Judges of the GSIFF 2012 Film Festival
Vikas is a director and writer, and has just spent a year working in Mumbai on the new Indian thriller 'Bombay's Most Wanted', which he co-wrote.
Jessica is a New York and LA based writer and filmmaker. As a writer Jess has worked in film (Somebody’s Wedding for Reveille/NBCUniversal) and television (Alternative, original pilot for the Fontana/Levinson company, Studio 60, Dirty Sexy Money and The Bedford Diaries). Many of her plays have also been staged in theaters throughout New York and Los Angeles. Jess is a recipient of Juilliard's Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellowship and a LeCompte du Nuoy award. Her films, The Five Stages of Grief and I Am Not A Moose were official selections at many festivals during the 2012 season, and I Am Not A Moose was the winner of the Best Short Film Award of Gotham Screen 2011.
Halley is an actress, dancer and singer, She works in film and on stage around the country, and made her film debut in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. Halley has performed in several other independent films, and with the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Little Theatre on the Square, the Colonial Theatre of Pittsfield, Arizona Broadway Theatre, The Theater Barn, and many more regional venues. In New York, she performed in the original cast of the world premiere production of Angelina Ballerina: The Musical. A dancer of primarily jazz, modern, and ballet, and singer trained in classical and musical theater styles, Halley grew up learning from the cultural milieu of the Berkshires of Western MA.
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.
Brandon Kelly is a New York based DP and filmmaker.
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.