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Meet the Film Festival Jury Members



Narrative Feature Competition Jury

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ANDRES MARTINEZ-RIOS received a Masters degree in Communication Sciences at Tecnológico de Monterrey, in addition to having been part of the second generation of the Berlinale Talent Campus in Guadalajara. He directed several short films, including REVERSIÓN, BOLITA POR FAVOR, and CONJUGAL VISIT, which opened the 2009 Acapulco Film Festival. In addition, he has directed television series, TV spots and music videos. He also produced the music video YOFO by Molotov, which was nominated for Best Music Video at the Latin Grammys. In 2011, he co-founded Chemistry, a post-production company focused on color grading, data management and digital mastering. With this company, he has worked on over 25 films. Now, Andrés is developing his first feature film THE WEDDING OF MALENA and writing what will be his second film, BLACK WEEK. 




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CHRIS SABLAN. Originally from Spain, Chris attended the University of Southern California where he majored in marketing and minored in film. Right out of college, he produced the independent film NO TURNING BACK which won several awards including the Alma Award for best independent film. He then entered the agency world and worked at APA, Gersh and Genesis. He currently is an agent at Original Artists, the premiere boutique agency in the industry where he represents writers, directors, producers and films seeking distribution. A few of his clients include the writer of NON-STOP (opened #1 at the box office starring Liam Neeson for Universal), the producer of GHOST TEAM ONE (an independent film he sold to Paramount Pictures), the creator of BATES MOTEL (A&E), and many more in the US and international marketplace. 

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REBECCA CAMPBELL
has served as Executive Director of the Austin Film Society since 1998. During her 16-year tenure, the AFS has expanded its nationally-recognized exhibition programs; broadened its artist services programs, including the AFS Grant; created Austin Studios; and established ongoing after-school filmmaking programs. Before coming to the AFS, Ms. Campbell spent 12 years serving as Executive Director of two statewide California non-profit organizations. She holds an MFA in Video and Film Production from The University of Texas at Austin. She produced several award-winning CD-ROMs for Cortex Interactive; worked on feature films in Austin and Los Angeles; and produced and directed an award-winning documentary, THE TOWN THAT JACK BUILT. Her position managing the Austin Film Society allows her to put her film and nonprofit background to work on AFS’s mission to make Austin synonymous with great film, and to empower community members to MAKE, WATCH and LOVE film.

 

Documentary Feature Competition Jury

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CYNTHIA BENITEZ is the Film Programmer for the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. She specializes in Native and indigenous youth media programming and has curated various youth-related film programs, both within and outside the museum.  Her most recent projects include collaboration with Tribeca Film Institutes Youth Screening Series to produce a program for high school and middle school students with a focus on Native America. For the past seven years, Cynthia has worked as publicist for international film festivals and Native media organizations, including the American Indian Film Institute, Sundance Film Festivals Native Forum and World Competition, and the Native American Film and Video Festival. She has also published several articles on indigenous artists and filmmakers. A graduate from Barry University, Cindy received her B.A. in Public Relations. 

Nancy Schiesari


NANCY SCHIESARI is an experienced director, producer and cinematographer on both broadcast documentaries and award winning independent films.  Her latest full-length documentary, TATTOOED UNDER FIRE, aired nationwide on PBS in 2009 and 2010. Nancy has twenty years experience as a Director of Photography on over 30 documentaries and feature films broadcast for BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS. She has filmed in Europe, the U.S, Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, and Latin America, and was nominated for a 2002 Television Emmy for outstanding cinematography on THE HUMAN FACE. Among her work as cinematographer is Pratibha Parmars and Alice Walkers WARRIOR MARKS. Her work as a narrative director includes LOAVES AND FISH, which premiered in 2000 at the South by Southwest Film Festival and broadcast on PBS experimental film series THE TERRITORY in 2001. 

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SEBASTIAN SEPULVEDA was born in Concepción, Chile in 1972. After eighteen years spent between Europe and South America, he returned to Chile in 1990. He studied Editing in San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, and Screenplay at La Fémis in Paris. In addition to his work as a screenwriter (YOUNG AND WILD) and editor (LA LEON), in 2008 he directed the documentary EL ARENAL (THE SANDPIT). O AREAL screened in the Documentary Feature Competition lineup during the 13th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. LAS NIÑAS QUISPE, his narrative feature directorial debut, premiered at Venice International Critics week in 2013, winning Best Photography.




Hecho en Tejas Jury

 

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MADELINE MOYA is the curator at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) in Austin. She joined TAMI in 2012 and today is responsible for curation of TAMIs online film collections and screening programs, collections development, supervising a team of catalogers, and website administration. Madeline holds a masters degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in archives and preservation of audiovisual media. Prior to her work at TAMI, Madeline worked at the film department of the Harry Ransom Center, in records management for Travis County, in purchasing for a non-profit in Manhattan, and spent a decade as a record store clerk. She loves home movies and regional films, classic cinema, BUFFY, and all things Texana.

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Founded in 2002 by film archivist and University of Texas at Austin professor Dr. Caroline Frick, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is non-profit organization working to discover, preserve, provide access to, and educate the community about Texas’ film heritage. TAMI’s ever-growing online collection includes home movies, amateur films, advertisements, local television, industrial and corporate productions, as well as Hollywood and internationally produced moving images of Texas. By partnering with institutions and individuals across the state, TAMI digitizes and provides access to thousands of moving images that offer insight to Texas’ history and culture. TAMI’s educational programs promote the sharing of Texas moving images via screenings, demonstrations, and lectures at venues across the state. TAMI also works with educators to encourage the use of Texas film in the K-12 social studies classroom.






Short Film Competition Jury

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BRAD DUSING is a Spanish and English teacher in the Dual Language program at Mollie Barrington Early College Preparatory. Brad began his career teaching English in Mexico where he lived and traveled extensively for two years. It was during this time that he developed his passion for cross-cultural understanding and growth through continual engagement with the Spanish language and Latino culture via literature, film, music, and the arts. His time outside of work is spent volunteering with Out Youth, which promotes the physical, mental, spiritual and social well being of sexual and gender minority youth, so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities. For the past four years, he has enjoyed reviewing films for the Cine Las Americas Review Team and is thrilled this year to be a part of the Short Film Jury.

Florencia Choto



FLORENCIA CHOTO. Born in El Salvador, Florencia has lived most of her life in Texas. Her passion for film started at an early age; at 16, she helped organize a private screening of the Award-winning American film COMING HOME in San Salvador. She co-produced WHERE THERE IS A WILL…THERE WILL BE A LIVING WAGE, a documentary highlighting the personal stories of low-wage workers at Texas A&M University. The film won the Audience Award at the Austin Underground Film Festival in 2004, and helped increased wages for workers at the University. Florencia has been involved with Cine Las Americas as part of the review team since 2011. She helped program Austin's Polari Film Festival in 2013, and this year will be joining OUTsider Film & Art Festival's programming team. She lives in College Station, where she works as a Systems Analyst for the Texas A&M University Libraries.

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MIGUEL HINOJOSA was born and raised in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. While in South Texas, he co-founded the Spanish and English language theater group Teatro Nuestra Cultura, which toured along both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. The company specialized in staging contemporary dramas, such as Rudolfo Anaya's WHO KILLED DON JOSE?, as well as classical dramas, such as Lope De Vega's THE KNIGHTS OF OLMEDO. Since 2003, Miguel has embarked on a professional acting career in Austin, TX and is currently represented by Acclaim Talent. He can be seen in the upcoming film YOU ARE YOUR BODY/YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY, directed by Matt Latham. Miguel is an enthusiastic supporter of Texas film festivals and has been involved with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival since 2009. Through Cine Las Americas he aspires to widen the audience for films that are made by or about Latinos.