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Patrick Early

Patrick Early

As a public relations professional, Patrick Early has been involved with film and video as a communications vehicle for more than 40 years.  

In that time, Early has worked in scripting and producing to even directing and shooting film and video productions. In fact, his interest in communications grew out of his interest in photography. Early first picked up a camera seriously when he was 12 years old and has been shooting ever since.   

Early holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University where he was an editor of the student newspaper and also the editor of the yearbook. He earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and his accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America in 1987. 


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Connie Gibbons

Connie Gibbons has more than two decades of experience overseeing and guiding art and museum institutions in successful programmatic exhibition, fundraising, educational activities, and community outreach programs.  

Currently, Gibbons is the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she manages the daily business of the museum all while maintaining the standards of an AAM accredited institution and increasing engagement with the university campus and greater Topeka community.    

Gibbons’ own educational background, a BS from Drury College and an MFA from Texas Tech University, set the stage for her successful career in institutional management and founded in her a love for inspiring the public to celebrate art found only in the Midwest. 

Gibbons has served on several local and regional committees over the years but has now focused her expertise toward helping the Kansas Paraguay Partnership, the Center for Kansas Studies, and the Washburn International Film Institute, as part of the leadership.  

Gibbons is passionate about fostering a love of history, education and art in her students and each spring, she co-teaches a specialized class called Exploring Civil Rights where she takes her students on a trip through the southern United States to experience the history and art surrounding racism and the Civil Rights movement. 

The Mulvane Art Museum was founded in 1924 through a generous gift from Joab R. Mulvane. It is one of the oldest art museums and houses a collection of approximately 4,000 objects from around the world, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and decorative art. 


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Allan Holzman

Peabody and two-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Allan Holzman, has enjoyed success in feature and documentary films as both director and editor. Under the tutelage of renowned producer Roger Corman, Allan honed his skills on groundbreaking independent movies, recently re- released on Blu-ray from Shout Factory, Battle Beyond The Stars, and his directing debut, Forbidden World (aka Mutant), winner of the Paris International Film Festival of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

After helming three action films, Out Of Control, Grunt! The Wrestling Movie and Programmed To Kill, Allan moved into the suspense genre with Deborah Harry on Showtime’s highest rated movie, Intimate Stranger.

Allan’s first adventure into documentaries as editor received the Governor’s Emmy Award for Special Achievement for the Ted Turner six-hour mini-series The Native Americans. Allan won two Emmy Awards as director and editor of Steven Spielberg's Survivors Of The Holocaust. The film was also honored with a Peabody Award for best documentary.

Two of Allan’s award winning documentary director/editor efforts, Old Man River (based on a one woman play) and Sounds Of Memphis (produced by the Recording Academy) earned an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award and a nomination. He received a third ACE Eddie nomination with Apollo 11 for which he was also second unit director.

Allan created multi-screen presentations for Universal Theme Park with Twister and Hercules and Xena, E3 with Sony’s Play Station, AT&T’s introduction of the internet at Epcot, and 20th Century Fox’s Titanic Tour with James Cameron.

He created documentaries for Walt Disney’s Platinum Blu-ray releases of The Lion King, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, including the featurettes: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and Alan Menken, Renaissance Man.

His feature documentary editing credits include: Dare To Be Different, celebrating the birth and development of New Wave music, Refusnik, chronicling the Jewish emigration movement from the U.S.S.R., Trek Nation, celebrating the legacy of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, the political animal thriller The Paw Project, and the soon to be released Picasso’s Christ and World Rights Human Wrongs.

The independent feature documentaries Allan produced, directed, and edited include: My Marilyn, an subjective journey into the life of Marilyn Monroe, C-C-CUT, Autobiography of a Stuttering Director, Sheldon Leonard’s Wonderful Life, based on Television’s legendary producer, Imagining Worlds, featuring two- time Academy Award Production Designer Rick Carter (Avatar, Lincoln, Jurassic Park), the four part Art of Directing series starring Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, David Lean, John Huston and François Truffaut and the created the evergreen American Cinema Editors’ Invisible Art, Visible Artists series, featuring the Academy Award Nominees.

Throughout his career, Allan had made films about human rights and preservation of culture, including Beautiful Resistance, and Beyond The Mesas, two half hour documentaries confronting the damaging effects of the Indian Boarding School experience, featuring the Hopi people and leading Southwest Native American contemporary artists, Gullah, honoring the descendants of the original slaves who have never left their land, and From the Hood to the Hill, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the boulevard that bares his name in Washington, D.C.

His educational documentaries include: The Professor with Berkeley’s renowned Landscape Architect’s teachings, Editing 24, a day in the life of a television dramatic series editor, Joseph G. Sheehan’s Message to a Stutterer and No Words to Say, following a group of stutterers in therapy.

Allan’s book Celluloid Wars, based on his daily journals during his Roger Corman years as editor and director, will be published by PULP 2.0 in March, 2019.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Allan graduated Bennington College and The American Film Institute and served on the Board of Directors of American Cinema Editors for seven years. He has taught film editing as USC School of Cinematic Arts for past twelve years.


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Jessica Barraclough

Jessica Neumann Barraclough currently serves as the Director of Student Activities & Greek Life and started at Washburn University as the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Involvement & Development in 2007. As Director she works to promote a team environment within Student Involvemnt & Development, as they manage the student organization registration process of over 130 organizations, BOWTIE, and training programs for both the students and advisors of these organizations. Jessica also works directly with the Washburn Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board to help them create a positive campus environment for the students of Washburn. During Jessica’s tenure at Washburn the Greek community has seen an increase of membership from 125 to over 400, an increase in campus programming through Campus Activities Board, and a shift of organizational management with Washburn Student Government Association to focus on the needs of the students. She serves on many campus committees some include Quality Assurance committee, Career Services Advisory Board, United Way Campaign committee, Program Review Committee, and the Diversity Initiative committee. She has serves her community as Co-Chair of the Educational Programs and member of the steering committee for Fast Forward, now FORGE, and as a United Way Community Impact Council Chair. She has served on multiple conference planning committees regionally and locally.

Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from North Dakota State University.


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Eugene Williams

Eugene Williams has an extensive background in broadcast and film which includes work with CBS, CNN, NBC, The National Science Foundation, and numerous local stations, state associations and independent production companies.     

Williams is proud to be a native of Mobile, Alabama, and an alumnus of the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Film Communications. After completing his undergraduate degree in Communications, he completed an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology, earning three certificates in electronics from Southwest State Technical College. Williams also has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mobile.   

At the national level, Williams has served as a member of the Public Broadcasting System Board of Directors. He has served on the Small Station Fund Committee and the Digital Distribution Fund Panel for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.  He is a graduate of two prestigious programs of the National Association of Broadcasters; the Management Development Seminar for Television Executives and the Broadcast Leadership Training Program.   

Williams takes a leadership role at both the state and local levels.  He is a member of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters serving as a past-Chair and past Vice-Chair. Williams served two terms as Chairman of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council and served a 10-year term as Chairman of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council’s Digital Television Committee. Williams is a member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club and has served as Chair of its Community Service efforts. Williams also served as Vice-Chair of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Foundation. In March of 2016, Williams was inducted into the Topeka Business Hall of Fame. 

As a broadcaster, Williams serves as Executive Producer of a variety of programs (sports, talk, documentary, and music performance). He is a three-time EMMY winner that has been nominated 9 times. He has hosted a variety of TV shows and pageants and moderated many political debates.  In 2011, Williams served as the emcee for the state of Kansas’ sesquicentennial (150th) celebration. Williams is the host of KTWU’s newest program, Working Capital, it showcases entrepreneurship and provides an atmosphere for sharing practical business experiences.  Working Capital is a show about local and regional businesses within the KTWU viewing area.  

KTWU celebrated 50 years of broadcast service on October 21, 2015, and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas.  KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and provides programming for both children and adults, with subjects related to education, cultural enrichment, public affairs and entertainment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  KTWU also provides and participates in a number of community outreach programs and educational services. 

KTWU serves approximately 196,000 households in the eastern Kansas corridor. Some of KTWU’s productions include:  Sunflower JourneysQUEST; Beyond Theology; Wood, Brick & StoneIGI LIVEWorking Capital, the Washburn University Holiday Vespers concert, and several Theater of the Mind radio plays.  Many of these have won awards at the local, state and regional divisions.  KTWU’s productions have earned 18 Emmy nominations and have won 9 Emmy statues.