Announcing the CUFF 2020 Festival Awards Jury
Danièle Wilmouth is fascinated by the unconscious choreography of ordinary life and how cinema reveals the miraculous spectacle of the everyday. She creates hybrid forms of experimental, narrative and non-fiction cinema, which explore ritual, pattern, monotony, and impermanence. Her award winning films investigate mediation of the choreographed body—constructing performances exclusively for the camera, as well as experimental approaches to social issue documentary. Wilmouth’s works have been shown on television, in film festivals, and in museums around the globe. She was on NewCity’s Film50 list of Chicago Screen Gems in 2020, and awarded a 3 Arts Make a Wave Grant in 2017. A collection of her performance films was included in the 2016 BODY+ACT exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. In 2013, Wilmouth was featured in Dance Films Association’s “Meet the Artist” series with a solo show at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrospectives of her work have been held in South Korea (2012) and Russia (2004). She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. https://www.danielewilmouth.com/
Warren Cockerham is a film and video maker who received his MFA in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and a BA in English from the University of Florida’s Film and Media Studies program in 2006. He is the founder of FilmLAB@1512: a film and video program for teenagers in Chicago’s North Lawndale Community. His work is curious about complex power structures in familial/intimate relationships and how they are presented and observed through the mediation of public and private archival material. His films, rather than tell stories, pose a series of problems and questions. His short films and videos have screened at a variety of moving-image venues domestically and abroad. He is currently faculty at the University of Tampa and the artistic director and programmer of the Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival in Tampa, FL.
Raul Benitez is a film programmer in Chicago for Full Spectrum Features. He also programs at Comfort Station Logan Square
and The Nightingale Cinema. Raul has been a recipient of New City’s Film Chicago Screen Gem for 2015, 2017 and 2019.
He was recently a juror for Chicago International Children’s film festival and the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts Depaul Experimental
Film Showcase. He has also recently been a screener for The Onion City Film Festival, Chicago On Screen local film showcase and True/False
Film Festival. http://raulito.net/