NARRATIVE COMPETITION JURY
Karin Chien is an independent film producer based in New York City. Karin has produced nine feature films, including THE EXPLODING GIRL (2009), THE MOTEL (2005) and ROBOT STORIES (2002). Karin is currently in post-production on two Sundance Lab projects, CIRCUMSTANCE and AYITI, AYITI. Karin is the president and co-founder of dGenerate Films, which distributes the best of contemporary Chinese independent cinema. Karin is also the curator of the Chinatown Film Project, an inaugural film exhibition for the Museum of Chinese in America. Karin is currently nominated for the 2010 Independent Spirit Producers Award.
Yukie Kito is a Tokyo-based film producer. Her credits include Ethan Hawke’s THE HOTTEST STATE, which premiered at the 2006 Venice International Film Festival, as well as Wayne Wang’s A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, which won Best Film at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Her most recent film is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s TOKYO SONATA, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Section and the Best Picture at Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. She is currently producing Seijun Suzuki’s A SENSE OF HONEY.
Jeanette Roan teaches visual studies at the California College of the Arts and is the author of Envisioning Asia: On Location, Travel, and the Cinematic Geography of U.S. Orientalism (University of Michigan Press, 2010). She has served as Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Humanities at Grinnell College, Minority Scholar-in-Residence at Oberlin College, and Assistant Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at George Mason University.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION JURY 2010
Ramona Diaz is a Baltimore-based filmmaker whose credits include the award-winning documentary IMELDA, about the former First Lady of the Philippines. Diaz also directed and produced SPIRITS RISING, a film about women in the 1986 People Power revolution in the Philippines. Diaz is currently in post-production on her new film DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY, a feature documentary film about the iconic ‘80s band, Journey, and their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda.
Sandip Roy is an editor with New America Media and host of its radio show New America Now on KALW 91.7 FM. He also co-hosts the call-in show Your Call and is a commentator for Morning Edition on NPR. His work appears regularly in publications like San Francisco Chronicle, India Abroad, India Currents, Salon.com, and The Times of India. He also blogs for the Huffington Post.
Steve Talbot has written and produced over 30 documentaries for public television. His works have been awarded almost every major award in the field, including the Emmy, Peabody and DuPont prizes. His two most recent documentaries include an episode of the 2007 Frontline “News War” series “What’s Happening to the News,” and the PBS history special, “The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation.” Talbot is president of The Talbot Players, a San Francisco-based media company, and is currently producing the new PBS series, SOUND TRACKS: Music Without Borders.