2011 JUDGES

The top 20 films will be screened by our diverse team of judges
Our team of world-class judges are artists, activists and spiritual beings. Applying their critical eye, they will select the two top films based on our judging criteria. We thank them for their dedication to this incredible new film contest.Chris EyreChris Eyre is an award winning film director/producer and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. His first feature film, Smoke Signals, established him as the first Native American director to receive a national theatrical release. Recently he directed We Shall Remain, a five-part PBS mini-series on the history of Native Americans which became the highest-rated Native American series ever on television and won numerous awards.

Eyre’s other film work includes – Skins, Skinwalkers, A Thief of the Time, Edge of America, A Thousand Roads, Law and Order SVU, and the critically-acclaimed Friday Night Lights. In 2011, as director/producer of the independent feature-film A Year of Mooring, he also holds the coveted Directors’ Guild of America Award, a Peabody, NHK/Sundance Cinema and Humanitas Awards, Rockefeller Film Fellowship, Directors’ Guild Award, Peabody Award and Sundance Film Festival – Filmmakers Trophy and Dramatic Audience-Award, the USA Artists’ Award and a Bush Fellowship.

Neil HuxleyNeil Huxley’s multifaceted career has spanned user-interface design, interactive media production, live-action direction and motion graphics design for commercials and feature film. A London native, Huxley moved to Australia in 2002 to join Digital Pictures Iloura as a VFX designer before staking a claim in Los Angeles where, as an art director at yU+co, he worked on opening title sequences for director Zack Synder’s Watchmen and art directed over 600 shots for Neveldine/Taylor’s Gamer.

In 2009 he joined Prime Focus, where his first assignment was overseeing 200 shots for James Cameron’s Avatar, including the design of stereographics, immersive heads-up display elements and other visual effects. Shortly afterward, he wrapped Zack Synder’s Sucker Punch, reuniting with the director to create holographic displays and other visual effects for the film.

Equally adept working in the commercial medium, Huxley has directed design, animation and live-action for clients including Diet Coke, Pepsi, Honda, Spike TV, TNT, FOXTEL, Target, Ask.com, MTV Australia, Universal Pictures, FOX, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, Bravo, Ubisoft and Vivendi. Huxley is now creative director of Mothership and Digital Domain.
Annie LeonardAnnie Leonard is the Director of The Story of Stuff Project and author of the book, The Story of Stuff. In December 2007, Annie released The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The film has generated over 12 million views in over 200 countries and territories, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time.

Annie’s films and writing combine her two decades of work in environmental health and justice issues with solid information and a sense of hope that we can find a more sustainable way to meet our material needs.

Trudie StylerAn accomplished actress, producer and global activist, Trudie Styler and husband Sting founded The Rainforest Foundation in response to a direct request for help from a Kayapo Indian leader in Brazil who was seeking to protect his peoples’ land and culture. The Foundation has raised more than $25 million to support indigenous rainforest peoples and help them protect their ancestral lands. Trudie is also an Ambassador for Unicef, for which she has raised more than $5.5 million.

Trudie formed Xingu Films in 1993, initially making documentary films for the BBC. Since then the company has continued with its documentary interests, while also building a reputation as a nurturing home for talented first-time feature filmmakers. Xingu Films documentaries include; Boys From Brazil, Moving The Mountain which won an International Documentary Association Award; The Sweatbox, A Kind of Childhood, The Lost Art of Oratory as well as feature production credits for The Grotesque, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Greenfingers, Cheeky, Alpha Male, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Directing Award for its writer/director Dito Montiel, and the Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, and MOON, a Xingu co-production directed by BAFTA-award winning Duncan Jones, also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Trudie has four children with husband Sting, and is a global activism citizen who transcends all boundaries, reaching deeply into the hearts of humanity for rainforest and cultural preservation.
Geshe Yong DongSpiritual Director, Sherab Chamma Ling, Courtenay B.C., Canada

Geshe Yong Dong, born in Nagpa, Amdo, Tibet in 1969, received training from both Buddhist and Bon teachers in Tibet and India. In 1992 he gained the Rajampa Geshe degree, the highest academic degree awarded in Tibetan monastic education, from the Nangzhig Monastery, Amdo, Tibet. That spring he escaped from Tibet, walking for 10 days through the Himalaya Mountains into Katmandu, Nepal, to meet with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, then took up studies at the largest Buddhist monastic university and the great Bonpo Menri Monastery. As Spiritual Director and resident teacher at the Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, he has authored several books on Buddhist philosophy, the Bardo, Tibetan poetry, culture and history. The ancient Tibetan Yungdrung Bön Buddhist tradition is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition which was kept secret and accessible to very few and is his lineage. He is one of only a handful of masters of the Bön Dzogchen tradition, living in the west, qualified to give teachings and transmissions.

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