Selection Jury – GFF2017

Rosa ValadoRosa Valado
Rosa Valado is an artist, curator, and founder/director of the Greenpoint Film Festival. GFF was founded in 2011 – a competitive film festival in all categories with curated sections (d.b.a. of Woven Spaces, Inc., 501.c.3., creating interactive public art projects and workshops worldwide since 1996). Valado exhibits regularly, locally and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Art Foundation. She studied art and art history at Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Madrid, School of Visual Arts in NYC, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and holds a BFA in visual art and art history from CUNY (1989), and continues her research and study in Architecture and the Built Environment, Sacred Architecture, and Art in Community.

Steven Hellyard SwartzSteven Hellyard Swartz
Steve Hellyard Swartz’s film Never Leave Nevada (which he wrote and directed and in which he co-starred) opened in Dramatic Competition at the U.S. Sundance Film Festival in January, 1990. A former two-time Poet Laureate of Schenectady county in upstate New York, Swartz has won numerous prizes for his poetry, been a four-time finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Competition, and won a Green Eyeshade Award for radio arts commentary given by the Society of Professional Journalists. He’s currently putting the finishing touches on a new novel, Me Who Am Issued Amazed.

Michelle MacauMichelle Macau
Michelle Macau is an actor, director and educator. Recent films include Zenith, written and directed by Ellie Foumbi, which will be screened at Lincoln Center in May 2017; Mother by Jennifer Sciarra; and Anne Bradford’s, The White Slippers, which screened at the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival. Her last directorial project incorporated percussion with Margarita Engle’s The Surrender Tree. She earned an MFA in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon University and teaches at Lehigh University. Michelle has volunteered with the Greenpoint Film Festival since 2014 and is proud to be part of the GFF16 &17 Selection Committee.

Williams ColeWilliams Cole
Williams Cole has been producing, directing and editing documentary film for over 15 years. Feature-length credits include Sundance Film Festival premieres like Finding Fela! (2014), 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013), the HBO feature Gun Fight (produced with Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple) and the documentary Giuliani Time. He just completed producing a film about the poet WS Merwin that aired on PBS and is co-directing a film about the legendary publisher Barney Rosset ( Recently he filmed in places like Lebanon, Senegal, India, Thailand and Chile for the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” initiative and has produced and directed over 60 short documentary profiles of authors for Open Road Integrated Media. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and a founder of the Brooklyn Rail.

Laure SullivanLaure Sullivan
Laure Sullivan is an editor and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn USA with her family and their dog, Shane. She was inspired to pursue a career in filmmaking while studying in Paris France with Agnes Varda. She also consults on films, and is always striving to expand the form and the ways that stories can be told. Awards include Cine Golden Eagle, Emmy awards, Best Editing WIFF, and Sundance.

Rohesia Hamilton MetcalfeRohesia Hamilton Metcalfe
Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe is an artist/designer who has worked in performance lighting, film, video and the design and development of websites. Her personal work explores the pleasures of uncertainty. She has worked collaboratively and she has also organized and curated performances, screenings and a summer performing arts festival. She is currently mostly working on websites with and for artists.