth Media Initiative, a youth film production curriculum that provides youth with the resources and technology to create effective public service announcements speaking out against violence in their local community.
Drawing from one of his greatest influences, George Lucas, Craddolph believes filmmakers have a tremendous responsibility for the message communicated in their works. Craddolph hopes HFI will help enable beginning and veteran filmmakers alike to share their stories globally by providing a platform available to all filmmakers, not controlled by commercial projects only, but innovative ones as well.
Award-winning director, screenwriter and lyricist, Michael D. Attardi, Sr. was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, where he excelled both on the athletic field and in the classroom. Michael was accepted as an exceptional student to the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he received the Philip Turner creative award in music. Composing Big Band/Swing music at the age of 17, he completed 18 big-band arrangements, which were orchestrated at Monmouth University in 1985.
Fascinated with the animated works of Walt Disney, Michael has worked with former Disney animators while also taking courses at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. Michael wrote his first musical animation in 1999, and this inspiration guided him to write several musical screenplays and soundtracks.
Michael has won three Perri Awards, The Annecy Film Festival, The Telly Awards and the Slamdance Film Festival for the best original musical soundtrack in 2005 for his musical, Twin Treasures. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and the Society of Composers and Lyricists. Michael also holds 198 musical U.S. copyrights.
Recently, Michael finished his short animated musical comedy film, starring Jim Belushi and Tim Curry, called “Once Upon a Christmas Village,” which won the Grand Jury awards at the Festival De Cannes, France, South Africa, Florence, Boston, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Houston, Swansea, Wales, Washington, D.C., Hollyshorts, Action/Cut Competition, Garden State, Delray Beach and First Glance Philly. He also won 24 Telly Awards, six Accolade Awards, six Aurora Awards, and seven Davey Awards. The film qualified for the Academy Awards within the Short Animated Film Category and has shattered all-time festival award wins with an astounding 96 awards.
In 2007, Michael founded Dream Balloon Enterprises Animation Studio. He joined forces with The Jim Henson Company and co-produced the original animated film, Snowyville, with Brian Henson. He also enjoys residency in both Florida and New Jersey with his wife Colleen and their two children.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Damon is currently the Senior Web Developer at Neo-Pangea, a Reading-based company specializing in design and production. During his occupancy at Neo-Pangea, Damon has worked on a number of successful and award winning digital promotions for several Fortune 100 brands across the globe, such as the National Geographic Channel, IKEA, Comcast, and Wal-Mart.
Having been involved with Haydenfilms since early 2004, Damon brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and passion for projects underwritten by Haydenfilms, as well as providing creative direction for technologies and social growth.
After graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in Computer Science from Cerritos College in Norwalk California, Michael Trevarthen worked as a database consultant in Los Angeles, California, building databases for many large municipalities and private businesses located all around the Southern California area. In 2001, Michael was called eastward to join Sposto Interactive, a creative media and web development firm, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. While working at Sposto Interactive, he was promoted from Junior Programmer to his present position as Chief Technology Officer.
In 2003, Michael became acquainted with Hayden Craddolph through their collaboration working on the Haydenfilms project with Sposto Interactive. Michael continued developing the Haydenfilms website and has performed various tasks to help strengthen the Haydenfilms brand. As the key developer, Michael drafted the website and video player that would bolster the world-renowned Online Film Festival, launched in 2004. A self-proclaimed “gadget freak,” Michael loves programming and enjoys following evolving technology trends. He has an invested enthusiasm for Haydenfilms Institute.
David A. Shirk
David A. Shirk is the director of the Trans-Border Institute, working to promote a greater understanding of U.S.-Mexico relations. He serves as a Political Science Associate Professor at the University of San Diego. He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security measures along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Dr. Shirk received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and he was a Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies Fellow from 1998-1999 and 2001-2003. Dr. Shirk was a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. from 2008-2009. Dr. Shirk is currently the Project Coordinator for the Justice in Mexico Project (link to www.justiceinmexico.org), a bi-national research initiative on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico.
Recent publications by Dr. Shirk include: Justiciabarómetro: Resultados de la encuesta a la policia municipal preventiva de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara (2009) co-authored with Marcos Pablo Moloeznik and María Eugenia Suárez de Garay; Contemporary Mexican Politics (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008) co-authored with Emily Edmonds-Poli; Reforming the Administration of Justice in Mexico (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007) edited with Wayne Cornelius; Evaluating Accountability and Transparency in Mexico: National, Local, and Comparative Perspectives (Trans-Border Institute, 2007) edited with Alejandra Ríos Cásares; “Migration and Development,” TBI Border Brief (October 2006); “Law Enforcement Challenges and ‘Smart Borders’,” in Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets (Praeger, 2006); Mexico’s New Politics: The PAN and Democratic Change (Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2005), “Slavery Without Borders: Human Trafficking in the U.S.-Mexican Context,” CSIS Hemisphere Focus, January 23, 2004.
Pat has worked extensively in film, theatre, television and commercials, but has made a name for herself as an astounding choreographer and film director. In 2009 she won the Best Director award for her feature length film ‘Kristina’ at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Film. In 2007 she was nominated as Best Director for her comedy musical ‘Johnny Maybe & the Porn Star’ at the Portobello Film Festival. Her films have been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide and have been nominated for and received a multitude of substantial awards.
Pat’s London theatre directing credits include the West End premiere of ‘Too Close to the Sun’ at the Comedy Theatre, Hannah & Martin at the Courtyard Main Theatre which was selected for The Stage Annual Theatre Review as ‘setting a benchmark for quality drama on the London Fringe’, Spring Awakening, Never Left, All Right, Goblins Don’t Scare Us, Love Me Love My Dog, Cinderella, Playing for England, The Gut Girls and We Don’t Talk Anymore. She also directed a highly successful production of Anything Goes – Wagner Theatre, Staten Island, ‘Play’ at the Edinburgh Festival and Animal Farm at Harrogate Theatre.
As a choreographer and movement director, Pat has more than 50 theatre credits (including nine new musicals) and has worked with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Her film choreography includes Little Shop of Horrors, Santa Claus – The Movie, King Ralph, Muppet Christmas Carol, Photographing Fairies, Muppet Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, Jesus, A Christmas Carol and Jack and the Beanstalk – The Real Story. She also choreographed the BAFTA winning short film, Goodie-Two-Shoes and the award nominated Supergrass video Can You Hear Us Pumping On Your Stereo.
Pat was a soloist and principal dancer in classical ballet and contemporary dance before moving into choreography, then specializing in puppeteering, and later directing. Since October of 2009 she has acted as a managing member of Michael Attardi’s Dream Balloon Enterprise in Orlando, Florida. More recently, Pat won an award for Best Film Under 75 Minutes at the Swansea International Film Festival for directing her film, David, and directed a short vampire comedy, Just One More Bite, was nominated as the Best Horror Film at the Swansea International Film Festival. She is also a member of the UK Choreographers Directory.
Mark Glackin graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. A local resident from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, Mark has always shown passion for the arts. In addition to being an avid toy collector and oil painter, Mark is also a sports enthusiast, involving himself in the track and field athletics at Kutztown University. Mark has been actively involved with Haydenfilms Institute since September, 2010, and was instrumental throughout the planning process of the Institute’s red carpet “Keys to Success” fundraiser gala. A generous donation of 1,000 toys was given from his beloved collection to benefit the event. In addition, he helped launch the HFI Creative Alliance, a monthly gathering that gives creative minds and businesses the opportunity to meet, network, and discuss current or upcoming film projects. Mark adds a fresh perspective to the HFI team and desires to contribute in all possible ways with their future endeavors.
Karen Feridun is the Founder of Berks Gas Truth, a grassroots community organization of over 600 members opposed to shale gas drilling. She has written and spoken frequently on shale gas drilling and recently served as an advisor to Walter Brasch, the author of the new book Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster. She was a lead organizer and presenter at last year’s Marcellus Shale Exposed, a symposium co-hosted by her group and the Sierra Club at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. She was also one of the organizers of the Shale Gas Outrage protests. In 2011, she organized the conference, “What’s in your water?” at Kutztown University. That year, she also organized the protest of Governor Tom Corbett’s appearance at Albright College’s commencement that was picked up by the Washington Post.
Among her past speaking engagements are: PA Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival, Philly Folk Festival, Pennsylvania Progressive Summit, Brandywine Heights High School, Lehigh Valley Green Drinks, St. Barnabas Panel on Marcellus Shale, the Steel Jam Festival in Bethlehem, Berks Earth Day, Millersville Native Plant Conference, Pennsylvania Earth Sciences Association, Albright College, Muhlenberg College, Reading Area Community College, and Northampton Community College Leadership Class panel discussion on Shale Gas Drilling. She has debated Patrick Creighton of the Marcellus Shale Coalition in an interview on Voice of Russia radio and has appeared on several local television and radio shows.
Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, GoIndie.com, Commonsense2.com, and several newspapers. Feridun is also founder of 350 Berks & Lehigh Valley Climate Action, president of the Kutztown Area Democratic Club, and is a past board member and current media relations director for the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association. She is chair of Kutztown Borough’s Planning Commission and a member of the borough’s Environmental Advisory Commission. She also serves on the board of the Berks Solid Waste Authority, as well as the county’s Democratic committee and was the recipient of their Rising Star award in 2012. Prior to founding Berks Gas Truth, she was a founding partner of the United Sludge-Free Alliance, a group opposed to the spreading of sewage sludge as a fertilizer. Feridun is a former corporate library manager and researcher who received a B.S. in Political Science and an M.L.S. from Kutztown University.