Festival Jury


TIGLFF is proud to be a 9 day juried festival where our Program Director, KJ Mohr personally selects 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 2016 jurors for the 27th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay, Lesbian & Arts Film Festival.

Joseph Cook

Joseph lives in Tampa, Florida and is a professor at Polk State College where he teaches multiple Sociology classes, as well as Introduction to Film. In addition to teaching, Joseph has also presented papers/facilitated panel discussions at numerous national conferences including the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA) on topics such as the social construction of gay male identity, the socio-cultural relevance of film festivals, queer theory, and the portrayal of masculinity in superhero cinema. Joseph is a film enthusiast whose love of movies began when he started working at a neighborhood movie theater at only 13 years old. Cook has volunteered many times for TIGLFF over the years and also served as TIGLFF’s Program Director in 2005 and 2006. 

Eric Cotten

Eric has over ten years of festival experience. His responsibilities have included: screening committee and assistant festival manager for the MD Film Festival 2010- present, festival coordinator for the diversity focused Baltimore International Black Film Festival (2015) and screener for the inaugural version of the Annapolis Film Festival (2014). He has written, script edited, directed, produced or executive produced thirteen shorts and features, with one Sundance selected short to his credit. 

Jaimes Mayhew

Jaimes is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationships between sexuality, gender, space and landscapes. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally. He is currently producing work for a collaborative, year-long installation with Baltimore artist Rahne Alexander at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

Samantha Mitchell

Samantha is a passionate cinephile, particularly fascinated with feminism and temporality in film. Samantha earned her BA summa cum laude from Rutgers University, and her thesis, “Agnès Varda: auteur du temps,” earned the distinction of Highest Honors in the French Department. Samantha’s writing has been published in Objet d’Art literary magazine, the Rutgers Review, Moss Magazine and What Weekly. Currently in her role as Film Programmer at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Samantha strives to bring unique voices and perspectives to East Baltimore through film and foster a haven for Baltimore’s filmmaking community. 

Desiree Moore

Desiree is a filmmaker and storyteller dedicated to redefining the female gaze. Throughout her career her interest and sensitivity has been for films that offer new and underrepresented perspectives. Desiree’s films have shown nationally and internationally, in galleries, museums, drive-in theaters and on the silver screens of film festivals. She is also an educator at the University of Tampa in the Department of Communications guiding young filmmakers toward their path and unique voice.  

Karin Wolf

Karin began her passion for independent LGBTQ film as an undergraduate organizer of a campus Women’s Film Festival. In the decades since, she served on the selection committee for the Milwaukee International Film Festival, the Film and New Media Advisory Committee for The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and as a founding member of UW-Madison’s Havens Center’s Social Cinema: stories of struggle and change. She has curated LGBTQ film programs for the University of Wisconsin Statewide Women’s Studies Conference and Women(film)fest Key West. She is currently the Arts Administrator for the City of Madison, Wisconsin.