Each year, Indie Grits brings cutting-edge film to Columbia. It only makes sense, then, that the jurors of the festival would be some of the brightest names in the industry! For the 2017 festival, we are grateful to have three highly-talented women with us to present filmmakers with Indie Grits film awards.
Garrett Bradley works primarily with two forms of media: video and photography. She uses both tools when exploring social-economic juxtaposition, human conflict, historical reflection, place-based adventure, and the beauty that is plainly in view. Her work is motivated by the prospect of cultural exchange and aims to push the formal boundaries of photography and film by combining an impressionistic technique with the control of traditional cinema. A 2015 Ford Foundation grantee, Bradley has received both national and international awards. Bradley was a featured filmmaker at the Nickelodeon’s Daughters Festival, which celebrated emerging female filmmakers of color, back in November 2016; her work has also screened at the Getty Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Sundance Film Festival, the TriBeCa Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and more.
Marie Halliday, a native Virginian, is a proud Gamecock and former Indie Grits and Nick employee. After graduating from USC, Marie went on to get her MFA in Producing from Columbia College Chicago and then ventured out west to try to make it in the crazy land called Hollywood. There, she was lucky enough to get her start at HBO Films, where she worked on multiple high-profile projects including Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra and Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart. After HBO, Marie moved over to Adaptive Studios where she helped launch Project Greenlight Digital Studios, a story-driven creative community built to empower the next generation of DIY filmmakers. As part of that initiative, she produced ten digital series, including Pineapple which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as part of their first-ever episodic showcase.
Marie currently works as an executive at MarVista Entertainment, overseeing development of their independent feature department. She manages a slate of 30+ films per year across a wide range of genres and budgets. Recent successes include Bitch, produced in partnership with Elijah Wood, and The Archer, which recently premiered at South by Southwest.
Ana Echenique is the Executive Director of the Oaxaca FilmFest. The festival’s co-founder, Ana serves as a senior curator and the head of the New Industry Program, which hosts more than 200 professional screenwriters and filmmakers from all over the world every year.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana holds a degree in cinema from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she worked as a producer, screenwriter, and teacher for several years. An official member of RedMexFest and Canacine, Ana has worked for the Festival de Cine de Mar del Plata and BAFICI (Argentina), and has been a juror for Montería (Colombia), Tianchana (Mexico), and Monterrey (Mexico) Film Festivals.