grew up working in a cinema in Co Kildare, Ireland. Since graduating
from the Gaiety School of Acting in 1999, Tony has worked extensively
as an actor, writer, producer and director with such prestigious Irish
based companies as Parallel Productions, RTE ("Radio Telefís Éireann"
Ireland's national broadcaster), and Igloo films. In 2004, he set up
his own production company, System 48 Limited, and in 2007 his
directorial feature film debut Speed Dating had its North
American premiere at the Florida Film Festival. Since then, the film
has played over 30 festivals, been released in 10 countries, and has
won numerous awards, including Best Film at the 2007 Malibu
International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2007 European
Independent Film Festival. He is currently involved in numerous
projects on both sides of the Atlantic and divides his time between
Dublin and Los Angeles.
Leonard currently serves as the Program Director of the Belcourt
Theatre in Nashville, Tenn. In 1999, he was part of a small group that
saved the city's last historic neighborhood theater from the wrecking
ball. Since then, he has dedicated the past 10 years to making the
Belcourt a nationally recognized venue for challenging cinema, as well
as a model of community pride and involvement. He serves on the
leadership committee and as co-chair of the programming committee of
the Sundance Institute's Art House Project, a core unit of 12 cinemas
across the country (including Enzian) established by Sundance in 2006
to keep the American community-based arthouse vital to local and
national film culture. He has also served as a consultant to other
film-based organizations including The Documentary Channel, a growing
cable TV channel based in Nashville, TN.
Orly Ravid is a ten year industry veteran whose experience in film ranges from festival programming to acquisitions & distribution. In 1998, she joined veteran boutique foreign sales company Amazing Movies & Highland Crest Pictures, acquiring and selling feature motion pictures, documentaries, and short films. After serving three years as VP, Orly went to Maxmedia, where she worked in production and development and created FilmFixx, the company's domestic distribution arm that launched with the highly controversial film Baise Moi. She has also consulted for various independent distributors and filmmakers and launched Wolfe Releasing's foreign sales and digital distribution business. Orly is presently VP of U.S. Acquisitions and Distribution Senator Entertainment, and also co-owns and co-founded New American Vision, a boutique niche marketing and distribution consulting service devoted to foreign language and art house cinema. Orly has served on the Board of Directors of Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival. She earned a B.A in English Literature and Film Studies at Columbia University and graduated with honors.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURES JURY
David Ansen was the movie critic at Newsweek from 1977 through 2008. He is now, after happily taking a buyout, a contributing editor to the magazine, where he will continue to write about movies. He has written several documentaries for television, on Greta Garbo (for TNT), Groucho Marx (HBO), Elizabeth Taylor (PBS), and the Ace Award winning All About Bette, on Bette Davis, for TNT. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the National Society of Film Critics, and was a member of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival for eight years. Before Newsweek, he was the critic and film editor at The Real Paper in Boston. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Mark Moormann is a South Florida-based filmmaker with extensive directing and cinematography credits on documentaries, commercials, music videos, and branded content. His documentary work includes the Grammy-nominated Tom Dowd & the Language of Music, Once Upon a Time on South Beach, Hidden Rivers of the Maya, and Blindsided. Moormann's extensive body of work with recording artists includes studio shoots with Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Michael Jackson; interviews with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Phil Ramone, and Ahmet Ertegun; and live performance shoots featuring Amy Winehouse, the Fratellis, and Shakira. Mark's films have screened theatrically, at major film festivals (Sundance, Toronto), museums (Experience Music Project, Skirball Cultural Center), and large-scale events (George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). He is presently completing his latest feature-length documentary, For Once in My Life, slated to premiere in 2009.
VP of Marketing, B-Side Entertainment
Liz Ogilvie, is currently the VP of Marketing at B-Side Entertainment an Austin-based company that uses technology to discover, market, and distribute independent films. Ogilvie is based in the New York office where she oversees all marketing initiatives for the company. She recently was the Head of IndiePix Films where she was responsible for all marketing and sales initiatives for the Indiepix's 's slate of fiction and non-fiction films plus a catalogue of over 3000 films a year.
Previously, Ogilvie was the Head of Programming at Docurama Films®, an independent digital distribution company dedicated exclusively to releasing cutting-edge, critically acclaimed non-fiction films into the home entertainment market place. She was responsible for a release slate of over 40 films a year, creating and implementing all sales and marketing strategies and acquiring content. For two years she ran DocuClub, a resource organization for documentary filmmakers in New York City. Before her tenure at DocuClub, Ogilvie was the Managing Editor at FILMMAKER Magazine where she managed the editorial and production departments and contributed to the magazine.
Ogilvie is currently a member of IFP, IDA, New York Women in Film and Television and serves on the board of the New York Film and Video Council.
In 1999 Aaron Augenblick founded Augenblick Studios, an animation production facility located in Brooklyn, NY. His company has produced a wide variety of works for television, film, and the Internet. Clients include MTV, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, PBS, Nickelodeon, AT&T, and Spike Lee. In addition to commercial projects, Augenblick Studios has produced a string of critically acclaimed independent short films. Ramblin Man (2000), Drunky (2001), and Plugs McGinniss (2003) have been seen at film festivals throughout the world, including Annecy, South by Southwest, Florida, and Slamdance. These films have garnered numerous awards, including: the Golden Gate Film Award, the ASIFA Award, the SXSW Animation Award, The DirecTV Award, and the Black Maria Juror Citation Award. Augenblick Studios created the animated content for two seasons of Wonder Showzen, a cult favorite for MTV2. Augenblick Studios garnered widespread notoriety for their spot on parodies of classic cartoons, leading to Aaron being named as one of the rising stars of animation in 2005 by Animation Magazine. In 2006, Aaron Augenblick wrote and directed Golden Age, a faux-documentary which examined the scandalous private lives of iconic cartoon characters from the past. The ten episodes series was originally created for Comedy Central and was later released as a 22 minute short film, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and played in numerous festivals throughout the world. Golden Age was awarded the grand prize for commissioned films by the 2007 Ottawa Animation Festival. Augenblick Studios has recently completed production on 10 episodes of Superjail, a new animated series for Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network.
Josh Braun is a partner at Submarine Entertainment, a New York film and television sales and production company. Mr. Braun was an executive producer on David Cronenberg's Oscar and Golden Globe nominated A History of Violence, based on John Wagner's graphic novel and starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, and Ed Harris. Braun is a producer on the feature film adapation of John Wagner's graphic novel Button Man, set up at Dreamworks and is also a producer on the upcoming horror feature House of the Devil directed by Ti West. Braun is also an Executive Producer of the documentary features Seamless and Gramercy Park Hotel, both directed by Douglas Keeve; Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (a BBC/Trio coproduction); and the award winning music documentary Kill Your Idols. Mr. Braun represents feature films and documentaries as a Producer's representative of a truly remarkable range of titles. He also produced the series Split Screen (IFC), was Exec Producer of Hollywood DC (Bravo), created and produced the long running comic book series Anti Gravity Room (SCI FI), and produced IFC specials Focus on Bill Murray and Focus on Jim Jarmusch. Mr. Braun produced the Panasonic sponsored film The Place we Call Earth directed by Mark Pellington and has written for publications such as LA.com, Index, and RES. Prior to Submarine Entertainment, Mr. Braun was head of sales for the international distribution company Fremantle, selling such titles as Baywatch, Third Rock From the Sun, South Park, Grace Under Fire, and many others.
Myna Joseph completed her M.F.A. in film at Columbia University in 2007. Her thesis short MAN was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Director's Fortnight at Cannes, SXSW, and New Directors/ New Films at Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Modern Art. The film received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at numerous festivals, including Florida Film Festival, Boston Independent Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and CineVegas. Recently, she was included in Filmmaker Magazine's 2008 list of "25 New Faces in Independent Film." Myna has produced numerous award-winning shorts and co-produced Pressure Cooker, a documentary feature executive produced by Participant Productions. She currently teaches Film Studies at The City College of New York.