2017 Jurors


Lars Kelto is the Technology Director, Shorts Programmer and Animator for Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, on the pinky of Michigan’s mitten. While his educational background is in computer science, Lars has never taken a break from filmmaking, which led to joining the festival in 2006. His work can be seen every year in TCFF animations, promotional videos and short films. He also oversees technology for the festival’s two, year-round theaters. What time remains in his day is filled with software development, acting, hosting bar trivia, and two goofy daughters.


Mike Plante is a Senior Programmer with Short Films for the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2001. He has also made documentaries, including Be Like An Ant (2011) and Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014). He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994.


Katie Walsh is a Los Angeles-based film critic and journalist, reviewing weekly film releases for the Tribune News Service, Los Angeles Times, and The Playlist, while occasionally making appearances on KCRW’s Press Play with Madeline Brand and KPCC’s Film Week.

Her work has also appeared in Playboy, Slate, The Hairpin, indieWIRE, Women and Hollywood, Town & Country, Movieline, Nonfics, and more. Katie is also member of the LA Film Critics Association. She earned her B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, and her M.A. in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.