Independent Press and Industry Professionals Jury
Hisami Kuroiwa

Hisami lives in New York. In 1984, she became founder and owner of Media Space, Inc., a development, production and financing film company.
She produced and/or executive-produced:  “When Pigs Fly” by Sara Driver; “Flirt” by Hal Hartley; “Smoke” by Wayne Wang (Silver Bear Award and Fipresci Award in Berlin International film festival); “Blue in the Face” by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster (Audience Award in Locarno Intl. Film Festival); “Bent” by Sean Mathius (Critics’ Award in Cannes Intl. Film festival); “Sunday” by Jonathan Nossiter (Grand Prix and Waldo Best Screenplay Award, Sundance Film Festival); “Miss Wonton” by Meng Ong (Fipresci Critics’ Award in Locarno Intl. Film Festival).
She produced a feature documentary about the photographer Andres Serrano, entitled “History of Sex” by Michael Coulter. Her recent multi-media project with photography, book, and DVD shorts, “Looking for Alfred” by Johan Grimonprez, won the Kussel Media Award in Germany and the audience award in Brooklyn International Film Festival. She produced “The Space in Back of You “ by Richard Rutkowski, a documentary film about  Suzushi Hanayagi  who was considered as a teacher for Robert Wilson.  She co-produced with Yesim Ustaoglu( Turkish Woman’s filmmaker) ‘s “ ARAF” ( Somewhere in Between), currently  in post production in 2011.   Since 1984 she has distributed independent films in Japan and the USA . She is also an independent photo curator and published photography books through Parco, with shows at the Seibu Museum in Tokyo.  She has also worked as a consultant for festivals such as Asian American International film festival in NY, Kobe International Film Festival in Japan, and worked on Malatya International Film Festival  in Turkey as competition jury in 2010,  and will be serving as competition jury for Thessaloniki International Film Festival in November, 2011.


Susie Lim
KAFFNY Co-Director

Susie Lim is Co-Director of the Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) and Vice President of the KAFFNY Board.  She is also Co-Director of WHITE BOX, an internationally recognized nonprofit art space located in theLower East Side.   Her first short film UNRAVEL was shown at the Asian American International Film Festival in 2007 and her first video work GIRL IN TWO was exhibited at the inaugural festival of the Nam June Paik Art Center inKorea.  She studied English and Comparative Literature at Oberlin and NYU.  She also studied French film and experimental video in Paris.  In high school, she was the youngest selected participant of the Watermill Center Summer Program where she began working with visionary theater director and artist Robert Wilson.  As a dramaturg for Robert Wilson’s The Days Before: Death, Destruction and Detroit III, she adapted Umberto Eco’s novel The Island of the Day Before and worked with Isabella Rosellini and Fiona Shaw among other great artists.  She has worked on productions with Wilson in Italy and Poland.  She is currently assisting on the development of  several feature film projects, as well as pursuing her own work in art and film


Megan Ratner
Megan Ratner contributes regularly to Film Quarterly, Film Comment, Cineaste, and Bright Lights Film Journal, where she is an associate editor.  She has also contributed to Frieze, Filmmaker, Senses of Cinema, Art on Paper, Black Book, Art/Text, and Border Crossings, among other publications.  She co-curated a series on Italian postwar cinema at the American Academy in Rome and has talked on critical writing at New York University, Dartmouth, Roger Williams College, and Claremont College.   Prior to her graduation from Reed College, she spent much of her childhood living and traveling in Europe and South America, attending ten schools in three different languages. Based in New York City, she has lived in Ireland, Germany, and, on several fortunate occasions, in Rome, the Marches and the Abruzzi, Italy.