MILLBURN, NJ – John C. McGinley is one of this year's judges for the fifth annual Millburn FilmFest. The New York-born actor was raised in Millburn and attended Millburn High School, where he played wide receiver for the Millers football team.   Upon graduation, he pursued his passion for acting and studied at Syracuse University and the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. 

Some of his notable roles include Perry Cox in Scrubs, Sergeant Red O’Neill in Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Marv in Stone’s Wall Street.  

Due to prior commitments McGinley is unable to attend the premiere. He has viewed all entries and has forwarded his selections to the FilmFest committee.

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Chip Todd, an NBC television executive, and Millburn high school graduate and filmmaker Catherine Scorcese is among the judges.  Arts Advisory members Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Donna Davis, Andrew Permison, Kathi Hecht, Victoria Plummer and Judith Kramer will also serve as judges for this year's submissions.

This year’s 12 films will feature works by 11 Millburn High School students and one Millburn Middle School student. Genres include original stories, comedy, documentaries and music videos. Each film runs from approximately two to 12 minutes.

MHS teachers Ellen Krueger and Gabe Rhodes will be honored at this year’s premiere for their outstanding commitment to education and students.

The short films to be featured at the much anticipated Red Carpet premier event is sponsored by the Ed Foundation of Millburn/Short Hills and Towne Realty. The premiere begins at 7 p.m. with film screenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. The premiere will be held at Millburn High School.

TAP into Millburn/Short Hills is a media sponsor.