2010 ADVISORY BOARD:
VINCENT NEBRIDA, Chairman (2010)
Mr. Nebrida has worked in numerous capacities in the film industry, and is a veteran of the independent film community both in America and in the Philippines, where he started his movie career as a film critic. Upon graduating from NYU Film School, he was hired at Cinecom (“A Room With A View,” “Stop Making Sense”) as marketing coordinator, and later moved to Fine Line Features/ New Line Cinema where he served as Executive Director of Marketing and Special Projects from 1991-1999. There he was part of the executive team that oversaw the releases of such high-profile films as Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” Robert Altman’s all-star-cast films “The Player” and “Short Cuts,” the landmark documentary “Hoop Dreams,” Jane Campion’s debut feature “An Angel at My Table,” David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” Mike Leigh’s “Naked,” Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter,” Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry” and the Academy-Award winning “Shine,” officially representing the company at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, as well as in domestic and international film markets and festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Milan, Los Angeles, and HongKong. From 1995-2000, he was the president and board chairman of Asian Cinevision, the renowned non-profit organization that presents New York’s annual Asian American International Film Festival, the longest running of its kind in America, now on its 32nd year. In 1998 and 2000, he was co-curator and co-programmer (along with NY Film Festival director Richard Peña) of the first and second Filipino Film Retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In 1999, he was a marketing consultant on the breakthrough indie film “Blair Witch Project,” working closely with the directors and executive producer Kevin Foxe. In 2000, he wrote, produced and distributed the acclaimed independent film “American Adobo,” a commercial success in the U.S. and the Philippines. He also executive-produced “Crying Ladies,” the official Philippine entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2005 Academy Awards. Mr. Nebrida has sat as a forum panelist and juror in many film festivals and in recent years, he served as consultant to Bazan Entertainment, working on the theatrical and dvd releases of such films as “Bringing Down The House,” “8 Mile,” and “25th Hour,” and to Emerging Pictures/ Emerging Cinemas, a groundbreaking digital cinema circuit, where he marketed and distributed such indie films as “Music From The Inside Out,” “Four Eyed Monsters,” “Honeydripper,” “Vanaja” as well as operas from La Scala, including “La Traviata” and Franco Zefirelli’s “Aida.”
ANNA MARIE DE LA FUENTE
Anna Marie De La Fuente is Variety’s Bureau Chief and Correspondent for Latin America. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. De La Fuente is a Spanish national who began her career in journalism while living in Madrid. She became the bureau chief for Hollywood Reporter from 1990-1996, at which time she moved to Los Angeles as a freelance media writer. In 1998, she was appointed Latin America bureau chief for Screen International. Ms. De La Fuente has written extensively on the entertainment industry, contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Billboard and Broadcast publications.
Jeff Fisher is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, editor, and cinematographer who has won the Emmy Award four times and was nominated seven other times. He is a mainstay editor and cinematographer on the acclaimed HBO 24/7 Boxing Series. Apart from HBO, his clients include NBC, CBS, ABC, MTV, ESPN, Showtime, Sundance Channel, Discovery Channel, Lifetime, USA, Spike TV, AMC and Versus. In 1999 and 2000, his films “Terracotta Soldiers” and “Temple of Ramses, respectively, won the Golden Cine Award and were shown on the Discovery Channel. That same year, another one of his documentaries, “Point Blank,” won Best Documentary and Best Editing at the New York First Look Film Festival.
KEVIN J. FOXE
For over 25 years, Kevin J. Foxe has been on the forefront of film, TV, web, and interactive media. He has produced many award winning projects, including, the record holder for most profitable feature film, “The Blair Witch Project”, the Sundance Documentary Audience award-winning “How to Draw a Bunny,” and the PBS television show “Ancestors.” He co-founded—as its vice chair—the Producers Guild New Media Council over ten years ago, when new media was still “new,” and has been on the board of a number of groundbreaking new media companies including Eveo, Videoegg, Zoom Culture, Streamsearch, Manyone, and Newscollective. He is very active in environmental and humanity causes, working on software development and new media with the volunteer organizations, Hands On, and Americorps, and consulting for Digital Earth, Earth Portal, Zero Footprint and others. He’s worked closely with a number of notable filmmakers including Robert Benton, Federico Fellini, Al Pacino, Bob Fosse, Milos Forman, and David Mamet, among others. In the new media space, he has worked on numerous projects with many luminaries in that space, including Doug Rushkoff, Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales, Larry Lessig, Jason Calacanis, Steven Starr, and many others. He currently lives in South Pasadena, California, with his children, Wyatt, Auden and Zoë, and doing all he possibly can to leave behind a better world for them.
Mr. Ludwig is one of the rare producers equally skilled on both the creative and production sides of filmmaking. Born into a theatrical family (the son of veteran Broadway actors and acting teachers), Avram got his SAG card at age 13 when he made his TV debut on NBC’s McCloud series. Mr. Ludwig appeared with Anne Jackson in the Actors’ Studio revival of “Awake & Sing!” as well as created the role of Edward Brown Jr. in the World Premiere of Eugene O’Neil’s newly discovered first full-length play, “Bread and Butter” at the Provincetown Playhouse. Mr. Ludwig was later handpicked to serve on the three-member team that created the Actors Studio MFA Program and the School of Dramatic Arts at the New School for Social Research; Mr. Ludwig currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio. In 1995, he co-produced the indie sensation “Swingers” for director Doug Liman, which was released by Miramax Films. Mr. Ludwig is especially proud of his collaboration with the Israeli writer/director Amos Kollek; together they produced “Fast Food, Fast Women” which was a 2000 Cannes Official Selection in competition and Queenie in Love, the closing night selection of the 2001 Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes. In 2005, Mr. Ludwig produced a retrospective of legendary director Elia Kazan’s films for the Actors Studio and Tribeca Film Festival where the top directors Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Arthur Penn and others each presented their favorite Kazan film and talked about its impact on their work. Mr. Ludwig was also an assistant director for Doug Liman’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and served as international production supervisor for Doug Liman’s most recent action movie, Jumper, starring Hayden Christiansen, Jamie Bell and Samuel Jackson. Most recently, Mr. Ludwig produced the documentary “The End of America,” based on Naomi Wolf’s bestseller about the loss of civil liberties, and co-produced Doug Liman’s Fair Game, the true life spy story of Valerie Plame, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
Josh Green currently serves as Vice-President, Distribution for Emerging Pictures. He acts as a sales agent/ producer’s rep and is responsible for securing distribution (i.e., theatrical, home video, pay TV, network television, cable, foreign, etc.) for films either produced or represented by Emerging Pictures. He is also the Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary “Kassim The Dream” (named one of the best docs of 2008 by the International Documentary Association) and the forthcoming documentary features, “Don’t Stop Believin’: An Everyman’s Journey” by Ramona Diaz, and “Sidney Lumet: A Moral Lens” directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daniel Anker.
Educated at New York University (where he studied film and archaeology) and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (where he studied acting and directing), Steve Grenyo went on to pursue a career in film, TV and video production. He joined the team of Remington Satellite Systems, where he produced and directed-between stints as cameraman and sound engineer-corporate videos for Cunard Cruise Lines, Hilton Hotel, and various government tourist offices, such as those of Egypt and India. In the 80s, he left production to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he managed the press office of The NY Film Festival and the New Directors/New Films series, co-sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. In the early 90s, he moved from Lincoln Center to Film Forum, NY City's premiere art house for independent films, to become its Associate Director of Publicity. After four years, Grenyo decided to move on and produce, direct, and act as on-air host for "Channel Surfing USA," a weekly entertainment cable show seen on Manhattan's public access channel as well as its affiliates in LA, San Diego, and Europe (including Sweden and Germany). In 1998, Grenyo returned to film to become V-P of Marketing at Unapix Films. In 2000, he co-produced the indie film “American Adobo” and then went back to the Film Society of Lincoln Center where he acted as Associate Director of Marketing until recently. Today, when not producing TV shows or movies, he freelances as a financial adviser specializing in socially responsible investments.
DOMINGO HORNILLA JR.
The recently retired Domingo Hornilla Jr. worked as the Chief Comptroller of Film Comment magazine and the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1970 through last year.
RUBEN & JANET NEPALES
Ruben and Janet Nepales are husband-and-wife entertainment journalists who are accredited members of the highly-respected Hollywood Foreign Press (the awards-giving body that annually hands out the much-anticipated Golden Globe Awards). Ruben, who was recently elected as one of the board officers of the Hollywood Foreign Press, is the entertainment columnist for the Philippine Inquirer, while his wife Janet is the show business writer for the U.S.-based Philippine News.
Programmer for 2010 and 2011 Festival.