Guest Curators

For the first time, this year’s programming was co-curated by a mix of local and international artists, producers, curators, and programmers to ensure varied perspectives.

Meet Our Programmers

Amy Dotson

Director, Northwest Film Center
Amy Dotson is the Director of the Northwest Film Center and inaugural curator of film & new media at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. She also works as one of the founding Group Leaders of the prestigious Venice Biennale College Cinema program; as a story expert at the Venice Biennale XR program in Venice, Italy; and is the Head of Studies at Doha Film Institute’s Series Lab.

Gina Duncan

Curator & Producing Director, Sundance Film Festival
As the Producing Director of the Sundance Institute, Gina Duncan works with the programming team and leads creating strategic vision and decision-making on both the Sundance Film Festival and year-round public programs. Gina previously served as Vice President of Film and Strategic Programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and prior to BAM, was Director of Industry Engagement and Special Programs at Jacob Burns Film Center.

Jim Kolmar

Programmer, SXSW
Originally from Wales, Jim Kolmar is a Film Programmer and writer who, from 2009 to 2020 curated features for South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). His primary interest is international films, with a particular focus on Latin America and Latinx films. Since 2010, he curated the SXSW Global section for international films, and led the Experiential Storytelling track as part of the Conference Program.

Ben Popp

Head of Artist Services, Northwest Film Center
Ben Popp is a filmmaker and curator who oversaw the long-running Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival which was integrated into the Portland International Film Festival in 2020. He co-directed the Experimental Film Festival Portland along with the microcinema Grand Detour which focused on local and traveling artists working in experimental film, video, and new media techniques. In 2014 he screened 24 of his films at MUMIA, a festival of underground animation in Brazil. He is a recipient of the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and currently is the Head of Artist Services at the Northwest Film Center.  

Shrihari Sathe

Internationally-renowned Film Producer
Shrihari Sathe is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer. His credits include It Felt Like Love, Dukhtar, Screwdriver, The Sweet Requiem amongst others. His feature directorial debut, 1000 Rupee Note, won the Special Jury Award and Centenary Award for Best Film at the 2014 International Film Festival of India and has received over 35 awards. Sathe is a member of the PGA, IMPPA, and SWA-India. Sathe is a 2013 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Production Advisor at Columbia University.

Jane Schoenbrun

Curator & Creator, The Eyeslicer
Jane Schoenbrun is a non-binary filmmaker, producer, and curator currently in post-production on their narrative feature debut We’re All Going to the World’s Fair. Jane is the co-creator of ‘The Eyeslicer,’ director of A Self-Induced Hallucination, a producer on Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life, an EP on season one of Terence Nance’s “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO), the creator of the omnibus ‘dream film’ collective:unconscious (SXSW 2016), and the founder of the Radical Film Fair, which drew 2,000+ attendees in its first year. Jane has served as the Film Lead at Kickstarter and the Associate Director of Programming at IFP.
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