Jurors for the 2020 Dumbo Film Festival
CHARLOTTE LE BON
Charlotte Le Bon was discovered in 2010 by French TV channel Canal + to feature as a weather presenter-standup comedienne in the daily popular talk show, Le Grand Journal. One year later, she began a film career, working for such directors as Laurent Tirard, the duo of Nicolas & Bruno, as well as Michel Gondry. She made a name for herself in a more dramatic register by playing Victoire Doutreleau in Jalil’s Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2015 Césars awards. She embarked upon an American career with The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, followed by The Walk, directed by Robert Zemeckis, and starred alongside Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in The Promise, directed by Terry George. She rejoined Jalil Lespert for the movie In the Shadow of Iris, and concurrently built a career as a visual artist, regularly exhibiting her work in various galleries. In 2018 she wrote and directed Judith Hotel, her first short film, which was selected by several festivals, and won multiple prizes, including Best Short Film at New York City’s Dumbo Film Festival. In 2020, she will return to the small screen by co-starring with Veerle Baetens in the titular roles of the OCS series Cheyenne & Lola, directed by Eshref Reybrouck, and is currently working on a loose adaptation of Bastien Vivès’s Une Soeur as her first feature film.
Nicolas Brown is one of the UK and USA’s leading documentary filmmakers. His latest feature film, The Serengeti Rules has won 22 major awards at festivals around the world including Wildscreen and Jackson Hole. Nicolas’ other films have won 3 Emmy awards, two BAFTA awards, and over 60 major festival awards in the USA, China, India, and Europe. For the past 7 years he has worked for Passion Pictures in London, England, and ran Passion’s Blue Media Lab (a conservation think-tank). For PBS, Nicolas directed and produced H2O: The Molecule That Made Us and Earth: A New Wild: the latter won a Panda Award at Wildscreen for “Best Series”. He also directed National Geographic’s award-winning Giant Screen IMAX film Pandas 3D: the Journey Home (in IMAX cinemas now). A regular at the BBC, Nicolas produced and directed the award-winning Earth’s Natural Wonders, and the BAFTA-winning series of Human Planet, and the multi-award winning Climate Chaos with Sir David Attenborough. For the Discovery Channel his film The Truth About Global Warming with Tom Brokaw won the Emmy for Best Long Form Documentary. Other credits include the Emmy nominated Mankind (The History Channel), First Peoples (PBS), and the Emmy nominated series Frontier House and Colonial House (PBS/Channel 4). He is now in production with Off the Fence on a film about Pope Francis and his encyclical (book) titled Laudato Si’.
ANITA M. HOPLAND
Anita Mathal Hopland is a documentary director and cinematographer, graduated from The National Film School of Denmark. She has directed short films for various companies and organisations and co-directed the series The Hotel for DR1. Her latest film On the edge of freedom premiered at CPH:DOX has since travelled festivals around the world and was among other, nominated for the Danish tv-award in 2018.
She is currently working with her new film presented at IDFA Forum 2019 and developed with Oscar nominated Larm Film.
After earning his MFA in film production from USC, Sam French moved to Afghanistan for five years, producing and directing documentaries for the UN, NGOs, aid organizations, and the media, including HBO, BBC, CNN, Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera. Sam wrote and directed the Academy Award nominated film Buzkashi Boys which was the first narrative film since 2001 to be filmed entirely on location in Afghanistan.
Sam has written numerous narrative feature film projects, including Hunting Hope an action thriller about the ivory trade starring Chinese actor Wang Leehom which Sam is (was) slated to direct in 2020. Sam is currently in post-production on the feature documentary Daughters of the Moon about two heroic Afghan women fighting for their freedom after being imprisoned for moral crimes. He has directed episodes of the Emmy-nominated documentary series Religion of Sports, the Emmy-nominated series Why We Fight, and the Red Bull series All In.
Sam believes in the power of storytelling to connect people across different cultures, and that if we lift up our voices and share our stories we can change the world. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Rosanna Greaves is an artist, curator and senior lecturer in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. She received an AHRC funded research Masters with distinction in Fine Art at Camberwell College, University of the Arts London in 2012. As an artist she works across media, including site specific installation, sound and moving image work.
Her film The Flaming Rage of The Sea, supported by the Art Council England, has gained international recognition and has been screened at various film festivals across the USA, UK and Canada. Recent art exhibitions include; The Cambridge Show, Kettles Yard, Cambridge UK, 2019. Archive and The Contested Landscape, Cambridge, 2019. Liquid Land, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, 2018 (Curator and exhibitor). Heavy Sentience, Block 336, London 2014 (Curator and exhibitor). Temporary Residence, Kettles Yard, Curated by Aid&Abet, Cambridge, 2013, Every Bird Brings A Different Melody to the Garden, No Format Gallery, Curated by Amy Botfield and Rob Dowling, London, 2013 and TENDERFLIX, TENDERPIXEL, London, 2013.