Guest speaker

Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson is an American actress and model, famously known for her role as Hanna Marin on the popular ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars. Benson started her acting career in 2004 on the NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. After critical acclaim, she was quickly given roles in the CW series Supernatural13 Going on 30, and Bring It On: In It to Win It. Ashley Benson recently starred in 2013's Spring Breakers, starring alongside James Franco, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens. Benson will join us for an audience Q&A moderated by festival founder Adam Faze.

 

 

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Bill Posley

Bill Posley is a comedian, actor, musician, and veteran. Activated and sent to Iraq during his sophomore year of college, he served 15 months overseas where he accumulated hours of footage that he would ultimately turn into a short documentary about his tour of duty. The documentary earned him a spot at the prestigious New York Film Academy. Bill has guest starred in films such as An American CarolThe Virginity Hit, and has hosted the online web-series HoneyShed, as well as the TV pilot, This is My Life. He recently booked a National commercial for Free Credit Score. As a respected member in the comedy world, Bill has been wooing audiences with his Weird Al Yankovich-style raps and unique comedy flare. He has performed for the troops and shared the stage with comedians like Lewis Black, Godfrey, and Joe Rogan. Once a month, you can find him performing at Second City with his comedy sketch show, ASAP.

 

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Pete Hammond

Pete Hammond is currently the Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood. For the past 5 years he has also been Awards Editor and Columnist for Deadline where he covers the Oscar and Emmy Seasons. He is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent awards season commentators for film and television. During his career, he has also served as film critic for MovieLine, Boxoffice Magazine, Backstage Magazine, Hollywood.com and Maxim magazine. In addition to writing, Pete is also the host of the extremely popular year-round KCET Cinema Series and UCLA Extension’s Sneak Preview Winter Session where he screens a selection of films prior to their theatrical release and interviews the filmmakers. He has held producing positions at Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, the Arsenio Hall Show, the Martin Short Show and AMC network. He is the recipient of five Emmy nominations for his TV writing and is the winner of the 1996 Publicists Guild of America’s Press Award and is only the second journalist in the organization’s 50 year history to receive the award twice winning again in 2013. 

Jordan Roberts

Jordan Roberts has written and directed two films:  AROUND THE BEND, starring Christopher Walken and Michael Caine; and The New York Times’ Pick Of The Week — FRANKIE GO BOOM, starring Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth and Ron Perlman.   He also wrote and directed Morgan Freeman’s narration for the Oscar-winning documentary MARCH OF THE PENGUINS.     Over the last 18 years, he has either written, re-written, been re-written, rewrote those who rewrote him (only to sometimes have that work rewritten by the person he rewrote or, less frequently by the person that rewrote him) on over forty-five films for a dozen studios.   The most recent was Disney Animations’ BIG HERO 6, which just became the third highest grossing film in Disney Animation history.   

This summer he will be directing Vera Farmiga in BURN YOUR MAPS, also from his script.  

 

MORE JURY MEMBERS TBA

Find a list of last year's jury members, here.