We’re pleased to announce a great line up of judges that will be reviewing and awarding the short films of the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival.

Meet the Panel of Judges:

Lisa Hasko

Lisa Hasko

Lisa Hasko is the Filmmaker Services Manager at the International Documentary Association (IDA), a nonprofit dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.  Prior to IDA she worked at The Global Film Initiative in San Francisco and Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid agency in Portland, Oregon.  She received an M.A. in International Development and Gender Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England and lived in Europe before returning to the US to pursue a career supporting independent film and filmmakers across the globe. Lisa currently serves on the Board of Directors for LA WYLD, an organization that supports youth empowerment and US military veterans through transformative wilderness leadership programs. Most of all she likes film, social causes and hiking with her dog.

Neal Payton

Neal Payton

Neal Payton is the west coast director of Torti Gallas Partners, the leading architecture and planning firm focused on New Urbanist design. Payton has won several awards for his design projects in and around South California.

Tamika Butler

Tamika Butler

Tamika Butler is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit organization with over 1,500 members that engages cyclists through advocacy, education and outreach across the county. LACBC builds a better, more bike-able Los Angeles by bringing diverse communities together to improve the bicycling environment and quality of life for the whole county.

She received her J.D. in 2009 from Stanford Law School, and in 2006 received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Tamika currently serves as the co-chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Board of Directors and is also an advisory board member for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports program.

Melissa Bruntlett

Melissa Bruntlett

Melissa Bruntlett is co-founder of Modacity, a multi-service communications and marketing firm, focused on inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of urban mobility through words, photography and film. Together with her partner and husband, Chris, they have produced a number of films that celebrate individuals and their stories about making cycling a part of their every day lives. Both their Cycle Chic Films and Arlington Passages Series were official selections in previous years at NUFF, winning Best Bicycle Short Film in 2013 and 2015. Melissa lives and works in Vancouver, BC, where she enjoys life on the West Coast with Chris and their two children.

Josh Paget

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Josh Paget is the founder of the New Urbanism Film Festival.  He is also a board member of the Mid City West Community Council, and serves as the Co-chair of its Transportation Parking & Streetscape Committee.

Chris Elisara PhD

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Chris Elisara is the founder of the Center for Environmental Leadership and is a board member on the national board of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Scott Epstein

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Scott Epstein is the Chair of the Mid City West Community Council.  The council works in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Government to highlight needs and issues facing neighborhoods.  The MCWCC recently received an award for their work on a Bicycle Friendly Streets project (which was highlighted at the 2014 New Urbanism Film Festival) the project also received a funding grant from the county metro authority to implement the project.

Jasmin Torner

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Jasmin is the New Urbanism Film Festival’s Festival Coordinator and Filmmaker Resources Manager. She has served as the New York Film Academy’s acting department coordinator. As well as a producer on many independent features and documentaries.

Joel Karahadian

Joel Karahadian

Joel is the co-founder of the Noodles and New Urbanism book group and the New Urbanism Film Festival.