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Fantastic Fest Jury

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Ted Geoghegan

Ted Geoghegan


Ted Geoghegan grew up in rural Montana, developing a love of genre cinema at a very young age. Studying screenwriting under the late Carroll O’Connor, he was hand-picked to pen German filmmaker Andreas Schnaas’ 2001 English language debut feature, Demonium, and, from that point on, has been a tirelessly active part of the genre film industry, having directed two celebrated features, written and produced thirteen others, and served as publicist on over 200 films.

Ted’s selected filmography as a writer and producer includes the award-winning indie slasher Sweatshop (2009), Drafthouse Films’ Graceland (2012), Timo Rose’s Barricade (2007), acclaimed director Ryoo Seung-wan’s blockbuster Korean action film The Berlin File (2013), and ABCs of Death 2 (2014). His critically-acclaimed directorial debut, 2015's We Are Still Here, was one of that year's most celebrated genre films, and his violent, dramatic 2018 follow-up, Mohawk, was hailed by Ebert Digital as "having the same political urgency as Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left."

Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt

Jury President

Don Hertzfeldt is a two-time Academy Award nominee whose animated films include It's Such a Beautiful Day, Rejected, and the World of Tomorrow series. His work has received over 250 awards and made a special guest appearance on The Simpsons in 2014. Eight of his films have screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is the only filmmaker to have won the overall Grand Prize for Short Film twice.

Samantha Schoen

Samantha Schoen


Sam works on the acquisitions team at Gunpowder & Sky, assisting the company build out its ever growing slate of content. Previously, she has worked with Warrior Poets, Scott Rudin Productions and Mark Canton’s Mad Riot Entertainment. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Visual Performing Arts School and Music Industry Program. When she’s not trying to find cool movies, can usually be found on a yoga mat somewhere.



Horror
Heather Buckley

Heather Buckley


Heather Buckley was a graphic designer and creative lead for thirteen years in the New York advertising world before transitioning to live her life-long dream of a career in the Horror Film World. She has also been a journalist for over a decade, contributing to Dread Central, Diabolique and Fangoria.

She worked in the makeup department on Billy Pon’s CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, and then as Makeup FX Shop Supervisor on The Booth Brothers’ SYFY channel film DEAD STILL (and, under prosthetics, played a featured ghoul) and Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE.

She is currently a Blu-Ray Special Features Producer for Red Shirt Pictures, Severin Films, Kino Lorber and Liongate working on documentaries (over 100 and counting), which include THE THING, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, CANDYMAN, BARTON FINK, THE LONG RIDERS, SAW 10th Anniversary reissue and ARMY OF DARKNESS. She is also one of the Producers on Jen Wexler’s The Ranger for Glass Eye Pix and Hood River Entertainment a punk rock horror film that premiered at SXSW 2018.

Giles Edwards

Giles Edwards


A former Soundtracks buyer at Tower Records and now somehow an 18 year industry veteran, Giles was previously Head Of Acquisitions at UK distributor Metrodome where he was responsible for picking up WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, MANIAC, FRANCES HA, THE FALLING, MOMMY, WHITE GOD, THE TRIBE, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, STAKE LAND, THE INNKEEPERS, THE BATTERY, EVOLUTION, BIG BAD WOLVES, UPSTREAM COLOR and STARRY EYES to name just a glorious handful. After a stint consulting for Shudder alongside Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman, Giles joined MPI as their European Head of Development & Acquisitions, based in London and bringing, amongst others, DOWNRANGE, POSSUM and AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS into the fold. In 2018, alongside MPI colleagues Greg Newman and Travis Stevens, Giles formed Queensbury Pictures, a one stop finance, production and global sales/distribution company dedicated to bringing fiercely imaginative and audacious films and filmmakers to the world stage.

Giles is a passionate and dogmatic cinematic advocate whose diet mainly consists of Pepsi Max, meat, Brian De Palma, Douglas Sirk, Golden Age Noir, Silver Age horror, Stone Age action junk, film scores and giallo films.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Jury President

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a film critic and author from Melbourne Australia. She has written five books on horror, cult, and exploitation film, often with a focus on gender politics, including Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study (2011), Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and theAppearance of Reality (2014), Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria (2015), Cultographies: Ms. 45 (2016), and in 2017, a book called The Hitcher about Robert Harmon’s 1986 film of the same name. Her next book is called 1000 Women in Horror, an exhaustive love-letter that looks at the period from 1895 – 2018 and considers both the superstars and often invisible women who have played a role in making the genre what it is today from all around the world. She is currently finalizing two upcoming books: one on the use of art in Italian giallo cinema, and another on the history, ubiquity, and significance of masks in horror cinema. Alexandra is a proud member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, the Australian Film Critics Association, and The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Kailey Marsh

Kailey Marsh


Kailey Marsh is a literary manager and producer at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. A horror fan from a very young age, she conceived The BloodList in 2009, which is the annual selection highlighting the most-liked unproduced horror and dark-genre screenplays of the year. The list has turned into a popular website, BloodList.com and has become a platform for discovering fresh voices within the horror world.  Because of the notoriety from the BloodList, talented genre filmmakers started gaining representation and numerous unknown horror scripts went into production. This early achievement was a harbinger of Marsh’s reputation, and it took her entrepreneurial spirit and career to the next level.  In 2013 she established her own management company, Kailey Marsh Media, representing screenwriters and directors whose work spans all genres in the feature, television and new media space. After the huge success of The BloodList and KMM, Kailey launched The Fresh Blood Initiative in 2016, a free submission system where unrepresented screenwriters are considered for recognition in the Fresh Blood section of the annual BloodList.

Some of KMM's clients include Lee Fleming (The Lying Game, One Tree Hill)  showrunner of Light As A Feather for Awesomeness / Hulu, screenwriter Ira Madison III (Daybreak, host of KEEP IT!, Peter Hoare (BABYSITTING, story editor on Kevin Can Wait), Jeff Howard (Supervising Producer The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game), screenwriter / director Axelle Carolyn (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), screenwriter Seth Sherwood (Leatherface, Hell Fest) and animation director/creator Michael John Roberts (Supervising director Final Space on TBS,  creator of Dallas & Robo for YouTube Red).

Kailey is the Co-Executive Producer on the upcoming series LIGHT AS A FEATHER, premiering October 12th on HULU.

Phil Nobile Jr.

Phil Nobile Jr.


Phil Nobile Jr. is a lifelong movie lover and an Emmy-award winning writer/producer based in Philadelphia. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The recently relaunched FANGORIA Magazine. Prior to Fango, Phil spent seven years as editor-at-large and senior contributor at Birth.Movies.Death. His documentary work has appeared on A&E, Bio, Discovery and Reelz.

Anya Stanely

Anya Stanely


Anya Stanley is a columnist at Dread Central, with genre film analyses and reviews at Birth Movies Death, Daily Grindhouse, Suspiria Magazine, and anywhere they'll let her talk horror. Anya's latest contribution is a chapter on Lovecraft and atheism in Scared Sacred: Idolatry, Religion and Worship in the Horror Film, from House of Leaves Publishing.

Stephanie Trepanier

Stephanie Trepanier


Stephanie began her career in the film industry in 2005 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, to which she contributed for 9 editions and founded its Frontières International Co-production Market in 2012. She also founded the distribution company Evokative Films in 2008 and is executive producer of the films Turbo Kid, 24 x 36: A Movie About Movie Posters, 68 Kill, Radius and Mohawk. She is now Distribution Director at Métropole Films Distribution.



Main Competition
Michael Barker

Michael Barker

Jury President

As Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, Michael Barker (with Tom Bernard) has distributed (and quite often produced) some of the finest independent movies over the past 30 years.  Previously he was an executive at United Artists (1980-1983) and went on to co-found Orion Classics (1983-1991) and Sony Pictures Classics.

Kate Bost

Kate Bost


Kate Bost is a curator of movie experiences with over a decade in the cinema industry. She got her first job at the local indie theater after being denied admission to an NC-17 movie and never looked back. Her expertise ranges from cinema operations and film projection to event production and brand marketing. Prior to moving to Austin in 2017 she worked with the Angelika Film Center, expanding the venerable Manhattan arthouse to new markets. At Alamo Drafthouse, she currently manages national promotional events, partnerships, and specialty programming. When she's not in Austin, you can find Kate in the projection booth at film festivals around the country, including True/False and the Telluride Film Festival.

Emily Hagins

Emily Hagins


Emily Hagins has written and directed five feature films by the age of 25. Her most notable projects include Pathogen (chronicled in the documentary Zombie Girl: The Movie), My Sucky Teen Romance (SXSW 2011), Grow Up, Tony Phillips (SXSW 2013), and Coin Heist (Netflix Original Film). She also wrote and directed the segment "Touch" in ChillerTV's horror anthology Chilling Visions: The Five Senses of Fear. Most recently, she completed the 6-part digital series Hold to Your Best Self (SXSW 2018), produced by Adaptive Studios.

Britt Hayes

Britt Hayes


Britt Hayes is a film critic and journalist from Austin, Texas. Over the past decade, her work has been featured in Birth.Movies.Death and on ScreenCrush.com, where she currently serves as associate editor. She is also the author of I Should Just Not and the curator of the Stephen King’s Boners Tumblr. When she’s not writing, Britt can be found at the Drafthouse, or at home with her cat, hopelessly waiting for the internet to implode so she can move to a cabin in the middle of nowhere and become a reclusive woods witch. In the meantime, Fantastic Fest is her most favorite time of the year, and she is honored to have been summoned for jury duty.

Peter Jarowey

Peter Jarowey


Peter Jarowey Over his five years at Vertical, Peter has overseen the acquisition, marketing operations and day-to-day distribution of over 150 titles, including Film Independent Spirit Award-winner Other People and BAFTA Award-winner Under the Shadow. Prior to Vertical, Peter worked with Goldberg at ARC, where he helped manage acquisitions and marketing on over 200 titles, including The Way, For Greater Glory and Nitro Circus.

Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin


Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was first published in 1969. He’s been a teacher at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for 20 years and hosts the Maltin On Movies podcast with his daughter, Jessie.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller


Producer Matt Miller has worked on over 100 film, television and digital productions and is the owner of the independent production studio Vanishing Angle. Most recently Miller and VA produced and are distributing the 2018 SXSW Feature Film Grand Jury prize winner, THUNDER ROAD, releasing this October; Miller also co-produced and VA distributed the 35mm long-take, fan-favorite, TOO LATE which played at Fantastic Fest in 2015.



Next Wave
Matt Barone

Matt Barone


After more than a decade spent writing about film and music for outlets like Complex, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Dissolve, and Grantland, Matt Barone is now dedicated to festival programming. The New Jersey native is the senior programmer for the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, a programmer for the North Bend Film Festival, and both a filmmaker coordinator and assistant programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lindsey Hodgson

Lindsey Hodgson


Lindsey is a film industry professional currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. By day, she oversees distribution and marketing for indie distributor Pacific Northwest Pictures, by night, she cohabitates with a small boy and a software engineer. Highlights of her decade working in film distribution include the acquisition and release of many genre films including Best Worst Movie, Insidious, Cheap Thrills, Infinity Baby and Blade of the Immortal. Prior to slugging it out in the trenches of film distribution Lindsey did a brief stint in feature film development and production, and a long stint on the Fringe Theatre Festival circuit, producing and performing sketch comedy with an all-female troupe.

Jacob Knight

Jacob Knight


Jacob Knight is a Texas-based film critic, member of the Austin Film Critics Association, and General Manager of Vulcan Video, one of the world’s last great rental archives. He’s a Senior Contributor at Birth.Movies.Death., a writer for the recently rebooted FANGORIA, and columnist at /Film. His soul is primarily fueled by breakfast tacos and rewatches of MIAMI VICE. If you’ve seen (and naturally loved) THE ASTROLOGER, you’re automatically his best friend.

Dorota Lech

Dorota Lech

Jury President

Dorota was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She is a Programming Associate and Documentary Conference Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she scouts international documentaries as well as fiction films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Dorota also works at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, where she produces The Hot Docs Forum, a pitching event aimed at garnering financing and co-productions for international documentaries. She holds an M.A in Political Science and Gender Studies from McGill University and was previously at The National Film Board of Canada and the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. Find her on twitter: @dorotamischka.

Katie Rife

Katie Rife


Katie Rife is news editor of The A.V. Club and a regular contributor to its film section, where she specializes in genre film. She is a programmer at Chicago's Cinepocalypse festival, a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, and a former contributor to Daily Grindhouse. She's not sure if ghosts are real, but is afraid to play with Ouija boards just the same.

Priscilla Ross

Priscilla Ross


Priscilla's Hollywood career began as a producer’s assistant, where she performed valuable tasks like feeding goldfish to pet piranhas. Despite her macabre beginnings, she quickly learned the basics of distribution and became an international sales agent, a position that she has held for the past 10 years. For almost half that time, she has worked for Archstone Distribution and its genre label, Tombstone, as the President of Worldwide Sales.

She has sold cult horror favorites like The Human Centipede franchise and Sundance and Fantasia FF’s Excision. She has also handled films with writers, directors and producers from the Halloween and The Final Destination franchises, and talent such as Jim Carrey, Chris Pratt, Jason Momoa, Mila Kunis, and Channing Tatum.

She has previously given panel discussions at Ventana Sur film market in Buenos Aires, and Dances With Films in Los Angeles, and she continues to search for cutting-edge content for territories across the globe.

Priscilla obtained her B.A. in Mass Communications from CSUN in 2014 when she was twice the age of everyone else in her class. She is currently producing a film with Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return to Oz) and Ivor Powell (Alien, Blade Runner).

You can most often find her dragging her six-month old son to film festivals across the globe.

Jason Wald

Jason Wald


Jason Wald is a member of the Content Acquisition team at Hulu, specializing in film. Prior to Hulu, Wald worked at Radius-TWC and The Weinstein Company in Acquisitions and Digital Distribution on such films as It Follows, Snowpiercer, Goodnight Mommy, Citizenfour, Horns, Blue Ruin, 20 Feet From Stardom, and The One I Love. Wald began his career at Cinetic Media.