Denver Film Festival Jurors
The Jurors for all the film awards at this years Denver Film Festival.
Gyula Gazdaz, a native of Hungary, is a screenwriter and director of film, theater and television and a Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV. He has served as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997. He has been a creative advisor and has worked with young actors, directors, and screenwriters in Amsterdam, Berlin and Sarajevo. An award-winning director of feature films and documentaries, he received a Tribute in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art of film at the 1989 Denver International Film Festival.
Christopher Kamyszew is the founder and chairman of the Society for Arts in Chicago and the founder and long-time director of the Polish Film Festival in America, the largest showcase of Polish cinema outside of Poland, now in its 29th year. He has served as a juror at film festivals all over the world, including Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, and Batumi, among others.
Clemence Taillandier is a veteran of the independent film industry for over 15 years. She began her career as a theatrical and festival booker at Zeitgeist Films, a NY based distributor renowned for ground-breaking documentaries and award-winning foreign films which include THE CORPORATION, BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK and NOWHERE IN AFRICA. She now operates her own distribution services company and provides theatrical, festival booking and consultation services to boutique distributors including Film Movement, Music Box, Distrib Films and Under The Milky Way.
Justine Nagan is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest-running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy; diversity and independent voices in popular culture and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change.
Justine has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School and a Masters from the University of Chicago in the Humanities/Cinema and Media Studies. She is active in the media community and was one of the founding board members of Good Pitch Chicago. Justine lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Matt and two young sons.
John VanWyck is a Creative Executive and helps manage Cinereach’s filmmaker outreach, project review, and industry relationships. Since 2006, Cinereach has supported over 200 films globally, including original productions Beach Rats and Beasts of the Southern Wild and grantees I Am Not Your Negro, Citizenfour, Cutie and the Boxer, Last Men in Aleppo, and The Florida Project. Prior to joining Cinereach in 2010, John worked for the strategic communications firm The Abernathy MacGregor Group. John has a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University.
Shane Boris is a creative producer, focusing on films that push the boundaries of conventional forms in order to tell timeless stories. His most recent, WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS, is set to premiere at the 2017 Denver International Film Festival. ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (2016) premiered at Sundance where it won Best Directing in the International Documentary Competition and was distributed by The Orchard. The creative nonfiction, OLMO AND THE SEAGULL (2015) premiered at Locarno, won Best Documentary at the Rio International Film Festival, and enjoyed wide theatrical release. In addition to making movies, Shane has written lyrics for musicians, been a startup cofounder, and has worked in strategy for a global healthcare technology business, a Native Alaskan nonprofit, and an Indian social enterprise. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Mallory Martin is the Director of Programming and Projection at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Now in its 42nd year, CIFF presents over 400 feature and short films every spring to over 100,000 filmgoers. Since joining CIFF in 2010, Mallory has traveled the world in search of the best films to bring back to Cleveland, participating in various juries, panels, and pitch sessions. Over the past few years, she has created specialty shorts programs, featuring music videos and web series, and spearheaded CIFF’s first interactive exhibition, introducing the world of virtual reality and new media to the city of Cleveland. Mallory began her career by working for the Athens International Film and Video Festival, producing public media broadcasts, and writing and directing short films.
Christine Dávila is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, a new, original digital-first content brand that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. In 2013 she established the non-profit, Ambulante California, a traveling documentary film festival originated in Mexico by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. She has over twelve years of experience in film programming at various top-notch festivals like Sundance Film Festival, where she has been a Programming Associate since 2008. Dávila is also a Programmer at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, which focuses on discovering emerging Caribbean filmmakers. She tracks American Latino films and filmmakers, and the independent film festival scene on her blog chicanafromchicago.com.
Adam J. Minnick is an American cinematographer who resides in Austin, Texas and is known for his work on Buzzard (2014), The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) and Actor Martinez (2016). Minnick studied Photography (B.F.A.) at Colorado State University and later continued working in motion pictures. Upcoming completed works include feature films by directors Aaron Schimberg, Nathan Silver, Jack Dunphy, Caleb Johnson and long-time creative collaborator, Joel Potrykus.
Meredith Alloway is a Texas native who currently resides in NYC as a producer, filmmaker and writer. She’s written interviews and feature pieces for Vanity Fair, Playboy, Filmmaker Magazine, Nylon, Indiewire, Flaunt and was Senior Editor of The Script Lab. Her debut short film “Interior Teresa” starring Jake Cannavale, Kara Young and Matt Shear is currently on the festival circuit, screening at Sidewalk Film Festival and up next, Indie Memphis. In New York, she freelances as a producer for branded content, spots and short films for companies such as Gretel, Juniper Jones, And/Or Studios and Indigenous Media. When she’s not #dayjobbing or at Metrograph, she continues to write for film and TV, her pilot “Zoom Out” was in collaboration with Josh Hutcherson’s production company, Turkeyfoot, and CAA. She is currently in development for a horror series in collaboration with Chris Ohlson’s Revelator Productions.
William Morris is a film programmer, based in Los Angeles. Currently, Morris is the programming assistant at the American Cinematheque, where he recently mounted a large-scale tribute to Stephen King & worked with Beyond Fest to host and conduct a Q&A with the Maestro, Dario Argento. He was previously on the programming team at the non-profit cinematheque, Cinefamily, where he acted as a lead programmer of the city-wide memorial retrospective of Chantal Akerman in Spring 2016. Morris also co-programs & hosts a 24-hour horror marathon at the historic Music Box Theatre in Chicago, & co-founded and programs the annual TransNation Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Matt Grady is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film distribution company launched in 2009. Factory 25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. Grady was recently named “One of the Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture,” and has been called “One of the most important curatorial voices of new, independent American films.” His mission is to expose the world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities theatrically, digitally, on TV, VOD, via subscription, limited edition DVDs with vinyl LPs and books. Recent and upcoming titles include Sylvio, MA, Icaros: A Vision, Uncle Kent 2, Stinking Heaven, Christmas, Again The Color Wheel, Sun Don’t Shine and Kid Thing. Grady also produced Nathan Silver’s upcoming The Great Pretender, Onur Tukel’s Applesauce and Summer of Blood. Factory 25 headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York.