Bethesda Film Fest Jury

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

 

Sara Barger, is an award-winning filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. who specializes in short form documentaries. Her recent film, “Little but Fierce,” highlights one mother’s journey into the illegal drug market to buy her daughter medicine to treat a rare form of brain cancer, and was part of the 2019 Docs In Progress Fellowship Program. She has worked for the U.S. State Department and USAID, filming in developing countries. Sara currently teaches filmmaking at American, George Washington and George Mason Universities. She previously taught at Old Dominion University and worked for Discovery Channel, as well as developed the production departments for two national public policy think tanks. .

 

Dana Flor, is a director and producer best known for her two Washington, D.C. epic tales, “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry” and “Check It.” Her last film “Check It,” about a black gay gang in D.C. premiered at Tribeca. The film is executive produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, and is currently being adapted for a television series. “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry” appeared on HBO and a fictional feature film based on that film is being made. Flor is a recipient of a Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund Grant, three DC Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships, a Pare Lorenz Fund Grant and an AFI Docs/NBC Universal Impact Grant. She also won an Influence Film Award from the Tribeca Documentary Fund.

 

Robin Hamilton is an Emmy-award winning television host, producer and moderator for townhalls and forums. She is founder and principal of the ARound Robin Production Company, where she creates videos for non-profits to help with fundraising, marketing and messaging. Her company has produced three documentary films including "This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer" (which screened at the Bethesda Film Festival). Her third and most recent film, "Our Alexandria," was awarded a Virginia Humanities grant and won Best Documentary Short for the DC Independent Film Festival in 2020. Working at the intersection of media and policy, Ms. Hamilton’s work is guided by the principle of providing information that can promote transformation.