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Video Contest Jury

Behold the almighty jury of the USF Student Video Contest. If you are an alum and/or professional in the film industry and interested in joining the jury, please let us know at

Adrienne Anderson 150x150 Adrienne Anderson
Adrienne Anderson is the founder and director of the International Black Women’s Film Festival (IBWFF), the Black Laurel Film Series a published author (WORD: Rap, Politics & Feminism), and an entrepreneur. She established IBWFF in 2001 and debuted the first festival in 2002 in San Francisco, California, has screened over 500 films from around the world. The IBWFF explores the social, aesthetic and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television and media. In 2015, Ms. Anderson received an Innovators Award from the Hull Family Foundation and Oaklandish for her innovative work in civic life by using film to bring together diverse audiences and showcase quality, accessible programming that empowers women of color filmmakers. Adrienne was also an inaugural award winner of the First Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry at Stanford University, hosted by the Institute of Diversity in the Arts. Ms. Anderson is also the founder of the Futureshock Film Festival of Black Science Fiction, was featured in The Gentlewoman magazine in the U.K. and is the owner of American Royal Tea. Adrienne also served as the programmer for the San Francisco Public Library’s African Heritage Month Film Series and as a Judge for the University of San Francisco’s Student Film Competition for three years. 
svcjury-gabrielleifbellman Gabriel Leif Bellman
Graduated from USC’s Cinema School before going to work at MTV in New York. He earned his M.A. from New York University, and J.D. from U.C. Hastings. He has directed several successful documentary films, and is the co-founder of San Francisco’s Frozen Film Festival.
DaveBinegar Dave Binegar
After spending too much of his adolescence in the cultural wasteland known as Scottsdale, AZ, Dave Binegar moved to San Francisco, with fervor. He dove into improv comedy and was a founding member of the Chinese Ballroom improv team. He was also the co-founder and first Executive Producer of USFtv, USF's first television station. After graduating from USF, he spent 5 years working in Animation & VFX Production Management for several Disney feature films, including "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and Henry Selick's unreleased stop motion feature "The Shadow King". Dave also co-created and produced "Cost of Living," an SF-based comedic web series about failing adulthood and the friends that buy you whiskey when you do. He’s currently exploring the sun-baked absurdity of Los Angeles, and is at the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He's worked for the Dan Jinks Company, Gaumont International Television, Showtime, and is currently working in development at Hulu Originals.
svcjury-johndilley John Dilley
John Dilley is a director and writer based in San Francisco, CA. His first short film, Little Failures, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. John’s second film, How To Be Popular, premiered on PBS and has gone on to screen at festivals around the country. John was born and raised in Oakland, California, and is a graduate of San Francisco State University.
svcjury-natalieeakin-150x150 Natalie Eakin
Natalie Eakin is a 2012 Media Studies graduate of USF. Since graduating she has been working in various film festivals around the country including the San Francisco International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. She has also gotten involved with a variety of film projects since - music videos, documentaries, micro cinema screenings, and experimental film workshops for teens.
svcjury-kateelston Kate Elston
Kate Elston is a graduate of the class of 2009 and former news producer for USFtv. She received her Master's degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2013, and her thesis film from that program has screened at SF Indie Fest, Human Rights Film Festival, and SF Women's International Film Festival. She's currently a freelance producer and editor, as well as a sketch comedy writer and improv performer. Learn more about Kate Elston at her website.
karimiliya-svcjury-150x150 Karim Iliya
After graduating in 2012, Karim Iliya has been traveling around the world working as a professional freelance photographer and filmmaker. Currently based in Maui, Hawaii, Karim is doing underwater, aerial and land photography. His current focus is photographing humpback whales underwater to create an awareness for the need to protect endangered marine wildlife and delicate ecosystems. Karim may be contacted via his website.
svcjury-jameskilton James Kilton
Co-founder of USFtv, former USF student body president, and ’08 USF graduate James Kilton has since worked as an editor on a variety of television shows, such as Burn Notice,Wipeout, and Necessary Roughness. He is currently on an around the world trip. 
Thomas Listerman 150x150 Thomas Listerman
Thomas Listerman is the former E-Communications Senior Director at the University of San Francisco. As such, he supervised the USF Student Video Contest for five years, along with email marketing, social media and multimedia. Now he works with digital communication in Munich, Germany. Thomas studied at universities both in Sweden and in Germany, but the University of the Best City Ever sure is his favorite. He is honored to join the jury of the Student Video Contest.
svcjury-jagermcconnell Jager McConnell
Founder of Scary Cow Productions, the Bay Area’s largest film co-op. Scary Cow has made over 375 films, held 25 film festivals, provided over $250,000+ for budgets, and has helped over 1,000 new filmmakers in the Bay Area get their start. Learn more about making movies with Scary Cow at
svcjury-paulmorrill Paul Morrill
Paul produces a variety of videos for the university as a whole, as well as for its individual schools/colleges and offices, that support USF’s brand and visual identity. Projects range from news makers on campus, faculty biographies, promotional videos and coverage of events both on and off campus.
svcjury-erikamyszinski Erika Myszynski
USF B.A. Alum of class ’11 and 2015 M.A. Candidate of Urban Affairs, reporter and filmmaker Erika Myszynski is co-producer of Bridging Urban America: The Story of Master Engineer Ralph Modjeski and Veteran Visions: A Documentary Project. She is a business consultant for Karim Iliya Photography, works as a Managing Editor for the Peace Review journal, and is studying flexible urbanism in San Francisco. Collaborations and confrontations compose her documentation methodology.
svcjury-alexplatt Alexandra Platt
Class of '10 Media Studies major Alexandra Platt was involved in several organizations while at USF, including USFtv, ASUSF Senate, and the Campus Activities Board. After graduating she made the move down to Los Angeles, where she currently works as a television Editor.
svcjury-meghanraab Meghan Raab
Meghan graduated from University of San Francisco (and USFtv) in 2010 and works in advertising at Hub Strategy. She is the Account Manager of the university’s Higher Standards campaign and partly to be held responsible for the inspiration of this year’s video contest; the headline “University of the Best City Ever.” 
svcjury-danielariccitam-150x150 Daniela Ricci-Tam
Daniela graduated from USF's Media Studies Department with a minor in Film Studies. Currently a project coordinator at Colliers International Real Estate, she continues to produce freelance video, audio and photography in her spare time, and was most recently involved in the second annual Food and Farm Film Festival at the Roxie Theatre.
svcjury-davidsilver David Silver
David Silver is an associate professor of media studies and environmental studies and the coordinator of the urban agriculture minor at the University of San Francisco.
Lauren Soares Lauren Soares
After graduating from USF in 2013 with a degree in Fine Art and Writing, Lauren moved to Brooklyn where she works for Spaceworks, a nonprofit providing affordable workspace to NYC artists. Lauren and friend Lucas Waldron won the USF Student Video Contest in 2013. Lauren continues to explore cities, making music, art and poetry along the way. See her work at her website.