We are proud to announce the jury for the 37th annual Wicked Queer Film Festival.
Narrative Feature Film:
Michael J. Ahern
Michael J. Ahern is a screenwriter and filmmaker from New England. He is the co-creator of Wicked Queer’s 2020 Audience Award recipient: Death Drop Gorgeous and co-founder of the Rhode Island based production company, Monster Makeup. He graduated from Suffolk University in Boston and now resides in Providence, RI.
Aster Gilbert (she/they) is the GenreQueer programmer at Milwaukee Film. Her research on trans* pornography has appeared in Transgender Studies Quarterly and her film criticism has appeared in Cinematary, Mubi’s Notebook, Cléo, and Screen Machine. She lives in Chicago with her wife and two cats, Beef and Butch.
Madeleine Lim is the founding Executive/Artistic Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP). As one of a small number of queer women of color filmmakers on the international film festival circuit in the late 90's, she saw that only queer women of color would tell their own authentic stories. Decades ahead of current conversations about gender and racial equity in film, she founded QWOCMAP in 2000. Her belief was that a community of filmmaker-activists could change the craft of filmmaking and the leadership of social justice movements. Under Madeleine’s leadership, QWOCMAP’s award-winning Filmmaker Training Program has nurtured the creation of over 450 films, the largest catalog of LBTQ+ BIPOC films in existence.
Documentary Feature Film.
Munir is a founder and creative director of Aks International Minorities Festival, Film, Art and Dialogue, a festival that focus on minorities and marginalized communities to illuminate socio-political aspects of transgender, queer, people of color (POC) living in Pakistan, UK and Denmark. Munir also runs Madari Films, a production company that focuses on realistic cinema. In his short time as a filmmaker, Munir has been awarded several honours for his work and has recently been an official Talent at Berlinale 2015.
Amanda is the Director of Public Affairs and Education at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) where since 2007 she has overseen digital, video and print communication and currently directs media, communication and public education strategy for the LGBTQ legal rights nonprofit. Prior to joining GLAD, Amanda spent six years as the Managing Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival and served as Director/Programmer for the Boston LGBT Film Festival from 2005-2009. She was a founding board member of North Shore Pride, is a former board member of Women in Film & Video/New England and holds a Masters Degree in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mocha James Herrup
Mocha James Herrup holds a PhD in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and was a professor at the Austin Community College, where they also helped found the Peace & Conflict Studies program. Their award winning films have been screened on The Sundance Channel, Northwest Airlines, at The Walker Art Center, and in festivals around the world. They are a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University, a Lead Programmer for the Seattle Translations Film Festival, and an Arts & Culture writer for The Scallop, New Bedford's independent online news outlet.