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The Lone Star Film Society (LSFS), has announced the competition jurors for its upcoming 2009 Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth in Sundance Square, Nov. 11-15. The juries are comprised of esteemed professionals from the creative and business aspects of the film and art community.
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  Contact: Thomas MooreBlanchard Schaefer Advertising & Public Relations817.226.4332 x223thomasm@bsapr.com  Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth in Sundance SquareNames Competition Jurors Participants internationally recognized in film and art communities FORT WORTH, Texas – Nov. 6, 2009 – The Lone Star Film Society (LSFS), has announced thecompetition jurors for its upcoming 2009 Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth inSundance Square, Nov. 11-15  . The juries are comprised of esteemed professionals from thecreative and business aspects of the film and art community. (Complete list and biographies of  jurors below.)“The credentials of this year’s jurors bring a tremendous amount of credibility to our festival, andspeaks to the quality of work being presented,” said Alec Jhangiani, LSFS artistic director. “Withsuch an accomplished and diverse mix of talented jury participants, the films that will eventually berecognized as winners in their respective categories will hold tremendous merit in domestic andinternational film circles. We are very fortunate to have such high caliber individuals participate inthis festival.” Film lineup and schedules for the 2009 Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth inSundance Square are available atwww.lsiff.com.CATEGORIES & JURORS: Narrative Feature Competition Christian Gaines – Director of Festivals, IMDBBetty Buckley – Actress/Singer Melonie Diaz – Actor  Documentary Feature Competition Erin Owens – Vice President of Distribution,Arthouse FilmsMalcolm Warner, Ph.D. – Deputy Director, KimbellArt Museum of Fort WorthEric Bricker – Filmmaker  Short Form Competition Arianne Ayers - Publicity and Marketing Director,Magnolia PicturesOwen Shiflett – Manager of Original Programming,AMC Network Foreign Language Feature Competition Harris Dew – Director of Programs and Promotions,IFC Center, New YorkKelly Williams – Director of Programming, AustinFilm FestivalAndrei Plakhov – President, International Federationof Film Critics Animation Competition Dave Vallone – Animation Supervisor, ReelFXStudiosEric Drobile – Animator, ReelFX StudiosJonathan Bryant – Motion Graphics Artist, RedProductions JUROR BIOS: Narrative Feature Competition Christian Gaines – Director of Festivals, IMDBIn 1988, Christian Gaines joined the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, serving as its Administrative Director for six years. In 1994, Christian was appointed Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, programming the 1995and 1996 festivals. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Festival Director and Director of Programming for the HawaiiInternational Film Festival, responsible for the overall management and programming of the festival. From 2000 to 2008,Christian served as Director of Festivals at the American Film Institute, where he worked on several festivals includingAFI FEST, serving as Festival Director. During this time, Christian was key to the launch planning of SILVERDOCS:  AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival now in its sixth year, was instrumental in developing a strategic alliancewith the American Film Market, and oversaw the rapid development of AFI’s Los Angeles-based, year-round exhibitionprograms. Representing AFI, Christian also spearheaded the negotiations that led to the launch of the AFI DALLASInternational Film Festival. Most recently, Christian joined IMDb.com, and Amazon.com company, as Director of Festivals.Betty BuckleyBetty Lynn Buckley was born in Big Spring, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, the daughter of Betty Bob (née Diltz), adancer and journalist, and Ernest Lynn Buckley, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and former dean of engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington and South Dakota State University. She is the eldest of their four children. While a student at Texas Christian University (TCU), she was crowned Miss Fort Worth in 1966 and wasrunner-up in the Miss Texas competition. Buckley was then invited to perform at the Miss America pageant in AtlanticCity, and it was there that she was spotted by a talent scout. After returning to TCU to earn her degree, she toured Asiato visit soldiers wounded in the Vietnam War. She then worked for a time as a reporter for the Fort Worth newspaper butwent to New York City in 1969, where she landed the role of Martha Jefferson in the srcinal Broadway production of  1776  on her first day in town.Buckley has been called The Voice of Broadway by New York Magazine . Her rendition of Memory in Andrew LloydWebber's Cats established her reputation. She has recorded 13 solo albums and tours extensively across the U.S. eachyear and is also featured on many Broadway compilation recordings. Also a composer, her first recording is mostly her own compositions. She has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award. Buckley has also taught song interpretation andcommunication for over 30 years, conducting master classes in Fort Worth.Melonie DiazA native of New York, Melonie Diaz started her film career with a supporting role in Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy   (2001) with her breakthrough roles coming later as Blanca in Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown (2005) and asLaurie inDito Montiel's  A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) which earned her an Independent Spirit Awardsnomination for Best Supporting Female.   Her first studio film Be Kind Rewind  , premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival along with three others in which sheappeared, earning her the title “Queen of Sundance” — an honor she shares with Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst andChloe Sevigny. Diaz's 2008 Sundance films illustrate both her vivacity and versatility and her recent anchoring   performance in Spencer Parson’s I’ll Come Running  expertly conveys both the film’s warmth and rough edges. She hasmade numerous off-Broadway and workshop appearances. In the year 2008 alone she appeared in 6 films: Nothing Likethe Holidays , Hamlet 2  , Be Kind Rewind  ,  Assassination of a High School President  , I'll Come Running  , and AmericanSon . In the course of 7 years she has appeared in 15 films and numerous TV episodes. Having recently completed a   degree in Film Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she produced her first film in 2009, a 20minute short entitled She’s a Blur  . Melonie appears in a recurring role on the current season of  Nip/Tuck  , is also servingas a Narrative Feature Juror for the Independent Spirit Awards as well as on the Breakthrough Actor Juror for theGotham Independent Film Awards. Documentary Feature Competition   Erin Owens – Vice President of Distribution, Arthouse Films   “Erin Owens is currently the VP of Theatrical Distribution at Arthouse Films. Previously she was Director of Marketing atTHINKFilm and Director of Publicity at Palm Pictures.”Malcolm Warner, Ph.D. – Deputy Director, Kimbell Art Museum of Fort WorthMalcolm Warner joined the Kimbell Art Museum as Senior Curator in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Director in 2007,also serving as Acting Director from September 2007 to March 2009. He was previously Curator of European Art at theSan Diego Museum of Art and Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art.He was born in Aldershot (UK) and pursued both undergraduate and graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art,University of London. He received his Ph.D. from the Courtauld in 1985. His doctoral dissertation was on the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. He remains the leading authority on Millais and is preparing a catalogue raisonnéof the artist’s works.His publications have ranged widely over European art, with an emphasis on art in Britain, from the eighteenth century tothe twentieth. They include various articles and essays on Millais and other Victorian painters, an introductory history of portraiture, a guidebook to places in Britain associated with artists, and a catalogue of British paintings at the Art Instituteof Chicago. He has taught courses in art history at the universities of Manchester, Cambridge, and Chicago.Among the exhibitions that Malcolm Warner has curated are The Victorians. British Painting in the Reign of QueenVictoria, 1837-1901 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (1997); This Other Eden: British Paintings from the Paul   Mellon Collection at Yale , which toured Australian museums (1998); Millais: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery,London (1999); James Tissot: Victorian Life/Modern Love at the Yale Center for British Art and other venues (1999); Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney  at Yale and the Huntington Library, ArtCollections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California (2001-2002); Stubbs and the Horse at the Kimbell ArtMuseum, the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the National Gallery, London (2004-2005); the award-winning TheMirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and the Kimbell ArtMuseum (2007); and Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons: Film Installations by Philip Haas Inspired by Works in theCollection (2009).Eric Bricker Filmmaker Eric Bricker made his directorial debut with Visual Acoustics , the award winning documentary film narrated byDustin Hoffman, on the life and work of acclaimed photographer Julius Shulman. Visual Acoustics won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Audience Award at theAustin Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Lone Star International Film Festival. It has also been screened withmuch critical acclaim at the Los Angeles Film Festival (world premiere), Chicago International Film Festival, FestivalInternational Du Film Sur L'Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The film iscurrently screening in theaters in a number of cities across the United States. Short Form Competition Arianne Ayers - Publicity and Marketing Director, Magnolia PicturesArianne Ayers is the Publicity and Marketing Director at Magnolia Pictures. Arianne has been with the company for threeyears overseeing regional publicity and festival relations. Prior to Magnolia, Arianne was the Sponsorship AccountManager at Landmark Theaters and coordinated the sale of on screen advertising. Her publicity experience began atDualstar Entertainment as the International Marketing and Publicity Coordinator where she learned how to say “twins” inseveral languages. Her favorite movie is Monster Squad and she is scared of spiders….really scared.Owen Shiflett – Manager of Original Programming, AMC NetworkAs the Manager of Original Programming for AMC Network, Owen Shiflett is responsible for cultivating and developingdynamic srcinal content for television series, miniseries, and the network's digital platforms. Since May 2006, he hasbeen a vital part of the team behind ground-breaking television including MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD. The twoprograms earned almost universal fanfare and shocked the television landscape with back-to-back Emmy wins for BestDrama and Best Actor respectively, a fete unprecedented in basic cable. Virginia born and Carolina reared, Shiflettgained a true appreciation for the creative voice while interning under Richard Linklater and Anne Walker-McBay duringhis time in the University of Texas at Austin's RTF program. Since then, Shiflett's experience in both big agencies andsmall production companies has strengthened his belief that superior storytelling remains the most valued commodity inthe industry. The ability to weave together unique narratives and memorable characters will always pay dividends. Inaddition to his work at the cable network, Shiflett co-founded CARPE, an information and networking forum dedicated tothe organic regeneration of produced entertainment. Foreign Language Feature Competition Harris Dew – Director of Programs and Promotions, IFC Center, New YorkHarris Dew is Director of Programs and Promotions at IFC Center, one of New York City's leading arthouse cinemas. Inaddition to programming first-run films, he organizes revivals and special events ranging from retrospectives of filmmakers such as Robert Altman, Arnaud Desplechin, Lars von Trier and Stanley Kubrick to surveys of Cuban Cinema,'80s high school movies, '70s sci-fi, and short film programs. He has previously held programming and publicity positionsat Film Forum, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco International Film Festival and the late, New Yorker Films.Kelly Williams – Director of Programming, Austin Film FestivalInvolved with the Austin Film Festival since 2001, Kelly Williams became the Film Program Director at the Austin FilmFestival in 2004, programming features and shorts as well as overseeing the full scope of the festival’s programming. Hewas awarded the International Film Festival Summit Excellence Award for his significant contribution to the success of the festival in 2007. He has produced numerous award-winning short films, including the Student Academy Awardnominee Perils in Nude Modeling  , and also wrote and directed the short film Richard  and the doc short Sid Smith for Congress . An active member of the Austin Media Arts Council, Williams attended the writing program at The Second Cityin Chicago and is also a graduate of the film program at the University of Texas at Austin.Andrei Plakhov – President, International Federation of Film CriticsRussian film critic and historian of cinema Andrei Plakhov has been President of the International Federation of FilmCritics (FIPRESCI) since 2005. Born in Ukraint, Russia, after graduating in mechanics and mathematics from LvivUniversity, he studied history of cinema at VGIK (All-Russian Institute of Cinematography) in Moscow. In 1982, hedefended his Ph.D. thesis on Italian theatre, opera and film director Luchino Visconti. Since the seventies, Plakhov haswritten articles and reviews for the daily and professional, Russian and international press ( Pravda, Iskusstvo kino,Seans, Sight and Sound, Guardian, Cahiers du Cinema , etc.). He currently works as a film critic for  Kommersant  , andhas published several books about Soviet and modern world cinema. During Perestroika, Plakhov was a secretary of the  USSR Union of Cinematographers and a head of the Conflict Committee, which released more than 200 films banned bySoviet censorship. He is chairman of selection commission of the Moscow International Film Festival and a member of the European Film Academy. He has served as an adviser to many international festivals and juried the festivals of Berlin, Venice, Tokyo, and San Sebastian. Animation Competition Dave Vallone – Animation Supervisor, ReelFX StudiosDavid Vallone is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) 1985, Richmond, Va. and holds a BFA inPainting and Printmaking. He has been a Character animator for nearly 25 years. First as a drawn animator thentransitioning over to Computer Graphics. He's worked for such companies as Sony Pictures (Imageworks), 20 th CenturyFox (Blue Sky Studios), Blur Studio and Lucas Arts Games. Currently he is working at Reelfx Creative Studios in DallasTX. as an Animation Supervisor. His feature credits include James and the Giant Peach, Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2,Ice Age, Contact, Anaconda, Hollowman and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (direct to DVD). In addition to featurefilms he has worked on notable short films such as Academy Award winning and semi-finalist short films, Attack of theChubb Chubbs , In the Rough and Gentleman’s Duel. With an extensive career that includes work in film, televisioncommercials, educational films, games, direct to video and theme park attractions he is also one of the Mentors at“Animation Mentor.com”.Eric Drobile – Animator, ReelFX StudiosEric Drobile is a traditional artist and computer animator who hails from southern New Jersey. He has his bachelors inComputer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design, where his senior thesis, The Animator and the Seat wasaccepted into the 2007 Siggraph Animation Theater. This paved the way towards getting an animation position at ReelFX Creative Studios, where he has already worked on a wealth of diverse projects. His animation credits include KungFu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five , Open Season 2 , ABC's Princess , The Spy Next Door , and is currently aCharacter Lead on Open Season 3 . This year he has also co-directed on two vignettes for the online game,Webosaurs: Snowball Skirmish and Battle Arena .   Jonathan Bryant – Motion Graphics Artist, Red ProductionsJonathan Bryant is a DP and motion graphics artist who has lived in the Fort Worth area since the age of 4. He got hisstart 16 years ago in local school district BISD's Media Technology Program and now has 9 years of full time experiencein the field. He has received a number of national awards including a Beacon Award for Best Public ServiceAnnouncement.   He spent the last 5 years as a general specialist for Fellowship Church and is currently a full-timefreelancer and the primary motion graphics artist for Red Productions.   About Lone Star Film Society The Lone Star Film Society was created in 2002 after the srcinal editions of the Fort Worth FilmFestival concluded in 2001. The inaugural Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth inSundance Square was realized in 2007 through the hard work of a dedicated staff and Board of Directors. While preserving the srcinal event’s objective to promote artistic integrity and theindependent spirit in film, the Lone Star Film Society added to its mission a goal of becoming abeneficial partner in the community of Fort Worth so that a successful November festival and year round slate of events would not only be a good thing for filmmakers, but for everyone in the city of Fort Worth and beyond. Now in its third year, the LSFS and LSIFF have reached that goal asevidenced through the support of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce,and many of Fort Worth’s most prestigious corporations, non-profits, and cultural institutions.And the festival:The Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF) Fort Worth in Sundance Square is a presentationof the Lone Star Film Society (LSFS) and represents the culmination of the society’s year roundseries of film screenings and events. Featuring an impressive slate of narrative and documentaryfeatures and short films from around the world, educational panels, red carpet entrances,filmmakers, celebrity guests, and nightly parties featuring celebrated musical acts, the fall festival isquickly becoming a marquee cultural event in Fort Worth and beyond. For more, visit:www.lonestarfilmsociety.comor www.lsiff.com. ###
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