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11th Annual Festival Jury
Angelica Das is the Associate Director at the Center for Social Media. Angelica comes to the Center with a background in nonprofit management. She managed operations and established the D.C. office for the nonprofit Machik, which works to strengthen communities on the Tibetan plateau. As Program Officer for the National Geographic Society’s Expedition Council, she managed applications, grant awards and media for premiere explorers and adventurers. She holds a Masters in Arts from the School of Communication and School of International Service‰Ûªs International Media program, where she developed a map of hyperlocal media in Washington, D.C. that serves as a resource for students, NGOs and the local community. Angelica holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Polish language and culture.
Alice Elliott is an Academy Award nominated director, a writer, producer, cinematographer, university level teacher, advocate for the disabled, and a member of New Day Films, an educational distribution cooperative. Her short documentary, The Collector of Bedford Street, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the recipient of the Jewish Image Award, the TASH Image Award and more than twelve additional festival honors including the Henry Hampton Award given by the Council on Foundations. The Collector of Bedford Street aired on HBO/Cinemax and has screened at over 75 film festivals around the world. Alice Elliott was the director, co-producer, and the principal verite cinematographer on her latest film, BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY, which aired on PBS for National Disability Awareness Month. Currently she is directing three projects including Miracle on 42nd Street about a thirty year old affordable housing project for performing artist that transformed the West Side of Manhattan. Alice has been producing documentaries for almost twenty years. She runs the boutique documentary film company, Welcome Change Productions, whose mission is to lead social change by revealing the big stories hidden in the human heart.
Annalise Littman is a 19-year-old student at Tufts University in Massachusetts, where she studies biopsychology and child development and is a Public Health Coordinator for a Tufts affiliated free health care clinic. In high school, Annalise attended the Fast Forward teen media program at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. While in the program, Annalise was inspired to make Aquafinito, a documentary about the environmental and human rights problems associated with bottled water after hearing a presentation about Corporate Accountability International‰Ûªs Think Outside the Bottle campaign. Annalise was the winner of the Youth Sustainability Award in the Tenth Annual Media that Matters film festival for Aquafinito, which was also part of Human Rights Watch International Film Festival‰Ûªs Youth Producing Change traveling film program in 2009-2010.
Sarah Masters is the Managing Director of the Hartley Film Foundation, located in Westport, CT. Hartley is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation and support of documentaries that focus on world religions and spirituality. Prior to joining Hartley in 2004 under the direction of then Director Macky Alston, a filmmaker and seminarian, Sarah was co-founder and Executive Editor of a news organization for physicians. Her news team covered medical journals, conferences, research in development and the business of health. The news organization was eventually purchased by Reuters. Before establishing that online medical news service, Sarah worked as Executive Editor of Lifetime Medical Television, which was a division of Lifetime that produced more than 100 half-hour shows annually for physicians. Sarah went to Lifetime from Physicians Radio Network, where she served as Editor-in-Chief. Her career in journalism followed clinical training and stints at the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation in St. Louis, MO, and Rockefeller University here in New York.
George J. Orwel
George J. Orwel is a 20-year veteran journalist, award-winning author, and an adjunct professor of modern African history at the City University of New York. He founded the Media Institute in Nairobi 15 years ago and is now at work on a book about African literary history. He has a BA (Honors) in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Nairobi, a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University‰Ûªs Graduate School of Journalism, a JD degree from Brooklyn Law School and a certificate in media law & policy from Oxford University, England.
Artistic Director and founder of Kartemquin Films, a 2007 recipient of the MacArthur award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Gordon Quinn‰Ûªs 45 years of documentary work include Home For Life, Taylor Chain, Golub, Hoop Dreams, Vietnam, Long Time Coming, and The New Americans. Other Executive Producer credits include Five Girls, In The Family, Typeface, Milking The Rhino, At The Death House Door, and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. Recently he directed Prisoner of Her Past, and A Good Man (about Bill T. Jones for American Masters), and Executive Produced The Interrupters (for Frontline).
Gordon Quinn is a longtime supporter of public and community media and has served on several boards including The Illinois Humanities Council, The Chicago Public Access Corporation, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was a lead filmmaker in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and frequently speaks to the media, legal, and educational communities about this fundamental right.
Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including the 2011 MOMA Documentary Fortnight, the 2008 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (‰ÛÏThe Age of Migration‰Û), the Seattle International Film Festival, the Washington D.C. International Film Festival and the Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the US. Yang is also the programmer of ‰ÛÏCinema Asian America,‰Û a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast. He is also currently a Visiting Scholar at NYU‰Ûªs Center for Media, Culture and History.
Published on August 31, 2011