2017 Festival Jury

2018 Wicked Queer Jury.

We are delighted to have the following LGBTQ film professionals on our annual Jury.

Narrative Feature:

Jason Plourde:

Jason Plourde is a New England native and Clark University alum. He worked for Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Seattle for twenty years, serving as both Programming Director and then Executive Director, supporting the creation and exhibition of LGBTQ films while producing TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival and Translations Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

Shaunya Thomas:

Co - Founder of the Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective, has been an advocate for the greater Boston lesbian, bisexual, and queer community of color for nearly 10 years. She is the recipient of the 2014 City of Cambridge Bayard Rustin Award. The LOCS Collective, is the 2013 recipient of the Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Trailblazer Award and 2017 MassEquality Icon Awards Community Award. While serving on various committees and boards, including the AIDS Action Committee’s Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast , ABCD Health Services Young Women of Color Conference, and Massequality, Ms. Thomas has been consistent in creating initiatives that directly address the needs of LBQ women of color. Her insistence on carving out a space that promotes sisterhood while addressing the diverse physical, financial and emotional health needs of this group compelled her to create the LOCS Collective (LOCSC). The LOCS Collective—now in its sixth year—hosts its annual Lesbians+ of Color Symposium (LOCS) at Harvard Law School. Ms. Thomas continues to build on the smashing success of previous years as she is committed to advocating for the needs of her community.

Beth Curren:

Beth Curran is on the Board of Directors and a member of The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, a Boston-based group which has supported independent film and the local film scene in myriad ways for over 20 years. Its signature events, the Chlotrudis Awards, held in mid-March, has traditionally kicked off the spring film festival season in Boston. A second generation film buff, Beth was also president of her college’s film society, and has volunteered, supported and/or attended dozens of film festivals around town over the years.

Lisa Thrasher:

Lisa Thrasher, J.D., is an Independent Film Producer, Entertainment Law Specialist and a Film Business & Producing Professor, currently at George Mason University. For over a decade, Lisa ran and served as the President of Film Production & Distribution at POWER UP Films, a Film Production Company for Women and the Queer community, overseeing all Film and content development, production and distribution, including: “GIRLTRASH: All Night Long;” “ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE,” (Berlinale “Teddy Award” Nominee & South by Southwest “Best Narrative Feature Jury Award); “Get to Know Us First” PSA (NBC, ABC, CBS); “Little Black Boot,” (Sundance) “Billy’s Dad is a Fudge-Packer” (Sundance) and “DEBS,” (Sundance, Berlinale); and Stuck (Sundance.)

Lisa has spoken about queer filmmaking and distribution at a number of film festivals, including Frameline San Francisco LGBTQ; Miami LGBTQ; Belfast International; London LGBTQ; Out in Africa; Taipei Women’s; Barcelona LGBTQ; Madrid’s Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; South by Southwest; and, was a Short Film Screener for the Sundance Film Festival. Lisa has served as a Juror at DC Shorts; The Tokyo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; and, Torino GLBT Film Festival. In 2010, Lisa was named as one of the “Women We Love” by Go Magazine.

Documentary Feature:

Priscilla Lee:

Priscilla is a Boston-based teacher activist who loves Wicked Queer:The Boston LGBT Film Festival! She is grateful to have served as with the Cambridge GLBTQ+ Commission, the MassEquality board, as an advisor to Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, and as a long-time advocate for local immigrants.

Elegance Bratton:

Elegance Bratton is an award winning photographer, filmmaker, public thinker, and author. His work has been published in Vice, GayLetter, The Fader, and Another mag. His film "Pier Kids" has been featured on ABC NEWS, Huffington Post, and Out Magazine. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat cameraman. His short film Walk For Me has played in over forty film festivals and won best short at The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Wicked Queer, New Hampshire Film Festival, Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and has been chosen by the Frameline Film Festival to be a part of school curriculums nationwide grades 3-12. He’s a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in African American Studies, and Tisch Grad Film. He is currently the filmmaker in residence at Reel Film Works non-profit. He is the executive producer and creator of Viceland TV series My House.

Roberto Appicciafoco:

An Italian/South American cinephile by way of the City of Brotherly Love, Roberto ventured out West to New Mexico where he founded the Way OUT West Film Fest back in 2003 serving the LGBTQ community. Prior to that, he had worked around the country at several film festivals including Sundance, Seattle and Palm Springs International Film Festivals and has started a few more in his adopted city of Albuquerque, including Cine Magnífico! Transtastic! And Dark Matters Film Fest. Always a believer in the power of film and advocate to getting LGBTQ stories told, he continues to be the festival and programming director of Way OUT West to this day. Roberto has since served on several juries including Frameline San Francisco and El Lugar Sin Limites in Ecuador.