Jurors


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. She started her writing career in 2009, and her work has also appeared in Playboy, Indiewire, The Hairpin, Movieline, Nonfics, Women and Hollywood, Town & Country and more. She has covered the Sundance, SXSW, Marrakech, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara International Film Festivals for The Playlist, where she also recaps Game of Thrones. Katie earned her B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, and her M.A. in Critical Studies from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has also worked at Lionsgate Films, and produced the short film The Better Half, which premiered in competition at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.


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.


Joseph Garrity is the Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence in Production Design at the American Film Institute Conservatory & a Los Angeles-based production designer. His career since the 1980s spans studio & independent feature films such as My Girl, Drop Dead Fred, & Sunshine Cleaning, to television shows such as Weeds. Joe has production designed all of Christopher Guest’s films since Guest’s directorial debut feature, The Big Picture, including Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind &For Your Consideration. Joe recently designed the HBO series, Family Tree, directed by Christopher Guest.