Congratulations to Kelly Williams and Mark Bell on being selected as jury members for the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. Here’s a little info on Williams and Bell, as well as the other filmmakers/lovers who make up this year’s Slamdance Film Fest Jury. Enjoy.
Kelly G. Williams – is a producer and festival programmer. He recently joined the Lone Star Int’l Film Festival as Director of Programming. Before that, he served as the Film Program Director at the Austin Film Festival from 2004 until 2011. In 2007, he was awarded the International Film Festival Summit Excellence Award for his work at AFF. In addition, he has produced numerous short films, including Kat Candler’s Hellion which is premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In 2011, he also produced the feature films Pictures of Superheroes and Cinema Six, as well as Holiday Road—which is world premiering at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Mark Bell – A veteran of the film festival circuit, Film Threat Owner/Publisher Mark Bell is no stranger to film festival jury duty. Year in and year out he makes at least one new friend per fest, usually the filmmaker with the jury prize-winning film, and is hated by everyone else. Rather than spend years sobbing in the corner asking “Why must they hate me,” Mark has cultivated a thick skin by eating more food. At his current mass, Mark can withstand insults, injury and the cold of Park City, Utah.
Karin Chien – is an independent film producer and distributor based in New York City, and the 2010 recipient of the Independent Spirit Producers Award. Karin is the producer of ten independent feature films, including Stones In The Sun (2012), Jack And Diane (2012), Circumstance (2011), The Exploding Girl (2009), and The Motel (2005). Her films have won over 100 festival awards, premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and received international distribution. Karin is in production on Untitled (Structures), a film installation by Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with Bradford Young. Karin is the president and founder of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent Chinese cinema. Karin is also the director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellowship.
Ehsan Ghoreishi – is an Iranian-born independent filmmaker and curator who lives in the US. He is also a cinematographer (I Am a Visitor In Your World), actor (Profane), sound designer (On Look Films), and musician with a BA in film from Columbia College Chicago. Ehsan has made several short films in the US and Iran and is a Slamdance alum. He has also curated Iranian film screenings in the US including “Made In Iran: 7 Short Premieres” at Slamdance 2012. He is currently working on his feature length documentary that takes place in both the US and the Middle East.
Aaron Marshall – is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose debut film, Zombie Girl: The Movie, won the Spirit Award at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival. He’s a Nicholl Fellowships finalist, a CineStory alumni, and in high school he once recited every line of dialogue in The Empire Strikes Back from memory.
Jason McHugh – is a Transmedia Producer, writer and game designer most well known for producing Cannibal: The Musical and Orgazmo with Trey Parker and Matt Stone. McHugh was hired by Perry Farrell to write and produce, Mindfield, a text messaging prankster game that was played @ Lollapalooza from 2003 – 2007. During that time he also produced a rock doc about the Van’s Warped Tour and mockumentary about jam rock called; Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo, directed by Les Claypool, the 5th greatest bass player in the world. McHugh continues to pursue new gaming, film and theater projects and has just released a book you need to read called “Shpadoinkle: The Making of Cannibal: The Musical.”
Oona Mekas – The daughter of filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Oona began her love affair with cinema at a very early age. Some of her first memories are of dark theaters illuminated by the light of a projector, watching works by everyone from Stan Brakhage and Harry Smith to Buster Keaton and Sergio Leone. She is a board member of Anthology Film Archives, a theater and archive in New York City dedicated to the preservation and screening of cinema in all forms, with an emphasis on experimental and avant-garde film and video. These days, she calls Los Angeles home and continues her journey as an actor, writer & filmmaker.
Orly Ravid – Founder of The Film Collaborative, co-owner of New American Vision. Her 13-year industry experience in film ranges from: festival programming to acquisitions; domestic licensing and distribution; business affairs and foreign sales. She conceived of and co-authored the first-ever multi-format case study book, “Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul.” She regularly moderates panels on new technology and digital distribution. She served as a Programming Associate for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival and as Programming Consultant for Palm Springs International and on the Board of Directors of Outfest. Born in Israel and raised in Manhattan, Orly enjoys blending a love of film with business savvy in service of true artists.
Jack Truman – is an award-winning filmmaker, and 25 year veteran of stage and film. A former professor at Texas A&M, Jack has a M.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Business. His film directorial debut, the award winning hit cult short film Phone Sex Grandma, premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. His follow up hit short, The Outhouse, was part of Slamdance’s $99 Special Program in 2008. His films have screened at over 300 film festivals worldwide. His latest documentary 7 Stories From An Old Stripper is currently playing the film festival circuit.