Cinequest Film Festival 18 - Film Jury

Cinequest Film Festival 18 - Film Jury

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2008 Narrative Features Jury

Eric Hayashi
Eric Hayashi is the Executive Director of the Film Arts Foundation, a national service organization based in San Francisco. One of the largest of its kind in the country; Film Arts assists independent filmmakers of all genres develop, fund and distribute their projects. He is one of the producers of a new American feature motion picture, Only The Brave by writer-director, Lane Nishikawa and served previously as line producer for Nishikawa’s short feature, Forgotten Valor. Hayashi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film/Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. He produced and directed Lane Nishikawa’s stage play, I’m On A Mission From Buddha, and was the script consultant for its adaptation into a nationally broadcast television special. He has been the dramaturgical producer and creative developer for scores of new and original stage plays including works by David Henry Hwang, Culture Clash, and Philip Kan Gotanda. His experiences culminated in his leadership of a newly formed state university department, the Institute for Teledramatic Arts & Technology at CSU Monterey Bay, which converged the disciplines of film, television, radio, live theater and internet streaming media through the platform of content development. He currently serves on the executive committee and as a board director for the Western States Arts Federation, a regional arts funding and service organization that represents the thirteen western states in the nation. He is a board director of the California Lawyers for the Arts. He has served on numerous funding, programming and festival panels for media. From 1995 – 1998 Hayashi was the executive director of a state agency, the Kansas Arts Commission, leading that organization through significant change. Prior to that he served in a two-year post as the assistant program director for the Theater Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. Hayashi served as the executive director and chief executive officer of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, a major presenter of international work, based in downtown Los Angeles.

Dominic Angerame
Since 1969, Dominic Angerame has made more than 35 films that have been shown and won awards in film festivals around the world. He has also been honored by two Cine Probe Series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City -- in 1993 and in June 1998. His most recent work Anaconda Targets (2004) is being exhibited at the Whitney Biennial (2006) and was exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival, Onion City Film Festival, Chicago, New York Film Festival, and the Vienalle in Vienna and will screen at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and many more. Dominic presented his “City Symphony Series” along with Pixiescope, Waifen Maiden, Consume, and Anaconda Targets at the Havana Film Festival in 2006. This was the first time experimental cinema has been presented at this festival during its 28 years. Angerame teaches filmmaking/cinema studies/criticism at the San Francisco Art Institute as a visiting artist. He has also taught film production and cinema studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Extension, New College of California; and has been a guest lecturer and visiting artist for Stanford University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Graduate School of Theology in Berkeley, and others. Dominic has been the Executive Director of Canyon Cinema for the past twenty years. Under his leadership, Canyon Cinema has become one of the world's most renowned distributors of avant garde and experimental films. Canyon Cinema's contribution to the field of experimental/avant garde filmmaking is historic and heroic.

David Kahn
David Kahn joined the SJSU TV-Radio-Film and Theatre faculty in 1985. He teaches scriptwriting, dramatic literature and theatre history, directing, and graduate seminars in addition to his production work as a director, writer and producer. As a theatre professional he was founding artistic director of Sierra Repertory Theatre, production manager of the Eureka Theatre Co., managing director of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, literary manager of San Jose Rep, consulting director for City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose, and a guest artist with CSU SummerArts, Southern Rep of New Orleans in addition to numerous jobs as a freelance director and dramaturg. Kahn has participated in panels and workshops with Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, Association of Theatres in Higher Education, and California Educational Theatre Association. He is author of numerous articles on new play development, dramaturgy, and computer-based theatre resources, and ScriptWork: A Director's Approach to New Play Development (SIU Press). For many years he served a professional theatres site visitor for the California Arts Council. At SJSU, Dr. Kahn has directed and produced many world-premiere stage and screen productions, including last year's Cinequest feature documentary Making it Right and his own adaptation War of the Worlds v. 2.0. In 2001, he received the Kennedy Center-ACTF "Excellence in Education" Award. In 2003 he was named as one of seven SJSU Teacher-Scholars.

2008 Documentary Features Jury

Cynthia Kane
Cynthia Kane serves as Program Manager for ITVS International, which facilitates an exchange of compelling documentaries between the United States and other nations and promotes programming that transcends stereotypes and headline news to provide international television audiences with new insight into the cultures and people that comprise our global community. She works with independent producers to create and present documentaries taking creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. Her work with ITVS International offers an annual open submission process- International Call - for independent producers from countries outside the U.S. to apply for production and post-production funding.

Mark Levine
Mark Levine has served as the President of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival for four years and has worked with the festival for ten years. With a 2008 strategic shift in favor of a larger, more expanded festival with year-round programming, Mark was appointed to the professional position of Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival ( In addition to his Executive Director role, Mark is a principle in the communications consulting firm of Mark Allan Communication Partners, LLC. He and his partner work with Silicon Valley clients to help them improve communication with their internal and external stakeholder audiences.

K.C. Price
Managing Director of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco. The roots of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center go back to 1983, when Film Arts Foundation, the Bay Area’s leading membership organization of independent filmmakers, and NAATA, an organization dedicated to Asian Pacific American media, first moved into a small portion of a building at 346 Ninth Street (two blocks from the current location). Frameline, which has long been at the forefront of LGBT media, followed in 1991, and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest festival of its kind, came aboard in 1995.

2008 Short Film Jury

Maverick Shorts Jury
Barnaby Dallas - Film/TV Professor; San Jose State
Sean Frame – Filmmaker, Berkeley; Owner of Frame by Frame Productions
Zaki Lisha - Film/TV Professor; De Anza College

Student Shorts Jury
Barnaby Dallas - Film/TV Professor; San Jose State
Sean Frame – Filmmaker, Berkeley; Owner of Frame by Frame Productions
Zaki Lisha - Film/TV Professor; De Anza College
Kari Nevil – Filmmaker, San Francisco; Owner Junebug Films