Festival Judges

The ACMFILM selection comittee is composed of faculty from member schools.  An independent festival jury comprised of distinguished film and media studies scholars, artists and industry professionals will recognize top submissions in each category. 

Alan Berger

Alan Berger is a Television Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing.  Berger is based in the Los Angeles office, where he works with news and public affairs personalities, in addition to writers, producers, directors, and production companies.

Berger is a veteran Agent who headed International Creative Management’s television department for 13 years, serving as an Executive Vice President.  He came to CAA from Artists Management Group, where he ran the television side of the management business.

Prior to joining ICM, Berger worked at the William Morris Agency, where he began his entertainment industry career in 1979 and became Head of TV Packaging.

Berger’s career began in the advertising world, working at Leo Burnett in Chicago and later at Young & Rubicam in Los Angeles.

He is a visiting professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Alan is married and has two sons in the music business and a daughter beginning a career in the film industry.

Phyllis Berger

Phyllis Berger started her career in New York as a Broadway casting director.  She continued casting both film and television when she moved to Los Angeles and then was hired by ABC as an executive in comedy series development.  She developed many new series, including Tom Hanks' first television role in Bosom Buddies.

From there she went on to become a feature film executive at Paramount Studios.  After several years, she began successfully producing television series for all the networks. 

After leaving the  industry to raise her family, she got her Masters in clinical psychology and had a practice for several years.  Currently, she writes humorous personal essays for the Huffington Post.

Garrett M. Brown

Garrett M. Brown is an award-winning actor, writer and theater producer-director who has worked in the industry for nearly four decades. He is best known not only for his roles as John Candy’s brother Bob in the classic comedy Uncle Buck and more recently as the father of Kick Ass in Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2, but also as a regular for five seasons on the critically acclaimed NBC series Sisters. In addition, he has had recurring roles on numerous television series such as Roswell, That 70’s Show, The OC, The Shield, Big Love and Masters of Sex. Brown has appeared in films directed by Woody Allen, John Hughes, David Selzer and Steven Soderbergh, and is currently working on the new Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) mini-series American Crime Story: The OJ Simpson Trial with John Travolta and Cuba Gooding, Jr. This year he starred in the festival favorite Hello, My Name is Frank and won the Manhattan Film Festival award for Best Actor. Brown is also an accomplished theater actor, director and playwright. He has appeared in over 100 plays both in Los Angeles and New York and in the 1990s, he helped resurrect EST-LA (Ensemble Studio Theater Los Angeles) where he served as artistic director from 1998 to 2001.

 

Louis Massiah

Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides educational workshops and equipment access to community groups and emerging independent media makers. A MacArthur Foundation fellow, Massiah has developed community media production methodologies that assists first time makers use time-based visual media as a creative tool for authoring their own history. He is artistic director of the Precious Places Community History project, composed of over 70 short documentaries produced collaboratively with neighborhood organizations in Philadelphia, Chester, PA, and Camden, NJ. He also is project director of the Muslim Voices of Philadelphia community history project.  Currently, he is co-directing the Great Migration Project, a collaborative community media project to celebrate the centenary of the beginning of the movement of African-Americans from the southern states to the industrial north.

Massiah’s award-winning documentaries, which include The Bombing of Osage Avenue, W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in in Four Voices, two films for the Eyes on the Prize II series, and A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown, have been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals and museums throughout the US, Europe and Africa. In 2011, he was commissioned to create a five channel permanent video installation for the National Park Service’s President’s House historic site. He has been a board member and content provider for the Deep Dish TV satellite network, the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Third World Newsreel, International Film Seminars (The Flaherty) and PhillyCam. A graduate of Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massiah has been a guest artist at Swarthmore College, Temple, Princeton, Haverford College, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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