Signal To noise

Showcasing student creativity in the beaverton School District

The Signal To Noise Festival is a film awards ceremony and exhibition that originated at Beaverton's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in 2001 and has occurred every Spring since then at various locations across the district.

We are proud to count several accomplished professionals as part of the our judges' academy.


 Jordan Thierry is a Senior Associate at  PolicyLink , a public policy research and action institute that advances social and economic equity. A Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, he also earned his Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.  In 2013 Jordan released his documentary feature film,  Black Fatherhood Project  and continues to use it as a tool in workshops and events to educate and catalyze community action. Prior to joining PolicyLink he served as a Senior Consultant at Frontline Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in philanthropy and social change where he produced  UNDER CONSTRUCTION , a multimedia series on boys and men of color.

Jordan Thierry is a Senior Associate at PolicyLink, a public policy research and action institute that advances social and economic equity. A Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, he also earned his Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.  In 2013 Jordan released his documentary feature film, Black Fatherhood Project and continues to use it as a tool in workshops and events to educate and catalyze community action. Prior to joining PolicyLink he served as a Senior Consultant at Frontline Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in philanthropy and social change where he produced UNDER CONSTRUCTION, a multimedia series on boys and men of color.

  Annika   Schindler  , Costume Fabricator:  Annika studied fashion and costume design in Germany.  After many years in the fashion and movie industry all over Europe, her passion for detail brought her to stop-motion and animation and eventually to LAIKA in 2012. In her role as costume fabricator, she constantly explores the collaboration of traditional crafts and technologies in an innovative and artistic way.

Annika Schindler, Costume Fabricator: Annika studied fashion and costume design in Germany.  After many years in the fashion and movie industry all over Europe, her passion for detail brought her to stop-motion and animation and eventually to LAIKA in 2012. In her role as costume fabricator, she constantly explores the collaboration of traditional crafts and technologies in an innovative and artistic way.

  Trevor   Dalmer  , Designer/Illustrator : Trevor was born and raised in Ontario, Canada in 1977.  He studied at Sheridan College where he obtained a B.A. in Animation.  Currently he works as a Production Designer at Laika in Hillsboro, Oregon and enjoys learning ballet moves from his toddler.

Trevor Dalmer, Designer/Illustrator: Trevor was born and raised in Ontario, Canada in 1977.  He studied at Sheridan College where he obtained a B.A. in Animation.  Currently he works as a Production Designer at Laika in Hillsboro, Oregon and enjoys learning ballet moves from his toddler.

  Graham Read, Armaturist:  Born and raised in Toronto, the main focus of Graham’s job at LAIKA is to build and fabricate articulated steel skeletons, called puppet armatures. His pre-college education leaned heavily toward the arts, but it was during his time at the Ontario College of Art And Design University that he became interested in stop-motion. After working for Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto, he came to LAIKA where he served on the productions of ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings.

Graham Read, Armaturist: Born and raised in Toronto, the main focus of Graham’s job at LAIKA is to build and fabricate articulated steel skeletons, called puppet armatures. His pre-college education leaned heavily toward the arts, but it was during his time at the Ontario College of Art And Design University that he became interested in stop-motion. After working for Cuppa Coffee Studios in Toronto, he came to LAIKA where he served on the productions of ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings.

 Signal-to-Noise Founder Scott Hackē is the game camera operator for the Portland Trailblazers (Blazer Broadcasting) and is also a part-time sports television freelancer for TNT, ESPN, FOX, Lifetime, and Univision Deportes.

Signal-to-Noise Founder Scott Hackē is the game camera operator for the Portland Trailblazers (Blazer Broadcasting) and is also a part-time sports television freelancer for TNT, ESPN, FOX, Lifetime, and Univision Deportes.