2017 TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL JURY
Annalisa Shoemaker manages the theatrical distribution strategies and exhibitor marketing for Amazon Studios.A Florida native, she began her career in film in New York City at Focus Features and relocated with Focus to LA in 2014. She associate produced the documentary THE LAST ANIMALS, currently playing film festivals.Bryan Glick is a consultant, DIY distributor, and presents internationally on creative film distribution approaches.Previously he served as Director of Acquisitions and Theatrical Releasing for The Film Collaborative. He managed releases for 13 award nominated and winning films, and helped filmmakers raise over $500,000. Under his guidance 54% of TFC films were women-directed and 1/3 by people of color.
Jennifer Prediger is a writer, director, actor and independent film producer. She made her directorial feature debut, Apartment Troubles -- a comedy about codependency -- co-directed, co-written and co-starring Jess Weixler. The film features Megan Mullally, Will Forte and Jeffrey Tambor and continues to air regularly on Showtime. She is currently producing the dark comedy,Song of Back and Neck, directed by and starring Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Rose-Marie DeWitt and Paul Feig.Jim Hemphill is a screenwriter and director whose credits include the award-winning films THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH and BAD REPUTATION.He has written about movies and television for Film Comment, American Cinematographer, The Talkhouse, and Filmmaker Magazine, among many others. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is a programming consultant at the American Cinematheque.
Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole) is a producer, director, activist, and co-founder of Longhouse Media. She has made over 400 short films, and is in production of her fifth feature documentary. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, and in the Smithsonianâ€™s Museum of the American Indian. She is a current Firelight Media Lab Fellow, a former WGBH Producer Fellow, Tribeca Grantee, and Sundance Institute Lab Fellow. Tracy lives in Seattle and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.San Francisco native, Myisa Plancq-Graham, began her photography career exploring the streets of Atlanta in 2011. Her appreciation for photography and videography culminated in the creation of Annie Graham Imagery which led to her work with The Hive Gallery & Studios in LA. In 2013, she worked as photographer and graphic designer for clothing company, Blu Pony Vintage. Myisa serves as lead director, videographer and editor for UNCODE, a short documentary series highlighting people and stories of The African Diaspora.
E. Brian Dobbins is a Talent and Literary Manager and partner at Principato-Young Entertainment. Dobbins manages and produces; he serves as Executive Producer on ABC's BLACK-ISH created by client Kenya Barris that also stars clients Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.Brian also represents clients writer/actor Nat Faxon, actors Wayne Brady, Andre Braugher, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, and Niecy Nash, directors Jon Chu and F Gary Gray, and producer Stephanie Allain among others.A native of the Midwest, Zack Parker has progressively established himself as a unique voice in modern independent cinema.His credits include the psychological horror film INEXCHANGE, gothic drama QUENCH, perceptual thriller and New York Times Critic's Pick SCALENE, and PROXY, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and later went on to release by IFC Films.
Alix Lambert is an artist, author, and filmmaker. Her work includes documentaries The Mark of Cain, Bayou Blue, and Mentor; and books Mastering The Melon, The Silencing, Russian Prison Tattoos, and Crime. She writesand produces for television with credits including Deadwood, John From Cincinnati, Nightline, and This American Life, and is the creator of original seriesâ€™ MOCAtv; Crime: The Animated Series and Ambiance Man.Lambert was recently The Booth Tarkington Writer in Residence at Butler University and received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Headlands, The McColl Center, and The MIT Media Lab. Her art has been exhibited in The Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Georges Pompidou Center. Lambert is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Brooklyn International Theater Company and currently directing the feature length documentary, Goodbye, Fat Larry, and developing her original animated series Prison Zoo.Nick Dawson is the Editor-in-Chief at Talkhouse Film, author of the 2009 book Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, and editor of Hal Ashby: Interviews and Dennis Hopper: Interviews for University Press of Mississippiâ€™s â€śConversations with Filmmakersâ€ť series. His audio commentary can be heard on the Criterion Collectionâ€™s Harold and Maude. Dawson was formerly the Managing Editor at Filmmaker magazine and Associate Editor at the Focus Features website. Born and raised in Scotland, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and three cats.
Each year the festival recognizes the best-of-the-best with our TFF Awards. Awards include:
- Best Short Narrative Film
- Best Short Documentary Film
- Best Regional Film
- Audience Choice: Feature (Filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.)
- Audience Choice: Short (Filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.)
- Local Audience Choice Award: Feature (Filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.) In 2016, this winner will also receive a $1,000 gift certificate for Rhino Camera Gear.
- Local Audience Choice Award: Short (Filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.)
- Best Director
- Best Performances (2 awards)
- Best Cinematography
- Best Screenplay