2019 MIFF Jury Members
Geoff Browne is an experienced documentary director, cameraman and screenwriter. He shoots in all corners of the world, sometimes in the most challenging circumstances and environments. He has shot for two-time Oscar winning director Malcolm Clarke on his award winning movies. He spent weeks with LAPD, DEA shooting raids and arrests. And he directed PSA’s with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Jane Fonda, etc.，on behalf of Unicef and the ASPCA.
Nikki Bohm is an actor and filmmaker born in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UK.Nikki's has written and directed experimental films which have screened around the world including the prestigious Sitges festival in Spain, and she has directed theatrical stage productions in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by European experimental Art House filmmaking, American 1980’s cinema, and Latin American film, Nikki strives to create a cinematic work that explores how choice, consequence and error can have an important effect on people’s lives and the world around us. With raw realism, her films often explore social issues, dealing with psychological and physical human struggles.
Kirk Ryde is a filmmaker and actor based in Los Angeles, CA. He received an MFA in Film and Television from UCLA where he won the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting. Kirk's award winning films have screened at film festivals around the world, and as an actor he has appeared in several independent films as well as on NBC Television and Curiosity Stream. Kirk is the founder of Kleer Bros. Entertainment, an independent production house, and he actively works with film festivals worldwide to discover and promote new writers and filmmakers. He recently returned from China where we was a Visiting Professor at the Beijing Film Academy.
Guy Renardeau A multi-award winning composer, songwriter, producer, musician, and filmmaker. Guy studied at the Hochschule für Music in Kõln, a famous university in Germany. He has worked on award-winning films in Europe and the US. Guy was also a member of the Performing Arts Fund NL, which is the most important culture fund in the Netherlands. He also loves teaching and does master-level classes in composition and filmmaking.
Ashish Wagh, Founder at Dreams Beyond Entertainment (USA), Co-Founder and Managing Director of Indian Film Studios Private Limited & Managing Partner at Merry Go Round Studios. Produced films with Oscar winning Producer Marc Baschet. Has 18 years of combined experience in Production, Theatrical Distribution, Marketing and Sales in Bollywood, Hollywood & Regional Films in India. Released more than 500 films.
Ping Fu Professor Ping Fu teaches film, theatre, media and cultural studies courses at Towson University, Maryland, USA. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration on film studies and theater. Her research and publications mainly center on national and global cinema and media, visual and performing arts, East-West cultural and literary relations and theories. She is also a documentary filmmaker.
2019 MIFF Selection Committee
Alexis Scott has designed over 40 films and TV shows for Directors including Wim Wenders.She is a experienceed Movie costume designer，and she worked with many filmmaker in Hollywood.
Yong Zhao, previously worked in Meidi Conglomerate and Wanda Group. Now he is the vice-executive manager of Womei Group cinema division, in charge of advertising media, television-and-film investment and shooting, cinema chain store managing and other related works.During his employment in Wanda, he was in charge of cinema development and management in Liaoning and Jilin province. Ten Wanda theaters were founded when he was in charge.During his employment in Womei, he established the operating structure for the group to fully develop its media and television market. He is in charge of the management of 25 theaters and the development of new theaters; he has accomplished multiple film and television projects by working from the early proposal of a project to all the marketing and advertising during the exhibitions later in theaters.
Jane Frances O’Connor is a fine arts leader and hospitality entrepreneur who began her public service career in the United States Senate. For over two decades, she has been a vocal performer with the Capitol Hill Chorale performing in Washington, D.C., Salzburg, Prague, and most recently Tbilisi. She also served for a decade as chief photographer for the United States Senate Majority Leader.
Musician/arranger (keyboard, vocals, guitar, congas, as needed)，Writing and Directing of original films created for the church youth(Contemporary retelling based on David vs. Goliath and Moses vs. Pharaoh). She is also a ACTOR，HOPE OPERAS 2012, WASHINGTON, DC Acted/sang in original production for local charities.RECORDING ARTIST/COMPOSER/PRODUCER WASHINGTON, DC 2000 AND 2009 Independent label CD projects of original contemporary Christian music “Marvelous Things” and “Be Love”Acted in and directed productions in this active award-winning community theater. Shows include: Fiddler on the Roof, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Nunsense, Grease, The Secret Garden, Broadway Bound. Several acting awards from South Eastern Theatre Conference.She is currently CO-PASTOR in CHEVY CHASE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASHINGTON,DC