Jury

Gill Holland, Producer

Spirit Award nominee for Producer of the Year, Gill Holland has worked on over 100 films, including Sundance faves FLOW: For Love of Water, SPRING FORWARD, LOGGERHEADS, Sundance triple winner HURRICANE STREETS, the FOX sit-com GREG THE BUNNY, the Spirit Award winner and first carbon-neutral independent film SWEETLAND, Al Gore’s 2008 Reel Current Award winning doc MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL, and the Emmy-nominated doc DEAR JESSE. He produced three volumes of cineBLAST! the short film compilations. He is partner at The Group Entertainment, a KY/NYC management/production company, and former adjunct professor at NYU Graduate Film School. Gill worked at the French Film Office and has been on the jury for shorts at Sundance and selection committee for the Academy Awards, Student Division. His record label sonaBLAST! is on its 70th release and features Ben Sollee, Nerves Junior, The Pass, and Irish star Mark Geary. He, his wife Augusta and three children opened The Green Building, the greenest commercial building in KY. Louisville Magazine named him its “Person of the Year” in 2009. He is a driving force behind NuLu and is working to revitalize Louisville’s historic Portland neighborhood.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. As general manager, he is responsible for implementing the policy directives of the Board, including working with elected officials and member agencies to carry out the Metropolitan’s mission. Kightlinger was appointed general manager in February 2006. Prior to his appointment as general manager, he was general counsel for Metropolitan. He was responsible for directing Metropolitan’s legal staff and consulting attorneys; leading the district’s legal strategies in pending and potential litigation; and protecting Metropolitan’s interests in all legal matters. Before becoming general counsel, Kightlinger represented Metropolitan in environmental issues and water right matters. At Metropolitan he worked primarily on Colorado River matters, water rights issues and a number of the district’s water transfer and storage programs. Before joining Metropolitan in 1995, he worked in private practice representing numerous public agencies including municipalities, redevelopment agencies and special districts.

Richard Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District

Richard Nagel is a water industry veteran, with over 20 years experience in the water supply and wastewater sectors. He was named General Manger by the West Basin Board of Directors in May 2006 and served as Co-General Manager for the West/Central Basins prior to that time. He became West Basin’s District Manager of Water Quality in 2000, and has been responsible for all aspects of West Basin’s Water Quality and Research programs, through collaborative meetings and discussions with numerous public and regulatory agencies on groundwater quality issues, remedial investigation activities and various water treatment studies, and overseeing numerous reports on groundwater studies and the effects of various contaminants. Nagel leads West Basin in implementing its Water Reliability 2020 Program, its goal to reduce our region’s dependence on imported water from 66 percent today to 33 percent by 2020.  In 2009, Richard received the ‘Recycled Water Advocate of the Year’ award from the California Section of the WateReuse Association.

Efren Rodriguez, Acquisitions Executive, Shorts Entertainment Networks/Shorts HD – The Short Movie Channel

Efren has worked across the broadest spectrum of operations and acquisitions activities since he joined Shorts Entertainment Networks in 2012. Initially part of the team acquiring and releasing the “Oscar Nominated Short Films”, he was a key team member of the acquisitions team, taking the in-house lead in growing a sizeable Hispanic and Latino film library. He has successfully represented the company at key Latino festivals such as: Hola Mexico FF, San Diego FF, Guadalajara International FF (FICG in LA), Latino International Film Institute & Festival (LALIFF), Shorts Mexico FF, Mexico International FF, and Corto Creativo FF – Tijuana looking for the best Latino content and offering distribution deals for iTunes, Amazon, and TV license for ShortsHD™ for both the US and European channels.  Efren has more than 10 years in the film and TV industry, is an accomplished writer and producer and has written and produced features and short films, both personally and professionally, in the US & Mexico.

Nicole Torre, Filmmaker, Production Executive

Nicole Torre is President of New Angle Media, which is devoted to bringing important social and environmental issues into focus. Her debut documentary feature film, Houston We Have a Problem, has played at film festivals around the world and received a 2011 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Long Form economic and financial reporting. Nicole also won the Best Director’s Award at the Docuwest Film Festival as well as The Best Point of View Award, at the Eco Focus Film Festival at the University of Georgia. The film was selected to play at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their 2010 Documentary Fortnight and opened the Environmental Film Festival at Yale University. It premièred on Planet Green as part of their Reel Impact series, and has worldwide distribution with Mercury Media. Nicole also works as an Executive Producer for television. She has created and produced with such networks as Bravo, Oxygen, Planet Green, Nick Jr., and Noggin, as well as with several other production companies. She was commissioned to be a Hothouse Producer for Discovery Communications, where she developed for such networks as Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet.

Joanna Varikos, Acquisitions Executive, TV and Digital Media

Joanna Varikos is an entertainment industry executive with over 15 years of experience. Most recently, she was the director of acquisitions for Participant Media’s television network, Pivot, where she oversaw strategy of acquired content. Prior to Pivot, Varikos held a managerial position at IFC, where she worked for six years in scheduling and helped facilitate the network’s transition to being fully ad supported and Nielsen rated. Varikos started her career in television production, working on shows for various networks including VH1. She is also a published film journalist whose work has been featured in numerous online and print publications.