Selection Jury – GFF14

Experimental Jury:

Oona Mekas, daughter of filmmaker Jonas Mekas, began her love affair with cinema at a very early age. Some of her first memories are of dark theaters illuminated by the light of a projector, watching works by everyone from Stan Brakhage to Buster Keaton and Sergio Leone. She started her career in film as a programmer at Anthology Film Archives in NYC and now continues her decades-long journey as an actor, writer & filmmaker in Los Angeles.

Rosalind Galt is a professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image, and The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map, and co-editor of Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. She researches world cinema, experimental film, and issues of aesthetics and sexuality.

Adrian Goycoolea is a professor of filmmaking at the University of Sussex. His work spans experimental, installation, documentary and fiction forms and has been screened internationally at venues including the Rotterdam International Film Festival, FIDOCS, the British Film Institute and The Artists’ Space.


Narrative Juror:

By day, Keith R. Higgons is a cube dwelling scallywag and by night an avid media enthusiast. He is a playwright, writer, short filmmaker, blogger, publisher, entrepreneur and balloon contortionist. He is a long time resident of Greenpoint and Wiliamsburg who currently lives on the South Side. You can find him at and


Documentary Jury:

Andrea Cordaro is a New York based actor, writer, singer and producer. She has performed off-Broadway, in film and in television. Her past theater credits include; “Brilliant Traces” (Roseannah), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Don John), “Delilah” (The Rising Sun Performance Company), and “Antony and Cleopatra” (The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Her film and TV credits include; “The Onion Sports Dome” (Comedy Central), “The Chew” (ABC), “Out of Order” (Feature, Cinestories), “Hellfire” (Feature, Insane-O-Rama), “Rain Dance” (Short, Dir. Michael Franklin) and “Animus” (Short, Judges Award Winner, Eli Jaffe Film Competition). Andrea has also performed her original comedy throughout New York City’s comedy clubs/ She has also authored several plays and screenplays/ She is a co-founder of Fusion Box Films, and an ensemble member of Off Off Broadway’s Rising Sun Performance Company.

Francesco Cordaro is an independent filmmaker from the Hudson Valley. His latest project, “Aerodrome” which he produced, (Winner Best Short Doc at the Newport Beach Film Festival) can be seen at upcoming film festivals nationally. As a cinematographer, Cordaro has shot for AMC’s American Haunters, ConAir Corporation, and a host of both short and feature length narrative and documentary films. In post he has worked as a part of Once in a Lullaby’s editorial department (Premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival 2012, Winner Best Doc New Jersey International Film Festival). When Francesco isn’t making films, he works on his paintings and photography. Francesco is currently developing work with his production company, Fusion Box Films.