2017 Jury

Learn more about the dancers, filmmakers and creatives who will come together to award prizes at the festival next year.



Holly Wilder is a choreographer, dance film director, and performer based in New York City. She is artistic director of the award-winning dance film company, Wilder Project, which she founded with her brother, cinematographer Duncan Wilder. Wilder Project’s films have been screened at film festivals all over the US and Canada, and at venues like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She holds a degree in Contemporary Dance with an emphasis in choreography from The Boston Conservatory, and some of her professional performance credits include the national tour of Debbie Allen's musical Brothers of the Knight and Grease The Musical with Royal Caribbean International.



Clare Kelly is an LA-based artist who works with performance, video, and photo. She has performed for a number of California-based galleries / artist organizations, including Human Resources LA, Machine Project, High Desert Test Sites, and SALTA dance collective. She and Maria Garcia co-created the Graceless Lady movement workshop series, looking to make improvised performance and sound art more accessible to the interested public, hosted in LA by Machine Project and the Women’s Center for Creative Work. She is also a director and editor, and has had music videos premiere online for the FADER and the NYT Style Magazine. 



Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Jesus M. Rodriguez is a director, choreographer and creative director. He has directed commercials for major clients such as Dove, Sony, Toyota and Disney. His first short film, Lucy & Ricky, was selected by the Sundance Film Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, and the L.A. Latino Film Festival. In 2004, Jesus moved to Los Angeles, where, after being part of Ridley Scott and Associates for 18 months, he continued directing commercials, shorts and his first feature film Sunset Junction. In 2011, Jesus decided to return to Television, as the VP of Marketing/Creative for the Oprah Winfrey Network. Jesus is currently the VP of Marketing and Creative for Disney Channel. 


John L. Roman is a film/TV producer with over 35 years in the industry. He has worked with NBC Universal/Wolf Films for over 20 years, starting up "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" for Wolf. Along with spinoff #2, Chicago Med, all three Chicago shows have already been through several successful seasons. Other notable credits include: "Groundhog Day," "Backdraft" and "Gladiator" as assistant director. He has taught at USC School of Cinema, spoken at Yale University, Ithaca College and at various conferences. In his down time, John teaches workshops at jrschooloffilm.com.



Maritza Navarro is a storyteller, writer and producer who needs dance to survive. She makes a living in television, currently as a producer for the music network Fuse, and plays on the dance floor, most recently as an emerging choreographer for Dance Resource Center's series Home Grown. Her choreography credits include 7 years with the dance company LA Unbound, Los Angeles-based dance festivals, movement for television + film + live performances as far as Cambodia. With a Master’s in journalism, her strength lies in storytelling through mixed formats - video, projection and movement. 



Maria Garcia is a LA-based dancer, sound artist & curator. Performing in collaborative projects Unica, Bronze Eye and MG/CK she uses movement & sound to create psychic environments of around herself, collaborators, and audience in hopes of  fostering support & community. Maria has performed in works by Julie Tolentino, Ron Athey, and as member Taisha Pagget’s WXPT School for the Movement of the Technicolor People -- a dance company for queer black, brown dancers and allies. Currently co-creating Se Mueve: Aqui/ Here: It Moves with artist Rafa Esparza, Yosimar Reyes, and Yesika Salgado for Grand Performances LA Summer Programming. She has performed at MATA Gallery, Human Resources, Kordansky Gallery, High Desert Test Site, Bowtie Project, Machine Project, Lace Gallery, AXS Fest, Fusebox Festival and the Handbag Factory.