ABOUT THE JURORS
Warren Etheredge is the founder of The Warren Report and one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool and The Red Badge Project, which helps combat veterans work through PTSD by teaching them the art of storytelling. He has conducted over 3,000 interviews, many of them on his Emmy-nominated TV series The High Bar.
Martin C. Jones is the CEO at MetroEast Community Media. He specializes in producing and aquiring content for theatrical release, broadcast, and streaming. Jones has produced feature films, specials, sitcoms, and national TV spots for Jeep, Chrysler, Chevrolet, and Turner/TimeWarner.
Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her recent work employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources, from which she constructs original, lyrical narratives. Steers' animated short films have screened at Sundance, Telluride, New Directors/New Films, IFFR Rotterdam, MoMA and the National Gallery of Art.
ABOUT THE ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 100-plus independently made documentaries, features, and shorts at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April. The Ashland Independent Film Festival was named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, and holds a spot in the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2016, Top Towns.” The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each twice awarded the Ashland Independent Film Festival with rare festival support grants.
ABOUT JESSE KREITZER
Jesse Lockwood Kreitzer (b. 1985) is a filmmaker from Marlboro, Vermont whose interests include rural storytelling, ancestry, and folk cultures. Using genealogy and archival materials as creative conduit, Kreitzer's documentary and narrative films explore the fragility of memory, family lineage and tradition. His films have screened at film festivals, galleries and museums worldwide including The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of the Moving Image, Biografilm, Raindance, Oldenburg International, Camden International, Ashland, IFFBoston, Woodstock, Atlanta Film Festival and Denver Film Festival, among others. Kreitzer earned his MFA, summa cum laude, in Cinema and Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa, and his BA, magna cum laude, in Visual & Media Arts from Emerson College.