Jonny Lewis has written and directed 23 short films since 2008. His 2016 stop-motion animation comedy, G.I. Hospital, featuring six paraplegic and amputee characters, won 5 awards and was featured in 35 festivals. A fan of all styles of animation, Jonny appreciates the ability of animation to convey messages and tell stories that can't be told by conventional films. Jonny is currently writing a TV series set at the Mojave Viper Marine training base.
Sketch, Web Series and Pilot Curator
Jeff Ayars is an NYC-based filmmaker, actor and one-half of the comedy duo, Cannibal Milkshake, which he formed with Cornell classmate and standup comedian Dan Rosen. Cannibal Milkshake has been featured by The New Yorker, the Funny or Die Homepage, CollegeHumor, Splitsider, Fast Company, and Fortune Magazine. Jeff's vertical short-film comedy, The Snapstory, recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Cannibal Milkshake has been twice featured by the NYC Indie Festival, where they won best sketch for "Kinder: Tinder for Kids." Jeff is thrilled to now be curating the sketch, web series, and pilot categories for NYCIFF.
Narrative Mid-Length Curator
Caleb Dawdy is excited to join the NYC Independent Film Festival as Curator of Animation and Art/Experimental film, after having served at the festival as preselection judge and videographer. Originally from West Michigan, Caleb traveled through D.C. and ended up in New York where he joined the festival in 2016. Outside of the festival, Caleb is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer, and writer himself. He has most recently worked as the cinematographer on the short film 45: A Love Story, and as camera operator on the upcoming Sundance Institute-supported short, Mino Bimaadiziwin. Since childhood Caleb has been in love with storytelling, and since becoming a filmmaker he has tried to connect with and support independent filmmakers in any and all genres.
Super Shorts and Music Video Curator
Ready to bring a little bit of the "french touch" to the NYC Indie Film Festival, Lucie is a parisian freelance filmmaker and journalist. She works for the international TV channel France24, as well as an assistant director on shorts and full length features. Most recently, she started writing and directing shorts and music videos, and getting involved in the wonderful world of film festivals. In 2013-2014 she worked for the Seattle International Film Festival and founded her own artistical monthly "rendez-vous" in Paris called "l'Antre deux Arts". Today she is more than happy to be a part of the NYC Indie Film Festival adventure!
Short Film Curator
Angela Hammer, previously a volunteer, is now returning for her second year working as the short film curator for the 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival. She began working as a freelance photographer/videographer back in 2011 and has continued to work on a variety of projects including but not limited to short films and promotional videos. Her favorite part about the filmmaking community is the passion everyone brings to the table, and that's exactly what excites her about being a part of the NYC Independent Film Festival: being able to help show the work of such a diverse and global group of individuals with a variety of stories to tell.
Dominik Pagacz is a multidisciplinary artist whose body of film work spans over two decades. His films have screened internationally at experimental venues in places such as Rio de Janeiro (Curta Cinema), Amsterdam (EYE Film Institute), New York and the UK (Alchemy) to name a few. Dominik is the festival's Art/Experimental film curator.
Mark is a co-founder of REVRIE Immersive Works, a cinematic virtual reality production company dedicated to telling compelling narratives, and Cinematic VR NYC, a Meetup group dedicated to helping filmmakers transition into this new medium. Before entering the VR landscape, Mark worked in a creative capacity producing a feature film that received festival recognition, as well as taking on a variety of roles for the production of several short films and web series. He is also an Entertainment Attorney representing independent film, television and new media producers, creative talent, production companies and distributors. Mark joined the NYC Independent Film Festival team in 2016.
Gerard van den Broek
Gerard has been involved with the NYC Independent Film Festival since 2014 as curator of documentaries; that year he also ran one of the festival venues in New York. In his home country the Netherlands he organizes the annual Documentary & Television Festival INPUT, a 800+ people two day event. This festival focuses completely on current affairs and sports documentaries and is the main platform in the Netherlands for program makers and television executives of the Dutch public broadcasting network. Documentary makers pitch their new films, give workshops to colleagues and students or discuss their work with fellow professionals and broadcasting people.