2016 Jurors

US NARRATIVE JURORS

Alexis Whitham

Alexis Whitham

Alexis Whitham serves as the Director of Distribution & Educational Programming for Frameline, overseeing three of the San Francisco organization’s six programs, including distributing over 250 new and archival titles represented by Frameline as the only non-profit LGBTQ film distributor. Previously, she programmed features, shorts, and panels for both Frameline and the Oakland Underground Film Festival. Alexis graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Creative Writing and has been writing about film for more 15 years for various organizations, including for the Chicago International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.


Barney Cheng

Barney Cheng

Barney Cheng is excited and honored to be a juror for Outfest this year after having his feature BABY STEPS screen at Outfest Los Angeles last summer and Fusion this spring. BABY STEPS also screened in six U.S. embassies around the world, including China and Mongolia. Cheng is a Finalist for the 2015-16 NBCUniversal Directing Fellowship and is currently preparing to direct his next US-China co-production, A DOORKNOB AWAY. Earlier in his career, Barney co-starred opposite Woody Allen in HOLLYWOOD ENDING.


Paul Scott

Paul Scott

Paul Jonathan Scott served as Los Angeles County’s Commissioner for HIV/AIDS from 2002 through 2008. He found ways to change unjust laws, and started the first Medical Marijuana facility in Southern California. In 2000, he founded the Inglewood Wellness Center to offer alternative treatment to black men who were impacted by HIV/AIDS. Scott served on the Board of Directors, and eventually became president, of the Los Angeles Black Pride event “At The Beach,” the oldest Black Pride celebration in America.


Phillip Bartell

Phillip Bartell

Phillip J. Bartell has edited a number of award winning features, including 2014’s Sundance Jury Award-winner DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, directed by Justin Simien; the 2010 Sundance Audience Award winner UNDERTOW, by Javier Fuentes-Leon; and MISS YOU ALREADY for Catherine Hardwicke. He also edited director Darren Stein’s 2013 Tribeca/Outfest hit G.B.F.; Jeffrey Schwarz’ feature documentary I AM DIVINE, which premiered at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival; and JB Ghuman, Jr’s 2010 Tribeca Film Festival winner, SPORK. He directed and co-wrote EATING OUT 2: SLOPPY SECONDS and the award-winning short films CRUSH and L.T.R.


INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE JURORS

Brian Hu

Brian Hu

Brian Hu is the artistic director of Pacific Arts Movement, presenters of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the largest showcase of Asian cinema in the western United States. He was formerly the co-managing editor and film critic for the website Asia Pacific Arts. Hu received his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA and currently teaches at the University of San Diego. His writings on film have appeared in Film Quarterly, Screen, Senses of Cinema, and other publications. He has previously served on juries at the Golden Horse Film Festival, CAAMFest, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.


Chantal Chauzy

Chantal Chauzy

Chantal Chauzy is an independent consultant for international film sales, acquisition, and domestic distribution. She served for 10 years as Vice President of Acquisitions and Homevideo at Strand Releasing, before transitioning in 2014 as All Rights Entertainment’s Head of International Sales. She attends international film festivals year-round and programs the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles. A graduate from Ecole Superieure d’Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris, she worked in film production in Europe, and in 2003 moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA’s Producers Program. She holds an M.A. in film studies and a B.A. in English from the Sorbonne University in Paris.


Paul Struthers

Paul Struthers

Paul Struthers has a B.A. from Royal Holloway University of London and has worked in the film industry for 13 years. In London he worked in distribution, exhibition, and as a sales agent. He arrived in Sydney seven years ago, and has been working in marketing for the Sydney Film Festival ever since. In 2013 he joined Queer Screen and has been the festival director for the Mardi Gras Film Festival since 2014. The 2017 Mardi Gras Film Festival will be his fourth festival as festival director. Since he has joined, attendance has grown from 7500 to 17,000.


Veena Sud

Veena Sud

Veena Sud is the creator, executive producer, and showrunner for the original series “The Killing.” The show was nominated for six Emmys in 2011, including outstanding cast for a drama series and Sud’s nomination for outstanding writing for a drama series. The fourth and final season of the show premiered on Netflix, along with the previous seasons. Sud has also been honored for “The Killing” in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2011 Power Showrunners List and Variety’s Women’s Impact Report. She recently directed her first feature film, THE SALTON SEA, which was shot over the course of seven days.


DOCUMENTARY JURORS

Ashley York

Ashley York

Ashley York is a filmmaker and journalist who has worked on Academy Award–winning teams and as a producer on projects that have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, and SXSW film festivals, as well as on National Geographic, A&E, IFC, HBO, Discovery International, and the Sundance Channel. She co-directed and produced the Netflix Original documentary TIG, the opening night film of the 2015 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam. Ashley was one of nine women debuting a feature film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was included on Variety’s recent “10 Documentary Makers to Watch.”


Andrea Meyerson

Andrea Meyerson

Andrea Meyerson is an award-winning creator of film and television programming. As president of StandOut Productions, she has produced and directed nine feature-length documentaries, and nearly 20 television specials which have aired on numerous networks including Showtime, Logo, Here TV, and in Canada. Meyerson is also a prolific producer of live comedy shows and concerts. Since founding StandOut Productions in 1997, she has staged live events featuring some of the country’s best-known entertainers such as Wanda Sykes, Roseanne Barr, k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Joan Armatrading, and Brandi Carlile. Meyerson is a two-time winner of the Audience Award at Outfest for Best Feature Documentary (2003 and 2012).


Susan Margolin

Susan Margolin

Susan Margolin launched New Video Group with partner Steve Savage to distribute feature films and television programming to the home entertainment market in 1991, partnering with more than 500 content creators, including A+E, HISTORY, Lifetime, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Films, Major League Baseball and Scholastic. Through New Video’s Docurama Films label, she acquired and distributed award winning documentary films across all distribution channels, including D.A. Pennebaker’s BOB DYLAN: DON’T LOOK BACK, and the Oscar-nominated films HELL AND BACK AGAIN, WASTE LAND, GASLAND, PARADISE LOST 3 and THE INVISIBLE WAR. A graduate of Brown University, Margolin is a board member of BAFTA NY and of Chicken & Egg Pictures, and serves on the advisory board of New York Women in Film and Television.


Silas Howard

Silas Howard

Silas Howard is an award-winning feature film, documentary film, music video, web series and television director and writer. Howard’s career took off in 2001, when his first feature film, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, premiered at Sundance Film Festival, ultimately winning Howard five Best Feature awards across the festival circuit. Howard has since directed and written award-winning feature films, documentaries, music videos, web series and television episodes. Recent television credits include “Transparent,” “The Fosters,” “Faking It,” and “Hudson Valley Ballers.”


SHORTS JURORS

Mia Bruno

Mia Bruno

Mia Bruno serves as Seed&Spark’s Producer of Marketing and Distribution, where she combines her passion for independent film with a love of collaborating creatively with artists to hone innovative distribution strategies. Bruno is a fervent believer in filmmaking as a comprehensive process and works with directors and producers to become creative entrepreneurs of their own films. Previously, at Gravitas Ventures, Bruno served as Director of Acquisitions, identifying and bringing in quality independent films for the marketplace. A graduate of Columbia University, Mia speaks French and adores Freudian psychology despite the little good it has served her.


Michael Repsch

Michael Repsch

Michael Repsch is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has distributed over 150 films to date. As the SVP of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures, Repsch strategically manages the digital, festival and theatrical releases on all films. Additionally, Repsch plays a key role in acquisitions, traveling to national and international film festivals seeking unique content for domestic release and prospective international sales. Notable releases include Xavier Dolan’s LAURENCE ANYWAYS, Larry Clark’s MARFA GIRL, Sundance winner KINYARWANDA, Alex de la Iglesia’s MY BIG NIGHT, and 2015 Dominican Republic Oscar selection SAND DOLLARS.


Tony Sepulveda

Tony Sepulveda

Tony Sepulveda is the Senior Vice President of Casting at Warner Bros Television. During his 28 year stint at WBTV he has been the casting director on such shows as “Family Matters,” “Knots Landing,” “Friends,” & “The West Wing.” He has three Emmy nominations.


Trish Bendix

Trish Bendix

Trish Bendix is the editor-in-chief of AfterEllen.com and the winner of the 2015 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBT Journalist of the Year from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association. Bendix’s work has been published in The Hollywood Reporter, Cosmopolitan, Slate, The Village Voice,Time Out Chicago, Out, Punk Planet, Bitch, The Frisky, AlterNet and The Huffington Post. Her fiction has appeared in The Q Review and CellStories, and she has essays in the 2010 Seal Press anthology, Dear John, I Love Jane, More Than Marriage (Ooligan Press) and Opposing Viewpoints: Celebrity Culture (Layman Poupard Publishing).