TIGLFF is proud to be a 16 day juried virtual festival where our Program Director, Derek Horne personally picks specific individuals from the global arts community, each of whom brings a unique perspective and range of experience to function as the Festival’s critics.
The below are the 2020 jurors for the 31st Annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Arts Film Festival. We hope you will join us!
Scott Boardman has worked at the Walt Disney Company for six years as the Diversity & Inclusion Project Specialist as well as the Communications Lead for Disney PRIDE. Scott volunteers for several non-profit groups in the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ community including: Read to a Child (weekly reading program through Disney VoluntEARS), Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and he is a big brother/mentor at the LA LGBT Center.
Sandrine Faucher Cassidy
Sandrine Faucher Cassidy is Senior Director of Festivals, Distribution & Talent Development at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she advises students and alumni on their career strategies and distribution of their short films and independent features. Her 25 years of experience in the film industry and international festivals dates back to her position as a film promoter at Unifrance.
Nicholas Corrao teaches film production courses at Eckerd College. His character-driven documentary and fiction films have screened and won awards at over 40 film festivals, competitions, and exhibitions, and have been broadcast on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Pivot, and MTV2 Europe. Nick’s professional editorial credits include work on 9 feature films, including projects for Robert Altman, Amy Talkington, Edward Burns, M. Night Shyamalan, and Peter Bogdanovich, as well as over 50 hours of nationally broadcast television.
Taylor Raye Curry
Taylor Raye Curry is currently an Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Tampa where she teaches courses on narrative and experimental film production, documentary film production, episodic content, and writing feature films. She earned her MFA from UCLA and her directorial debut was a documentary crafted under the tutelage of Ayoka Chenzira at Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon. Taylor has maintained an interest in examining the lived experiences of women and women of color, negotiating themes of difference, and celebrating the similarities that unite us all.
Darrien Michele Gipson
Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie, an educational resource for independent producers looking to hire professional actors. Darrien is an MFA recipient from USC’s Peter Stark Producers Program and was formerly the VP of Production for DEF Pictures. Through SAGindie, Darrien acts as a liaison between SAG-AFTRA and independent filmmakers.
Bryan Glick is a film sales/distribution consultant and DIY-Distributor focusing on prestige films for underserved communities in the marketplace via their company GQue Films. They are also leading documentary acquisitions for the newly launched Alameda Entertainment. Previously they spent 5 1/2 years as The Director of Acquisitions and Theatrical Releasing for The Film Collaborative.
Gregg Perkins is an Associate Professor in the Film, Animation and New Media Department at The University of Tampa. Utilizing film, video, photography, digital media and historical research, his work questions how the fictional can alter the construction of cultural and social narratives. His work has been exhibited internationally, recently appearing at Bleu Acier Gallery, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the St Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.
Christina Petersen serves as an associate professor of film studies at Eckerd College. She is the author of The Freshman: Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture as well as essays on the American race film industry, women in avant-garde film, special effects in the Gothic woman’s film, and twenty-first century film exhibition technology. She has served as programmer for Eckerd’s International Cinema series and co-director of the Visions/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival.
Hussain Shamseddine is the Digital Marketing Manager at the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and oversees the EDC’s Make It Tampa Bay talent attraction initiatives. Previously Hussain was one of 10 individuals selected nationwide by the Newspaper Association of America in Washington, D.C., where he completed a Digital Media Fellowship. Currently, he is the President Elect of the American Marketing Association, Tampa Bay Chapter.
Patti O. White
Patti O. White is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Annapolis Film Festival. She is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer who started her career at CBS News in New York producing for CBS Reports and 60 Minutes, earning three national Emmy awards and a Peabody Award. Producing everything from hard-hitting documentaries to wildlife films to docu-reality series, she has earned a reputation for dealing thoughtfully with current event-driven issues concerning the human predicament.