Local Sightings Jurors


…Just announced on the Local Sightings website:

Robert Koehler is a film critic for Variety, Cinema Scope, Cineaste and filmjourney.org, and a festival programmer. He is a partner in Festworks, a festival consulting firm, and served as director of programming for AFI Fest in 2009. A former theater critic for the Los Angeles Times, he has also written reviews, articles and essays for a number of publications including Cahiers du Cinema, the Christian Science Monitor and Die Tageszeitung. Koehler is a member of FIPRESCI and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has served on juries at various festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Slamdance, Guadalajara, Santiago, Palm Springs and Bermuda. He has contributed chapters to the books, “On Film Festivals” and “Cine Argentino 99/08.”


Peter Sillen is a New York based documentary filmmaker. Best known for his low-tech approach and sensitivity to his subjects and their environment, Sillen’s previous works include Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt (1994) and Benjamin Smoke (2000). Sillen received grants from the Jerome Foundation and Creative Capital for his work on I am Secretly an Important Man and has screened his films at a wide array of festivals and venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, South By Southwest, Slamdance, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco’s Castro Theater.


Bradley Beesley has made a cinematic career documenting oddball Americana and homegrown rock stars.  Post art school, he began filming with bluesman R.L. Burnside to make his first movie ‘Hill Stomp Hollar’ (SXSW).  He has since directed nine feature-length films, including seven documentaries. Bradley is the director of the backwoods cult classic Okie Noodling (PBS).  The film chronicles the lost art of bare-handed catfishing. In 2005, Shout! Factory released ‘The Fearless Freaks’, a documentary starring The Flaming Lips. ‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo’ (HBO) is his latest effort and goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls. His TV credits include ‘Paranormal State’ (A&E) and ‘Storm Chasers’ (Discovery).


Ann Marie Fleming is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, writer and artist, born in Japan with Chinese and Australian parentage, whose work explores issues of family, history and memory. She has won best short film at TIFF three times: “You Take Care Now”, “New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes” and “Blue Skies”. Her dark comedy, “The French Guy”, won best feature at the Boston Underground Film Festival.  Her animated documentary, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003) has garnered acclaim internationally.  Her same-named graphic novel won The Doug Wright Award for best Canadian comic in 2008 and was nominated for a couple of Eisner’s. Ann Marie has made short animated films for the CBC’s DNTO, DiscoveryUS’s PlanetGreen Channel, amongst others.


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