Announcing Our 2015 Juries
Narrative Grand Jury
Host, Dancing with the Stars
Tom Bergeron can be seen as the host of ABC’s longtime hit Dancing with the Stars, for which he won an Emmy Award in 2012. He also recently wrapped his 10th and final season on America’s Funniest Home Videos and released his first book I’m Hosting as Fast as I Can! Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood.
John Michael Higgins is a screen and voice actor, known for his work in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, Bad Teacher, The Ugly Truth, Yes Man, Fred Claus, The Break Up, Fun with Dick and Jane, and Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration.
Head of Digital Distribution, A24 Films
Rebecca Sosa oversees VOD, DVD and ancillary opportunities as Head of Digital Distribution for A24, the studio that recently released Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Prior to A24, Rebecca worked as the Programming Manager at FilmBuff devising digital release strategies for films and crafting the best approach to maximize exposure and revenue to platforms around the world.
Documentary Grand Jury
Founder, A&E IndieFilms
Thompson founded and runs A&E IndieFilms, the network’s feature documentary division. Since launching the division in 2005, Molly has executive produced documentaries including Sundance Award winners Cartel Land, American Teen and The September Issue and Oscar nominees Murderball and Jesus Camp. She also serves as executive producer on documentaries produced under the History Films banner.
Academy Award-winning Director
Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker of the documentary Born Into Brothels. From the war zones of Libya and Syria to the brothels of Kolkata, Ross has filmed around the world. In 2014, Ross, along with Katy Chevigny, directed E-TEAM, a Netflix Original documentary about four intrepid human rights investigators.
Head of Non-Theatrical, Oscilloscope Laboratories
Kate McEdwards is the VP of getting freaky on the dance floor at Oscilloscope. She also helps release indie feature films, and loves making friends with film festivals. Oscilloscope’s prior releases have included Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff and River of Grass, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane’s After Tiller, and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights. Current and upcoming releases include prize-winners Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother, Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, and Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent.
New Hampshire Jury
Host, NHPR’s All Things Considered
Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered at New Hampshire Public Radio. Peter has won several AP awards for his journalism, which has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life. He’s also the founder of Burlington Writers workshop, a nonprofit writing Workshop based in Burlington, Vermont. Peter lives in Concord, New Hampshire.
Editor, The Sound
Larry Clow is the editor of The Sound, the Seacoast’s source for independent weekly news, arts, and culture coverage. He lives in southern Maine. A writer and occasional teacher, he’s working on his first book, People You May Know, about how the internet and social media have changed adoption.
Founder, Factory 25
Matt Grady is a NH native, UNH Alumni and the founder of Factory 25, an independent film distribution company launched in 2009. Grady has been called “One of the most important curatorial voices of new, independent American films.” Grady also produced Onur Tukel’s Applesauce and Summer of Blood. Factory 25 headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York.