2012 Narrative Features Jury
LARRY KARASZEWSKI is writing, directing, and producing partners with Scott Alexander. The two won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs Larry Flynt as well as Writer's Guild of America's Paul Selvin Award. They also received a Best Screenplay nomination from the WGA for the Tim Burton-directed Ed Wood. Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man On The Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, and producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus. Upcoming projects include writing next summer's teen action film Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters and directing Big Eyes, a biopic about the 1960's artists Walter and Margaret Keane. Larry's humorous commentaries on cult films can be seen on Joe Dante's website TrailersFromHell.com. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
MICHAEL RAY has written and co-written films -- including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Princess of Nebraska - -that have been selected for the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals, among others, and one -- A Thousand Years of Good Prayers -- that won the Golden Shell (for best film) at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival. He is the editor of Francis Ford Coppola's story and art quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, which was honored recently with the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction as the best literary magazine in the country. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
ALICIA VAN COUVERING’s first film as a producer, Tiny Furniture, won the SXSW Film Festival in 2010, as well as accolades from the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Awards and many more. She next produced Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks, released by Magnolia Pictures, and recently completed Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies starring Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick. Other production credits include Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, Phil Morrison’s Junebug, Todd Solondz’s Palindromes and Life During Wartime, Steve Kessler’s Paul Williams: Still Alive. Alicia is a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine and in 2010 was named a Creative Producing Fellow of the Sundance Institute, as well as a "Producer to Watch" by numerous magazines and websites. This is her first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
2012 Documentaries Jury
SKIZZ CYZYK is a filmmaker/writer/musician/artist who has held positions at MicroCineFest, Maryland Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival, as well as serving on the juries of many other festivals. His latest film, Freaks In Love, a documentary about Alice Donut, was released by MVD earlier this year. His current project, Hit & Stay, documents religious anti-war activists and their efforts to stop the draft during the Vietnam War. Skizz also writes for music and film magazines, is on the Board of Directors for Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, plays punk rock ukulele for The Go Pills, and is the drummer for indie-pop sensations The Jennifers, surf/garage legends Garage Sale, and Mink Stole & Her Wonderful Band. This is his fifth year serving on the Indie Memphis jury.
DANIEL LINDSAY is the Academy Award-winning co-director, co-editor and co-cinematographer of the feature length-documentary Undefeated, which opened Indie Memphis 2011. His feature-length directorial debut was the 2008 film Last Cup, a film that takes a humorous look at the largest beer-pong tournament in the world. The film premiered at the 2008 Cinevegas Film Festival and had its broadcast premiere on Spike TV in the fall of 2011. Undefeated, his most recent film, marked the beginning of his collaboration with TJ Martin. Beyond its Academy Award win, the film was also honored with a 2012 Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Documentary, as well as winning numerous festival awards including a Special Jury Prize at DOC NYC and Audience Awards at Indie Memphis and the Chicago Independent Film Festival. Dan was born and raised in Rockford, IL and graduated from The University of Missouri in 2001. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
BRIAN OWENS is artistic director of the Nashville Film Festival, a position he has held since 2008. He came to Nashville after founding and managing the Indianapolis International Film Festival. In 2010 he was named one of Nashville's People in Charge by the Nashville Post and one of the 50 Most Influential People of the 2000's by the Indianapolis Star. Brian developed his knowledge of film early in life and honed his skills at Indiana University, where he studied Film. He is an annual guest of the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival where he establishes industry contacts and invites select filmmakers to enter the Nashville Film Festival. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
BRUCE SINOFSKY and longtime documentary partner Joe Berlinger produced, directed and edited the non-fiction feature Brother's Keeper, named 1992's Best Documentary by the DGA, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Board of Review. Together they went on to create many landmark films, including Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, an acclaimed rockumentary about the superstar group. In 2001, Bruce directed Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records, which tells the definitive story of rock and roll's most influential record label. His Emmy-winning Paradise Lost series for HBO helped spawn the worldwide movement that released the West Memphis Three from wrongful murder convictions. The Oscar-nominated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory closed Indie Memphis 2011, which presented Bruce and Joe with the festival's "Power of Film" award. He is currently developing a narrative feature about the night John Lennon was killed. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
2012 SHORT FILM JURY
AARON HILLIS is a NYC-based film journalist and programmer who has contributed to The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Time Out NY, Filmmaker Magazine, Variety, Indiewire and Spin. He is the editor of GreenCine Daily, and recently became the proprietor of Video Free Brooklyn, a boutique DVD-rental store in his neighborhood of Cobble Hill. If you'd be so kind, Aaron could use a solid recommendation for local fried chicken or BBQ. This is his second year on the Indie Memphis jury.
MOLLY MAYEUX has been an active professional producer for nearly 20 years. Under her production banner, Dahlia Street Films, she has been responsible for the production of a wide range of motion pictures. Her long list of credits include Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Hi Line (Sundance), Dandelion (Sundance), and Rain (Toronto International Film Festival). She currently has three films in worldwide distribution (Open Gate, Deadline and Blind Turn, which is one of iTunes top sellers.) She is an active member of the Producers Guild of America. This is her first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
TED SPEAKER was a producer on Lynn Shelton's Sundance darling, Humpday, and co-produced Dusty Bias' first feature film, Prairie Love, which premiered at Sundance and went on to win two Grand Jury Prizes and an Emerging Filmmaker Award. He recently finished work on Amber Sealey's second feature, How To Cheat (Indie Memphis 2011) and is currently producing Bias' second feature, Big Man, as well as Indie Memphis 201 award-winner Alison Bagnall's next film, Funny Bunny. Ted is also an accomplished musician and film composer. This is his second year on the Indie Memphis jury.
2012 Hometowner Jury
MARK BELL, owner of Film Threat and a veteran of the film festival circuit, is 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 second year on the Indie Memphis jury.
JUSTIN DOHERTY co-founded the much loved and missed Filmstock International Film Festival at the age of 20. The festival ran for a planned 11 events, including festival spin-offs in Hungary, London and at Glastonbury. Based in the UK, Justin's time is divided between producing and directing films (his most recent short It's Natural To Be Afraid played Indie Memphis 2011, along with with 27 other festivals, winning a total of 7 awards), editing feature television documentaries, writing and performing in a live comedy sketch show, leading a 1950's rock 'n' roll band, and running a creative co-working design, film and photography studio in his hometown of Luton. He is currently working with his long term collaborator on their pulp feature A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun and a photographic book about his favorite film Don't Look Now. Justin loves "The King" and is slowly working on how he can make Memphis his second home. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
JOE RUDGE is a New York City-based music supervisor. After beginning his career as a film director and documentarian, Rudge became fascinated by the role of soundtracks in enhancing a film project, and moved into music supervision. He eschews taking a cookie cutter approach to his work, preferring instead to tap into the distinct personality of a film that is driven by its inspiration, message, and the people who created it. Rudge has worked on dramatic feature films including Sundance hits Blue Valentine, Margin Call, Brick, and most recently, Grand Jury Prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild. His documentary credits include Martin Scorsese’s Public Speaking and George Harrison: Living In the Material World. When he's not listening to music, Joe enjoys reading and long walks. This is his first year on the Indie Memphis jury.
KATE URCIOLI has over 10 years experience working in music. She has dabbled in almost every field of the industry including Tour and Artist Management, Talent Buying and Publicity, before landing in music supervision where she's been active for the last 8 years. Having worked at the Chop Shop (Music Supervision for Film/TV), Nettwerk and WMG (Representing Artists for Licensing Opportunities), and now McGarryBowen as a Music Producer (Music Supervision for Advertisements), she has had the unique opportunity to participate in the music supervision and licensing process from all angles. Kate is also music supervisor for the film A Teacher, Directed by Hannah Fidell, which will be released in early 2013. This is her second year on the Indie Memphis jury.