Meet Our FilmBoot24 Judges ...
What an amazing group of judges -- all so generous! Thank you so much for helping change the culture of the film industry one student at a time.
Bernadette Aulestia | November 2019 and March 2018
Bernadette is the former President of Global Distribution for Home Box Office, Inc. She was responsible for overseeing all distribution operations of the company’s services and platforms worldwide. Internationally, she was responsible for the operations of HBO branded networks in 67 countries. Domestically, she led distribution efforts for the premium networks HBO and Cinemax. Aulestia oversaw HBO’s Affiliate Marketing group and headed digital distribution efforts. Prior to joining HBO, Aulestia worked at Univision Communications, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., and Kidder, Peabody, Inc. She holds a BA from Brown University. She oversaw HBO and Cinemax’s acquisition efforts and was responsible for the marketing of HBO’s subscription video on demand services (HBO on Demand/ Cinemax on Demand), multiplex channels and advanced products including high definition and broadband. She also oversaw the marketing efforts for the Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Gay and Lesbian audiences.
Lisa Davis | November 2019
Lisa is a partner in the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, a top flight entertainment law firm in NYC. She represents businesses and celebrities in the film, television, publishing, music, theatre, and sports industries. She is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2020 (Entertainment), by the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (2019 Beacon of Industry Award), by Crain’s New York Business 2017 as a “Leading Woman Lawyer in NYC”, by The National Law Journal (“Outstanding Women Lawyers” 2015), by Savoy magazine in their “Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015,” and in Variety’s “Power of Women New York Impact Report” (2014). Ms. Davis advises on a full range of transactional matters - focusing on film (both feature and documentary), television, publishing, live stage and branded entertainment. Ms. Davis represents directors, writers and performers in film and television, as well as playwrights and bloggers. In her sports practice, she represents top athletes in their “off the field” activities, including endorsements and investments. Ms. Davis is chair of the board of the Urbanworld Film Festival Foundation.
Matt Smollon | November 2019
Aside from being Founder and Director of the SOMA Film Festival, Matt is a veteran writer of film, television and many other creative endeavors. He has written over 20 original screenplays including Second City’s BuzzKill (Indican 2012), as well as Rooters and Figs of Newton with writer/director Steven Kampmann (Back To School, Stealing Home). He has written for hire for independent producers on such projects as Boardwalk, Mob Mentality, The Grape (TV), Checkered and Takeoff, as well as many others. Matt has had three screenplays optioned by Miramax Films and was employed as a full time development executive/writer at Shooting Gallery Films (Sling Blade, You Can Count On Me, Croupier). He worked with the writer Bruce Graham (Anastasia, Steal This Movie) on a story pitch based on his own idea titled Fruits vs. Vegetables. Matt has written and produced webisodes for Sports Illustrated, for SI.com. He is the creator/producer of the documentary series Life in the D about a behind the scenes look at the daily grind of life in minor league basketball. In his former position at Wiley Publishing, he wrote, directed and edited long and short form content for web promotion. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon.
Pete Chatmon | March 2017
Pete Chatmon is the guy you want behind the lens. He currently directs episodes of "Insecure" on HBO and "Blackish" on ABC among many other shows. His debut feature, “Premium”, starred Dorian Missick, Zoe Saldana, and Hill Harper and premiered on Showtime. Chatmon also wrote, produced, and directed “761st”, a documentary on the first black tank battalion in WWII, narrated by Andre Braugher. Chatmon received the 2008 Tribeca Film Institute “All Access” Program’s Creative Promise Narrative Award for the screenplay “$FREE.99″, written in collaboration with Candice Sanchez McFarlane. Through Double7 Images, his Media + Marketing collective, he has directed content for ad agencies, Porsche, Proctor & Gamble, Lenovo, Universal Pictures, and other brands. Chatmon’s career began in 2001 with the Sundance selection of his NYU thesis film, “3D”, starring Kerry Washington. His upcoming project, the short film “Black Card”, will begin traveling the international film festival circuit in Spring/Summer 2015. Please visit PeteChatmon.com for details on Production Consulting and Speaking Engagements. Specialties: Media Production, Marketing, and Consulting Related to Both.
Sara C. Clarke | November 2018
Sara is Showtime Network's Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Analysis, and Collaboration. She leads analysis and strategic recommendations that have helped Showtime Networks sustain subscriber growth and exceed its performance targets. Her team applies technology-driven solutions to increase the flow of information and ideas throughout the organization. Sara designed and executes an annual summer internship program, empowering interns to develop recommendations to promote Showtime programming, improve brand awareness, and drive growth. Sara served on the WICT NY Board for seven years, overseeing the Prime Access Executive Mentoring program, among other initiatives. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. Sara is also a graduate of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and attended the WICT Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Deniese Davis | March 2017
Deniese Davis has produced countless music videos, short films and various online content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae's award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, which accumulated over 17 million views with seasons one and two combined. As a freelance producer she has worked with companies such as Macro, AwesomenessTV, All Def Digital, Pulse Films, Caviar Films, Valhalla Entertainment, and AlrightTV, including a brief stint as Head of Production for Marlon Wayans’ digital network “WhatTheFunny?!” (WTF Studios, Inc.) in 2012. She is currently a Producer on the HBO comedy series “Insecure” starring Issa Rae and continues to produce and oversee content for Issa Rae Productions. She also serves as COO of ColorCreative.TV, an exclusive launchpad for diverse and emerging writers that she co-founded with Issa Rae in 2013. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Deniese graduated from CUNY-Brooklyn College in New York with a BA in Film Production and minor in TV/Radio. She is also a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory (MFA, Producing ’12), where she was awarded the prestigious Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Scholarship and was the 2012 recipient of the Debra Hill Fellowship that is given by The Producer’s Guild of America (PGA).
Greg DePaul | March 2018
Greg wrote the screenplay for the film Bride Wars, starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, which grossed over $100 million. He also wrote Saving Silverman, starring Jack Black and Amanda Peet. He has sold TV scripts and screenplays to Miramax, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, and Village Roadshow studios. Greg is also the author of Bring the Funny: The Essential Companion for the Comedy Screenwriter, published by Focal Press. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, The Collective-NY, and the founder of the Stillwater Writers. He teaches Writing the Half-Hour TV Comedy at the New School and NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.
Susan Greeley | March 2017 & 2018
Susan has over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry with an expertise in worldwide film distribution, acquisitions, programming, and business development. Currently, Susan is the Associate Short Film Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Enterprises’ United In-flight Program. Previously, Susan was the VP of Global Distribution and Business Development at Shorts International where she was responsible for licensing films across all channels worldwide. She initiated the Oscar Nominated Shorts theatrical release and negotiated theatrical, television, and VOD deals. Prior to Shorts International, Susan was VP of Worldwide Distribution and Acquisitions at Doug Liman’s HYPNOTIC where she created distribution strategies for ground-breaking branded entertainment programs including Reebok’s Terry Tate: Office Linebacker, and the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival. Throughout the ownership changes her responsibilities increased and she became responsible for the worldwide sales department at Wellspring Media, managing the distribution of over 1000 hours of programming and over 300 feature films, including leading the sales team for the critically acclaimed and Award-winning Feature Documentary film, TARNATION at the Cannes Film Festival. Susan has been a Jury Member/Panelist for numerous festivals including the Student Academy Awards, AFI Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, GEN-ART Film Festival, Calgary Film Festival, NYU First Run, Columbia University.
Erin Harper | November 2018
Filmmaker and educator at Pratt Institute. Erin produced the feature film, “My Best Day” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Her first short film, “Passion” received New York state funding for development into a live improvised film about a Polish jazz violinist, which toured jazz and film festivals internationally. She worked as Barbara Hammer’s first digital cinematographer on her award-winning short, “Maya Deren’s Sink” (awarded a Teddy for Best Short Film at Berlin International Film Festival) and as a camerawoman on her latest project, “This House, A Film about Elizabeth Bishop.”
Jeremy Moss | November 2018
With a resume that reflects his eclectic approach to art, Mr. Moss began his career as a photographer eventually working in fashion photography and later, expanding into journalism where he shot for Business Week, The New York Times and many others. He began to be more active in painting and fine art, winning many prizes at juried exhibitions and leading to opportunities to become expand his experience by becoming an expert art jurist himself. Mr. Moss, who resides in Orange, NJ, works in several media including photography, mixed media and painting. His experience as an artist has given him opportunities to organize and curate festivals like the Maplewood Art Walk, and running the art show for the Hat City Street Festival for Valley Arts in Orange, NJ. Working with ValleyArts has broadened his horizons. He was the chairperson of the Valley Arts Visual Arts Committee, co-founded Open Orange, one of the region’s largest juried art show founded Slice of Orange, another local art show and curated the Firehouse and Orbital Galleries. He is the former Executive Director at Valley Arts, Inc.