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VTXIFF 2016 Jurors

CROSSROADS AWARD JURORS
Lisa Martin

Lisa divides her time between New York and Paris. Her first short doc, Gared’Austerlitz, screened at several festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning best documentary at Tregor Film Festival in 2009. In 2015 she received the award for best director at RxSM in Austin, Texas for Good-bye, an experimental documentary exploring the fleeting nature of love and the unreliability of memory against the backdrop of a wintery Coney Island torn apart by developers. She counts these visits as a juror for her Texas family at VTXIFF as some of her most inspired in any year.

Alexandra Malick

Alexandra W.B. Malick is an actress and producer, known for Red Wing (2013), The New World (2005), and Academy Award winner The Thin Red Line (1998).  Her production company Hen Party Productions is currently in post-production on Red Lotus.  She has six children and splits her time between Los Angeles and Austin, TX.

Kim Hinds

Kim is a native Texan, born in Houston of a Hungarian father and German mother. She is a first generation 

American and mother of two daughters. Professionally she was a high school teacher, but her passion is 

photography. Growing up, she spent many summers traveling through Europe with her family and she watched her dad as he took pictures of anything and everything. He helped inspire her love for photography with the gift of her first camera at the age of 13. These travels also inspired Kim’s most recent adventures which include traveling throughout the US in a VW Vanagon camper.

Will & Linda Armstrong

Linda and I married in 1963 and for the first five years of our marriage we didn’t own a TV.  Even today 

we watch very little of television’s programming, but we are big film fans.   We probably watch at least 

two movies a week at home and at the same time we don’t neglect our local Cinemark and The 

Welder Center.  My first film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1945; I was four years old.  I remember people around me laughing at my excitement.  Linda says that she cannot remember the first film she ever saw, but we have both been hooked on movies for almost a lifetime and consider movie making a true art form. 

 

I served on Victoria’s city council as the mayor for nine years and it was during this time the Victoria Film 

Festive first began.

Anthony Pedone

Anthony Pedone is a Writer/Director/Actor/Producer and Sundance Alumni.

Anthony was born in Texas but spent the formational years of his life on a ranch in Clayton, New Mexico. At 16 he moved back to Texas and played in multiple musical projects while studying music at Texas State University.

In 2008 he co-founded Robotic Indifference and has collaborated with an innovative and diverse group of artists to produce over a dozen award winning films.

In 2015, Anthony produced THE STRONGEST MAN. Written and directed by Kenny Riches. THE STRONGEST MAN world premiered at Sundance and was released theatrically, and on VOD by Film Buff in North America and Sundance Global internationally.

DOCUMENTARY AWARD JURORS
Shawn Whitney

Shawn Whitney is known for his work on A Brand New You (2014), Piggy in a Blanket(2007) and F*#king My Way Back Home (2016).  Shawn wrote, co-produced and co-directed A Brand New You, a lo-fi,sci-fi comedy that was invited to 8 film festivals, won two awards for bestfeature comedy and was nominated for best supporting actor.  Shawn is also an executive story consultant for a Montreal production companyand has worked on films such as The Moth Diaries, Outcast, Magic Beyond Words:The JK Rowlings Story, et al. He graduated from the Canadian Film Centre’s Feature Film Program in 2007 and was formerly creative director and founder of Lost Carnival, a musical theatre company.

Nancy Critchfield-Jones

Nancy Critchfield-Jones recently retired from Texas State University after teaching Communication

Studies there for 26 years.  Prior to teaching at Texas State, Mrs. Critchfield-Jones taught at Texas A&M 

University and Texas Tech University.  She has been involved in theater, communication, and radio for 

the better part of 45 years.  After received her B.A. in Theater at Eastern New Mexico University, Ms. 

Critchfield-Jones worked in radio before spending time studying  theater with Paul Baker at the Dallas 

Theater Center.  Before accepting a teaching position at Texas A&M, Ms. Critchfield-Jones wrote, 

produced, and performed commercials at WTAW Radio in Bryan.  While teaching at Texas State, she did 

graduate studies in the Theater Arts Department.

Chris Cobler

In the middle of perhaps the most challenging time in the history of the newspaper industry. I remind myself I'm living a dream. I try to treat each day as editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate as a gift. I thank the newspaper’s owners, my co-workers and my community for their faith in me to do a job I still consider central to society.

I embrace the exciting opportunities presented by new media, but I believe newspapers’ future, whether in print or online, rests with the old-fashioned values of serving your community, creating meaningful connections, and trying to make a difference in our readers’ lives.

We're all family, after all. A newspaper should be that close friend who cheers your successes, cries over your losses, and prods you to be better than you ever thought possible.

When I reflect upon the challenges each day presents, I look above my desk at the framed picture my daughter made for her kindergarten graduation. She drew herself holding hands with her father; underneath, she wrote, as carefully as any 6-year-old could, this headline: “My dream is to be an editor.”

SHORTS AWARD JURORS
LB Deyo

L.B. Deyo is an actor, producer and director, most recently for The Sauce, an independent comedy. Deyo has appeared in such shows as Nerd Nite, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Industry Night, and Holed. He produces and hosts the Alamo Drafthouse show The Dionysium. 

Jaime Gallagher

Jaime Gallagher is an actress, producer and casting director. Most recently, she booked a recurring role in a David Arquette directed pilot, series regular roles in both a half hour comedy and a one hour dramatic pilot as well as supporting roles in several features including the Lifetime movie, “Cyber Case," the current #1 film on iTunes, "Pandemic," starring Missi Pyle, Rachel Nichols and Alfie Allen and the upcoming dark comedy, "Call of the Far Away Hills," starring Tom Arnold and Sean Patrick Flanery. Jaime is also a producer
on the Austin-based television series, “Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles,” which debuted last spring on KLRU-Q, Austin’s PBS affiliate and is now showing on more than 70 stations nationwide. In 2015, she produced her first feature film, “The Spearhead Effect,” as well as several short films including the avant-garde horror, “King Ripple,” starring Keith Stanfield from, “Straight Outta Compton,” and the action/comedy, “No Touching,” starring Zoë Bell from, “The Hateful Eight.” Jaime has appeared in and cast more than 25 films and is thrilled to be producing and starring in, “For Play,” along with an
 incredible team.

Madeline & James Dodson

Madeline Tyng Dodson is a native Victorian and a graduate of The University of Houston Victoria with a degree in Humanities.   She also holds a degree in Pastoral Theology from The University of St. 

Thomas.  She has been active in educational and charitable causes in Victoria including UHV, St. Joseph High School,  Hospice of South Texas, the Junior League of Victoria and, currently, Spirit Wind Ministry.  She loves live theatre, exceptional films, and dancing and is considered by a few to be a decent tap dancer herself. Madeline and her husband, James, have been supporters of VTIFF since its inception and are excited to be participating as jurors this year.

 

James Dodson was born and grew up in Corpus Christi, then lived in a number of other places, including 

Hawaii and Japan, but Victoria has been his home since 2005 and he truly appreciates all that the 

community offers, especially in terms of the arts.   He enjoys live theatre and films, particularly indie films 

like those showing at VTIFF.  His other interests include traveling with his wife, Madeline, cooking, 

photography and fly-fishing off his stand up paddleboard.   

James is a consultant on coastal and water resources management.  He helped to establish, and works 

with, the San Antonio Bay Partnership, a regional non-profit organization headquartered in Victoria which 

is working to “protect, restore and enhance the natural resources and human uses of the San Antonio 

Bay system.”

NARRATIVE AWARD JURORS
Philipp Mueller-Dorn

Philipp Müller-Dorn, screenwriter & director

After studying law at the ‘Freie Universität Berlin’ in his early twenties, Philipp moved to New York City to study film directing and screen writing. He wrote and directed numerous short films as well as his award winning first feature film ‘Between Your Legs’.  Since 2002 Philipp works as a freelancing editor and director in Berlin. In 2012 he finished his feature film ‘eMANcipation’ which won the Best Drama Award at the IFS in Hollywood, the Audience Award at the Kansas International Film Festival as well as 12 other international festival awards. In 2013 Philipp Müller-Dorn founded the International Film Awards Berlin, the ifab, Berlin’s first and only independent film festival without any genre restrictions. His comedy screenplay ‘Bunkmates’ written with Elizabeth Spear has won the Gold Award at the ‘Hollywood Screenplay Contest’ and the Grand Prize at the ‘London Film Awards’.

Natassia Paloma

Natassia Paloma is an award-winning  journalist in Victoria. She is currently an anchor and reporter for Newscenter 25 and Fox 19 in Victoria. Paloma is the former Arts and Entertainment reporter for The Victoria Advocate. She covered The Victoria Tx Independent Film Festival in 2015,  where she interviewed several directors, actors and artists. Born and raised alongside the border in El Paso, Paloma has also written about films related to immigration.

Alana Macias received her MFA in Writing for Performance at CalArts. She was a Finalist for the 2007 and 2012 Sundance Screenwriters' Lab, the 2007 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center, and the Public Theater's 2007-2008 Emerging Writers Program. Her work has been produced and/or developed by the Theater Key West New Plays Festival, the Ford Amphitheater Latino Playreading Series in L.A., Ground Zero Theater Company, The Vortex in Austin, and Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas.Her graphic novel, Zero Libertad, is available on iTunes and Comixology, and she currently runs Wolf Bones Media with her partner Daniel Cortes. 

Alana Macias