Programming Panel

Alexandra Diantgikis

Programming Jury Chair

A graduate of Boston University and Boston native, Alex has worked as a creative production intern for E! Entertainment’s The Soup, a production assistant on PBS cooking show, Simply Ming, and a teaching assistant at Boston University’s Academy of Media Production (AMP). She now currently serves as the ​Outreach Director​ at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.

Sunny Vachher

Hollywood Casting and Film, Inc

Sunny Vachher is a creative visionary and an innovative thinker bringing creative vision to life from wonder to wonderful: the big picture. As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer…

David Quan

Committee Member

See that guy sitting in the middle of the theater by himself? That’s David. He loves movies so much he doesn’t mind looking like a lonely weirdo. He loves movies so much he buys theater popcorn and doesn’t eat it. He loves movies so much he got a degree in them. Studying Radio, Television, Film at the University of North Texas with a concentration in Screenwriting, he’s a firm believer in substance over style (though a little style never hurts). Some of his favorite films include Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Paloma Bennett

Committee Member

Affilation: Creator and Blogger for MAE Blog at maewpower.wordpress.com Bio: Paloma Bennett has a BA in Film and Digital Media with honors from UC Santa Cruz. Paloma runs the feminist film and television blog called the MAE Blog that she created. This includes marketing, writing and posting daily for the feminist film and television blog. She is also part of the NFLMA programing committee for its monthly film festival.

Paloma Bennett

Committee Member

Todd Remis is a film producer who has a strong background in finance, having worked at some of the largest global asset management firms in Boston and NYC for close to two decades.

The first film of which he was an Executive Producer is Magic Magic, written/directed by Sebastian Silva (2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and 2013 Sundance Best Director), Produced by Christine Vachon among others, and starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Emily Browning.
Magic Magic premiered in 2013 at The Sundance Film Festival (Official Selection, Park City at Midnight) and had its international premiere at The Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection, Director’s Fortnight) with an additional screening at The Sitges Catalonia Film Festival. The film was acquired and is currently being distributed by Sony Pictures.

He currently has 2 films in production as Producer.
Porto Mon Amour, written/directed by Gabe Klinger (2013 Venice film festival Best Documentary), Executive Produced by Jim Jarmusch, and starring Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas.
Keep The Change, written/directed by Rachel Israel, Executive Produced by Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment, and Produced by Summer Shelton.

Mr. Remis received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. More recently he successfully completed the Professional Program in Producing through the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), and a member of the Screening Committees for both the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) and for New Filmmakers Los Angeles.

Joshua Jackson

Committee Member

Joshua Jackson is an interdisciplinary theater artist, independent film artist, and educator. Jackson work focuses on people of the African diaspora (particularly women and LGBTQ folks of color) and pushes the boundaries of traditional narrative strategies. Having completed a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from DePaul University in 2011, Jackson is currently completing his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston.

James Defebaugh

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Shawn Gagne

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Eliya Reis

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Olivier Loranger Gagnon

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Luke Maynard

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Kai Freyleue

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Sam Longo

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