Our jury will spend hours deliberating our 2015 official selections and we eagerly anticipate their decisions to name our 2015 award winning films! Get to know the Jury Members for this year’s festival:
Distinguished Jury for the 2015 Festival
Head Juror, Chuck Jaffee, likes to plug people into the spirit of independent filmmakers. Find links to more than 200 films he has reviewed for The Union newspaper at www.startlets.com. Besides selection committee and jurying devotions to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, he has done the same for the Nevada City Film Festival. At starlets.com, you can also link to his Oscars prediction newsletter, which he’s been doing for more than 30 years.
Sherry Bartolucci is a California native and UCLA graduate who served with the Peace Corps in Peru teaching management to the emerging middle class. She has been the President of two small management companies and the Chief Administrative Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Executive Vice President for Bank of America and was the former President of Music in the Mountains’ Board of Directors. She is the owner of SLB Farms, LLC, a Morgan show horse business where her horses have earned over two dozen World and National titles.
Steve Katz joined Mother Jones in 2003, and was named the nonprofit journalism organization’s publisher in 2010. Steve has nearly 40 years’ experience working in the fields of journalism, environmental advocacy, the arts, social justice, and neighborhood-based housing development, and has served on a number of non-profit boards. Steve received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1987, and his B.A. from oberlin College in 1974. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Rachelle, and their dog, Mingus. His son, Noah, is completing his acting studies at the Julliard School.
Roger Hicks is a founding member of SYRCL and was the organization’s spokesperson, then board president for 15 of the first 16 years. Roger continues to serve on the board and is an integral part of the Festival Committee, returning to the Jury for the 4th year. He is Medical Director at Yubadocs Urgent Care, which he founded with his wife, Linda Rachmel. He’s passionate about rivers, salmon, healthcare reform, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. His film credits include Sicko. (Actually, that’s his only one.)
Doug Hawes-Davis is co-founder of the Montana-based documentary production company High Plains Films. Since 1992, he has collaborated with long-time co-worker, Dru Carr, on more than 30 documentaries. In 2012, his feature doc, FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON, was nationally broadcast on the PBS series, Independent Lens. FACING THE STORM won a NW Regional Emmy in the Topical Documentary category the same year. Hawes-Davis has also worked extensively as a free-lance camera operator, producer, director, and editor, assisting with documentaries, television, web video, and non-profit/corporate video production and is also the founder of the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Additionally, Hawes-Davis curates and produces THE MONTANA EXPERIENCE: STORIES FROM BIG SKY COUNTRY YouTube channel.
Alison Jones-Pomatto has worked as a congressional aide, bookstore manager, and professional stage manager, including for productions of the Foothill Theatre Company. A former SYRCL Board member, she now serves as a member of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation as well as the Advisory Committees for SYRCL and the Center for the Arts.
Kathy Dotson co-founded the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and was its director and tour manager for the first eight years (and screened enough films for a lifetime). As the River People Director at the South Yuba River Citizens League from 2000 – 2009, Kathy produced a large variety of community events and was the Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s widely distributed newspaper, the Sierra Citizen. Kathy is now a graphic designer and illustrator for many local nonprofits, businesses and events, including Wild & Scenic. If she isn’t teaching a Spinning class at the South Yuba Club, she is enjoying life with her husband and two young daughters, Roxy and Scarlet.