2020 SCREENING COMMITTEE & JURY
Every year, QWFF welcomes artists, filmmakers, actors and community members as jurors. We are pleased to welcome Vijay Mirchandani to the process. Watch this space for more exciting announcements about our 2019 Jurors!
CYNTHIA LÓPEZ - Feature Documentary|
Cynthia Lopez is a media strategist, executive producer, content advisor and creative consultant. She is the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she was the steward of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. López implemented strategies to support production of film and TV. Television production in NYC, increased from 29 episodic series to 46 series and feature film production rose from 192 to 253 films during her tenure. López joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she had worked since 2000. She is the recipient of 11 National News & Documentary Emmy Awards, among many other industry recognitions.
CRYSTAL MCINTOSH - Short Documentary|
Crystal has worked as a line producer and production manager on numerous campaigns and live events for MTV International, Nickelodeon, VH1,
Oxygen, Food Network, Sundance TV, We Tv and AMC Networks. She has produced three independent short films including the short film version of Barrio Boy and is currently in production on the feature film version of Barrio Boy. Crystal resides with her wife, Ariela and together they are extremely proud to call Jackson Heights, Queens their home.
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EDDIE SHIEH - Narrative Shorts|
(pronounced ‘She’+’yeah’) is a Native New Yorker, Asian Tourist, and Filmmaker at Night. He has been a distinguished finalist nominee to the Fox Global Directors Initiative and NBCUniversal Television Directing Fellowships and his film works have garnered numerous accolades and nominations from Academy® Qualifying and international film festivals. His most recent screenplay “La Grippe” shortlisted at the first European Sundance Screenwriting Lab in Italy and is a member of the Writers Guild of America. In a previous life, Eddie served as a global advertising agency Creative Director creating award winning commercial campaigns for worldwide brands [and also founded the Red Rope Screening and Red Rope Playhouse annual series featuring internationally acclaimed short films and plays with corporate partners including Adidas Classics, Heineken and New York Magazine]. On occasion Eddie also predicts weather with his surgically repaired joints (no app yet).
MARIJA SAJKAS - Guest Curator/Jury|
Marija Šajkaš (pronounced as Maria Shay-kash) is a U.S. based writer, media expert and political analyst, and founder of 4 Better Media. Her most recent appearances and projects include work for the Freedom of the Press, Freedom House (2017), High-Level OSCE Chairmanship Conference “Freedom of the Media in the Western Balkans” in co-operation with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (2017), Mayor’s Office of immigrant Affairs in New York City (2016), Global Freedom of Expression Initiative at Columbia University (2016), CORO- Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (2015). Marija holds an M.S. in International Affairs, with a concentration in Culture and Media Studies, from The New School University in New York, and a BS in Serbian Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade. She is the author of the novel Esther Jovanovich's Scrapbook (Klett, 2013) and co-author of the TV documentary “Missing- the Right to Know”. (2003) - www.marijasajkas.com
ANDI REISS - Short Documentary|
Andi Reiss is a documentary producer, ethnographic/artist-filmmaker, photographer and educator with twenty years of independent experience. Having filmed in many interesting places around the world, hostile and challenging environments included, he is currently based in Oxford, UK and (part time) in New York with his wonderful wife Kris. He is currently developing a slate of international indie documentaries, loosely focused on issues of mental health (andireiss.com), whilst also setting out on a research project with his eight year old son to discover if Chic, the seminal rock band that disco direly needed, ever found any takers for that free cow they were always trying to get rid of. Having had films screened at the festival over the years, and having had the pleasure of being a jury member in 2019, Andi is delighted to be working with Don, Katha and all at QWFF once again, for this their celebratory tenth year.
SEKIYA DORSETT – LGBTQ |
After years of working in television marketing departments creating commercials for NBC Universal and Viacom, Sekiya Dorsett is the director behind Seabreeze Media. The company creates original programming and media to uplift women and voices of color. Her feature film, The Revival Women and the Word is distributed by Women Make Movies and has screened nationally and internationally. Her documentary series, Stonewall 50 : The Revolution has been nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Award. Sekiya is working a feature narrative film and producing a short film with long time collaborator and Gotham Award Winning writer, Jade Foster. The short called Another Miracle Girl will be released later this year.
KRIS SORBIE – Narrative Short|
Kris Sorbie, it has been said, is the equivalent of royalty in the hair industry, and for twenty years was Global Artistic Director for Redken, 5th Avenue. She attended hair school in London back when Jesus was a baby and became a star student, after which she embarked on an award-winning international career. After creating the color technique Ombré she moved to New York to push the artistry and business sense of hairdressers of all levels and abilities. She is a world-renowned artist and educator and has twice won Master Hairstylist of the Year at the North American Hairstyling Awards. Now based in New York and in Oxford, UK Kris is currently developing a slate of international indie documentaries with her husband, Andi. She is delighted to be a part of QWFF 2020, and excited to be able to help a festival she has come to love for its diversity and rich multicultural sensibilities.
JOSH GREEN - Narrative Feature |
Founder of Jagman Productions, Josh Green has produced, represented, or distributed more than 60 films in a near 20 year time span with ten years spent as the Head of Distribution for Ira Deutchman’s Emerging Pictures. His recent production credits include documentary By Sidney Lumet; music documentaries Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and I Want My Name Back on seminal bands Journey and The Sugarhill Gang, respectively; and Lifetime movie Seasons of Love produced alongside Taraji P. Henson. He’s further an Executive Producer on the South African western, Five Fingers for Marseilles, which was released theatrically in the US to critical acclaim in Fall 2018. Josh’s next scripted film to hit the marketplace is the US/China co-production Confetti, which will be released in China and the US in Summer 2020. He is executive producing on a documentary currently in production, The Great China Baseball Hunt, on the emergence of baseball in China and had another documentary in production on Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni. He is producing a documentary on the Negro Baseball Leagues with producer Byron Motley, director Sam Pollard and Radical Media. He is further executive producing a scripted mini series on the Negro Baseball Leagues and the first and only woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Effa Manley. And he’s producing a film adaptation of the Reginald Lewis biopic, Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun, on Reginald's achievement as the first black billionaire. Lastly he is in early development with Warner Brothers on a scripted narrative on the Journey and Arnel Pineda musical story with Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) attached to direct and Scott Silver to write (The Joker, 8 Mile, The Fighter).