15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Meet the members of the Jury


Narrative Competition Jury


KatyDaigerDial_fotoKaty Daiger Dial was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she developed an eclectic love of all things film, from Jurassic Park to Gone with the Wind. She moved to Austin to obtain her RTF degree at the University of Texas and never left the Bat City. Katy currently serves as the Community Education Manager for the Austin Film Society, overseeing all of the organization's youth education programming and the internship program. Before AFS, she worked as the Video Game & Animation Industry Liaison for the Texas Film Commission, where she grew the State’s educational opportunities and economic benefits. She’s also had her hand in other aspects of filmmaking, working as Assistant Managing Director for CinemaTexas Short Film Festival and doing research and publicity for the documentary Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission. Katy has a Master’s Degree from the UT School of Information and has served on the Steering Committee for non-profit arts organization StrataTX. In those rare moments that she’s not working on, talking about, or experiencing the moving image industry, Katy is indulging in her love of historical fiction and digital archives.





RobertoSneider_fotoRoberto Sneider was born in Mexico City; he is a graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana and of the directing program at The American Film Institute. Dos Crímenes, his first feature film as writer, producer and director, obtained more than fifteen international awards including the Montgolfier d'Or (Nantes, France), Cinedecouvertes Award, (Belgium), International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI), and three Mexican Academy awards. It also became the most successful Mexican film of the year at the box office. In 1999 he created “La Banda Films,” a commercial production company that has become one of the most respected production companies in the US Hispanic market. As a commercial director he has won numerous awards, including the Best of Show at the New York Festival and the AICP Show. Roberto produced the feature film Frida based on Hayden Herrera’s biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which received 6 Academy Award nominations, winning 2 of them. He wrote, produced and directed Arráncame la vida, which is one of the highest grossing Mexican films ever. It was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and won three Mexican Academy awards. He was a producer on the feature length documentray Harlistas, Intimate Journeys, directed by Alfredo de Villa, and on the feature film Aquí entre nos, directed by Patricia Martínez de Velasco. Aquí entre nos has received numerous awards at film festivals including Montreal, Huelva and Guadalajara, and is now having a successful run in theaters in Mexico. He is currently in preproduction on Ciudades desiertas, his next film as producer/director, and starring Gael Garcia Bernal.


EdRadtke_fotoEd Radtke has written, produced and directed three independent feature films, including the award-winning Bottom Land (AFI Film Festival Official Selection) and The Dream Catcher. The Dream Catcher garnered 11 awards at international film festivals, including Best Director at the LA Film Festival, and has been released worldwide. His most recent feature The Speed of Life premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, where it received a special jury prize. For over 20 years, Ed Radtke has served as a freelance writer, producer, assistant director and editor on countless projects including: features, documentaries, shorts, TV movies, ITVS funded dramas, commercials and music videos. He is also the founder and/or facilitator of countless media making workshops nationwide for underserved groups such as: at-risk youth, Native Americans, incarcerated men and women, Vietnam Veterans, victims of domestic violence, developmentally challenged adults, and elementary schoolchildren. He has guest lectured at Columbia and NYU, is the recipient of two NEA production grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. Ed Radtke co-wrote the feature script Aime ton père (A Loving Father), produced by Gerard Depardieu and starring Depardieu and real life son, Guillame. The film was the official Swiss entry for Best Foreign Film consideration at the 2001 Academy Awards®. Ed Radtke currently teaches filmmaking at the University of Texas in Austin.

Photo credit:  JANA BIRCHUM






Documentary Competition Jury


ArturoChavez_fotoArturo Chavez, SVP of Hispanic Owned & Operated Networks. As SVP of Olympusat’s owned and operated channels, Arturo’s key responsibilities include day-to-day management of running the company’s networks. He manages 14 different networks acquiring programs for diverse audiences, as well as attends film festivals and markets for movie acquisitions. Arturo has over two decades of experience in the home video entertainment industry. He is widely recognized and considered one of the most knowledgeable experts of Spanish-language films in the U.S. market. Prior to this, Arturo was Director of the Latino Division for Lionsgate and was responsible for the division’s product development, product management, and release schedule planning--including all Spanish-language products and related brands released by Lionsgate. Arturo began his career at Mexcinema Video Corp., an independent video publisher that catered to Spanish-language accounts. He also serves as a board member for LALIFF (Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival). A graduate of the University of Aguascalientes in Mexico, Arturo holds a B.A. in Business Development and Administration.










AngelaKPires_fotoAngela K. Pires was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She never made a film at an early age. In fact, she wanted to be a veterinarian. Then, like 87% of teenage girls, she decided she would be an actress, famous and glamorous. Her greatest accomplishment from her acting career was to recognize she had no talent at all to be an actress. She moved on, but not from the film scene. She went behind the cameras, as assistant director, and later moved to the editing room. In 1994 she began her career as editor, working mainly with advertising. In 1999 she moved to fiction and documentary films, working as both editor and director. She edited The Invention of Childhood, winner of 17 awards, including Best Editor and Best Film. She wrote and directed The Color White, winner of 16 awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and receiving a Special Mention from the Jury at Berlin Film Festival. In 2001 Ms. Pires moved to Austin, Texas, where she edited Born in Brazil, The Prison and the Street, Lasting Images, Sweet Dutch Brazil and Trash Dance. She was the Associate Producer of the feature narrative The Overbrook Brothers.








BerndtMader_fotoBerndt Mader is an award winning filmmaker and writer living in Austin, Texas. He has written and directed multiple films that have screened at festivals worldwide. His film A Neutral Density won Best Screenplay at the 2005 Cinematexas Film Festival, and was honored with a screening at the Director’s Guild of America Theater in Burbank. Mader’s documentary Road to Tlacotepec won the Audience Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival. His first feature film, Five Time Champion, premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, and won the MPS Texas Filmmaker Award at the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival. For this film Mader was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker grant, a grant from Eastman Kodak, as well as an award from the Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmaker Production Fund. Five Time Champion will be in select theaters this spring. Mader also served as cinematographer on the award-winning documentary Winnebago Man, which was released in theaters in 2010. Additionally, Mader holds an MFA degree in filmmaking from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Lecturer in the Radio-Television-Film department during the 2007-2008 school year. Mader is co-founder of Austin based production company The Bear (www.thebearmedia.com).




Hecho en Tejas Jury


AlisonMacor_lowres-proccessAlison Macor is the author of Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas (University of Texas Press, 2010), which received the 2011 Peter C. Rollins Book of the Year award from the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association. Chainsaws also was a finalist for 2011 Book of the Year awards given by ForeWord Review and the Writers’ League of Texas. Macor received her Ph.D. in film studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent eight years as a film critic writing for The Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman. Currently she is a lecturer in film history at UT-Austin and Texas State University, and she’s also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including Texas Monthly, Houston magazine, and Vogue Knitting. She received a Harry Ransom Research Fellowship in 2009 to begin work on her next book, Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren. She lives in Austin with her husband and son.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving, making accessible and serving the community interest in Texas’ moving image heritage.  The TAMI Video Library (www.texasarchive.org) is home to over a thousand moving images relating to the history and culture of the state of Texas, including home movies, narrative films, documentaries, industrial films, local television and more.  In 2008, TAMI launched the Texas Film Round-Up (www.texasfilmroundup.org), a partnership with the Office of the Governor’s Texas Film Commission to digitize and provide access to Texas films. The project has resulted in the digitization of over 5,000 moving images and received the American Association for State and Local History’s Wow Award in 2010.