Each Year Fresh Takes honors an individual from our local community for outstanding achievement in one or more of the Media Arts.  The Fresh Takes staff selects the candidates with final approval by the Board of Directors.


2013 Kevin Epps

Kevin is a Bay Area resident, community activist and award winning filmmaker.  In 2003, his documentary, “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point”, won local and national acclaim and launched him into the spotlight for his independent filmwork.  Epps devotes his free time to showcasing and curating film projects in public, private, educational, and community spaces;  He passionately advocates for access to film and media technology for underserved community.  We at Fresh Takes are greatly honored and excited to include Kevin into our expanding and impressive Hall of Fame.

Ortega2012 Kenny Ortega

Kenny is a Sequoia High School class of ’68 is the most celebrated choreographer and helmsman of film and live stage shows in America, choreographing some of the most famous dance scenes in film – Dirty Dancing, producing live sports-ceremony extravaganzas – XIX Winter Olympics opening, and stewarding one of the most phenomenal musical drama franchises – High School Musical.  After nearly 3-decades of working in stage and screen, Ortega collaborated with his old friend Michael Jackson on what was Jackson’s first tour in 10 years.  However, the “This Is It” tour never happened as Jackson died an untimely death in 2009. As a tribute to Jackson, Ortega collected an estimated 80 hours of rehearsal film and directed the film Michael Jackson, This Is It.

Scheilfer2011 Jason Schleifer

Jason is the Head of Character Animation for Dreamworks Animations upcoming film Peabody and Sherman.  He was also the Head of Character Animation on Megamind, a supervising animator on Madagascar 2 and Night of the Living Carrots. He also animated on Shrek 3, Over the Hedge, Penguins Christmas Caper, and Madagascar.  Jason was Animation Lead at Weta Digital on The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.



2010 Brad Lewis

Brad Lewis produced Ratatouille and co-directed Cars 2. He won a Producers Guild award for his work on Ratatouille. Previously he produced Antz for Dreamworks. In June 2011, Lewis left Pixar to join Digital Domain’s new animation group in Florida, Tradition Studios.  He also performed the voice of Tubbs Pacer in Cars2 and had a role in The Incredibles.