Guests of 4th AFF
Guests of 4th American Film Festival

Christine Vachon

the winner of Indie Star Award 2013, producer: At Any Price, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Velvet Goldmine, Kill Your Darlings, Bluebird.

Alexandre Moors, Blue Caprice (Spectrum)

Growing up in the suburbs of Paris, Alexandre Moors was active in the graffiti scene while studying fine art at the renowned École Nationale Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs. After moving to New York in 1998, he began directing high-concept short films and music videos. He recently co-directed, with Kanye West, the experimental short film Cruel Summer, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Blue Caprice is his feature-length debut.

Brian O'Carroll, cinematographer (Blue Caprice, Spectrum)

Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight (Spectrum)

Jill Soloway is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, director and producer hailing originally from Chicago. Soloway worked on some of the most popular American television series, including Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy, and United States of Tara. She supports feminist causes and is a co-founder of East Side Jews, an organization that works to increase interest in Judaism among the young generation.

Kyle Smith, Blue Highway (Spectrum)

Kyle Smith grew up in Columbia, Missouri. He studied film production and criticism. His debut film, the 60-minute football comedy Turkey Bowl was very well received at SXSW in 2011; indiewire.com proclaimed him ‘the next Robert Altman’.

Mike Ott, Pearblossom Hwy (Spectrum)

Mike Ott studied art history at the California Institute of the Arts. He began his directing career by making music videos for bands such as Pretty Girls Make Graves and The Blood Brothers that premiered on MTV and MTV 2. He is inspired by the French New Wave. Pearblossom Hwy is the second part of his desert trilogy. Presently, Mike teaches film directing at the University of Southern California (USC).

Athina Rachel Tsangari, producer (Pearblossom Hwy, Spectrum)

Nick Bentgen, Northern Lights (American Docs)

Nick Bentgen has directed numerous ads and music videos and worked as a cinematographer on documentary and feature films (incl. Matt Wolf’s Teenage and Daniel Carbone's Hide Your Smiling Faces). He was accepted into the prestigious Emerging Visions program during the New York Film Festival 2011 and lives in Brooklyn.

Vincent Grashaw, Coldwater (Spectrum)

Born in the San Fernando Valley in 1981, Vincent Grashaw was responsible for the production and cinematography for the critically-acclaimed Bellflower, presented at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He is a one-man band, similar to other members of the Coatwolf Collective: cinematographer, actor, producer, director. Coldwater is his feature-length directorial debut.

Gabe Klinger, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (Special Docs)

Gabe Klinger (b. 1982, Brazil) has been attempting for a better part of his life to understand the 117-year-old history of cinema through the practices of writing, programming and teaching. His masters are Griffith, Alvarez, Jerry Lewis and Snow. Klinger is a contributor to Cinema Scope and Sight & Sound, a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and a freelance curator of several leading film organizations. 

Tom Gilroy, The Cold Lands (Spectrum)

Tom Gilroy is a writer/director/producer/actor from New York who has appeared in over 30 films, having worked with such directors as Ken Loach, Sidney Lumet, Jean-Luc Godard, and Paul Auster. With his theatre company, Machine Full (co-founded with Lili Taylor and Michael Imperioli), Gilroy has produced over a dozen critically acclaimed productions, most recently Hamlet, starring Richard Harris. He has written, directed and produced two award winning films, the short Touch Base and the feature Spring Forward  (1999). The Cold Lands is his second feature.

Lance Edmands, Bluebird (Spectrum)

Director, writer and editor Lance Edmands (b. 1981) is a Maine native and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He developed the script for Bluebird during the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2010. He has edited several acclaimed features, including Lena Dunham’sTiny Furniture. Bluebird is Edmands’s feature debut.

Nicholas Wrathall, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (American Docs)

Australian film producer, director and working writer, who has been working in the documentary and commercial fields for fifteen years. Wrathall made his first film at Sydney University. After moving to New York, he worked his way up in the industry, including as an assistant director in the production of music videos and ads, including production of Madonna’s video for Frozen (1998 MTV Award for Best Music Video). His television documentary, Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants (Independent Lens series) received the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism. 

Marielle Nitoslawska, Breaking the Frame (Special Docs)

Marielle Nitoslawska is a filmmaker, cinematographer and film professor at the Concordia University, Montreal. Born in Canada, she remained in Poland for a decade. She received her B.F.A. in Studio Arts and Art History from Concordia University, Montreal and an M.F.A. in Cinematography from the Polish National Film School in Lodz. She actively participated in the underground media arts movement in Lodz, with friends and mentors from the Workshop of Film Form. Her work has exhibited internationally at museums, art institutions, galleries, biennials and film festivals.

Carolee Schneemann, character (Breaking the Frame, Special Docs)

M. Blash, The Wait (Festivals Favorites ale kino+ presents)

M. Blash (b. 1978, Portland, OR) studied at New York University, Charles University in Prague and at the NY based School of Visual Art, where he combined his screenwriting and directing pursuits with concurrent practices in video art, photography, and drawing. Lying, his ultra low budget first feature – written in 2 days and shot in 14 – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Daniel Patrick Carbone, Hide Your Smiling Faces (Spectrum out of competition)

Daniel Patrick Carbone is an American from New Jersey, born in 1984, and a graduate of the New York Tisch School of the Arts. His short film Feral won a film award granted by Warner Bros in 2008. In addition to directing, he is also involved in cinematography. Hide Your Smiling Faces is his full-length debut.

Jason DaSilva, When I Walk (Special Docs) [skype]

Jason DaSilva is a director, artist, and producer of transmedia projects. His previous films screened at Sundance in 2003, the Whitney Biennal and at MoMA. With support from Google, in 2012 DaSilva produced the AXS Map mobile application.

Léa Rinaldi, Behind Jim Jarmusch (Special Docs)

Léa Rinaldi studied literature and audiovisual arts at the Sorbonne. She had her first contact with the camera during a yearlong stay in Cuba, where she made amateur films. After her return, she worked in film journalism, including with Canal+, and produced short independent films. A meeting with Jim Jarmusch at a film festival resulted in an on-set visit, which ultimately led to the making of Behind Jim Jarmusch, her feature documentary directorial debut.

Stephen Silha, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (American Docs)

Stephen Silha isa freelance journalist and student of James Broughton, with whom he was in a relationship for 10 years. Present at this deathbed in 1999, Silha continues to preach his spiritual legacy.

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