Experts 2017

Kate Amend

Kate Amend is the editor of the Academy Award-winning documentary features The Long Way Home (1998) and Into The Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2001) for which she received the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award. She teaches fiction and documentary production courses for USC. Amend edited the 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom and the Peabody Award winner Beah: […]


Claire Aguilar

Claire Aguilar is an award-winning film curator, film festival director and public television commissioning editor and broadcaster, bringing compelling creative documentaries and innovative content to audiences around the world. In 2017 she was appointed Director of Programming & Policy at International Documentary Association (IDA). Claire is the former Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at […]


Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy Nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, and CEO of Let It Ripple film studio. Her films and work have received 80 awards, including a Disruptive Innovation Award […]


Mary Sweeney

Mary Sweeney is an award-winning feature film producer, director, writer, and editor. She collaborated with David Lynch as his film producer, writer and editor beginning in 1985 with Blue Velvet, and continuing through his 2006 film Inland Empire. She edited Twin Peaks Television (1990), Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (1992), Hotel Room, HBO, (1993), […]