2020 JURY

Allison Amon

After getting an Anthropology degree from The University of Wisconsin Madison, Allison Amon, travelled extensively through Europe and North Africa, before settling down in New York City with her husband Paul to pursue a career in film production. She quickly found a job at Spots Films and fell in love with commercial storytelling process. After a spell of Freelance Producing and eager to spend more time outside in the mountains Allison moved West to Los Angeles where she became Head of Production at Palomar Pictures. Soon after she became partner, executive producer and co-owner of Chelsea Pictures and spent the next eighteen years shaping and developing the company into a world class Production Company winning awards at Sundance for The Queen of Versailles, an Emmy for the Branded content piece “Like a Girl" and many Cannes Lions amongst others.  Most recently she was the EVP of Development and Sales at Bullitt as well as the creative agency Superconductor, both a companies owned by The Russo Brothers and Justin Lin. Currently Allison is developing several branded projects for clients like Amazon, The Nature Conservancy and Veloz in partnership with Superconductor. Superconductor recently won the 2020 Best New Small Agency of the Year from Adage. She has served on the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Jury for 4 years and loves to get outside and ski, run, ride her bike and hike in the beautiful Mountains of the Sierra. 

Documentary Features

Kimberley Browning

Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker and film festival professional based in Los Angeles.  She is the founder and festival director of Hollywood Shorts, a short film screening series and emerging filmmakers program, currently in it’s 22nd year. Kimberley serves as an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival, and formerly was a short film Programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival and Guadalajara International Film Festival’s Los Angeles event. She is the Executive Producer of HBO ACCESS Directors Fellowship, the network's program developing and launching underrepresented voices into episodic television.

Shorts

Kate Erbland

Kate Erbland is the New York–based Deputy Editor, Film of IndieWire, where she writes and edits daily for the site, with a special emphasis on female filmmakers, in-depth interviews, and awards season coverage (including five turns backstage at the Oscars). She has worked at IndieWire since 2015. Some of her previous work can be found at Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, The Dissolve, Vulture, New York Daily News, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She has served on juries and nominating committees for DOC NYC, the Sarasota Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Cinema Eye Honors, the Gothams, and the Critics’ Choice Awards, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from Loyola Marymount University. She is a member of the NYFCC and the BFCA. 

Narrative Features

Caleb Hammond

Caleb Hammond is the Managing Editor of MovieMaker Magazine where he’s covered film festivals such as Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Fest, True/False Fest, and Telluride Film Festival. He has interviewed such diverse names as Claire Denis, Paul Schrader, Ari Aster, Bruno Dumont, Abel Ferrara, Kevin Hart, and Peter Bogdanovich. Most recently he wrote the cover story for MovieMaker's Summer issue on John David Washington. Outside of MovieMaker, he works with the Sundance Documentary Fund and AFI Fest.

Narrative Feature

David Massey

David Massey, an Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker for his Live-Action Short film Last Breeze of Summer (1992), has a BA in Communications & Education from Ohio Dominican University and an MFA in Advanced Film & Television from the American Film Institute. Massey’s work in Hollywood includes film, commercials and television pilots. His docudrama Men of Courage received an NAACP Image Award, airing on PBS and BET. Massey’s six short films under the UCE Productions banner include Island Song(winner 2013 Audience Award at the Pan African Film Festival). He has produced several international documentaries including Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, a documentary on the Women’s Movement in Ghana, narrated by Danny Glover. Massey’s latest projects are When Justice Isn’t Just, a short documentary distributed by First Run Features (available on iTunes); Not All Lost, a reality-based, celebrity-driven PBS program that aired in February 2020 and Passage, a narrative short film in pre-production. Massey is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including The Martin Ritt Scholarship; 2011 PBS Innovation Award and the Eastman Kodak Second Century Honoree. A voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he serves on the Oscar-qualifying Festival and Student Academy Award committees and the Executive Committee of the Live-Action and Animated branch.

Documentary Features

Pat Saperstein

Pat Saperstein is Deputy Editor of Variety, covering film, documentaries, books and restaurants. She started her career as U.S. editor of Le Film Francais and has an extensive background in international and independent film. A frequent film festival juror and moderator for panels and Q&As, she has contributed to books including “Cannes: Fifty Years of Sun Sex and Celluloid,” “Boffo” and “EAT: Los Angeles.”

Narrative Features

Ania Trzebiatowska

Ania Trzebiatowska is a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, focusing on US and World documentary features. Most recently, she was the Sales & Acquisitions Executive for doc sales agency, Autlook Filmsales. Prior to that she was with the NYC-based agency, Visit Films, where she served as Senior Director of Acquisitions since 2015. Aside from her work at Sundance, Ania is also the artistic director of Off Camera IFF (Krakow, Poland), which she has been programming since 2008. She trained in production and post-production at the BBC and the British Museum, and holds a Master’s degree in film studies as well as an M.A in Digital Culture and Technology. 

Shorts

Brian Welk

Brian Welk is a film and entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles. He has worked at the Hollywood trade publication TheWrap since 2016 and has been in his current role as a film reporter since 2018. Brian primarily covers the film industry, writing everything from breaking news updates, box office reports, awards coverage, interview features to analysis on industry trends for both the web and as an on-camera personality. He has attended and reported on the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and the Sundance Film Festival in his capacity with TheWrap. Prior to joining TheWrap, Brian received his Masters in Specialized Journalism - The Arts from USC and worked as a freelance reporter and film critic. His bylines have appeared in The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Consequence of Sound, The Argonaut and more. Brian graduated with a degree in journalism from Indiana University and is a Chicagoland native.

Documentary Features

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