Festival Jury

2013 Festival Jury

Our jurors are the best in the world, and we dare you to find a more fun and friendly bunch at any other festival. If you see them, be sure to stop and say 'hi' -- they won't bite. Or at least most of them won't...

Narrative Features Jury

ALISON BAGNALL is the co-writer of Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66.  She also directed the 2003 feature film Piggie, featuring Dean Wareham of Luna and actor John C. Reilly.  Her 2011 feature The Dish & The Spoon, starring Greta Gerwig, screened at Indie Memphis that year, where is was award the festival's inaugural Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award.  She just wrapped production on her latest feature, Funny Bunny, starring Kentucker Audley.  Alison currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.  This is her second year on the Indie Memphis jury.

MATT GRADY is the founder of Factory 25, an independent film distribution company launched in 2009.  Factory 25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries.  Grady's mission is to deliver specialized film and music titles in an aesthetically captivating way while exposing the indie world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities theatrically, digitally, on TV, VOD, via subscription, limited edition DVD's with vinyl LPs and books.  Recent titles include Frownland, The Color Wheel, Sun Don't Shine, The Sheik and I, Shit Year, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and Fake It So Real.  Factory 25 headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY.

SCOTT MACAULAY is a New York-based producer and the Editor-in-Chief of Filmmaker Magazine, the leading American magazine devoted to independent film.  As a producer, with his partner, Robin O’Hara and his production company, Forensic Films, Macaulay has produced or executive produced many award-winning features. They include: Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas; Harmony Korine’s Gummo (as co-producer) and julien donkey-boy; Tom Noonan’s What Happened Was; Bryan Barber’s Idlewild; John Leguizamo’s Undefeated; and James Ponsoldt’s Off the Black. Macaulay and O’Hara are the recipients of an Independent Spirit Award for their producing work in independent film. As the founding editor of Filmmaker, Macaulay directs the editorial content of each issue as well special issues and sections such as the annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”  He sits on several industry boards, including the Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart.  Prior to his work in film, Macaulay was the Programming Director of The Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film and Literature.

Documentary Features Jury

PETER GILBERT produced and was the Director of Photography of he Oscar-nominated documentary Hoop Dreams, which won the Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and received awards from the Producer's Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards, the National Arts Club and the National Society of Film Critics, to name just a few. In addition to directing numerous commercials and music videos, Peter produced and was Director of Photography for Prefontaine and Stevie, and directed the Emmy-nominated With All Deliberate Speed. He co-directed At the Death House Door, his latest collaboration with Hoop Dreams co-director Steve James, and is a producer on Joe Swanberg's upcoming Happy Christmas. Peter's most recent film is Brother Number One, which premiered at IDFA and has played worldwide at more than 30 other film festivals.  He has a company with Chris Webber and has recently completed their first feature film production. Peter is a professor in Wake Forest University's Graduate Documentary Film Program. This is his fifth year on the Indie Memphis jury.

HOLLY HERRICK joined the Austin Film Society in 2012 as Associate Artistic Director, overseeing the organization’s celebrated artist services and programming departments.  Prior to joining AFS, she served as Deputy Program Director at the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York.  Concurrently with her Hamptons work, Holly served as Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, and also programmed an edition of the Newport International Film Festival in Rhode Island.  In 2011, she established a partnership between the Sarasota Film Festival and Women Make Movies. Together, the organizations created Side By Side, a symposium for the mentorship and promotion of women filmmakers, which continues to take place at the festival.  Holly associate produced Michael Tully’s narrative feature Septien (2011), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is co-producer on Tully’s upcoming narrative feature, Ping Pong Summer. Her writing has appeared on the Resources Blog of the Independent Feature Project, the editorial film website Hammer To Nail, and on IndieWire.


CHRIS HOLLAND has worked with film festivals for more than a decade. In the early days of the internet he was a film critic and later he joined the staff of the Austin Film Festival. In 2006 Holland joined film distributor B-Side Entertainment as the Director of Festival Operations, working with festivals like Sundance, AFI Fest, and SILVERDOCS to market films to audiences and to discover emerging new voices in cinema. In 2008 he published Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers and began working as an consultant on marketing and festival strategy with independent filmmakers around the world. Chris currently lives in Atlanta, GA where he serves as the Operations and Marketing Director for the Atlanta Film Festival. This is his second year on the Indie Memphis jury.

Short Film Jury

KRIS SWANBERG is a writer/director based in Chicago.  Her first feature It was great, but I was ready to come home premiered in competition at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2009.  Her second film, Empire Builder, premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival in 2012.  Swanberg is currently in post-production for her new short film, Baby Mary, and co-writing a feature length script.  She lives and works in Chicago.

SKIZZ CYZYK is a filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, and film festival careerist.  He has held positions at MicroCineFest, Maryland Film Festival, Slamdance, and Atlanta Film Festival, as well as serving on juries and advisory boards at many other festivals.  A filmmaker since 1983, his films include Hit & Stay (screening this year at Indie Memphis), Freaks In Love, Little Castles, Managers Corner, and music videos for Beach House, Young Fresh Fellows, and many others. He writes for music and film magazines, is on the Board of Directors for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and performs music with Go Pills, The Jennifers, Garage Sale, Half Japanese and Mink Stole & Her Wonderful Band.  This is his sixth year serving on the Indie Memphis jury.

MARK BELL is the owner of Film Threat and no stranger to film fest jury duty. Known as the "Rabid Hamster of Jurying," Mark is furry, cuddly and prone to random biting incidents. When not causing film festival-related trouble, Mark presides over FilmThreat.com, continuing the tradition set forth by Film Threat magazine (The Word in Independent and Underground Film Since 1985)  as a lone voice shouting into the void of mainstream media, reminding the world that there is more to film than Summer blockbusters and celebrity gossip. This is his third year on the Indie Memphis jury.


Hometowner Jury

JUSTIN DOHERTY co-founded the much loved and missed Filmstock International Film Festival at the age of 20.  The festival ran from 2000-2009 for a planned 11 events, not including spin-offs in Hungary, London and at Glastonbury.  Based in the UK, Justin is often accused of being a professional pursuer of variety, as aside from his primary word producing and directing films, he edits TV documentaries, comedy sketch show, leads a 1950s rock 'n' roll band and is currently in the throws of opening a jazz club.  It's almost ridiculous, and he should probably make up his mind.  Work continues on his first feature with a clan of long term collaborators, and this will shoot in the fall of 2014.  Just loves 'The King' and he's proud to return to his second hear on the Indie Memphis jury. 

ELIZA HAJEK was born with a vestigial tail! Her parents took her around the world in a traveling show featuring other aberrations, where she was the star. When interest in her died down, she consulted a wise man who told her she would become rich and famous after moving to Los Angeles and becoming involved in film. Looks like he was right! At SAGIndie, her duties as Manager of Development and Sponsorship encompass (among other things) traveling to film festivals, speaking on panels and at seminars, and interacting with independent producers worldwide in order to get the word out about the SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements. This is her second year on the Indie Memphis jury.

MICHAEL TULLY - After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His follow-up, Silver Jew, world premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. Next up is Ping Pong Summer (2014), which he wrote and directed. Since 2008, he has been the head writer/editor of HammerToNail.com, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and cat.