Sidewalk Jury

Shorts

  1. Skizz Cyzyk

    Skizz Cyzyk

    Skizz Cyzyk is a filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, and film festival careerist, having held positions at MicroCineFest, Maryland Film Festival, Slamdance, Kansas City Film Fest, and Atlanta Film Festival, as well as serving on juries at many other festivals. He has been an annual juror for Sidewalk since its first year (1999), except for 2013, when his film, HIT & STAY, won Best Documentary Feature. He was added to Sidewalk’s Advisory Board in 2003, and juried the Sidewalk Scramble in 2005 and 2007. Skizz also writes for music and film magazines, is on the Board of Directors for Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, plays punk rock ukulele for Go Pills, and is the drummer for indie-pop sensations The Jennifers, as well as for Mink Stole & Her Wonderful Band.

  2. Andrea Krauss

    Andrea Krauss

    Andrea Krauss has been in the film industry for many years and has been working in the Distributions and Acquisitions division of Here Media/Regent Entertainment bringing her unique visual sensitivity, strong analytical skills, and cultural awareness to the company by screening and evaluating submissions for potential acquisition. She has also been instrumental in coordinating domestic and international film festivals for all of Here/Regent Films theatrical titles including the Academy Award® winning film Departures.

  3. Roberta Munroe

    Roberta Munroe

    Filmmaker

    Roberta Munroe is a producer, author, writer/director and the Managing Partner of her LA based film production and consulting company. Her book, HOW NOT TO MAKE A SHORT FILM: SECRETS FROM A SUNDANCE PROGRAMMER (Hyperion, 2009), a provocative and practical insider’s guide to making and distributing a great short film. HOW NOT TO MAKE A FILM has remained an Amazon Best Seller since its publication.

    From 2001-2006, Roberta programmed short films at The Sundance Film Festival during which time the Online Film Festival won several coveted Webby Awards. After five very successful years at Sundance, Roberta was instrumental in launching The Blackhouse Foundation, which supports African American filmmakers, and served as their founding Artistic Director.

    Roberta has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, Variety, The Wrap, American Cinematographer Magazine, Sicka Than Average and many other industry platforms.

Documentaries

  1. Becca Greene

    Becca Greene

    Becca Greene is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. Becca was a staff writer on David Gordon Green’s animated comedy, “Good Vibes” (MTV). In 2012, she was listed on The Tracking Board’s esteemed “Young and Hungry List”. She recently developed the half­hour comedy, “Never Mind The Bullocks”, starring Jason Lee, with Doug Liman’s production company. Her feature work includes her screenplay, THE BEARD, which was optioned by Chernin Entertainment, with Reese Witherspoon attached to star. Becca also is also developing American remakes of the successful Italian films, MANUALE D’AMORE and CHRISTMAS IN RIO, for Aurelio and Luigi De Laurentiis.

  2. Brandon Harris

    Brandon Harris

    Brandon Harris has worked in the world of American independent film as a critic and programmer, a producer and director, a screenwriter and educator. A graduate of SUNY Purchase, he has published writings about cinema, politics, and the intersection of the two in Filmmaker Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, along with Variety, N+1, and noted cinema blogs such as Hammer to Nail. His directorial debut Redlegs has played over a dozen festivals worldwide and was a New York Times critic’s pick upon its commercial release in May of 2012.

  3. Rachel Raimist

    Rachel Raimist

    Rachel Raimist is an award-winning filmmaker most known for making the first film about women in hip hop, Nobody Knows My Name, in 1999. She has traveled the world for the better part of 20 years with a camera in hand and a baby on her back. She has crewed on big budget features and produced content distributed as hangtags for millions of jeans sold around the world. She is a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective and is a tenured professor at The University of Alabama where she teaches cinematography, industry studies in LA and at Sundance, and is Co-Director of Creative Campus.

Narrative

  1. Aaron Hillis

    Aaron Hillis

    Aaron Hillis was praised by Brooklyn Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.” He is a filmmaker, programmer, and proprietor of Video FreeBrooklyn (one of the last DVD rental stores in NYC). His writings have appeared in The Village Voice, Variety, VICE, and several other outlets that don’t start with V.

  2. Maureen Masters

    Maureen Masters

    A film publicist by trade, Maureen Masters serves as Director of regional publicity and festival bookings for Magnolia Pictures. She earned a BA in Journalism as well as a Masters in Communications, writing independent film reviews and working in film publicity throughout the country. She now leads marketing campaigns for Magnolia’s theatrical slate with past campaigns including successes such as Melancholia, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Queen of Versailles, Blackfish, and Iris.

  3. Farah White

    Farah White

    Having been a professional actress since 1999, Farah White has won over directors and fellow actors with her talent, passion and a tenacity to do whatever it takes to help get the job done.  She can currently be seen in “Flutter” (2015), “Ladies of the House” (2015), in which she starred/produced, and in the upcoming release of “The Great & The Small”.  She has written and directed several shorts, television pilots and produced over 10 features in the past 5 years.  Having experience on both sides of the camera has given her a fearlessness that is, well… fierce.

Shout

  1. Jonathan Caouette

    Jonathan Caouette

    Jonathan Caouette has been making films since he was 11 years old. His early shorts include The Ankle Slasher (1987), The Techniques and Sciences of Eva (1988), Pig Nymph (1990), The Hospital (2001), Flowerbone (1998) Fame (2002) and more recently All Tomorrows Parties (2009) All Flowers In Time (2010) and Walk Away Renee (2011). Jonathan presently lives in Long Island City, NY with his husband David Sanin. Jonathan has a 20 year old son, Josh, who makes experimental noise and makes his dad very proud.

  2. Andrea Krauss

    Andrea Krauss

    Andrea Krauss has been in the film industry for many years and has been working in the Distributions and Acquisitions division of Here Media/Regent Entertainment bringing her unique visual sensitivity, strong analytical skills, and cultural awareness to the company by screening and evaluating submissions for potential acquisition. She has also been instrumental in coordinating domestic and international film festivals for all of Here/Regent Films theatrical titles including the Academy Award® winning film Departures.

  3. Rachel Raimist

    Rachel Raimist

    Rachel Raimist is an award-winning filmmaker most known for making the first film about women in hip hop, Nobody Knows My Name, in 1999. She has traveled the world for the better part of 20 years with a camera in hand and a baby on her back. She has crewed on big budget features and produced content distributed as hangtags for millions of jeans sold around the world. She is a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective and is a tenured professor at The University of Alabama where she teaches cinematography, industry studies in LA and at Sundance, and is Co-Director of Creative Campus.