We are pleased to announce the Napa Valley Film Festival’s esteemed Faculty for 2017. This group of industry professionals include a wide-range of talents and experience, from Oscar winners to ground-breaking screenwriters and producers.
The faculty will share their insights and expertise with our core competition filmmakers during the Artists-in-Residence Program at Meadowood Napa Valley. Several of our esteemed Jurors also will also participate in this year’s faculty, acting as mentors to the amazing group of versatile filmmakers that make up the Artists-in-Residence program.
Read below to learn more about each faculty member participating at NVFF17.
Lee Aronsohn is a television producer credited for work on shows such as The Love Boat, Murphy Brown, and Cybill. He is also one of the creative minds behind television’s hit sitcoms Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.
Nnamdi Asomugha starred in and produced Amazon/IFC’s Crown Heights, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — where it won the audience award for U.S. Dramatic Film. Prior to Crown Heights, Nnamdi played in the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles for 11 years. He is also a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, where he was a standout athlete.
Mark Borde has been in the Motion Picture Distribution Business for over thirty years. His reputation as the foremost independent motion picture distributor began with his work in a family distribution company, Seymour Borde and Associates, started in 1972. The company was the number one independent feature film theatrical distribution company on the west coast representing MGM, Rank, and hundreds of well-known titles.
Joanne Butcher was Associate Producer on the TLC show Addicted and Global Marketing Curator for YouTube’s UK movie channel. She works with filmmakers to make their vision a reality by focusing on the business aspects of film.
Emily Dell is an award-winning director, writer and Director of Education for screenwriting platform ScreenCraft. Her screenplays and films have aired on Showtime, iTunes, Netflix, El Rey Network and Amazon Prime.
Brent Emery is a producer in the entertainment industry, known for the well-received The Stanford Prison Experiment. The film won two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015.
Alexis Garcia is a partner in WME|IMG’s Global department, where he packages financing and distribution for film and television projects, and consults financier and corporate clients on strategic entertainment and media investments.
David Glasser is President and Chief Operating Officer of The Weinstein Company. David is responsible for the day-to-day management and development of TWC’s ever-expanding portfolio of entertainment industry businesses.
Todd Harris is the president of the Los Angeles-based Branded Pictures Entertainment. Of the nearly 40 movies Mr. Harris has produced, highlights include Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Crooked Arrows, and Piranha 3D.
David Hinojosa has produced multiple highly acclaimed independent films. Just this year, he produced Beatriz at Dinner — which premiered at Sundance — and First Reformed — which earned raves out of the Venice Film Festival.
Leslie Iwerks is an Academy Award® and Emmy-nominated director and producer. For over a decade, she has created award-winning feature and short documentaries, television specials, tributes, corporate films and digital content.
Jenny Lumet is the screenwriter of the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film Rachel Getting Married. She recently wrote the screen story for Universal’s The Mummy and the musical adaptation of the 1983 classic, Valley Girl.
T.J. Martin is a Los Angeles filmmaker who won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary for his film Undefeated that played NVFF2011. His documentary film LA 92 is showing this year at NVFF.
Darrien Michele Gipson is the National Director of SAGindie, an educational resource for independent producers looking to hire professional actors. Darrien was formerly the VP of Production for DEF Pictures.
Andrew Miano, a film and television producer, has partnered with writer-directors Paul and Chris Weitz in their production company Depth of Field for the last 16+ years. He is the producer of the NVFF17 Lounge film A Happening of Monumental Proportions.
Dan Mirvish is a co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. His last award-winning feature Between Us played in 23 festivals in 7 countries, including NVFF. His most recent feature Bernard and Huey is playing NVFF17.
Ed Ojdana is the Executive Chairman of GoDigital, Inc and founder of FreeCreditReport.com. His investments include Fullscreen, Base 79, and the award-winning Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Ed is also on the board of NVFF.
Jim Rash is the oscar-winning screenwriter of The Descendants, starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne, and the writer and co-director of The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell.
Kim Rocco Shields is one of Hollywood’s hottest young filmmakers. She studied Film Theory at UC Santa Barbara and went on to script-supervise for J.J. Abrams and Gore Verbinski. Shields founded Wingspan Pictures in 2007 and later founded Genius Pictures with the intention of creating culture-changing films.
Nick Soares is a filmmaker, technologist, digital distribution leader, and CEO of GoDigital, Inc. The company helps filmmakers control their films’ releases while retaining 100% of their rights and revenue while also providing marketing and release strategies.
Cathleen Sutherland is an Oscar-nominated and award-winning producer of Boyhood. She is also the producer of Amanda & Jack Go Glamping, which is playing in the NVFF17 Lounge Program.
Jill Tidman, the executive director of the Redford Center, oversees everything from daily operations to shaping the center’s vision to producing documentary films and action campaigns. She produced Jamie Redford’s Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, which will play at NVFF17.
Noland Walker manages a portfolio of ITVS-funded programs and co-curates the Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens series. He has been a writer, producer, and director on numerous award-winning documentaries.
Morrie Warshawski works with nonprofits and filmmakers to help them create roadmaps to a better future through strategic planning. Warshawski is the author of Shaking the Money Tree, and The Fundraising Houseparty.
Paul Zaentz has collaborated on many well-known films including Amadeus, The Mosquito Coast, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Goya’s Ghosts.