Leslie Raymond, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival
Leslie Raymond has served as Ann Arbor Film Festival as Executive Director for the past two years. Prior to that, she was a teaching media artist for 14 years and founded a New Media Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio as an Assistant Professor of Art. Raymond has also promoted contemporary expanded cinema practice through special projects such as the Live Cinema Summit at Columbia College in Chicago in 2010. As an expanded cinema artist, she has performed as Potter-Belmar Labs for the Aurora Picture Show Media Archeology Festival (Houston TX), SUNY Brockport Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester NY), San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio TX), Sheldon Memorial Museum (Lincoln NE), Artpace (San Antonio TX), the McDonough Museum, (Youngstown OH), and many other venues.
Mark Covino, Filmmaker
Originally from Queens, New York, where he fell in love with film at an early age. By the time he was a student at Eastern Suffolk B.O.C.E.S., he was honing the skills he would need to make the leap from high school student to filmmaker. Soon after, Mark moved to Vermont to attend college, earning a BA in Cinema Studies and Film Production in 2006. While Mark was working towards his undergraduate degree, he became heavily active in the Vermont filmmaking community. He worked on several productions such as “Unless a Death Occurs: Hazing Examined” for PBS, “Rally-Nation” (a pilot optioned for ESPN 2), as well as the highly acclaimed Black Panther documentary, “What We Want, What We Believe.” In 2012, Mark’s first feature film, “A Band Called Death,” premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and subsequently won the Audience Award at South by Southwest 2013. The film was acquired by Drafthouse Films shortly thereafter and was released to rave reviews around the world. It currently has a 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Michael Dunaway, Filmmaker
Produced and directed the New York Times Critics Pick 21 YEARS: RICHARD LINKLATER, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Zac Efron, Jack Black, and many others. He also produced and directed the PBS documentary THE MAN WHO ATE NEW ORLEANS. He is the Movies Editor of Paste Magazine (5 million monthly readers), the Creative Director of the Sarasota Film Festival (one of the ten largest in the US), and the host of The Work podcast. He is currently in post-production on his first scripted feature, 6 LOVE STORIES, starring Peter Bogdanovich, Carrie Preston, Alicia Witt, Matthew Lillard, Stephen Tobolowsky, and others.
Joel Potrykus, Filmmaker
The american writer/director resides in Grand Rapids, MI USA where he continues to work with his filmmaking band, Sob Noisse. BUZZARD (SXSW, 2014) is the final installment in his Animal Trilogy, following the 2012 feature film APE (winner of Best Emerging Director, Locarno Film Festival) and the 2010 Super 8 short COYOTE. Along with production, Potrykus teaches screenwriting at Grand Valley State University and writes for an annual film criticism publication
Filmography: Gordon (2007, short), Coyote (2010, short, Ape (2012, feature), Buzzard (2014, feature), The Alchemist’s Cookbook (2016, feature)
Jeff Meyers, Filmmaker
An Ann Arbor-based screenwriter, director, filmmaker and journalist. He has been a film critic at Detroit’s Metro Times since 2004 and penned nearly a thousand reviews, can be found on Rotten Tomatoes, and won the Excellence In Journalism: Criticism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (2009, 2010, 2011). Jeff is also a founding member of the Detroit Film Critic’s Society and served as its president from 2011-2013. He is also a contributing writer at Moviemaker Magazine. Jeff’s latest short film, The Blood Of Love, has been an official selection of over 30 film festivals and has won several awards.
Geoff Marslett, Filmmaker
A Texan who took a circuitous path to filmmaking, studying mathematics, philosophy, art, science, and languages at St. John’s College (1996) before returning home to pursue an MFA in filmmaking at UT (2001). In addition to making films, Geoff teaches in the RTF Department at The University of Texas at Austin.
He is probably best known for directing the two feature film, “MARS” (2010) and “Loves Her Gun” (2013), but he is also a producer on the award winning documentary “Yakona” (2014), director of a dozen short films including the classic “Monkey vs. Robot” (2000), and an actor in Josephine Decker’s festival hit “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (2014).
Joey Kern, Actor/Director
Studied at New York University where he earned a BFA in Drama. He then went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. His professional acting career began on stage with various companies including the Atlantic Theater Company, New Group Theater and Theatre for a New Audience, where he played the title role of “Troilus” in William Shakespeare‘s “Troilus and Cressida”.
He then made his feature film debut in the indie flick The Virgin (1999), followed by a guest appearance in the HBO television series Sex and the City (1998). Next, he played a college boy in the feature film Super Troopers (2001), then landed small roles in three more indie films: Love the Hard Way (2001) starring Adrien Brody, XX/XY (2002) and Garmento (2002). His career took off when he landed lead roles in two films given wide release: Grind (2003) and Cabin Fever (2002). Kern has also appeared on ABC’s Wonderland (2000). Joey Kern attended Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in 2012 with his film Alter Egos where he starred as super hero C-Thru.
W.A.W. Parker, Filmmaker
Adam grew up in Montana and studied film at Harvard University with Robb Moss, Alfred Guzzetti, and Ross McElwee. Adam worked in the editorial department of “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” (directed by 2013 HHM Jury member Damien Chazelle), “Maria My Love” (directed by 2013 HHM Jury member Jasmine McGlade), “For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism” (directed by Gerald Peary), and the web series “Turbo Dates” (directed by Jocelyn Stamat, Terry Rossio, Paul Hernandez, and Bill Marsilii). Currently, Adam lives in Los Angeles and is the assistant to Jocelyn Stamat (Turbo Dates) and Terry Rossio (Aladdin, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean).
Adam also sings with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, can be heard singing backup on the title track of Weezer’s next album, and volunteers for the Opera League of Los Angeles.
Adam Schartoff, Founder/Host of Filmwax
Founded Filmwax, a Brooklyn-based film series that shows independent films throughout locations in NYC. Filmwax Radio, hosted by Adam, consists of “Filmwax Interviews with sundry folks from the indie film scene in Brooklyn, NY and beyond. With Filmwax Radio, each 30-minute episode includes an interview with a personality from the indie film scene.”
Adam also contributes to blogs tribecafilm.com, pov.org, hammertonail.com and his own blogwax (blog.filmwax.com). As his bio on Filmwax Radio says, “Most importantly, Adam is Dad to Jacob.”
Jasmine McGlade, Filmmaker
In 2011, Jasmine wrote and directed her first feature film, “Maria My Love,” which screened at HHM 2011 as our opening night film. “Maria My Love” stars Independent Spirit Award nominee Judy Marte (“Raising Victor Vargas“) and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Karen Black (“Five Easy Pieces”).
After growing up in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and England, Jasmine went to Harvard University (graduated in 2007) where she produced the feature-length musical “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” which premiered at Tribeca in 2009, won the Special Jury Prize at the Torino Film Festival, was nominated for a Gotham Award, and was released in theaters the next year. The Village Voice, Film Comment, Time Out New York, and The Boston Phoneix named it one of the ten best films of the year and one of the best thirty by The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
Damien Chazelle, Filmmaker
Damien Chazelle wrote and directed his first feature, “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” at Harvard University, the film which Jasmine produced while also attending school there. “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, was released in theaters in 2010, and was named one of the best films of the year by many publications.
Chazelle appeared in the 2010 Black List for his screenplay “The Claim” and in 2012 with his script “Whiplash.” His short film, also titled “Whiplash,” won the Short Film Jury Prize for U.S. Fiction at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the screenplay for “The Last Exorcism Part II” Currently, he is developing the feature-length version of “Whiplash” with producers Jason Reitman and Jason Blum.
Adam Busch, Actor
Adam Busch is known best, perhaps, for his role in the ’90s hit show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Warren Meers, part of “The Trio” in Season 6, and for his role for the new show “Men at Work” as Neal, one of the four feature characters. Film festival goers may recognize him from one of the lead roles in the short film “The Dungeon Master,” which screened in 2011 at HHM and was written and directed by brothers Rider Strong and Shiloh Strong.
Adam also sings in a folk rock band called Common Rotation. The members include Eric Kufs (singer/guitarist), Adam (harmonica, vocals) and Jordan Katz (trumpet, banjo, bass). The band plays all around Los Angeles, New York, and the UK. The band’s latest album “Keep an Open Gallery” was released Fall 2011.