Judges

U.S. Narrative Competition
Josh Green
Avram Ludwig
Steve Grenyo

World Cinema Narrative Competition
Christopher Bourne
Andrew Cheng
Genevieve Villaflor

Non Fiction Feature Competition
Greg Rhem
Jim Jermanok
Avram Ludwig

Shorts, Competition
Martha Tien
Genevieve Villaflor
Kevin J. Foxe

Student Films, Competition
Martha Tien
Genevieve Villaflor
Kevin J. Foxe

Music Video, Competition
Martha Tien
Genevieve Villaflor
Scott Munson

 

 



CHRISTOPHER BOURNE
Christopher Bourne is a film critic, editor, and blogger based in New York City. His articles have appeared in Senses of Cinema, The Brooklyn Rail, Meniscus Magazine, Twitch, and other publications. He blogs on film at The Bourne Cinema Conspiracy [link: http://chrisbourne.blogspot.com/].


ANDREW CHENG
Andrew Cheng is a film industry veteran who has worked as foreign sales rep for the last 15 years, attending all major film festivals and markets.


KEVIN J. FOXE
For over 25 years, Kevin J. Foxe has been on the forefront of film, TV, web, and interactive media. He has produced many award winning projects, including, the record holder for most profitable feature film, “The Blair Witch Project”, the Sundance Documentary Audience award-winning “How to Draw a Bunny,” and the PBS television show “Ancestors.” He co-founded—as its vice chair—the Producers Guild New Media Council over ten years ago, when new media was still “new,” and has been on the board of a number of groundbreaking new media companies including Eveo, Videoegg, Zoom Culture, Streamsearch, Manyone, and Newscollective. He is very active in environmental and humanity causes, working on software development and new media with the volunteer organizations, Hands On, and Americorps, and consulting for Digital Earth, Earth Portal, Zero Footprint and others. He’s worked closely with a number of notable filmmakers including Robert Benton, Federico Fellini, Al Pacino, Bob Fosse, Milos Forman, and David Mamet, among others. In the new media space, he has worked on numerous projects with many luminaries in that space, including Doug Rushkoff, Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales, Larry Lessig, Jason Calacanis, Steven Starr, and many others. He currently lives in South Pasadena, California, with his children, Wyatt, Auden and Zoë, and doing all he possibly can to leave behind a better world for them.


JOSH GREEN
Josh Green currently serves as Vice-President, Distribution for Emerging Pictures. He acts as a sales agent/ producer’s rep and is responsible for securing distribution (i.e., theatrical, home video, pay TV, network television, cable, foreign, etc.) for films either produced or represented by Emerging Pictures. He is also the Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary “Kassim The Dream” (named one of the best docs of 2008 by the International Documentary Association) and the forthcoming documentary features, “Don’t Stop Believin’: An Everyman’s Journey” by Ramona Diaz, and “Sidney Lumet: A Moral Lens” directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Anker.


STEVE GRENYO
Educated at New York University (where he studied film and archaeology) and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (where he studied acting and directing), Steve Grenyo went on to pursue a career in film, TV and video production. He joined the team of Remington Satellite Systems, where he produced and directed-between stints as cameraman and sound engineer-corporate videos for Cunard Cruise Lines, Hilton Hotel, and various government tourist offices, such as those of Egypt and India. In the 80s, he left production to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he managed the press office of The NY Film Festival and the New Directors/New Films series, co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. In the early 90s, he moved from Lincoln Center to Film Forum, NY City’s premiere art house for independent films, to become its Associate Programmer and Director of Publicity. After four years, Grenyo decided to move on and produce, direct, and act as on-air host for “Channel Surfing USA,” a weekly entertainment cable show seen on Manhattan’s public access channel as well as its affiliates in LA, San Diego, and Europe (including Sweden and Germany). In 1998, Grenyo returned to film to become V-P of Marketing at Unapix Films. In 2000, he co-produced the indie film “American Adobo” and then went back to the Film Society of Lincoln Center where he acted as Associate Director of Marketing until recently. Today, when not producing TV shows or movies, he freelances as a financial adviser specializing in socially responsible investments.


JIM JERMANOK
Jim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director and producer in narrative and documentary feature films. Jim wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy, “Passionada,” which was released by Columbia Tri Star in over 150 countries. It starred Jason Isaacs, Seymour Cassel, Theresa Russell, Sofia Milos and introduced Emmy Rossum (“Phantom of the Opera”). Since its release by The Samuel Goldwyn Company, the film received high praise from prominent American film critics. Ebert and Roper gave it “TWO THUMBS UP!” on their weekly television program and syndicated column. Jim recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival for his film “Em” a compelling romantic drama about loss and love. Jim went on to win The Best Producer Award at the recent Brooklyn Intl. Film Festival. He is about to finish directing “Agganis” a feature documentary about Harry Agganis, the legendary New England athlete of years past. Jermanok is a former Agent at ICM (international Creative Management, once the top entertainment, literary and news casting agency in the world) representing Shirley MacLaine, Dudley Moore, Helen Hayes, Alan Arkin, Henry Winkler and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, among others.


AVRAM LUDWIG
Mr. Ludwig is one of the rare producers equally skilled on both the creative and production sides of filmmaking. Born into a theatrical family (the son of veteran Broadway actors and acting teachers), Avram got his SAG card at age 13 when he made his TV debut on NBC’s McCloud series. Mr. Ludwig appeared with Anne Jackson in the Actors’ Studio revival of “Awake & Sing!” as well as created the role of Edward Brown Jr. in the World Premiere of Eugene O’Neil’s newly discovered first full-length play, “Bread and Butter” at the Provincetown Playhouse. Mr. Ludwig was later handpicked to serve on the three-member team that created the Actors Studio MFA Program and the School of Dramatic Arts at the New School for Social Research; Mr. Ludwig currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio. In 1995, he co-produced the indie sensation “Swingers” for director Doug Liman, which was released by Miramax Films. Mr. Ludwig is especially proud of his collaboration with the Israeli writer/director Amos Kollek; together they produced “Fast Food, Fast Women” which was a 2000 Cannes Official Selection in competition and Queenie in Love, the closing night selection of the 2001 Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes. In 2005, Mr. Ludwig produced a retrospective of legendary director Elia Kazan’s films for the Actors Studio and Tribeca Film Festival where the top directors Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Arthur Penn and others each presented their favorite Kazan film and talked about its impact on their work. Mr. Ludwig was also an assistant director for Doug Liman’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and served as international production supervisor for Doug Liman’s most recent action movie, Jumper, starring Hayden Christiansen, Jamie Bell and Samuel Jackson. Most recently, Mr. Ludwig produced the documentary “The End of America,” based on Naomi Wolf’s bestseller about the loss of civil liberties, and co-produced Doug Liman’s Fair Game, the true life spy story of Valerie Plame, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.


GREG RHEM
Greg Rhem is Director of Documentary Programming for Home Box Office.  For the past sixteen years, he’s been involved in discovering new and distinctive documentary programming for HBO Documentary Films.  Some of his finds have been: the Oscar®-winning Freeheld and Born Into Brothels; Oscar®-nominated The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner and Spellbound.  Mr. Rhem holds a M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University, and a B.A. degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Rochester.


MARTHA TIEN
Martha Tien received her Master’s degree from New York University Cinema Studies program with focus on Asian cinema. Martha is currently Program Director at Asian CineVision where she oversees the programming and submission process of Asian American International Film Festival and develops year-round programming for ACV. Before joining ACV, Martha has worked with various film festivals on hospitality and liaises with filmmakers as well as industry personals, including New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Independent Film Week.


GENEVIEVE VILLAFLOR
Genevieve Villaflor was for 10 years a Film and Shorts Programmer for both the Sundance Film Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival.  Most recently, she worked as Executive Consultant for Programming and Publicity at the Sundance Channel.