2016 MiFo – Fort Lauderdale Jury Members
Artistic Director, Cinema St. Louis
Professor of Practice at the University of Miami
Grace Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, School of Communication at the University of Miami
Chris Clark – Artistic Director, Cinema St. Louis
Chris Clark started as a volunteer for the St. Louis International Film Festival in 1997 and the following year became board member. He has been the artistic director since June of 2000. Drawing upon his background in film studies, mass media and public-event coordination he has been an integral part in many of the organizational and logistical changes that have led to the growth and expanded artistic direction of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). He has been on the front lines of developing and producing an ever-increasing number of annual film-related events produced by Cinema St. Louis including the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, Classic French Film Festival, SLIFF/Kids, the 48 Hour Film Project St. Louis, and an LGBT film festival called QFest St. Louis. This is a dream job for Chris and he plans to keep it indefinitely by living forever. So far, so good.
Charles Dye - Filmmaker
Charles Dye is an award-winning film director and screenwriter, as well as a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning music mixer and producer. He studied screenwriting at UCLA, and his most recent film is the award-winning Two Secrets. As a music maker Dye's work has appeared on records selling over 90 million copies worldwide. He mixed the #1 song for Ricky Martin "Livin' La Vida Loca," and made records with Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Lauryn Hill, Julio Iglesias, and Gloria Estefan. Jeffrey Stern - Professor of Practice at the University of Miami. An Emmy Award winning sound editor whose professional credits encompass work on over one hundred feature films, documentary and television productions. He has been twice nominated for his work on Boardwalk Empire and won an Emmy for the 2012 season. In addition, he was nominated for an Emmy (Best Sound - Documentary) for his work on the PBS American Master’s Joni Mitchel: A Woman of Heart and Mind, twice nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel and won the Accolade Competition – Merit Award for his work on All For Liberty. Mr. Stern holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Miami. He served as a filmmaker in residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and as Adjunct Professor at New School University in New York.
Alison Armstrong – Producer, Director, Writer
Alison produced news features and short documentaries and was a frontline journalist reporting on the crisis inside Zimbabwe for CBC NEWS SUNDAY. Her hour-long documentary Love Interrupted aired on the CBC. As a regular contributor of radio documentaries to CBC’s, The Current, she has been nominated for several international awards. Shumba Means Lion was nominated for a TriCoast Award, and the CBC nominated A Texas Tragedy for a New York City Radio Award. Alison began her career as a health and environment reporter in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and wrote one of the first investigative reports on suicide rates among Inuit teenagers. Her book, The Child and the Machine: Why Computers Put Our Children’s Education at Risk was published in six countries and won the ForeWord Magazine Award. She is a former director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, where she served on a fact-finding mission in 2004 and wrote an analysis of the media in the report, “Zimbabwe Under Siege,” published by Amnesty International. Her first feature documentary, The Guy With The Knife, has won several awards and resulted in the release of Jon Buice from a Texas prison after 23 years.
Grace Barnes – Grace Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, School of Communication at the University of Miami
Transplanted from California, Barnes came to Miami in 1995. Her documentaries include Hidden Scars, the saga of a Guatemalan torture survivor, After The Black Book, the story of journalist Alejandra Matus as she fought for freedom of expression in Chile,and Mad Cow Miami, the wild South Beach motorcycle quest of artist Billie Grace Lynn to convert carnivores into vegetarians. She is a member of the faculty in Cinema and Interactive Media at the University of Miami.
Kevin Rios – Filmmaker
Kevin Rios is an NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate. His latest short film Made of Sugar has played in over 15 film festivals around the world, won Sundance Ignite/Adobe's Project 1324 Film challenge and is a Semi-Finalist for a Student Academy Award. A native of Miami, Rios currently lives in Los Angeles.