2014 Jurors and Awards


Carlton Turner is co-founder and co-artistic director of MUGABEE (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction), a performing arts group that blends jazz, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and soul music with non-traditional storytelling. Carlton is also executive director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non-profit arts organization based in the South, where he has also served as a board member and officer.


Susannah Darrow is executive director and co-founder of BURNAWAY, an Atlanta-based nonprofit providing critical coverage and dialogue about the arts in Atlanta. In 2013 the Georgia Center for Nonprofits named her one of the top 30 nonprofit leaders under 30. She also serves on the board of directors of ART PAPERS magazine. She is currently in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta.


Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz is the program & communications director for the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in San Francisco. Her most recent film, Inheritance, blends poetic and observational documentary forms to investigate diasporic identity formation and gender politics in the shadow of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. Before joining NAMAC, Aggie was the media director for the Global Philadelphia Association.





TOP GRIT – best overall film; juried selection
As It Is in Heaven

PEOPLE’S GRIT – best overall film; audience selection

BIG GRIT – best feature length film
Last Stop, Flamingo

SHORT GRIT – best short film
Honorable Mention: Ethan and Eli

YOUNG GRIT – best film by a student filmmaker
Honorable Mention: Mipso in Japan

EXPERIMENTAL GRIT – best experimental film
Rice for Sale

HELEN HILL AWARD – best film by a female filmmaker
Pen Up the Pigs
Honorable Mention: Sensei

LOCAL GRIT – best local film
Honor the Father
Honorable Mention: The Many Misadventures of Roy S. Wilson

ANIMATED GRIT – Best animated film; sponsored by Debbie Yerkes
Confusion Through Sand
Honorable Mention: Yearbook