Judges of the GSIFF 2011 Film Festival
Agnes Crane is a New York-based journalist who covers financial news as a columnist for Reuters. A writer for most of her 12-year career, she currently edits coverage of the U.S. debt crisis, including a popular column for The Wall Street Journal. Agnes has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, the Daily Deal, among others. She began her career in Mexico City, covering the country's watershed presidential elections in 2000. In a previous life, she was an active member of the arts community in San Francisco where she co-managed a gallery and supported up and coming artists. Agnes, a native of Philadelphia, has called New York her home for eight years.
Ben Garchar is an award winning filmmaker based in New York City. His work has been accepted to festivals such as Raindance, DC Shorts, and the Gotham Screen International Film Festival, and has screened at the Time Warner Center and as part of Film Independent's Cinema Lounge. He's worked professionally as an assistant editor for the Oscar nominated documentary The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, and has edited promotional pieces for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, NewFest, and The New York Film Festival. He received his BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University and is currently working on a trilogy of short films to be released online through social networking.
Bill Woods serves as the host and co-curator for the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives. Bill was named as a part of the 2008 NY Culturazzi by New York Magazine. Bill ran Staten Island’s first weekly independent film series, under its two incarnations, Independent Film Night at the Muddy Cup and FilmFest Reloaded, ran for seven years. (2001-2008) Bill has served on the film juries for the New York Korean Film Festival, Royal Flush Festival and served as the film curator for the 21st Century Happenings: SUPERNOVAS! Warhol Superstars at the Chelsea Hotel.