2019 Jurors

 

The 32nd annual Columbia University Film Festival jurors are esteemed and accomplished industry professionals: Luca Borghese, Stacy Cochran, Aliza Ma, Nick McCarthy, and Michael Prall.

Luca Borghese

Luca Borghese

Luca Borghese has been working in feature film production, post-production and distribution since 2000. In 2018, under his partnership with Ben Howe, AgX, Borghese produced 3 films. Diane will be released in March 2019 by IFC Films. The film stars Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Estelle Parsons and Andrea Martin and was directed by Kent Jones. Diane premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, taking three prizes including the Founders’ Award for Best Film. The film premiered internationally at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival. Monsters and Men stars JD Washington, Kelvin Harrison, and Anthony Ramos and was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The film took a Jury Prize for Best Directing in the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released wide by Neon later that year. Goldie was produced for Fox and Vice Films and stars Slick Woods. Sam de Jong directed the film which will premiere in the Generations competition at the 2019 Berlinale.

Borghese’s prior producing work includes Ten Thousand Saints (dir. Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman) starring Ethan Hawke, Emily Mortimer, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld - 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Noah Pritzker’s Quitters which premiered at SXSW 2015 in competition and Lou Howe’s Gabriel which premiered at Tribeca 2014 in competition and was released by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Other producing work includes co-producer and post supervision work for films by Bong Joon Ho (Okja), Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Labor Day, Men, Women & Children), James Gray (The Lost City of Z), Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart, Time Out of Mind), John Hillcoat (Triple 9), David Mamet (Redbelt), Marc Lawrence (Noelle), Rupert Wyatt (Captive State), Sacha Gervasi (Anvil!: The Story of Anvil!), Walter Salles (On the Road), and Rebecca Miller (The Ballad of Jack and Rose). Borghese was a Director at Sony Pictures Classics from 2004 to 2007. He graduated from Yale University in 2000.

Upcoming projects include Eric Steel’s Minyan, David Craig’s Karyn, Stephen Cone’s Nudes, and Tatia Pilieva's Cathouse

 

 

Stacy Cochran

Stacy Cochran

Stacy Cochran is a director, producer and screenwriter based in New York. She made her feature debut with ColumbiaTriStar title My New Gun starring Diane Lane and James LeGros. It was shot on 35mm film by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman, ASC. It premiered in Director's Fortnight at Cannes and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. Subsequent projects as writer-director include Touchstone/Interscope title Boys starring Winona Ryder, the Bravo/IFC doc Richard Lester! about the director, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and Drop Back Ten which premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance. While an MFA student at Columbia, her short film Another Damaging Day premiered at the New York Film Festival. After disruptions in her work following Sept 11, she received an Arthur Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College. During that time, she also served as head of the Program Advisory committee at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams. In 2018, after this unscheduled directing hiatus, she completed Write When You Get Work starring Emily Mortimer, Finn Wittrock, Rachel Keller, Scott Cohen, Jessica Hecht and Andrew Schulz. Shot on Super16mm film by Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, ASC, the movie premiered in Narrative Competition at SXSW in March 2018. It was distributed by Abramorama and launched on global online platforms in March 2019. Currently, Stacy is working on projects including the screenplay for A Year on Ice, a fictionalized thriller set during the NHL season of 1969, adapted from veteran New York Times sports-reporter Gerald Eskenazi’s book of the same name.

 

 

Aliza Ma

Aliza Ma

Aliza Ma is the Head of Programming at New York's Metrograph theater, a two-screen arthouse in the Lower East Side showcasing a robust slate of repertory programming alongside new independent arthouse releases. Before that she programmed films at Museum of the Moving Image, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, and AFI Film Festival. Her areas of interest include Asian cinema, experimental and avant garde moving image-based works, Hollywood pre-code, and archival film research. She has curated programs featuring the complete extant films of Kenji Mizoguchi; Howard Hawks; Jean Gremillon; and thematic programs such as The Singularity, exploring the intersection between artificial intelligence and cinema; and Gotta Light, a program of features and shorts inspired by Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return, among others. She also writes for Film Comment magazine. 

 

 

Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy is the Director of Programming & Operations at NewFest, New York's LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization. Nick has been with NewFest since 2016, and manages and curates the annual New York LGBTQ Film Festival in addition to NewFest’s year-round programming. Prior to NewFest, Nick served as the Film Curator at The Tank, and worked in academic publishing and international media. Nick has served on festival juries around the world from Dublin to Dallas, and has written about film and media for publications including Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, NBC News, and the Boston Phoenix.

Michael Prall

Michael Prall

Michael Prall is a creative producer based in Brooklyn, NY and holds a BFA in Film Drama from Syracuse University. He has produced The Sound of Silence, which premiered in competition at Sundance 2019, Love After Love, which received the award for Best Cinematography at Tribeca 2017, The Strange Ones, which received a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Actor at SXSW 2017, and The Mend, which received nominations for both the Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit Awards in 2016.

Michael has produced videos for Bernie Sanders, 350.org, and the Hillary For America 2016 campaign, and produced a series of climate change awareness videos for Al Gore, which earned a Cannes Silver Lion in 2010.