As a freelance writer and contributing film editor with Cincinnati CityBeat, Dayton CityPaper and other outlets, tt stern-enzi earned an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Criticism. He regularly attends the Toronto International Film Festival and has covered festivals in Cleveland, Traverse City, and Munich. He also has experience curating regional film events at the Mini Microcinema and other venues, serving on film juries for the 48 Hour Film Festival and panels in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati Center for Film and Media Studies program, developing the film curriculum for his WatchWriteNow educational initiative, which focuses on using film as a tool for creative and critical engagement with middle and high school students across the Greater Cincinnati region.
Opal H. Bennett joins the festival to co-curate the film program, which will present fictional and documentary films about freedom, identity, diversity, faith and disability. She has been a festival programer since 2014. Opal programs Shorts at DOC NYC, is on the programming teams for Aspen Shortsfest, Athena, Nantucket and Tribeca Film Festivals, and is a Program Consultant for The March on Washington Film Festival.
Adam Piron belongs to the Kiowa and Mohawk tribes, and was raised in Arizona. He is a member of the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Programming Team and also programs films for AFI Fest and Film Independent’s LA Film Festival. From 2014 to 2017, he served as manager of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program where he also helped oversee the Native Filmmaker Lab Fellowship and more.