Bethesda Film Fest Jury

The five films featured at the Bethesda Film Fest will be selected by the following film-making professionals:


Monica Lee Bellais, Monica is a screenwriter/producer and global media expert. She worked at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Records, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Networks and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Monica has worked with filmmakers and production companies around the world and in 2016 penned the film TRI, shot in Washington, D.C. Monica also teaches a film course at Montgomery College.


Cucillo Consad, Cucillo is an award-winning cinematographer and editor whose work includes independent documentaries, television programs and music videos. His credits include: the A&E original documentary series Random 1, the award winning documentary film, Lost in Woonsocket, the “rock doc” Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and Notown, a documentary film about the Flint water crisis and Detroit’s bankruptcy.


Ben Crosbie, Ben is the co-founder of Eidolon Films where he serves as producer and director of photography. He is an Emmy award winning director, whose films have been nationally broadcast on PBS and internationally on ARTE. He’s a multi-year recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and was named “filmmaker of the month” by the DC Film Office. Ben is a graduate of Georgetown University and has recently taught documentary in its Film & Media Studies program. Ben believes in the unique power of storytelling to create empathy, and strives to achieve that in all of his work.