INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY Alejandro de Icaza
Born in Mexico City in 1978, Alejandro de Icaza studied at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he graduated with a degree in Music and Music Production and Sound Engineering. Since 2006, he has been the head of his own company, "Sonic Art", specializ- ing in sound design and music production for film and television. Since then Alejandro de Icaza has worked on numerous prestigious Mexican and international projects, producing the soundtrack and musical. His films include Made in Mexico, Duncan Bridgeman, the last Cristeros, Matthias Meyer, Summer of Goliath, Nicolas Pereda, Presumed Guilty by Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith, The good herbs, Maria Novaro, The bastards, Amat Escal- ante, Park road, Enrique Rivero, among others. Alejandro de Icaza was nominated for an Ariel in 2010 in the category of Best Sound for his work on the film via Park. He won a Crystal Display for his work as a composer and music producer for the film The Fisherman, Samantha Pineda. Jeremy Kay
Jeremy Kay is the US editor of the trade outlet Screen International. He covers indepen- dent and international aspects of the global film business and is a familiar face on the fes- tival circuit. He freelances for the Guardian in the UK and has written for over two dozen publications. A native Londoner, he lives and works in Los Angeles and is committed to educating Americans about the joys of soccer. Josh Lucas
Over his career, Josh Lucas has worked with many of the film community's greatest talents. He has starred alongside Jon Voight in Jerry Bruckheimer's Glory Road (2006), for which Lucas added 40 pounds to transform himself into legendary basketball coach Don Haskins. ]He starred with Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford in Lasse Hallström's An Unfinished Life (2005). He performed with Jennifer Connelly and Eric Bana in Ang Lee's Hulk (2003). He was in Ron Howard's Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind (2001) with Russell Crowe. Plus, he starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in the Walt Disney Company's smash hit Sweet Home Alabama (2002). Other credits include Wonderland (2003), The Deep End (2001), American Psycho (2000), Session 9 (2001) and You Can Count on Me (2000). Lucas' theater credits include the recent off-Broadway run of "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell"; Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie", which appeared on Broadway in 2005; Terrence McNally's "Corpus Christi" at the Manhattan Theater Club; Christopher Shinn's "What Didn't Happen"; and "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Lucas recently completed his second collaboration with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on "The War" (2007). Lucas' other documentary work includes the upcoming Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007), Trumbo (2007 and Resolved (2007). Lucas recently completed his first venture into production with Stolen (2009), in which he plays the single father of a mentally challenged boy. This film is the first project to be produced through Lucas' pro- duction company, "Two Bridges". MEXICAN NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY Andrea Stavenhagen
Andrea Stavenhagen has a degree in History from the UNAM, and began her career in the film industry in the Short Film Production Management of the Mexican Institute of Cin- ematography. She held a position at the Research and Outreach Branch Training Center (CCC), from which she participated in various academic projects exchange and dissemi- nation. In 2005, She joined the staff of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara and helped create the Ibero-American Film Co, a forum that has become very important for the development and financing of film projects in Latin America. She is currently Director of Industry of the festival, and coordinates several other things for film professionals. Additionally, since its creation in 2005, she co-directs the "Workshop for Young Producers Lab Morelia Latin America," one of the most important initiatives in the region to profes- sionalization and training of producers. She has served on committees and jury selection in various forums and international film festivals. Carlos Carrera
A director, Carrera has been interested in animation since his high school years, and stud- ied Communication Sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana; subsequently attend- ing the Film Training Center, where he graduated in 1990. During the eighties he made several animated shorts, completely handmade, which drew attention for its exceptional quality, and one in particular, Malayerba Never Bites, won several international awards. His career includes five feature films, and his earlier works are dedicated to digging on the dark side of the human condition. However, even with the success of his long career, he never abandoned his love of the animated short. In 1993, The Hero, a small film just four minutes, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, only the second time the award was won by a filmmaker, the first was awarded to Emilio Fernandez, in 1946. In 2003 his film, The Crime of Father Amaro, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Also in 2010, Backyard, represented the film culture in the 82nd Edition of the Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Godfrey Cheshire
An award-winning film critic, journalist, teacher and filmmaker, Mr. Cheshire is a native of North Carolina who since 1991 has been based in New York City, where his writings on film have appeared in The New York Times, Variety, Film Comment, Newsweek, The Village Voice, Interview, Cineaste, Sight & Sound, Filmmaker and other publications. As a critic and journalist, his areas of special interest include the conversion to digital cinema; independent and regional cinemas including those of the American South; and interna- tional cinemas, especially those of Iran and the Middle East, China and Latin America. He has covered and served in various capacities at numerous film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, New York, Turin, Montreal, Fajr (Iran), Carthage (Tunisia), Full Frame and Vail. In 2008, his first film as writer-director-coproducer, Moving Midway, a documentary fea- ture about his family's plantation and the place of the Southern plantation in the Ameri- can imagination, was released nationally by First Run Features; in 2012, it was added to the permanent film collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He is currently working as screenwriter and producer on Strom, a biopic about controversial South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond. INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY JURY Nicolás Echevarría
Internationally renowned for his feature film Cabeza de Vaca (1991), Echevarria is a film producer, director and cinematographer. His career began with documentary films he made because of his interest in the magic, religion and rites performed by the indigenous peoples. In New York, he enrolled at the Millennium Film Workshop, organized by under- ground filmmakers, and studied animation at the School of Visual Arts. After coming back to Mexico in 1973, he made his first documentaries —Judea (1974), Maria Sabina, mujer espiritu (1979), Tesgüinada (1980) and Nino Fidencio, el taumaturgo de Espinazo (1981), among others. In 2008, he made a film about the 1968 Tlateloco Massacre, El memorial del '68. Nicolas Echevarria is regarded as one of the best documentary filmmakers in Mexico. Carla Gonzales
Born in Mexico City, Carla Gonzalez Vargas started her career as a writer and journalist. Her first book: Woody Allen: His Life and Movies, in 2004, encountered a very successful response. Two more books of her authorship followed: The Routes of Mexican Cinema 1990-2006, and Cine Mexicano from the Spanish publishing house Lunwerg. Additionally, Gonzalez Vargas has collaborated as a Film Columnist for diverse magazines such as Cine Premier and Milenio. As well as multiple radio and TV shows in Mexico. Upon arriving to Los Angeles, California, where Carla currently resides, she worked for the Spanish speaking network Azteca America as a Film Critic. Eventually, she would establish her own production company The Whistling Man, from which its first two feature films will be released in 2013. Bobby Rock
Bobby Rock began his career manning the L.A. Office of October Films, and also worked as a V.P. of Acquisitions at both Triton Pictures and Atlantic Releasing Corporation. He was involved with such films as Erroll Morris' doc of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and Eleanor Coppola's Heart of Darkness documenting the filming of Apocalypse Now. Rock was also Senior V.P. of Acquisitions and Production at Trimark Pictures where he aquired such notable films as Mira Nair's Kama Sutra, Vincenzo Natale's Cube, Wayne Wang's Chinese Box, Tommy O'Haver's Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, and Danny Boyle's Phoenix. Most notably, he was responsible for Kasi Lemmon's Eve's Bayou, starring Samuel Jackson. Eve's Bayou became one of the highest grossing films ever produced by Trimark in its sixteen year history. Rock currently heads acquisitions at Echo Bridge Entertainment, where he has acquired such documentaries as Martin Scorsese's A Letter to Elia; Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam 20; and Jonathan Demme's I'm Carolyn Parker, among others. Before Echo Bridge, Rock was Senior V.P. of Production and Developmental at Francis Ford Coppola's Los Angeles American Zoetrope office.
Rock guided several productions through to completion, including Pumpkin starring Christina Ricci; the box office hit Jeepers Creepers II; and Bill Condon's award-winning Kinsey starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, who was nominated for an Academy Award. Rock also shepherded a range of other projects, especially an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, which was just completed by director Walter Salles. MEXICAN DOCUMENTARY JURY Marta Sosa
Producer Martha Sosa began her career studying communications at Universidad Iberoamericana. She began producing television and radio. At age 24 her work as a reporter and founder of the first cultural television newscast earned her and the team of "Today in Culture" a National Journalism Award. She has been involved in producing films since 1997. Sosa strongly believes in the emotional power of cinema and its position as a vital player for social change. Her films have achieved international success, paving the way for talented Mexican filmmakers to be recognized all over the world. She has cultivated strong ties with filmmakers and supports creative partnership with them. She has a passion for stories, rigorous work and mutual trust. For seven years, she only produced movies addressing issues of social relevance and that endeavor to develop new audiences and provoke collective reflection. Sosa is involved in the entire production process and is an expert in ensuring the film will reach the public using the media and academic and civic organizations. Two of her productions: Amores Perros, 2000, directed by Alejandro González Iñárrritu (fiction) and Presumed Guilty, 2010, (documentary) were not only well-renowned on the international festival circuit, but were the most success- ful films in the domestic box office during its theatrical release and have been seen by millions of people in Mexico and the world. Sosa remains committed to discovering and supporting new voices and talent as well as finding alternative forms of film distribution and exhibition.She also contributes to magazines and television programs. Sosa enjoy projects advising young filmmakers and documentarians working in workshops. She is also Gloria Calzada's collaborator on MVS Radio every Friday, talking about film. Currently, Sosa is producing a documentary Carlos Hagerman An Opportunity and Maya Goded's first documentary, Plaza de la Soledad. Sosa is also planning the 2013 theatrical release of the documentary Return to Life by Carlos Hagerman ,to be distributed by Mantaraya ND, after a successful tour of international and national festivals. She has been invited to participate as a judge in several national and international festivals of film. Alberto Cortés
Born in Mexico City in 1952, Alberto Cortés studied film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos from 1973 to 1979, majoring in Directing and Editing. Cora- zón del Tiempo, feature film, 90 min., 35mm., (2008)., Resistencia ...somos gente del maíz, documentary, 7:30 min., (2007); Territorio Zapatista ...nuestro futuro que viene después, documentary, 6:35 min., (2007); Cerro el Huitepec ...porque somos origen de acá, documentary, 5:15 min., (2007). Teatro Campesino, documentary, 50 min. (2007) De migrantes, barro, papel y otras historias en Oaxaca, documentary, 50 min, (2006). Tepito Vive, Barrio, documentary, 50 min., (2005). México Ciudad Hip Hop, documen- tary, 50 min., (2004). Mounting of the documentary "El Fuego La Palabra", documentary, 73 min., (2003). Alberto Cortés received a grant from the Rockefeller Mc. Arthur Founda- tion to write and produce the project "Violeta". Violeta, feature film, 85 min., (1997). Ciu- dad de ciegos, 97 min. 35mm., his second feature, written with Hermann Bellinghausen, (1991). Imágenes, documentary, 8 min., (1989). Amor a la vuelta de la esquina (1985), his first feature film, 97 min., 35 mm., he received the Ariel award for Opera Prima; Diosa de Plata for Opera Prima; and first place in the Third Contest of Experimental Film. La tierra de los tepehuas, documentary, 37 min., Ariel for best documentary; award granted by the Academy of Sciences and Film Arts, (1982). La institución del silencio, documen- tary, 27 min., (1975). Una película sobre Judith, feature short film, 8 min., super 8, (1973). Tao Ruspoli
Italian-American filmmaker, photographer, and musician. Tao was born in Bangkok, Thai- land and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Moviemaker magazine singled out Ruspoli as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To Watch in its spring 2008 issue. His feature narrative debut, Fix, was one of 10 feature films to screen in competition at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and soon afterward at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where Ruspoli was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for "most innovative and progressive filmmaker." Fix also won the Festival Award for Best Film at the 2008 Brooklyn Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the 2008 Twin Rivers Media Festival, as well as other prizes at severalinternational festivals. His most well-known documentary is Just Say Know, a personal discussion of his family's drug addiction. His other films include Flamenco: A Personal Journey, a feature length documentary about the flamenco way of life as it is lived by Gypsies in the south of Spain. He has directed a number of other short documentaries, including El Cable (also about Flamenco), and This Film Needs No Title: A Portrait of Ray- mond Smullyan (a portrait of the renowned logician, mathematician and concert pianist Raymond Smullyan). Tao founded LAFCO in 2000. The Los Angeles Filmmakers Coopera- tive, is a bohemian collective of filmmakers and musicians who work out of a converted school bus. Through LAFCO, Tao has produced several films and helped dozens of film- makers to make their first films and discover the wonders of digital media. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY Alberto Resendiz Gómez
A graduate of the University Center for Film Studies at UNAM (2005-2010), Gómez spe- cialized as a Director. Gómez also holds a Bachelor degreee in Graphic Communication (Visual Communication Design) from the National School of Plastic Arts of the UNAM specializing in experimental photography (1996-2000).
In 2010, Gómez was invited by the organizing committee of the 5th International Student Film Camp "Interaction 2010" where he did an artist residency to direct a documentary as part of the student meeting held in August of that year in Serbia, being the only student from the Americas that year as chief guest. In December 2011 the organizing commit- tee of 34e Festival International des Ecoles de Cinéma Henri Langloise, in France invited him to present his documentary Whispers of Light in Section Cinéma L'école d'Amérique Latine on behalf of the University Center for Film Studies at UNAM. In March 2012, Gómez was a a special guest at the 24th edition of the International Festival Cinelatino, Rencon- tres de Toulouse, France, to present the work Requiem for Eternity.
In May 2012, at the invitation of the organizing committee of the Cannes Film Festival, Gómez traveled to France to present a special screening of Requiem of Eternity within the framework of the Semaine de la Critique 51, one of the most prestigious sections worldwide and that focuses on the discovery of new talent. Michael Gottwald
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Michael Gottwald graduated from Wesleyan Univer- sity with a degree in Film Studies in 2006, after having assistant directed Benh Zeitlin's first film egg (2004) and directed his own film Frame of Reference (2006). He served as Ex- ecutive Producer on Court 13's Glory at Sea in 2007, concurrently working for the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.; in 2008 he worked for Obama for America as a Field Organizer during the primaries, and as Ohio New Media Director during the general election.With Josh Penn and Dan Janvey, Michael produced Court 13's first feature film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin. Beasts won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in January 2012 and the Camera d'Or at Cannes in May 2012; as of August 2012 Fox Searchlight had released it to over 300 theaters nationwide. He also produced documen- tary filmmakers the Ross Brothers' second feature, Tchoupitoulas, which premiered at South by Southwest in March 2012 and will be distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Currently, he's producing the Brothers' third feature, (Untitled Bordertown film), on which he also served as Spanish language production coordinator, and Ping Pong Summer, an 80's era coming of age comedy, directed by Michael Tully and starring Susan Sarandon. William Mapother
William Mapother has appeared in over fifty films and television shows. Recent film work includes The Drew Peterson Story, the Sundance hit Another Earth, Edwin Boyd, and FDR: American Badass. Other films include the Oscar-nominated In the Bedroom, World Trade Center, The Grudge, Lords of Dogtown, The Burrowers, and Without Limits. His television work includes Lost (as Ethan Rom), Prison Break, Criminal Minds, Touched by an Angel, CSI: Vegas, CSI:Miami, and Law & Order:SVU and Criminal Intent.
He is a Founding Partner and Board member of Slated, a tech and finance company for the film industry. Slated will soon launch an exclusive online marketplace for film finance, the first of its kind, connecting filmmakers and financiers all over the world. Mapother has made use of his varied interests and talents in unique ways, both on and off screen. His voice has been heard in animation, video games, documentaries, PSAs, and commercials. He is currently writing and producing a film based on an episode of This American Life. In July 2011 at NYC's Lincoln Center Festival, he appeared in three of David Michalek's remarkable Portraits in Dramatic Time, a series of high-definition super- slow motion films featuring Alan Rickman, Patti Lupone, Liev Schreiber and others, all projected on an 85 x 45 outdoor screen at Lincoln Center Plaza. He is a National Director of the Screen Actors Guild, a co-founder of the Flyover Film Festival, and a member of the Kentucky Film Commission. He is a spokesperson for the cause of Elder Abuse Awareness and on the Board of the Community Foundation of Louisville. Prior to acting, Mapother worked in various positions in the film industry and taught grades seven to twelve in East Los Angeles. He grew up in Louisville, KY and received a BA in Literature from Notre Dame. He lives in Los Angeles. MEXICAN SHORT FILM JURY Kyzza Terrazas
Kyzza Terrazas was born in Nairobi, Kenya, 1977, of Mexican parents. He studied an undergraduate degree in philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, from where he graduated after completing a thesis on melancholy and philosophy. His first book of short stories —El primer ojo— was published en 1997. He studied an MFA in film at Columbia University, in New York. In recent years he has mostly worked in film as writer, producer and director of shorts and feature films. He was head of development for Canana Films until 2009 (Canana is the production company headed by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal). He wrote the screenplay for the feature film Deficit, directed by Gael García Bernal, which premiered at the Critic's Week in Cannes 2007, and has executive produced several features inlcuding Drama/Mex, Cochochi, Voy-a-explotar and Cefalópo- do. In 2010 he published a second volume of short stories, Cumbia y desaparecer (Cumbia and to dissappear). During 2011-2012 he worked for the Cineteca Nacional creating a film archive of orphan, amateur and home movies. El lenguaje de los machetes (Machete Language), his first feature film as writer/ director, premiered in 2011 at the Critic's Week of the Venice Film Festival and has since screened in many festivals throughout the world, including the Chicago Film Festival, Morelia International Film Festival, Cartagena Interna- tional Film Festival, FICUNAM, and Festival Cinelatino of Toulouse, France. At the Whistler International Film Festival, in Canada, it was recognized with the New Horizons award and in Cartagena with the prize of the jury. In Mexico the film premiered comercially in June, 2012, and is still going around in the festival circuit. He is currently working as a screen- writer and producer for films and tv series in Mexico. Radio Ethiopia is to be his second feature film as writer/director. Mariana Rodríguez
Rodriguez was born in 1970 in Buenos Aires and has lived in Mexico for over 20 years. She graduated from the University Center for Film Studies (CUEC-UNAM) in 1997, empha- sizing in Directing. She directed two 35mm short films produced by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography: "ligerita" (2003) and "Siqueiros Model" (2005). She co-directed "A Day in Mexico City" (2011) with Luis Mandoki. Since 2002 she has been a professional editor on films such as "Duck Season" Directed by Fernando Eimbcke, for which she received the Ariel Award for best editing. She cedited "Innocent Voices" by Luis Mandoki, "A Wonderful World" by Luis Estrada, "Julio Cesar Chavez" (documentary directed by Diego Luna), "Fraud" Luis Mandoki's documentary, "Seven Moments," a Cardozo Diana documentary, "Lake Tahoe "directed by Fernando Eimbcke fiction," of Love and Other demons "by Hilda Hidalgo," Cephalopod "Ruben Imaz, and "Hell "by director Luis Estrada among many others. Adam Kassen
Adam most recently produced and directed the indie hit PUNCTURE (Millennium Enter- tainment), starring acclaimed actor Chris Evans. As a writer and director Adam's television credits include the 'Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman' for IFC; Celebrity Cha- rades, 'Hopeless Pictures', the documentary 'No Joking for Court TV' and the Sundance Channel, and the pilot 'Slogan' for Fox Television Studios. For film, Adam's producing credits include 'Trigger Happy' for IFC Productions, 'The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang', 'Big Sur' starring Josh Lucas and Kate Bosworth, and 'Bernard and Doris' for HBO Films (star- ring Susan Sarandon, Ralph Fiennes and directed by Bob Balban). For the latter Adam was nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy and Producer of the Year Award by the Producers Guild of America.
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