2012 Guam International Film Festival Grand Jury
Hagatna, GU – The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) announces the return of the inaugural Grand Jury members for their 2012 Official Grand Jury. Comprised of four industry professionals with extensive media experience in the global film community. GIFF executive director, Don Muna, says ”Given the credentials of the 2012 jury panel, I’m confident that we’re sending the clear message to the world that we consider GIFF’s foundation to be based on higher learning and communication through the art of cinema”.
All awards will be announced the evening of Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Guam International Film Festival Awards Ceremony held at Zen Ultra Lounge, top floor of the Royal Orchid Hotel in Tumon. For more info, click here: GIFF Awards Ceremonies
Baltazar Aguon is an active educator and producer/writer/director. Baltazar received a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Guam.
Aguon is also the author of I Dos Amantes, a short story based on the Guam legend of the Two Lovers, and was awarded Best Editorial in the 3rd Guam Annual Media Awards for his entry “Why Celebrate Discovery Day?” He scripted, stage-managed, designed and constructed sets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XI South Pacific Games, and the Guam leg of the 2000 Sidney Olympic Torch Relay & Lighting Ceremony. Aguon currently teaches Communications at the University of Guam, and is a producer for PBS Guam.
Gabrielle Kelly is an Associate Arts Professor for New York University, Tisch Asia School of the Arts and is on the Board of Directors for the British Academy of Film and Television, Women in Film and Co-Founder of the International Alliance of Women Cinematographers.
She is a Fulbright Scholar Senior Specialist/Media & Communications, screenwriter & producer of feature and indie films, with extensive international indsutry experience including projects with Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Marvel Comics, HBO, CBS Film & Television, Cannes Film Festival and USC School of Cinematic Arts.
TOM BRILSIN, Ph.D
Professor and chair of the University of Hawai’i, Academy for Creative Media, Professor Brilin’s broad media career began on Guam. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree and Ph.D in Mass Communications and film at Ohio State University. His specialty areas include indigenous Film, Media Ethics, international and intercultural Journalism and Mass Communication.
He was twice a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, and has led teaching and research projects at three major universities in Japan. Brislin administers the programs, including ethics and film at the Hawai’i International Film Festival, of the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism and is on the board of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.
DW Ferranti studied film at New York University and Theater at UMass, Boston. Active in the underground theater scene in Boston and later New York, he co-founded Boston’s Acme Theatre and was a frequent collaborator with The House of Borax. While working with House of Borax he started working in New Media when it was actually new producing live netcasts of theater, sketches, and a live rock and roll interview show long before the era of live blogs, podcasts, and YouTube.
Much to his surprise, he found himself living in Los Angeles where he has worked on a wide array of projects uniting theater, film and the digital realm, such as state of the art interactive theatrical campaigns, DVD special features, original comedy shorts, viral marketing campaigns and independent feature films including “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” for Academy Award nominated director, Kirby Dick, and “Satan Hates You” for James Felix McKenney. He currently works as a consultant in Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, primarily working for the Warner Archive Collection.
He is beyond honored to participate in GIFF – Guam is his favorite place he has never visited!