2013 Panels

Documentary Film Panel

Friday, April 5th, 11am
at The Courtyard Marriott

Victoria Mudd

victoria mudd, documentary filmmakerVictoria Mudd, a graduate of Stanford University, Antioch Graduate School and the American Film Institute, is an Academy Award winning filmmaker, (Broken Rainbow) and producer/writer of Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion. Her passions are Social and Environmental Justice, particularly as they pertain to Native Americans. She served as a Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College for four years, and is now a ‘nomadic lecturer,’ offering her presentation Images of Indians: from Reel to Real to community groups, museums and colleges around the country.


Dayton Duncan

dayton duncan, documentary filmmakerDayton Duncan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of twelve books and for more than twenty years has been involved with the work of filmmaker Ken Burns and Florentine Films. He was a consultant on Burns’ award-winning series for public television, The Civil War, Baseball  and Jazz and consulting producer for The War.  For The West, a 12-hour series about the history of the American West, broadcast in 1996, Duncan was the co-writer and consulting producer.  It won the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians.

He is the writer and producer of Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, a four-hour documentary broadcast in November 1997.  The film attained the second-highest ratings (following The Civil War) in the history of PBS and won a Western Heritage award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and a CINE Golden Eagle, as well as many other honors.  He is the co-writer and producer of Mark Twain, a four-hour film biography of the great American humorist that was broadcast on PBS in 2001.  He wrote and produced Horatio’s Drive, about the first transcontinental automobile trip, which won the prestigious Christopher Award and a Telly Award.  Most recently, he produced and wrote The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a six-episode, twelve-hour documentary that won two Emmys – one for best nonfiction series and one for best writing. His most recent film with Burns was The Dust Bowl, which he wrote and produced.  He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Alexander Mallis

alexander mallis, documentary filmmakerAlex Mallis, a Keene native, lives in Brooklyn, NY. His films have screened at IFF Boston, Hot Docs, DOCNYC, New Orleans FF, UnionDocs, and on The Documentary Channel and BBC News.  He also works as a cinematographer, including on the award winning feature film Welcome to Pine Hill.
His collaborative short, MATTHEW 24:14, won Best Film and Best Directing at the 2011 International Doc Challenge at Hot Docs. Alex is an avid photographer and greatly enjoys the darkroom. He is an MFA candidate for Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (CUNY) and an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and the Meerkat Media Collective.

Television Panel

Saturday, April 6th, 1:30pm
at The Courtyard Marriott

Rae Dawn Chong, Television Panel Moderator

rae dawn chong, television panel moderatorRae Dawn Chong was born in Alberta Canada she is the eldest daughter of comedian Tommy Chong. She started acting at age 12 appearing in Disney’s “Whiz Kids of Riverton” 40 year later she is still making movies appearing in the Duplass brothers film “Jeff who lives at home” which also starred Susan Sarandon and  Jason Segal.

She is currently awaiting an edit on a teaser for a pilot she wrote called”The Celebrant” which she is crowd funding on Indiegogo. She is excited about the prospect of filming and living in her adopted home state of New Hampshire. She has lived in the granite state for 7 years and calls it home. She is on the board of the New Hampshire Film Festival which begins Oct. 16 thru 20th The film festival is held in downtown Portsmouth. She has acted in numerous feature films and starred in two television series “Mysterious Ways” on NBC/PAX and Wild Card on Lifetime television. She has also guest starred in numerous TV shows.  She hopes to continue her success with writing and producing she has 4 more pilot scripts waiting in the wings to produce and she is excited to see how successful her crowd funding will be…the future looks bright!

Jessalyn Gilsig

jessalyn gilsig, tv panel member at moniffJessalyn Gilsig may be most familiar to audiences for her role as Terri Schuester in Ryan Murphy’s Golden Globe and SAG award winning GLEE. She previously starred for Murphy on the Golden Globe winning NIP/TUCK while simultaneously recurring on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. In March ’13 she will appear opposite Gabriel Byrne in the History Channel’s original scripted series VIKINGS.

A Montreal Native, Gilsig attended the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute at Harvard University where she later joined the company. Her Off Broadway credits include, “Fifth of July” with Robert Sean Leonard and Parker Posey, “Gun Shy” and David Ive’s “Mere Mortals”.

Gilsig currently resides in Los Angeles where she is also producing through her company, Lady in the Tree Productions. SOMEWHERE SLOW is the company’s first film in which she appears with Graham Patrick Martin, David Costabile and Robert Forster.

Matthew Gray Gubler

matthew gray gublerLike his character Spencer Reid from “Criminal Minds” (2005), Matthew Gray Gubler comes from Las Vegas, Nevada. While he was at NYU film school, a model scout discovered him and Matthew worked for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, and American Eagle to name but a few. His sister Laura Dahl is a fashion designer based in New York. After he began his modeling career, Matthew had an internship with Wes Anderson, who offered him the role of Nico (Intern #1) in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Soon afterward, Matthew was catapulted into the limelight as Dr. Spencer Reid, a genius in the Behavioural Analysis Unit at the FBI.


Sam Huntington

sam huntington, star in being human, member of television panelSam Huntington, born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, began acting at the age of 9 under the direction of his mother as a part of her children’s theater, The Black Box. His professional acting career began at the celebrated Peterborough Players in Peterborough where he was cast in four major productions from 1991 to 1994, his favorite being Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird, opposite James Rebhorn. Sam attended 7th grade at The Professional Children’s School in New York City. During this year, Sam was cast in commercials and the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Harvest of Fire. He also signed a three-movie contract with the Walt Disney Company; the first film under this contract was in the key role of Mimi-Siku in the hit comedy Jungle 2 Jungle, which also starred Tim Allen. Sam starred in the ensemble comedy Not Another Teen Movie, the teen movie Sleepover, Superman Returns and Fanboys.

A guest appearance on the award-winning television show Law & Order in December 1997 was the real beginning of work in television series. He also had a role in an episode of Human Target and Warehouse 13 before starring in Being Human, which is now in it’s third season (2011-2013).

William Sanderson

william sandersonWhen the sun set on the acclaimed western series DEADWOOD, the vampires came out and William Sanderson traded the black hat of Ian McShane’s depraved cohort E.B. Farnam for white as self-assured Sheriff Bud Dearborne in Alan Ball’s “TRUE BLOOD.”  Set in small-town Louisiana, the exciting new HBO series is a funny mixture of vampires and mystery, and for the versatile character actor a unique mixture of the roles for which he is best known.

Early in his career William seemed practically to specialize in his unique brand of what he calls “prairie scum.”  All that changed with two inspired castings that would reveal William’s versatility and bring him national exposure.  Director Ridley Scott cast him as the brilliant, gentle toy maker in the now classic science fiction film BLADE RUNNER.  Shortly afterwards a one time guest role became a successful eight year run with William’s comedic talent on display as the quirky backwoodsman “Larry” in the popular sitcom NEWHART.

William has played a host of distinct and diverse roles, routinely working opposite Hollywood’s A-list talent.  He has consistently and deftly moved between film and television, appearing in such shows as ER, LIFE, THE X-FILES, MONK and WITHOUT A TRACE.  His television movies and mini-series include the award-winning LONESOME DOVE and its sequel; EXECUTIONER’S SONG with Tommy Lee Jones; two MOW’S with John Frankenheimer: WALLACE and the Civil War epic ANDERSONVILLE; Stephen King’s SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK, BABYLON 5: THIRDSPACE; Louis L’Amour’s CROSSFIRE TRAIL and MONTE WALSH with Tom Selleck.

Sharing the honor of American Film Institute’s “Best Ensemble” award for DEADWOOD, William was equally thrilled at being named one of Cracked Magazine’s “15 Funniest People Of 2006,” which cited his “comedic edge” in the series as “well worth an hour.”  Beloved by fans of fantasy & sci-fi, Westerns and comedies alike, William has a rare following that crosses generations and genres.