Meet the Amazing Judges !

Philippe Leonard

Round Trip 2014 | 16mm | Color | Silent | 3min Film by Philippe Leonard

Philippe Leonard is a wonderful and prize-winning experimental filmmaker and part of a brave collective of filmmakers in Montreal. He also works with live projection and contemporary musicians–around the world.

Hope Tucker

Hope Tucker Image from Ryerson website

Hope Tucker works to transform and expand what we know as a daily form of terse, text-driven narrative through The Obituary Project, a compendium of moving image that gives new life to the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography. She has animated cyanotypes of downwinders and instructions for making fishing nets by hand; photographed shuttered bread factories, fallen witness trees, and decaying civil rights era landmarks; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths of Finland; written the text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of solidarity and nonviolent resistance; and retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria. Works from the project have screened in festivals, museums, galleries, and cultural spaces, including 21er Haus, Vienna; Cairo Video Festival; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; Images Festival, Toronto; International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; New York Film Festival; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Zagreb Dox.  A MacDowell, Wurlitzer, and Yaddo Fellow, she has taught video, filmmaking, photography, animation, new media, and visual studies in the US and the UK.

Brett Story

Brett Story - The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Brett Story is a documentary filmmaker, geographer and assistant professor at the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. She is creator of the award winning film “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes”, and most recently “The Hottest August”. She was a 2016 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow and is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

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