We are pleased to announce the jury for the 35th annual Wicked Queer Film Festival.
Jury winners will be announced at our closing night screening of The Heiresses, Saturday, April 6th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Narrative Feature Film:
Dee Dee Edmondson.
Dee Dee Edmondson works at the intersection of politics, media and the law specializing in litigation and crisis communications regarding civil, regulatory, and reputation management matters for both individuals and businesses.
Dee Dee also practices in the area of Family Law helping clients navigate complex divorce and custody issues and real estate law helping negotiate landlord/tenant issues and real estate transaction.
She is currently Of Counsel at Levine-Piro Law, a real estate broker for Robert Paul Properties, and the Owner of Edmondson Strategies, LLC.
Melva T. James.
Melva T. James, Ph.D. is an MIT alum, a professional scientist, a proud lesbian, and an avid film buff. In addition to Wicked Queer, Melva was a jurist for the 2019 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and the 2019 Chelmsford Short Film Festival.
Kevin Lynch is the Executive Director of the Salem Horror Fest. Learn more about their festival here.
Documentary Feature Film.
John n. Affuso.
John N. Affuso is an attorney and a resident of South Boston. In addition to being a big fan of independent and LGBTQ film and a faithful attendee of the Wicked Queer Film Festival, he has been involved in many years of advocacy for full LGBTQ equality, on the local, state and federal level. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund, the Fenway Health Board of Visitors, the GLAD Board of Ambassadors, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, the Gay Officers Action League of New England, the National LGBT Bar Association, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, the Boston Pride Committee and OUTVETS. As a veteran, John was very actively involved in years of advocacy that resulted in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. He was the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Boston LGBT Pride Parade and also served as Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Liaison to the LGBT Community.
A transplant from the Midwest to Boston, Anderson Clark is a cancer biologist by day and a trained photographer after work. A long-time dabbler in writing, editing and filmmaking for his personal expression and a programmer for the Boston LGBT Film Festival for two years, he decided to step up his film game when a friend told him a story that he felt others needed to hear and he made his first documentary. He is interested in documenting voices that mainstream media rarely listens to and in adding lesser-known narratives to the history that we think we know.
Carmen Oquendo-Villar studied film in NYU and Harvard University, where she obtained her PhD in literature. Her work focuses on the Latin American transgender communities. Currently she's working on the feature documentary Todas las flores, part of the transmedia project Santafé, which explores an experiment in urban planning in Bogotá, home to a large part of the Colombia’s transgender community. The project zooms in on Bogotá’s “high impact zone” - a test of civic policy intended to protect and legalize sex work while promoting social integration. Through different platforms, Santafé tracks the way in which, over the years, the zone has transformed from a family neighborhood of wealthy Jewish immigrants to a migratory end point for impoverished refugees (desplazados), ex-paramilitary, and former guerrillas. Through a rich narrative universe, Santafé seeks to recuperate (and in some instances recreate) the neighborhoods historical past, investigate its present and propose ways to bring about post-conflict reintegration. Through various formats and converging components (both online and offline) this project seek to provide a multi dimensional experience of this unique neighborhood.
Her work has been supported by the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Giard and Jacob Javits Foundations, as well as the Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.