Selection Jury – GFF2018

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.

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

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.

Willie HartlandWilly Hartland
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and a New Yorker of 32 years, Willy Hartland has carved out a distinguished career in animation. A recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film, and many international film awards, Willy writes, directs, and animates his own projects for the Web, TV, and Film. He has also worked as a storyboard artist on 3 features, and numerous TV shows, among them MTV’s “Beavis and Butthead.” Proficient in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Flash, and Cinema 4D he continues to experiment with new techniques in digital media. In recent years he has begun a successful career as a professor of animation, teaching at such prestigious schools as MICA, FIT, and CUNY.