Aaron Hillis was praised by Brooklyn Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture,” alongside Lena Dunham and Spike Lee. He is a filmmaker, programmer, video-store owner, industry consultant, and a journalist whose writings have appeared in The VillageVoice, VICE, Variety, Vanity Fair, and several other outlets that don’t start with V. Most recently, he led the NYC film and creative office for the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
Jacob Wolters is a film industry professional with several years of experience working in distribution and exhibition. He’s held posts at Bow Tie Cinemas/The Film Group, Oscilloscope Laboratories, and is currently part of the theatrical distribution team at Fox Searchlight Pictures. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and cat.
Zach Clark is the writer/director of LITTLE SISTER, WHITE REINDEER, VACATION!, and MODERN LOVE IS AUTOMATIC. His films have screened across the world at festivals including SXSW, Edinburgh, BAMcinemafest, Outfest, and Stockholm. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Full-time distributor and part-time filmmaker, Kyle Greenberg is the Theatrical Marketing Manager at Gunpowder & Sky, presiding over the growth of the studio’s theatrical and festival strategy. A graduate of UT Austin’s Radio-TV-Film program, Greenberg also played an early role at cinema-on-demand platform TUGG along with the indie doc distributor BOND/360 where he oversaw the release of films such as Deep Web, The American Dreamer, Strike A Pose and Shake the Dust. Recent work at Gunpowder & Sky includes Hounds of Love, Raising Bertie and The Little Hours.
As Director of Programming for MdFF, Eric Allen Hatch oversees the film selections for both the annual Maryland Film Festival and the year-round Parkway Theatre. Eric has worked as a staff programmer for MdFF since 2007, and became director of programming in 2010. He has represented MdFF at such other festivals as Sundance, TIFF, and True/False, and served as both a film mentor and juror at SXSW. Previously, Eric programmed international films for the Baltimore Museum of Art and contributed hundreds of film, music, and literature reviews to Baltimore City Paper. He also co-founded the Red Room Collective, the experimental-music organization behind the High Zero festival. Eric collects vinyl records and photographs of historic Baltimore movie theaters and streetcars; he can be found photoshopping Paul Blart into transgressive art-house films on Twitter and Instagram at @ericallenhatch. His favorite film is Possession (1981).
Don R. Lewis loves film. He was named Editor of Hammer to Nail in early 2015 after a decade as Managing Editor at Film Threat. He’s also an accomplished producer whose films have played Sundance, SXSW amongst other great fests. He’s currently finishing his Masters Degree in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State and he resides in Northern California.
Writer, Director, Editor Sai Selvarajan was born in Sri-Lanka on a Wednesday night during a coup d’etat. He grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and eating bananas. As a child Sai spent his holidays traveling with his family through Europe, India, and Sri-Lanka. His family moved to Dallas when he was nine. It was at this point that he fell in love with Texans and American pop culture. The moving image is the medium in which Sai communicates with the world. He brings a fierce passion for storytelling, coupled with great design acumen, resulting in stylistically intense pieces that linger through their emotional resonance. He spends his days at Lucky Post perfecting the American television commercial and his nights dancing to records with his wife and daughter.
David Sedman is the Associate Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Southern Methodist University. He has published articles related to new technology in publications including the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, Standards Engineering and the Journal of Media Economics. He has also authored numerous book chapters on topics ranging from video production to telecommunications regulation. He also contributes information and images of classic movie theaters in the Dallas area and beyond.
Joe Dishner has worked in the film industry for over 30 years as a Producer, Line Producer, and Unit Production Manager. His producing credits include THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2003), and 22 episodes of the CBS series “The Ghost Whisperer”. His UPM credits include A SIMPLE PLAN, ROAD TRIP, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, THE BIG GREEN, HOUSEGUEST, the first two seasons of the TNT series “Dallas”, and 22 episodes of “The Good Guys’ for FOX. Joe recently served as Line Producer on LAZER TEAM 2 for Rooster Teeth. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the EARTHx Film Festival and was a founding co-publisher of The Austin Chronicle. He is a longtime member of The Director’s Guild of America and Sam’s Club.
Jeff Walker is a commercial and independent film producer with notable work on Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color”(2013), also directing numerous short films including OCFF Grant Recipient “Jinh” (2016). Recently he produced a ESPN 30 for 30 feature documentary titled “What Carter Lost”(2017) and the Austin Film Society/Independent Film Project supported “Jules of Light and Dark”(2018).
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.
Glenys Quick teaches filmmaking at The Hockaday School. Her background is English, journalism, and photography.