Documentary Jury


Anne Lewis is an independent documentary maker and teaches film editing at UT-Austin. Anne was associate director/assistant camera for the Academy Award-winning documentary HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A., and documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include TO SAVE THE LAND AND PEOPLE (SXSW, Texas Documentary Tour) and FAST FOOD WOMEN (PBS). Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change.

PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include TRINIDAD (Showtime, LOGO), BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (PBS) and his current project UNTITLED JENNIFER LAUDE DOCUMENTARY which follows the controversial murder of a Filipina transwoman by an accused U.S. Marine. Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award Best Documentary nominee TROUBLE THE WATER and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.

Chale Nafus earned his M.A. in English/RTF at UT-Austin in 1968 and spent five years teaching in South Texas, Puerto Rico, and New York City before returning to Austin to begin a 25-year career as a full-time professor at Austin Community College, where he founded the RTF Department and served as Chair of Humanities before his retirement in 1998. A founding board member of Austin Film Society since 1985, Chale resigned in 2002 to become AFS Director of Programming and enjoyed 12 years of bringing a wide array of films to Austin. Now that Chale has retired a second time in his life, he is back on the AFS board and continues to support local film organizations.



Narrative Jury


James Shieh is the chairman of the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit and has long supported the rebirth of AAAFF. He shares a passion for the industry as an actor and has appeared on the theatrical stage and on film. He is the co-founder of J Square Architecture, a design and development company, and also serves as a City of Austin Commissioner, appointed by the Mayor.

Yen Tan is an award-winning, Malaysian-born filmmaker and graphic designer based in Austin. His most recent film PIT STOP (Sundance, SXSW) was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He is currently working on his latest feature ALL THAT WE LOVE (IFP).

Lalitha Gopalan is an associate professor in RTF and affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian Studies and South Asia Institute at UT-Austin. She is the author of Cinema of Interruptions: Action Genres in Contemporary Indian Cinema (London: BFI Publishing, 2002) and Bombay (London: BFI Modern Classics, 2005), and her current book project explores various experimental film and video practices in India. She is the recipient of several grants, most recently a Tagore Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Senior Long Term Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies; and Fulbright Hays-Nehru Fellowship. Lalitha currently serves on the editorial boards of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and Film Quarterly.  She has served on several film festival juries and is currently on the advisory board of 3rd I Film Festival in San Francisco.