The 2016 LESFF Jury will be announced shortly! Stay Tuned!

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

Take a peek at the 2015 LESFF Jury


Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress who can be seen in the Netflix original series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK where she plays the ground breaking role of Sophia Burset. The critically acclaimed show returns for its third season on Netflix June 12th. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. 

Laverne’s work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of TIME Magazine as well as an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.”

Laverne continues to break boundaries and make history with accolades including a SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series,” a Critic’s Choice nomination for “Best Supporting Actress,” and a NAACP Image Awards nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.”


Parker Posey can next be seen in Woody Allen’s upcoming feature IRRATIONAL MAN opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and the Weinstein Company’s GRACE OF MONACO, directed by Olivier Dahan and opposite Nicole Kidman.  

Posey's notable career has included films such as CLOCKWATCHERS, THE HOUSE OF YES, DAZED AND CONFUSED, PERSONAL VELOCITY, HAPPY TEARS, BROKEN ENGLISH, and her work in Christopher Guest’s unscripted movies: WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND, and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. 


Posey received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in Rebecca Miller’s PERSONAL VELOCITY, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for her work opposite Shirley MacLaine in HELL ON HEELS: THE BATTLE OF MARY KAY.  She also received a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her work in THE HOUSE OF YES. 


LESFF is proud to have Academy Award-nominated producer Rachel Horovitz join the 2015 judging panel! Horovitz has worked in the movie business for over 25 years serving for more than a decade as a senior studio executive. 

She won the Emmy, Golden Globe and Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild for HBO’s GREY GARDENS. Among her feature film productions are Bennett Miller’s MONEYBALL starring Brad Pitt and Alexander Payne’s ABOUT SCHMIDT starring Jack Nicholson, both of which were nominated for numerous Oscars and Golden Globes and garnered critics’ prizes for best picture, directing, script and acting.

Horovitz serves on the Board of Directors of Ghetto Film School through which she was a co-founder of The Cinema School, the country’s first public high school specializing in film, located in The Bronx, New York.


Michael Trim is a film and television director, producer, and cinematographer, and has worked in the industry for the past 30 years.

He has directed several episodes of PARKS AND RECREATION, produced and directed many episodes of WEEDS, and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, as well cinematography on many episodes of 30 ROCK.

Trim won an Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography” for his work on WEEDS, and he won a MTV Music Video Award for the Rolling Stones music video “Love Is Strong” directed by David Fincher.

He was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in the East Village for 14 years in the late 70’s and 80’s. Even though he lives in Pasadena, CA he still misses the old East Village.


Grammy® Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning their singing careers as teenagers, Mike and his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys.

 In the fall of 1961, Mike wrote the lyrics and melody to The Beach Boys' first song, "Surfin'," along with Brian Wilson. This led to the signing of the band by Capitol Records. .

For more than fifty years, Mike Love has been the lead singer and front man of The Beach Boys, taking the sounds of America's band to every corner of the globe. Mike’s vocal versatility is central to many of the bands signature hits including: "Surfin' U.S.A.," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Be True to Your School," "Little Saint Nick," "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)," "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "That's Not Me."


Jacob "Ba" Blackstock is the Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Bitstrips.

BA founded Bitstrips in 2007 and drives the company's mission to give people a more entertaining and visual way to communicate online, including the creation of the popular and fun app Bitmoji.  Having started animating at age 6, BA has years of experience making comics, animated films, games and apps, and leads Bitstrips' creative vision and product roadmap.

Previously, BA was the founder of Core Matrix, an independent experimental media studio, and Dream Machine, an animation school for kids. When he has some free time, BA works as a visual performance artist, creating massive interactive animation projections in secret locations.

lesff Jury Alumni from years past