2019 JURY & INDUSTRY GUESTS

The Jury

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MIRANDA BAILEY

 

 

Miranda Bailey is a prolific producer, actor and director, known for producing high quality independent films. Her passion for bringing compelling, well-crafted stories to the screen has been the driving force in her distinguished 15-year career. Bailey has produced over 20 films, such as the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, the Spirit Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL and SWISS ARMY MAN, released by A24, and the critically acclaimed NORMAN, released by Sony Pictures Classics. Bailey’s directorial narrative feature debut YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY, premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Bailey previously directed two documentaries: GREENLIT and THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST.

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Mike Plante

 

Mike Plante is a filmmaker and festival programmer in Los Angeles. He was worked for film festivals since 1993, as a projectionist for the Telluride Film Festival (1999-2005), Director of Programming for CineVegas (2002-2009), and is currently a Senior Programmer for Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2001. He makes documentaries about outsiders, both as a producer (Giuseppe Makes A Movie, 2014) and a director (Be Like An Ant, 2011, The Polaroid Job, 2016). His most recent film as director is And With Him Came the West (2019, 77 min), which premiered at MoMA Doc Fortnight.

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LILIANA RODRIGUEZ

 

Liliana Rodriguez is a programmer and festival organizer based in Palm Springs, California. She works year-round at the Palm Springs International Film Society where she is Festival Director for ShortFest and Director of Programming for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and programs genre films at the Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans.

Industry Guests

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NORWOOD CHEEK

 

Norwood Cheek’s passion for filmmaking began when he was 15, making in-camera edited Super 8 short films. He combined his love for film with music and began shooting and directing music videos – primarily on Super 8 and 16mm. He has directed more than 70 music videos for such artists as She & Him, the EELS, SuperChunk, AFI, Ben Folds Five, French Kicks and Squirrel Nut Zippers. He directed and ran the Flicker Film Festival in Chapel Hill and Los Angeles from 1994-2010 and wrote the Flicker Guide to the World of Super 8 filmmaking. He also ran the annual Super 8 in-camera, shoot to show film festival Attack of the 50 Foot Reels – held at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. His films and music videos have won numerous awards and have screened at festivals around the world.

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DESTIN CRETTON

 

Destin Daniel Cretton is a film director, screenwriter, producer and editor best known for writing and directing his second feature film, SHORT TERM 12 (2013). Cretton’s short film by the same title, written for his senior project at San Diego State University, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for U.S. Short Filmmaking. The short was adapted into a feature-length screenplay which earned Cretton an Academy Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting in 2010, and the film went on to receive critical acclaim. Destin’s directing credits include I AM NOT A HIPSTER (2012) and THE GLASS CASTLE (2017).

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IAN DURKIN

 

Ian Durkin is a Senior Curator at Vimeo. Since 2011, Ian has watched hundreds of thousands of films and helped select the world’s very best for the Vimeo Staff Picks Channel. Outside of Vimeo, Ian works as a commercial director and editor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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BRITTA ERICKSON

 

With more than two decades of arts, culture and film industry experience, Britta Erickson serves as Festival Director for the Denver Film Society overseeing the Denver Film Festival, Film on the Rocks and the Filmmaker Focus program. A nationally-recognized film industry leader, she has helped to deliver thousands of compelling films and extensive year-round programming to Colorado film lovers. In addition to serving on numerous film festival juries around the country, Britta’s producing credits include: Actor Martinez (2016); Rolling Papers (2015) and Convention (2009). Prior to DFS, Britta was the founding executive director of the Acoma Center, a performing arts venue in Denver where she co-founded and produced for the nationally-recognized Curious Theatre Company.

MORRISON, CO - JUNE 22:  SeriesFest CEO Randi Kleiner attends the opening night of Series Fest: Season Two at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 22, 2016 in Morrison, Colorado.  (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for SeriesFest) *** Local Caption *** Randi Kleiner

RANDI KLEINER

 

Randi Kleiner is a producer, director and entrepreneur. She serves as the Founder and CEO of SeriesFest, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing artists at the forefront of episodic storytelling. With year-round educational programs, initiatives supporting underserved voices, and professional development opportunities, SeriesFest inspires, educates, and connects a worldwide community of creators. Randi also owns Trifecta Studios, an Event Production Agency that works with major brands, including Marc Jacobs, Macallan, WWD, Sephora, Godiva, and Pepsi, to produce experiential events around the world.

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BRIAN LEVY

 

Brian Levy is a Literary Manager / Producer at Pulse Films, a multi-disciplinary content studio and subsidiary of VICE Media. He represents writers and directors with eclectic credits ranging from celebrated festival darlings to studio tentpoles. Pulse Films’ credits include Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize winner and BAFTA nominated AMERICAN HONEY, Sundance Award winners THE WITCH and Beyonce’s Grammy nominated LEMONADE. Forthcoming projects include television series GANGS OF LONDON with Gareth Evans and feature film LOST TRANSMISSIONS written and directed by Katharine O’Brien. Previously, Brian was a Literary Agent at ICM and Creative Executive at Dimension Films/The Weinstein Company.