The Jurors for the 2015 Local Sightings Festival
Masashi Niwano works at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and is the Festival & Exhibition Director for CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). CAAMFest is the nation’s largest festival dedicated to Asian and Asian American film, music and food. He is a Bay Area native who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from San Francisco State University. Masashi has been associated with CAAM for over a decade, starting as an intern, then becoming involved in theater operations and, finally, being chosen as a selected filmmaker (Falling Stars, 2006). Prior to re-joining CAAM as Festival & Exhibition Director, Masashi was the Executive Director for the Austin Asian American Film Festival. He is also an active filmmaker, who has worked on numerous films and music videos that are official selections at Outfest, Newfest & South By Southwest.
Mia Bruno comes to Seed&Spark as the Producer of Marketing and Distribution, where she combines her passion for independent film with a love of collaborating with artists, and working closely with filmmakers to hone innovative distribution strategies. Mia is a fervent believer in filmmaking as a comprehensive process, and works with directors and producers to become creative entrepreneurs of their own films. Mia joins Seed&Spark from Gravitas Ventures, where she served as Director of Acquisitions, identifying and bringing in quality independent films for the marketplace. A graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University, Mia speaks French, adores Freudian psychology, and has a vast love of adventure despite a lamentable sense of direction.
TJ Martin is the Academy Award winning director of the feature documentary UNDEFEATED. The award made TJ the first director of African American descent to win an Oscar for a feature length film. That same year Martin was listed on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 alongside alongside President Barack Obama, Professor Cornell West and Lebron James to name a few. As a commercial director he has helmed campaigns for companies as diverse as Facebook, Prudential, Honey Maid and Gatorade. In 2014, the Honey Maid and Prudential campaigns were each honored with Gold Lions at the Cannes Lions Festival. Recently, he gave a TEDx presentation exploring the Racial dynamics of the film industry. Martin was born in Seattle, WA. He and his directing partner are represented at WME and managed at Principato-Young. Commercially they are represented by Furlined. @tjmckaymartin