Experts 2017

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs is a filmmaker whose work includes the features Little Men, Love is Strange, Keep the Lights On, and Forty Shades of Blue, winner of the 2005 Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize. The founder and Executive Director of Queer/Art, a non-profit arts organization created to support LGBTQ artists across disciplines and generations, Sachs lives […]


James Ponsoldt

James Ponsoldt was raised in Athens, Georgia, received his bachelor’s degree from Yale, and received an MFA in directing from Columbia University. His first feature, Off the Black, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006; in 2009, he co-wrote the award-winning graphic novel, Refresh, Refresh (selected by Alison Bechdel for “The Best American Comics […]


Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, Boys Don’t Cry, which earned numerous honors including the Best Actress Oscar for the film’s star, Hilary Swank. In 2013 Peirce directed Carrie, an American Cinderella horror tale of dreams, desire, sexuality, bullying, superpowers and revenge. Most […]


Meera Menon

Meera Menon is a writer, director, and editor.  In 2013, her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; as the film’s co-writer/director, Meera was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for a groundbreaking woman filmmaker by Tribeca and Vogue. That year, Meera was also showcased as one of Glamour Magazine’s “35 women under […]


Maggie Kiley

Maggie Kiley is an award-winning filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. She is an alumnae of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, both a Fox and Film Independent Directing Fellow and recently the first director chosen for Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation. Maggie’s short film, Some Boys Don’t Leave, played over 50 festivals, garnering awards at Tribeca and […]