New for this year, Nonplussed Fest will be bringing together three music and film professionals to award four jury awards in the main competition categories: music video, narrative, documentary, and experimental short film.
Leila Jarman is an award-winning filmmaker, visual artist and activist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she completed her BA in Political Science with an emphasis on Middle Eastern Studies and philosophy. Her vworks have shown at hundreds of film festivals worldwide, in galleries, and museums including the TATE Britain, Ars Electronica and LACMA and have been featured on media outlets such as VICE, AFROPUNK, MTV, VH1, The Creator's Project and more.
As Creative Director and Resident Filmmaker at Women's Voices Now, Leila directs the annual international film festival, provides mentorship for filmmakers, produces films and curates screenings and advocacy events in Los Angeles and abroad. Voice of the Valley, her 2009 documentary directorial debut, followed the professional careers of two self-made Muslim women journalists and their struggle to overcome social and cultural barriers to produce the most important social, political, and economic radio program in Jordan. She speaks Farsi and Portuguese.
Paul Sbrizzi is an L.A.-based filmmaker and film programmer with many years of experience working for film festivals. He's currently the director of programming for the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, which he helped to create. He has directed short films which have played on the festival circuit in the U.S. and abroad. He also created the improv-based web series "Sticky Figures." He has programmed for Slamdance, L.A. Film Festival, AFI Fest and Outfest; he has worked in various capacities for Hamptons International, Tribeca, TCM Fest, IFFLA and FICG in Los Angeles.
His longest-running festival experience is at Slamdance, where he has been a programmer since 1999. He headed the shorts programming committee from 2002 to 2010. During that time he created the film, performance and reading series "Neverland," as well as the outsider-artist film event "Hieronymous." He continues to write and direct films and he is currently a programmer at Slamdance for Narrative Features, Beyond, and Animation. He is also an associate programmer for the L.A. Film Festival. He writes about film from time to time for Hammer to Nail and Tiny Mix Tapes.
Scenery Samundra is an LA-based Music Supervisor who got her start as a college radio DJ and Music Director. While working with the Sundance Institute’s Film Music Department, she programmed concerts with acclaimed musicians such as Common, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Daveed Diggs and Lalah Hathaway. Under veteran Music Supervisor, Tracy McKnight, Scenery has worked on a number of films including Bad Santa 2, Wilde Wedding, When We First Met, Freak Show and Casting JonBenet ,which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, she served as a consultant for David Lynch’s inaugural Festival Of Disruption and worked with the likes of Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Robert Plant, Xiu Xiu and Angelo Badalamenti.
For the past four years she has worked with the UK record label Tru Thoughts with prolific producer, Quantic and up-and-coming artists including Oakland-based Electro-pop band The Seshen and Neo-soul trio Moonchild. Recently, Scenery produced music videos for rising talent David Mikael as well as artist Rachel Mason and appeared in music videos for Terrace Martin, Mastodon, and Adrian Younge with Snoop Dogg, RZA, Ghostface Killah, The Souls Of Mischief, Goapele and William Hart of The Delfonics.