Judges

JUDGES 2018

Andrew-LiANDREW K. LI

Andrew K. Li is a New York based producer and director from Hong Kong. He has produced features and shorts that screened and have been awarded in festivals around the world including Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, LA, Atlanta, New Directors/New Films and Cannes Film Festival. His student short was shortlisted for a BAFTA nomination. He will direct his next film in 2019. Li graduated from Columbia University's Film Program.

 

Director_Yoruba-Richen_horizontalYoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen is an award - winning documentary filmmaker whose directed films in the U.S. and abroad.   Her work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, Frontline Digital, New York Magazine’s website, The Cut and The Atlantic.  Her feature documentary, The New Black won multiple audience awards, won best documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award.  It was broadcast on Independent Lens. Yoruba’s previous film Promised Land, received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and won the Fledgling Fund award for social issue documentary.  It aired on POV.  Yoruba recently won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy nominated singer Andra Day.  She won the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance Women’s Fellow and Producers Fellow.  Yoruba is a featured TED Speaker and a Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.  She is director of the documentary program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

RODRIGO BRANDAO

RODRIGO BRANDAO

Rodrigo Brandão is the Director of Communications at The Intercept (TheIntercept.com). Previously, he oversaw media strategy for Kino Lorber’s feature film releases and established Cinema Slate, a label focused on Latin American cinema.

At Kino Lorber (KinoLorber.com), he executed successful campaigns for several fiction and nonfiction titles, including “Who is Dayani Cristal?” (director Marc Silver), “Finding Fela” (Alex Gibney), “Ixcanul” (Jayro Bustamante), “Machines” (Rahul Jain), and the Academy Award-nominated “5 Broken Cameras” (Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi), among others.

At Cinema Slate (CinemaSlate.com), he released Paulina (Santiago Mitre), Hard Labor (Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra), Casa Grande (Fellipe Barbosa), Sunday Ball (Eryk Rocha) and others. Opening this fall is Mexican immigrant drama Lupe (Rodrigo Reyes).

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brandão began his communications studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and earned degrees from Ithaca College in Cinema and Photography (B.S.) and Art History (B.A.). He recently joined the board of directors at the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY (CLAGS).

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