Jury

Narrative Features

 

Aaron Hillis was praised by Brooklyn Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture,” alongside Lena Dunham and Spike Lee. Aaron currently consults (acquisitions & development) for the global studio Gunpowder & Sky, and previously led the NYC film/creative team for the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. He is a board member and curator for the 24-year-old Cucalorus Festival, as well as a filmmaker, video-store owner, karaoke ninja, and recovering film critic who has contributed to The Village Voice, VICE, Vanity Fair, Variety, and other outlets that don’t start with V.

 

Dan Brawley is the Chief Instigating Officer of the Cucalorus Festival, an international celebration of filmmaking, performance, and technology in Wilmington, North Carolina founded in 1994 by Twinkle Doon. Cucalorus screens more than 300 films with a range of multi-disciplinary programs focusing on dance, social justice, cocktails, entrepreneurship, and performance. Cucalorus was one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2017” – MovieMaker Magazine. Brawley is President of the Film Festival Alliance, an independent non-profit that develops collaboration among mission-driven film festivals around the world. Brawley graduated cum laude from Duke University and is an active performing artist and community organizer.

 

Gabe Klinger is a Brazilian-born filmmaker known for his feature films
Porto (2016) and Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater
(2013). He is the recipient of more than a dozen international awards
and honors, including the Venice Film Festival Lion for Best
Documentary on Cinema, the Latin American Critics Award for Best Film,
and the Best Director Prize at the Santiago International Film
Festival in Chile. Klinger’s films have been theatrically distributed
worldwide and screened at hundreds of major festivals and events
including SXSW, CPH:DOX, FIDMarseille, Viennale, the International
Film Festival Rotterdam, and the BFI London Film Festival. In the U.S., Porto (Oak Cliff ’17) was acquired by Kino Lorber and is currently available to stream on Netflix.

 

Narrative Shorts

 

Betsy Holt is an actor and independent filmmaker with artistic homes in New Orleans, New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Highlights of her career in narrative shorts include premiering her directorial debut Happy Birthday Peg (commissioned by Borscht Corp) this past year and winning NoBudge’s Best Female Performance award in 2015 for Chandelier (NoBudge’s Best Experimental Film), which she co-wrote with director Alexander Yan.

 

Judd Myers is a filmmaker from Dallas, TX. His first short film, “SON” screened on the U.S. festival circuit and was awarded a special jury prize from the Oak Cliff Film Festival. He is a 2017 IFP Narrative Lab Fellow as a producer and co-editor of “Jules of Light and Dark” He has directed music videos for Midnight Opera, Claire Morales, and Daniel Markham. His collaborations as producer, editor, and production designer on short films and features have played at festivals all over the world. He is currently developing his first feature film.

 

Andrew Logan – is a writer and producer based in Austin, TX. Andrew was listed on the 2015 Black List for the screenplay he co-wrote called Chappaquiddick, a political thriller that chronicles the true story of what is described as the seven most dramatic days of Senator Ted Kennedy’s life. The film, directed by John Curran, and starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, and Bruce Dern, had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters nationwide by Entertainment Studios.

 

Documentary Features

 

Jennifer Samani is the Development Director at New Orleans Film Society, producer of the New Orleans Film Festival. Previously she worked at the documentary nonprofit ITVS and has screened for Independent Lens and SFFILM. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.

 

Joshua Butler is the Founder and Director of Thin Line Fest – a music, photography, and documentary film festival held in Denton, TX each spring. Joshua is also a Product Manager for Freeman and has helped produce virtual events for the largest brands in the world such as GE, Intel, Dell, and AMD. In 2006, he produced the feature-length documentaryOne-Eyed Girl about Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi; and then in 2007 produced a collection of short films called Bohemia Rising: the Story of Fry St. Since 2007, Joshua has watched thousands of documentary films while curating Thin Line Fest and brings this discerning eye to the OCFF documentary jury. When not working or watching movies, Joshua can be found with his wife, Denise and two young children, Quinn and Levi.

 

Neil Creque Williams is a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and has produced original content for 20th Century Fox, USC Athletics and Duke University. He began his career in documentary filmmaking with projects that played at Full Frame Film Festival and screened on the Documentary Channel. He produced the narrative short, “Red” (directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples) which received a DGA Student Jury Award. As a writer/director, Neil’s shorts have played international film festivals and been featured in Time, Inc publications. Originally from North Carolina, Neil received his BA from Duke University and his MFA in Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

 

Documentry Shorts

 

Linda Eddy is a native Texan with a four winter stint in Boston, MA. Her passions are being a “Gigi” and giving back to her community through her work with the Arts. Currently, she is the Director of Film Programing for the Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF), President of the Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) and on the University of North Texas College of Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Board. Perviously, she worked as Director of Operations and Content Committee for the DBFF from 2014-2016. She received her BA and MBA from the University of North Texas.

 

Andy Streitfeld is the founder and CEO of AMS Pictures, a Dallas based video and film production company. AMS Pictures has produced numerous documentaries, including a series on African American history as well as other titles on social issues, history and culture. Andy currently serves as the executive producer of five original series for various networks including REELZ, the Food Network, and A&E. He received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Film from NYU.

 

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Student Shorts

 

Bart Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker, educator and director/founder of the Dallas VideoFestival and produces “Frame of Mind” on KERA TV. He was President of AIVF and was a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, and United Features Syndicate. Bart received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.

 

Lizette Barrera is a Chicana filmmaker based in Dallas/Ft.Worth and Austin, Texas.  She won The Texas Archive of the Moving Image Award for her narrative short film, ANA CON ELISIO at Cine Las Americas and was awarded The Filmmaker to Watch Award at the Women Texas Film Festival. Her film MOSCA (FLY) is in distribution with HBO. She has recently been awarded the EBW by Sandra Adair cash grant from the Austin Film Society for her latest film CHICLE (GUM).  She has received her MFA in Film Production at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently a Senior Lecture at The University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Eric Jewell diverse skill-set embodies the spirit of the truly independent filmmaker. His work has won high praise, including eleven Telly Awards, five Communicator Awards, a Katy Award, a DV Award and a Radio Award of Excellence. Eric owns and operates Jewell Productions where he has produced video and film productions for many of his corporate clients such as Texas Instruments, Microsoft, JCPenney, KISS Radio Networks, The Ticket Sports Radio Station, Tech Titans, the City of Richardson and many, many more. Eric writes curricula, teaches digital video production and is the Department Chair at MediaTech Institute in Dallas, Texas.