Scott Wilson
From his spectacular motion picture debut in 1967 in two of the motion picture industry’s classic films, In the Heat of the Night for director Norman Jewison and In Cold Blood for Richard Brooks, Scott Wilson has consistently achieved the highest industry and critical response. The key to Wilson’s success has been the careful selection of material and his association with many of the film industry’s most illustrious directors. Such perceptive directors as Ridley Scott, Tim Robbins, Walter Hill, Steve Kloves, Phil Kaufman, Jack Clayton, William Peter Blatty, Sydney Pollack, Robert Aldrich, Dale Rosenbloom and Krzysztof Zanussi have cast Wilson in important roles. Wilson will soon be seen in The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise directed by Edward Zwick and Monster with Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci directed by Patty Jenkins. Wilson lives in Los Angeles and has been married for 26 years to his wife, Heavenly, attorney, artist and writer.

Veronica Cartwright
Born in England, Veronica is the older sister of popular Television child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, she was cast in a number of popular films such as The Children's Hour (1961), Spencer's Mountain (1963) and Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). As such, she was cast as Jemima Boone in the popular Television series "Daniel Boone" which ran from 1964-66. Her career after "Boone" may have been influenced by Hitchcock as she appeared in both the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and the horror classic Alien (1979). On Television, she would appear sporadically as the Lumpy's younger sister, Violet Rutherford on "Leave It to Beaver (1960)" and have a small role in the Television movie "Still the Beaver (1983)". She would also appear in "Robert Kennedy & His Times (1985)", "Tanner '88' (1988)" and have a recurring role on "L.A. Law (1986)". Her big screen features would include The Right Stuff (1983), Flight of the Navigator (1986) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Veronica would work on the stage in "Electra", "Talley's Folly", "Homesteaders", "Butterflies are Free" and "The Triplet Connection". Alternating between Television and big screen movies in the 90's, she appears in such films as Hitler's Daughter (1990) (TV) and Candyman 2 (1995).

Donald Moffat
RADA alumnus Donald Moffat made his London stage debut in 1954, playing the First Murderer in MacBeth. On stage, the wiry, angular Moffat excelled in the plays of Ibsen and Moliere; on screen, he has since carved his niche in eccentric, unpredictable roles. He has also sparkled in authoritative characterizations, both bombastic (a tantrum-tossing LBJ in 1981's The Right Stuff, a fascistic Colonel Ruppert in the 1991 TV movie Babe Ruth) and cool-headed (the fictional U.S. president in 1993's A Clear and Present Danger, Kennedy in-law Hugh Auchincloss in the 1982 video presentation Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy). In addition, Moffat has brightened many a Robert Altman production, most prominently as the ubiquitous bike-riding tax collector in Popeye (1980). Donald Moffat's TV-series resumé includes such roles as an immigrant Scandinavian minister in The New Land (1974), a lovable android in Logan's Run (1977), and all-knowing Dr. Marcus Polk on the ABC daytimer One Life to Live. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



Dow Mossman
Author of the Stones of Summer, and surprise guest at  Ebertfest, Dow Mossman is enjoying the belated success and celebrity of his his first book, published in 1972!

Mark Moskowitz
Mark Moskowitz is known for his issue-oriented media, including more than three thousand political spots for hundreds of races nationally and worldwide. He has been awarded “Pollies,” political media’s highest award, for five consecutive years. Besides his political work, Moskowitz has created promotional media for high profile athletes, musicians, CEOs, and others in the public eye. For over twenty years he’s specialized in telling reality stories by bringing amateurs to life on-camera. Moskowitz has also worked as a strategic communications consultant to blue chip companies as well as produced media for leading technology centers such as Lawrence Livermore National Labs, and the new National Constitution Center project. His recent film on the issue of nuclear stockpile stewardship is being used internationally by the U.S. Department of Energy. His network public-image commercials for both the PGA Tour and National Basketball Association were hallmarked as the first of their kind.

Jeff Lipsky
Jeff Lipsky is a 28 year veteran in the independent film world. Co-founder of both October Films and Lot 47 Films, Lipsky is prominently featured in books about Oscar nominated writer/director Mike Leigh and filmmaker Spike Lee. Among the more well-known of the 235 films he has shepherded into the marketplace are My Life as a Dog, which earned Lasse Hallstrom his first two Academy Award nominations, Jim Jarmusch’s first film Stranger Than Paradise, and the film that introduced actor Gary Oldman to the world, Sid & Nancy.

Lipsky’s distribution career began at the age of 21 with the literal start of the independent distribution business when he set sail with his mentor actor/writer/director John Cassavetes distributing A Woman Under the Influence, which, in 1974, became the very first specialized film ever to be distributed nationally bypassing the archaic and obsolete sub-distribution network.

In 1979 Lipsky became General Sales Manager at New Yorker Films where he distributed Wayne Wang’s first film Chan Is Missing, Louis Malle’s My Dinner With Andre, R.W. Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, and Jean-Luc Godard’s Every Man For Himself. In 1983 Lipsky became Vice President of Distribution for Samuel Goldwyn Films where he distributed Dance With a Stranger, 3 Men and a Cradle, Gregory’s Girl, The Care Bears Movie, and the Jarmusch film.

Tom Skouras hired Lipsky as President of the Motion Pictures Division of Skouras Pictures in 1987 where he distributed Mission: Impossible screenwriter David Koepp’s first film Apartment Zero, My Life as a Dog, and High Hopes, the movie that introduced Mike Leigh to the U.S. and that forged a second mentor relationship for Lipsky, this time with Leigh’s long-time producer Simon Channing-Williamns.

In 1990 Lipsky co-founded October Films which immediately rose to the ranks of the most highly regarded independents, releasing films such as Leigh’s Life Is Sweet, Gregg Araki’s The Living End, Alain Corneau’s Tous les matins du monde, and John Dahl’s The Last Seduction.

In 1995 Lipsky wrote and directed Childhood’s End which New York Times film reviewer called, ‘The Graduate without guilt. A refreshing change from the dumb brat-pack stereotypes mewling through a typical Hollywood coming-of-age fantasy. Savvy dialogue.’ It received an Official Invitation to compete in the San Sebastian Film Festival, and screened at the Stockholm, Montreal, Hamburg, and Seattle International Film Festivals.

After a two year return to Goldwyn, where he released Adrian Lyne’s controversial Lolita, Lipsky co-founded Lot 47 Films in 1999. Some of Lot 47’s releases include Tim Roth directorial debut The War Zone, French multiple Academy Award winning comedy-drama and Audrey Tautou’s debut film, Venus Beauty Institute, Im Kwon-Taek Cannes competition entry Chunhyang, Michael Cuesta’s L.I.E., and the best reviewed film of 2002, Zacharias Kunuk’s The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat).

Robert Goodman
Robert M. Goodman is an Emmy-nominated director and award-winning writer/producer with broadcast, documentary and feature credits. His nonfiction work includes: Meantime, Going Digital; Art in the Hotel Patee; The Road Taken; America’s Dream Highway; From Seed to Flower; and Philadelphia Green. As one of 20 nonfiction producers in North America selected for IFFCON, a prestigious international co-production market, Goodman was featured on John Pierson’s Split Screen series about independent filmmaking and filmmakers which airs on Bravo. He is an acknowledged expert on digital production and has conducted workshops on production and post at the major film festivals in the U.S. for AIVF, IFP, ITVA, SMPTE, Sony, and Women in Film. One of the industry’s preeminent journalists Goodman's articles and books have helped make technology more understandable to filmmakers for over a decade. He recently coauthored Editing Digital Video, a creative and technical guide about how to tell stories with any editing tool and is one of the authors of the American Society of Cinematographer’s Video Manual. Goodman also works as a consultant for independent filmmakers on production and post.




Claudio Valdés Kuri, theatre director

Mexican Theatre director Claudio Valdés Kuri made his international debut with his first production, Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh. This staging earned him several awards, including Best Director of Exploratory Drama and Best Group Theatre Director. Following this success, Valdés Kuri wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed play "De monstrous y prodigies, la historia de los Castrati" with the National Theatre Company of Mexico, the most relevant in its field. His work has been seen in important theatre festivals such as the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, the International Hispanic Theatre Festival in New York and Miami, The International Mexican Cervantino Festival, Grec Festival in Barcelona, Temporada Alta in Gerona, Festival Iberoamericano in Cadiz, Granada Abierta, Festival Iberoamericano in Bogotá, Caracas International Festival, and Puerto Rico International Theatre Showcase, among others.

Mr. Valdés Kuri graduated with honours from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Mexican Centre of Film Training). His documentary films have been screened in Mexico and at international festivals. Claudio's training as an actor began at an early age in 1976, under the leadership of Susana Wein. He participated in countless productions with her company for the next seventeen years. From 1996 to 1999 he belonged to the Carpa Theater of Austria. He was member and co-founder of the early music ensemble Ars Nova, which is mostly dedicated to renaissance and Latin American baroque music. Over the last fifteen years, this group has toured Mexico Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South America, the United States, and the Caribbean.


Irene Akiko Iida, actress
Iida was born to Japanese parents living in Mexico City. Upon finishing high school in Mexico City, she moved to Osaka, Japan to enroll at the Music School of Takarazuka (Takarazuka Ongaku Gakko), and was the first Latin American student ever to be admitted In 1981, upon graduation, Iida joined the Takarazuka Musical Revue Company as an actress. There she made her debut with the artistic name of Irene Sachikaze. Her theatrical career with Takarazuka, a legendary Japanese institution founded in 1914, comprises more than 60 musical productions.
In 1987, while continuing with her theatrical activities, she entered the 150-year-old Hanayagi School of Traditional Japanese Dance to deepen her knowledge of Japanese culture. Under the instruction of Rokuharu Hanayagi, Iida adopted the name of Irene Hanayagi. In 1991 she passed the school’s examination and obtained the title of teacher/master (Shihan) of the Hanayagi School of Traditional Japanese Dance In 1997, Iida debuted on the Mexican theatre scene with Juan, el Momótaro, a musical theater production she wrote, directed and produced for the Centenary of Japanese Migration to Mexico. Since then she has taught traditional Japanese dance and has presented at many conferences throughout the country.In 2001, she appeared in The Sunset of the White Stork, a theatrical production created in homage to Master Seki Sano.
Enrique Arreola, actor

Recognized as one of the best Mexican actors of his generation, Enrique Arreola studied acting with Luis de Tavira at the Center for Theater Studies/ Casa del Teatro and studied Dramatic Literature at the National University of Mexico. In 1997-98, he continued his professional studies with master teachers such as Ludwik Margules, Hector Mendoza and Jose Caballero. Arreola has performed in over 30 plays to date, among them Miller’s The Crucible, Ibarguengoitia’s The Struggle with the Angel, and Brecht’s Threepenny Opera. In 1997, he participated in the Mexican-Argentinean project ¡Vieja el ultimo!, appearing in a bilingual version with the 55 Group at New York’s Brooklyn Academy Music.

Arreola made his international debut in Becket or the Honour of God, directed by Claudio Valdés Kuri, for which he received a citation as best supporting actor. He soon joined the National Theatre Company of Mexico, appearing in plays such as Roberto Zucco and Three plays of Copi in Mexico, both under the direction of the French director Catherine Marnas. In the area of film, Arreola has appeared in Walter Doenher’s The Blue Room as well as several short films for the CCC and the CUEC. In 2000, he received a scholarship from the National Council for the Culture and the Arts for research on vocal training. In addition to his work as an actor, he has served as director’s assistant to Claudio Valdés Kuri for The Grey Automobile.

Ernesto Gómez Santana, pianist

Born in Mexico City, Ernesto studied music and piano at the National University of Mexico’s Music School and subsequently under Piano Program Chairman James Gibb at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama of London.As an accompanist, Gómez Santana has participated in long runs of several music theater productions and has performed with well-known instrumentalists and singers such as Lourdes Ambriz, Lucía Gómez Santana, Jesús Suaste y Encarnación Vázquez. As a soloist, he has participated in Concert Masters seasons sponsored by the National University of Mexico. Mr. Gómez Santana appeared in the play Los empeños de una casa by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz at the Seville Expo '92 and at the Cadiz Ibero-american Festival, both in Spain. In 1994, he was invited by Pro-música Ensenada to perform Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, in a new edition by Schott for two pianos and percussion orchestra.He was invited to participate in the II, III and IV Magno Festival Palafoxiano of Puebla from 1994 to 1996, appearing at the Luis Cabrera Hall and Teatro Principal. In January 2001 he participated in the INSAP III (Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena) International Congress held at Palermo, Italy, accompanying vocalist Encarnación Vázquez singing his own work. In June 2001, Santana appeared in New York and Miami as both actor and pianist in Claudio Valdés Kuri’s De monstruos y prodigios, la historia de los Castrati, at the XVI International Hispanic Theatre Festival.

Igor Lozada, executive producer

Born in Mexico City, Igor Lozada is known in the Mexican theater arena as an outstanding producer thanks to his work in nationally and internationally acclaimed projects like Becket or the Honour of God and De Monstruos y Prodigios, la historia de los Castrati. He studied Communication Sciences in the National University of Mexico and acting in its Center for Theatre Studies. He widened his artistic knowledge with diplomas from the Casa de Teatro and the National Arts Center, studying with professors such as Richard Schechner, Luis de Tavira and José Caballero.Lozada’s work has represented Mexico at several international festivals: Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, the International Hispanic Theatre Festivals in New York, Miami and Puerto Rico, The International Mexican Cervantino Festival, Grec Festival in Barcelona, Temporada Alta in Gerona, Cadiz Ibero-american Festival, Granada Abierta, Bogotá Ibero-american Festival, and the Caracas International Festival, among others. In addition to his collaborations with director Claudio Valdés Kuri, Lozada has served as producer, actor and director’s assistant with artists such as Luis Mario Moncada, Pablo Mandoki, Rubén Ortiz, Susana Wein and Miguel Angel Gaspar. Lozada also served as Technical Coordinator of the Caribbean Festival and Technical Director of the National Theatre Showcase. At present, he is working as the Executive Producer and Theatre Coordinator of the Cervantino International Festival.


Neil LaBute
LaBute was educated at Brigham Young University, a Mormon college. He later attended graduate school at the University of Kansas and NYU. He also participated in workshops at London’s Royal Court Theater and attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwright’s Lab at NYU. His first movie, In the company of men, 1997, won him the Filmmaker Trophy for Best Dramatic Feature at Sundance. Your friends and neighbors, 1998, received solid reviews and established him as a new talent. His next film, Nurse Betty, 2000, starring Renee Zellweger and Morgan Freeman became a respectable box-office success. He has also directed several plays. LaBute lives in Fort Wayne, IN, with his wife and two daughters.


Bob Rafelson
Bob Rafelson is one of American cinemas leading figures, having distinguished himself over the past three decades as a director, writer and producer of a unique collection of award-winning and ground-breaking films. He was born in New York City and educated at Dartmouth and the University of Benares in India. Rafelson began his career in television and shortly thereafter started his own company which went on to create and produce the original Monkees. Their television show and pop recordings garnered phenomenal international success, including the Emmy for Best Television Show. He is best known as the director of the 1970 classic film, FIVE EASY PIECES, starring Jack Nicholson. He co-wrote and co-produced the movie. FIVE EASY PIECES, considered to be one of the most important films in the history of cinema, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Supporting Actress (Karen Black).


Haskell Wexler
Haskell Wexler has earned two Oscars and five Academy Award nominations for best Cinematography. He was the fourth cinematographer to ever receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Amongst a wide array of movies he worked on Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf 1966, American Graffiti, 1973, and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975. Wexler’s documentaries, such us Medium Cool, 1969 and Latino, 1985 are vehicles for him to express his activism.





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Bertrand Tavernier
French director Tavernier quit law school to write film criticism for CAHIERS DU CINEMA and other major journals, worked as an assistant director and publicist and authored two books on American cinema before making his first feature, The Clockmaker (1973). It won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 Berlin Film Festival, the Prix Louis Delluc in France, and established Tavernier's reputation. Tavernier's other noted films include Clean Slate (1981), a bold adaptation of Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280, set not in the US South, but in French North Africa, and Round Midnight (1986), a smooth, pseudo-biopic of a black-American jazz musician in 1950s Paris.


Silent Movie Theater

Charlie Lustman and Dena Mora
The Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles is the only theater in the country that is solely dedicated to silent movies. Movie fanatics John and Dorothy Hampton founded the theater in 1942, after they moved from Oklahoma to LA. The theater lived through many turbulent years and was finally shut down because it became a murder site. Songwriter Charlie Lustman took over the theater in 1999 and has restored it to its old glory. Lustman is now showing silent movies all over the globe.



David Bordwell

David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, where he teaches film history and analysis. He is a lifelong lover of movies. When he was 14, he began collecting 8mm film and projected BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN and THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI on his bedroom wall. As an undergraduate at SUNY-Albany, he ran a film society and wrote film criticism for the student daily. After finishing his PhD at the University of Iowa, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin--where there were 22 film societies screening dozens of films weekly.  Since then he has written books on Hollywood and Hong Kong film, as well as studies of Ozu, Eisenstein, and Dreyer. With his wife Kristin Thompson he has also written two textbooks, FILM ART: AN INTRODUCTION and FILM HISTORY: AN INTRODUCTION. He is advisor to the Wisconsin Cinematheque, the department's film society, and director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Each summer he goes to Europe to watch movies.



Eric Byler
Bi-racial writer-director Eric Byler grew up in Hawaii and California before graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. His short film Kenji's Faith (1995) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win six festival awards, as well as a nomination for "The Student Academy Awards" sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His first feature Charlotte Sometimes (2002) received the "Audience Award for First Films Narrative" at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the "Special Jury Award for Narrative Filmmaking" at the Florida Film Festival. Theater directing credits include Texas and Laughter, Joy & Loneliness & Sex & Sex & Sex & Sex.

Jaqueline Kim
Jacqueline Kim attended the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and performed in Chicago and New York before becoming a company member at the prestigious Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Her theater roles include several of the greatest heroines of the classical stage, including Sophocles' Electra, Nina in The Seagull, and Cordelia in King Lear. Jacqueline's feature films include Brokedown Palace, Volcano, Disclosure, Star Trek: Generations, The Operator, and The Hollywood Sign. Her television roles include celebrated guest appearances on E.R., West Wing, and Xena: The Warrior Princess. She recently completed In Search of Cezanne, where she starred and shared writing credit with two-time Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Allan Miller.

Michael Idemoto
Charlotte Sometimes marks the return to the big screen for actor/filmmaker Michael Idemoto, and the follow-up to two breakout performances that jump-started the Asian-American independent film movement in 1997 and 1998. Idemoto was born in Freedom, CA where he made a collection of short films on Super 8 film starting at the age of 16. His camera experience paid off in 1997 with the release of Sunsets, the acclaimed Asian American feature film directed by Idemoto and Giant Robot front-man Eric Nakamura. With a celebrated festival run and a renegade visual style, Sunsets is best remembered for Idemoto's charismatic performance as a college-bound criminal roaming the streets of a California farming town. Idemoto also starred in and directed parts of the feature O.B.I.T.S..

John Manulis
Currently the CEO and lead producer of Visionbox Media Group, a production, post-production and technical solutions company dedicated to producing films and television more efficiently and with greater creative freedom through digital technology.

The company’s Visionbox Pictures division has produced, acquired, or represented films for distribution worldwide, including double Independent Spirit Award nominee Charlotte Sometimes, Harry Shearer’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic; multi-festival award winning Falling Like This; and Noah Stern’s The Invisibles (Sundance ’99, Laemmle’s Independent Series ‘01) starring Portia de Rossi and Michael Goorjian.

Mr. Manulis began his career directing theater offBroadway, later segueing into producing television and film. As the Head of Filmed Entertainment for Samuel Goldwyn Films, he supervised the production or acquisition of such films as The Madness of King George, Lolita, The Chambermaid on the Titanic, American Buffalo, Angels and Insects, I Shot Andy Warhol, Bent, The Preacher's Wife, Big Night, Kissed and The King of Masks.

Mr. Manulis' career as an independent producer includes Tortilla Soup, starring Hector Elizondo, Elizabeth Peña, Raquel Welch and Paul Rodriguez; The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo di Caprio and Mark Wahlberg; Swing Kids starring Christian Bale, Noah Wyle and Ken Branagh; Foxfire, starring Angelina Jolie, Heddy Burress and Peter Facinelli; Daybreak starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Omar Epps and Moira Kelly; and the offBroadway and Los Angeles sensation The Umbilical Brothers’ THWAK . He has executive produced projects including the acclaimed CBS series Comedy Zone, which he also created, V.I. Warshawski starring Kathleen Turner, Blind Side starring Rutger Hauer and Rebecca DeMornay and the 38-share CBS MOW Intimate Strangers.

Mr. Manulis received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, East and serves on the Advisory Board of The Digital Coast Roundtable and Board of Directors of The Liberty Hill Foundation.



Jill Sprecher
After toiling for a dozen years in the New York film industry, Jill Sprecher broke through to the ranks of writer-directors with the independent feature Clockwatchers (1997). Raised in Madison, WI, Sprecher stayed close to home for college, studying philosophy and literature at the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus. Relocating to New York City after college, Sprecher earned a graduate degree in cinema studies at N.Y.U. and got her start in the movie industry as a production assistant on the cult favorite Liquid Sky (1983). Remaining an avowed New Yorker, Sprecher worked as a production manager and/or production coordinator on a number of New York-based independent and studio productions, including Enemies, A Love Story (1989) and Where the Heart Is (1990). A contemplative, personal work interweaving five stories about fate and human connections, 13 Conversations About One Thing garnered good reviews at festival screenings in 2001 and again on its release in 2002.

Karen Sprecher
Karen is a licensed clinical social worker and received her Masters degree in the field from New York University. Before entering the film business, she counseled teenagers in an independent living program in Chicago, as well as adults and children at a community mental health facility in New York City.

Karen has worked as a production coordinator on independent features and afterschool television specials, and has taught screenwriting at the Scarsdale Young Writers’ Conference. In addition to co-writing Clockwatchers she served as the film’s co-producer. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, which she co-wrote with her sister Jill, was named one of the ten best films of 2002 by the National Board of Review.


Donald O'Connor
A bubbly, youthful teenaged lead of minor Universal musicals in the 1940s, Donald O'Connor, an excellent dancer and eager clown, later co-starred opposite Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in the now classic Singin' in the Rain (1952). He also starred with a trained mule in the Francis the Talking Mule series. His high-energy style, boyish manner earned him success in adult roles in the 50s. Most modern audiences noticed O'Connor for his role in Barry Levinson's lavish Toys (1992), as the toy mogul father of Robin Williams' character.

Cyd Charisse
She has been called the definitive female icon of American dance. Her unforgettable contributions to the Golden Age of MGM Hollywood musicals include such favorites as Silk Stockings, The Bandwagon, Brigadoon, and the classic Singin’ In The Rain. She starred alongside two of the greatest male dancers in film history, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Her innovative approach to the dance coupled with her sensuous appeal has made her an all-time audience favorite. She has been married to singer Tony Martin since 1948. In 2000 Cyd was presented with the very first Nijinsky award for her lifelong contributions to the world of dance.



Michael Barker
Michael Barker is the Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics - a company that distributes, finances and produces independent films from America and around the world. Recent successes include CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, POLLOCK, SWEET AND LOWDOWN, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER and THE TAO OF STEVE. Previously he co founded Orion Classics in 1983. He and his partners have been associated with films that have been nominated for a total of 67 Academy Awards, winning 17. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Mr. Barker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas.

Lorr Kramer, Director of Special Technical Projects at Digital Theater Systems (DTS). Lorr Kramer joined DTS in 1996 where he serves as Director, Special Technical Projects, working with both engineering and marketing departments supporting entry into new technical areas, as well as lending technical support to a variety of marketing activities.

Brand Fortner, Senior Research Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University.

Dusty and Joan Cohl, founder of Toronto Film Festival and Floating Film festival.

Steve Garfinkel, Regional Account Manager of Feature Films for Kodak (US East).

Scott Foundas
Scott Foundas is a film critic for "Variety" and "Indiewire.com." A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television (where he served three proud years as film-section editor of the Daily Trojan newspaper), his writing has also appeared in "Cinema Scope," "Cahiers du Cinema" and the "L.A. Weekly." In 2003, he served on the short films jury at the Sundance Film Festival.

Chris Gore
Chris Gore has built a solid reputation as the hilariously honest and down-to-earth founder of the legendary Film Threat (www.filmthreat.com). He is also the author of “The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide,” which has fast become the bible for filmmakers hoping to launch careers on the festival circuit. In addition to being a noted speaker and author, he has been featured as a commentator on numerous television shows including the E! True Hollywood Story, the FOX Network, MTV, the Independent Film Channel, and he is currently the host of “Festival Pass with Chris Gore” for Starz. Having attended over 100 film festivals since the age of 12, Chris is a self-described Film Activist and a champion of independent films.

Larry Meistrich
CEO, Film Movement
Lawrence Meistrich, age 35, is the Chief Executive Officer of Film Movement, LLC. Meistrich founded and served as CEO of Shooting Gallery, a premier independent film studio and entertainment production company, from its inception in 1990 until 2001. He has been involved in the production of more than 100 films, commercials and music videos. At Shooting Gallery Meistrich also created Gun for Hire, a comprehensive production and post-production operation with facilities in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto and Vancouver. He has served as producer on numerous award-winning and nominated films, including the 1996 Academy Award winning film, Sling Blade, and the Academy Award nominated You Can Count On Me.

Films produced by Shooting Gallery won more awards than those of any other independent film studio (including Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Montreal Film Festivals) over its eleven-year history, including You Can Count On Me, Sling Blade, The Minus Man, Henry Fool, Niagara Niagara, and Laws of Gravity. Meistrich also created the Shooting Gallery Film Series, the groundbreaking, first-ever commercially launched film series, which included films such as Croupier, Judy Berlin and A Time for Drunken Horses.

Meistrich received the 1998 Crain's Small Business Award and the 1999 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in New York. He currently serves on the board of the New York Production Council.

Lisa Nesselson
Lisa Nesselson is the Paris-based correspondent for Variety and other publications.