Meet The 2016 Jury!
The 2016 film festival jury is made up of filmmakers, curators, and festival programmers. Thanks to all of them for participating in this year’s festival!
Festival Jury Bios:
Isabel is a New York-based Filipino filmmaker. She has produced, written and directed two full-length features, including the Filipino-language Señorita (2011), which premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and was nominated for Best Picture by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines. Señorita also won her the Emerging Director Award at the 2012 Asian-American International Film Festival.
Her second feature film, Apparition (2012), was widely acclaimed in its Philippine theatrical release and won a number of international awards, including the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NetPAC) Award at the 2012 Hawaii International Film Festival as well as the Audience Award at the 2013 Deauville Asian Film Festival in France. Variety Magazine touts Apparition as an “outstanding sophomore feature…[an] intelligently scripted and deeply moving mood piece.” Apparition had a week-long theatrical run at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2013.
Isabel has a MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and has a background in CPG brand management.
Michèle Oshima consults to cultivate fertile connections among creatives globally so that breakthroughs emerge. After ten years in international business, Oshima coordinated Women’s Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for seven years. During the next eight years she served as the Director of Student and Artist- in-Residence (AiR) Programs at MIT’s Office of the Arts, connecting innovative artists from across the globe with students, inventors, and researchers. Working with Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky on “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” was a highlight of that experience. Oshima has traveled extensively and fostered relationships with emerging and established artists throughout the world including Cary Fukunaga, Zanele Muholi, Abderrahmane Sissako, and Elizabeth Streb. She is also a veteran trumpeter, who was honored to play with the Super Rail Band at Mali’s national party in Bamako in celebration of Malick Sidibé’s win of the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion. Currently, you can hear her play with The Mood Swings Orchestra, an all female swing band.
Shane Engstrom is entering his 9th year as the Director/Co-Director of Out Film CT, the producer of Connecticut’s two LGBT film festivals: the Connecticut LGBT Film Festival (celebrating its 29th year in June 2016) and the EROS Film Festival (celebrating its 18th year in November 2016). When he’s not programming film festivals, he works in banking administration for Webster Bank. For more information, visit www.OutFilmCT.org
As the Programmer of the Harvard Film Archive, David Pendleton curates many of (and oversees all of) the screenings that make up the Archive’s ongoing cinematheque programming for the public. He has organized retrospectives of such filmmakers as Alfred Hitchcock, Ulrike Ottinger and Warren Sonbert and has taught courses on 20th century film history and the representation of masculinity in contemporary cinema. He is also the programmer of this year’s Flaherty Seminar. Since receiving a Ph.D in critical studies at UCLA’s School of Film and Television (with a dissertation on exoticism and homoeroticism in the films of Murnau, Eisenstein and Pasolini), he has published reviews, interviews and scholarly articles on topics including film theory, contemporary documentary and gay porn.
Jeremy C. Fox is a staff reporter for the Boston Globe, covering K-12 education. He contributed reporting to the Globe’s coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, for which the newspaper won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. Fox was a co-founder of the pop-culture website Pajiba, a previous staff writer for the Watertown Tab, and co-author with Andrew Elder of the 2013 book “Boston’s Orange Line.” His writing has appeared in Bay Windows, the Bay State Banner, the Boston Phoenix, Film Threat, the Gay and Lesbian Review, and other publications.
William Stover is an independent curator based in NYC. From 2002 to 2010 Stover was the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he reinvigorated the contemporary department with an innovative program of exhibitions, events, and acquisitions including the commissioning of the performance, My Boston, from Zhang Huan to celebrate the acquisition of his work and to establish the presence of performance art at the MFA. He introduced the work of Cerith Wyn Evans to new audiences through his first museum show in the United States, and invited Jim Lambie to create an installation inspired by the architecture of the MFA.
Since returning to New York, Stover has curated a number of exhibitions including Carlos Dávila Rinaldi: Only Essence Remains, Museum of the Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Alpine Desire, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; Ellen Harvey and Jason Middlebrook: The Natural Order of Things, DODGEgallery, New York; Sites of Memory: Architecture and Remembering, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York; Clothes make the man? Childs Gallery, Boston. Stover currently curates a significant private collection of contemporary art in New York.