With 20 years of experience developing film organizations, entertainment, arts and media events in the US and abroad, Meira is the Co-founder/Executive Director/Head Programmer of the Woodstock Film Festival, one of the most respected regional film festivals in the US. Meira has also co-founded the Cabo International Film Festival, which has developed into the Baja International Film Festival, and served as Head Consultant for the first annual Bhutan International Film Festival. A filmmaker by training, Meira directed, produced and consulted on countless feature films, screenplays and documentaries in various stages, from development to distribution. She is currently producing a full length documentary as well as a feature narrative, and is actively consulting on diverse film projects. Meira has written for daily and monthly publications including Indiewire, Poughkeepsie Journal and i-D magazine, and has served as a juror, speaker, mentor and panelist in film festivals and events in Bhutan, The Faroe Islands, Norway, England, Israel, Texas, Utah, Florida and New York.
An ensemble leading man in the classic spirits of Dana Andrews, Sterling Hayden, Jack Palance & Ralph Meeker, Mark has brought his own unique style & process to roles with appearances at the Cannes Directors Fortnight, Sundance, Locarno, Deauville, Venice, Berlin & Fantasia International Film Festivals & the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Mark rose to manage the prestigious MET Theatre & was a founding member of the MET Theatre Workshop, studying alongside & under the tutelage of A-list Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, & Tony winning actors & directors, as well as Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights after acting school.
Mark can be seen currently in the IFC Midnight release of Lowlife directed by student AMPAS winner Ryan Prows.
Mark resides in New York and Los Angeles where he pursues his acting and filmmaking career.
Jeanne Drewsen is Senior Counsel at The Orchard, a leading independent film, TV and music distribution company operating in over 30 markets worldwide. As the senior legal counsel for The Orchard's film distribution division, she has helped negotiate deal terms and prepare contracts with filmmakers, film financiers and marketing service providers for many films, including the Academy Award®-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi's The Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville's The Music of Strangers; Alex Lehmann's Blue Jay; Antonio Campos' Christine; Pablo Larrain's critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda; Oren Moverman's The Dinner; and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. The Orchard's most recent film releases that she has worked on include Flower, Outside In, Kings, William Friedkin's The Devil and Father Amorth, I, Thelma, Super Dark Times, Sundance Jury Prize winner Dina, The Work, 11/8/16, Trophy and I, and upcoming summer theatrical releases American Animals and We The Animals.
Clay Farland is a Brooklyn-based film festival programmer and producer. Her festival work includes Telluride, Sundance, Full Frame, New Directors/New Films, and Tribeca.
Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents. He studied physics at York University and the University of Illinois. He has an MFA from NYU's Graduate Film School where he now teaches along with the Physics Department.
Harnarine's directorial work includes I, which garnered him an Emmy Award nomination, TEDMED and a groundbreaking 360 music video for the Headstones. His short film Doubles With Slight Pepper (Executive Produced by Spike Lee), won the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Award.
As a location sound mixer, Harnarine has mixed God of Love (Academy Award), The Fly Room, Stuck Between Stations and numerous award winning short films, features, documentaries, special events and commercials.
Harnarine is co-writing Time Traveler with Spike Lee, an adaptation of David Chariandy's novel Soucouyant and a feature adaptation of Doubles With Slight Pepper. He was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film and profiled in the New York Times.
Guy Nattiv is an acclaimed writer/director from Tel Aviv, Israel who graduated from the TLV film school I.
His first feature, Strangers, premiered at the Sundance & Tribeca Film Festivals in 2008. It was based on his short film I (with Erez Tadmor) that won best short at Sundance two years earlier. It was short-listed for the Academy Awards, and won over 20 festivals world-wide.
His second feature, The Flood (Mabul) won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011, two awards at the Thesaloniki film festivals, best film at Haifa Film Festival and was nominated for 6 Israeli Academy Awards. It was based on his short film Mabul that won the Chrystal Bear award at the Berlin International film festival and 50 other film festivals around the world.
His third film, Magic Men (with Erez Tadmor), was shot in Greece and premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2014. It won Best Actor in the Israeli Academy and the Audience Award at the MAUI film festival.
Guy is currently in post production with his first U.S. feature film, Skin based on the true story of Bryon Widner. Produced by Maven Pictures and Oren Moverman (Sight Unseen) with Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga, Danielle MacDonald, Bill Camp.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and partner, actress Jaime Ray Newman.
BERTHA BAY-SA PAN
Bertha Bay-Sa Pan is a Taiwanese American Director, Writer and Producer. Born in New Jersey and raised in Taiwan, she was educated at Boston University (B.A. in Film & Art) and the Columbia University Graduate Film School receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Directing.
Pan's first feature film Face - starring Kristy Wu, Bai Ling, Kieu Chinh, Ken Leung, Treach, Will Yun Lee and Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award nominee Tina Chen - premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition, co-written by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman and featured a score by Leonard Nelson Hubbard of The Roots. During its successful festival run, Face won numerous awards and was nominated for a GOTHAM AWARD. Face was released theatrically in 2005 to positive reviews from major publications including The New York Times (a NY TIMES CRITICS PICK), Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Chicago Tribune, and the BBC.
Pan's Second feature, Almost Perfect, stars Kelly Hu, Edison Chen, Ivan Shaw, Tina Chen, Christina Chang, and Tony Award winner Roger Rees. It premiered at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, and had a hugely successful festival run including winning the HBO EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. It had a theatrical release in 2012, garnering positive reviews from Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, Honolulu Pulse, etc.
In addition to directing mando-pop superstar Leehom Wang's 3D Chinese concert film Open Fire, which premiered at 2016 Toronto Film Festival, Pan was the director of music videos for artists such as Slimkid3 of Pharcyde, Chris Trapper of the Push Stars, and the popular children's band Princess Katie and Racer Steve. Lucy in the Sky is Pan's latest directorial project - a short pilot starring SAG Award winner Catherine Curtin, six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Zoe Collletti, Quinn McColgan, Kelly Hu, and Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, currently in post-production.
Susan Skoog wrote, produced, and directed the feature film Whatever, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics in 1998. Whatever stars Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls, How To Get Away with Murder) and Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now, The Rose, The Conversation.) Garnering critical acclaim, Whatever went on to screen at numerous film festivals throughout the world. Susan has written screenplays for Warner Brothers, HBO and MTV Films among others, working with such esteemed producers as John Wells (ER, The West Wing, August: Osage County), and Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, (Cold Mountain, Election, Little Miss Sunshine).
Susan has also enjoyed a successful career as a writer, director, and producer of numerous documentary and magazine programs for such networks as VH1, Turner Network Television, Turner Classic Movies, AMC, FX, MTV, CBS, Fuse, Rave HD, TBS, Tru TV/Court TV and PBS. Susan was the series producer for VH-1's weekly film program FLIX as well as the producer and director for many of that network's ACE Award winning series, VH1to One. Her documentaries for this series included recording artists Carole King, kd lang, Dolly Parton, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Johnny Clegg. Susan also co-directed and edited an hour long documentary for PBS on George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, One Nation Under a Groove, which aired in 2006.
Susan currently teaches filmmaking full time at Montclair State University and is also the Director of Programming for the Film Institute at Montclair State.