2015 Films for the Forest Judges

Eloise DeJoria

Eloise DeJoria is a Texas-born actress who has appeared in numerous films including Weekend at Bernie’s and Wild Hearts. She is also an entrepreneur, Paul Mitchell spokesmodel and philanthropist. Eloise uses her time and talent to help people lead healthy, fulfilled lives. She focuses her efforts on drug and alcohol recovery programs, the arts, and promoting the rights and wellbeing of women and girls.

Taylor Ellison

Taylor is an Austin based host and lifestyle and entertainment reporter. She has interviewed an array of filmmakers, actors, and producers working on projects ranging from indie films and documentaries to major motion pictures. Born and raised in Austin, Taylor attended the University of Texas before moving to Washington DC to join Teach for America. After teaching 8th grade at KIPP WILL Academy she moved back to be a Longhorn once again at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Happily back in her hometown, Taylor spends her days trying to help others enjoy a city that has brought her so much joy through the years, covering culture and lifestyle in the capital city.


Kenny Laubbacher

Kenny is a filmmaker and curator from Los Angeles. He worked as the Director of Artist relations for the non-profit Invisible Children for a couple of whiles before moving on to pursue filmmaking full time. His most recent collaborations include directing content for Nick Jonas, Verité’s “Weekend” music video, Take Away Film: Uganda, and helping with the production of Beside Still Waters, Short Term 12 and I Am Not A Hipster. He can often be found shooting spontaneous acoustic performances with some of his favorite artists.

Richard Linklater

Oscar-nominated Linklater is a respected writer-director and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.The Austin Film Society has given out over $800,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers and received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America. He is a long-time supporter of Rainforest Partnership and has been a Films for the Forest judge since its inception in 2009. His films include “Fast Food Nation,” “Dazed and Confused’” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset” and “Boyhood.”