The 2014 Judges

The Lower East Side Film Festival judging panel is comprised of various filmmakers, artists, musicians, and other talented members of creative industries. 


DANA BRUNETTI

Dana Brunetti is the president of Trigger Street Productions and produces The Netflix Original Series House Of Cards (nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations). Other producing credits include Captain Phillips21, Fanboys, and Bernard & Doris (HBO) starring RALPH FIENNES and SUSAN SARANDON (10 Emmy nominations), and in 2013, Dana won a Special Achievement Webby Award for his impact on the Web.

In 2009, he produced the film The Social Network (eight Academy Award nominations) and won a Golden Globe for the film as well as many others including the National Board of Review and The Critics Choice Award.

Upcoming film projects include the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, which has sold over 70 million copies worldwide.


DENIS O’HARE

Denis O'Hare has appeared in such acclaimed films and series as  Milk,  J. Edgar, Michael Clayton, True Blood, American Horror Story, as well as the upcoming Dallas Buyer’s Club and The Normal Heart. He has received both Emmy and SAG Nominations, and has won Tony and Critic’s Choice Awards.


ILANA GLAZER

Ilana Glazer is the co-creator, star and Executive Producer on Comedy Central's "Broad City." Along with co-creator Abbi Jacobson, the two began shooting Broad City as a web-series in 2009. "Broad City" made its broadcast television premiere in January 2014 and was received with positive reviews and strong ratings. In February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season.

Ilana also the starred in L.E.S. Film Festival's 2013 'Best of Fest' Winning Feature How To Follow Strangers, directed by Chioke Nassor, which received distribution during the 2013 festival through Filmbuff, and is now available on VOD. 


MARKY RAMONE

Marky Ramone is best known for being the drummer of the punk rock band THE RAMONES, but has also played in other extremely notable bands (Dust, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, and the Misfits). In 2002, he was inducted into to the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME and has won a Grammy lifetime achievement award.

In September 2004, Marky Executive Produced and released the film Ramones Raw, which featured various rare, vintage footage of the band while on tour all over the world with much of the footage courtesy of Marky Ramone's own personal video library.


ADI EZRONI

Adi Ezroni is the co founder of Spring Pictures, a NYC based film production company, together with Mandy Tagger Brockey. Spring's most recent project KELLY & CAL, won the GameChanger award at SXSW 2014. It was Jen Mcgowan's feature debut and stars Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Cybill Shepherd and Josh Hopkins. Spring's past projects include A LATE QUARTET directed by Yaron Zilberman starring Academy Award Winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken and Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener; and THE ENGLISH TEACHER directed by Craig Zisk starring Academy Award Nominees Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear, Golden Globe Nominee Nathan Lane, Michael Angerano and Lily Collins.
 

 Adi is also a leading actress in the award winning Israeli TV drama series PRISONERS OF WAR (the original Israeli series Showtime's HOMELAND is based on) and WHEN SHALL WE KISS (bought by HBO Europe).


MANDY TAGGER BROCKEY

Ms. Tagger Brockey is the former head of production for InDigEnt where she oversaw some of the most critical and commercial successes in independent film, and worked with the top directors, actors, writers and producers in the industry. InDigEnt projects include Gary Winick's TADPOLE; Wim Wender's LAND OF PLENTY; Steve Buscemi's LONESOME JIM; and Andrew Wagner's STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING.

In 2009 Adi Ezroni and Mandy Tagger founded Spring Pictures. Spring develops, finances and produces high quality entertaining films. Spring's projects include A LATE QUARTET directed by Yaron Zilberman starring Academy Award Winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken and Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener; and THE ENGLISH TEACHER directed by Craig Zisk starring Academy Award Nominees Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear, Golden Globe Nominee Nathan Lane, Michael Angerano and Lily Collins. Spring's upcoming projects include SXSW 2014 selection, KELLY & CAL, directed by Jen Mcgowan starring Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Cybill Shepherd and Josh Hopkins which will be released this fall.


CHRIS ROVZAR

Christ Rovzar, is luxury editor at Bloomberg. Previously he was the digital editor for VANITY FAIR, and has been on the editorial staffs at New York Magazine, and the New York Daily News.

His writing on entertainment and pop culture has appeared in Vanity Fair, New York, Out, The Advocate and GQ.


SCOTT CROSS

Scott Cross is a producer and, along with his brother Sean Cross, the co-founder of the Vail Film Festival in Vail, Colorado, and the Cabo Film Festival in Cabo, Mexico. He recently produced GRACE OF A STRANGER, directed by Troy Hollar and starring Matt Lescher (HER, CARRIE DIARIES), Nipper Knap (BOSTON PUBLIC, KNIGHT CLUB), and Bob Clendenin (LA CONFIDENTIAL, STAR TREK, COUGARTOWN). Upcoming projects include the comedy I HATE YOUR KIDS, written by Benjamin Fingerhut, and the bio-pic STROM, on the life of controversial South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, written by acclaimed film critic Godfrey Cheshire. In 2013, the Cross brothers announced a global partnership with Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group. Scott is committed to social change and has spearheaded partnerships with Bono’s Product (RED), the Red Cross, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


L.E.S. Judging Panel Alumni