SPECIAL GUESTS

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City of Scottsdale Councilwoman Linda Milhaven – Scottsdale International Film Festival Ambassador Award – OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION

Councilwoman Milhaven has served in numerous volunteer capacities including Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, Chair of the Board of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Board of the Better Business Bureau. She was a member of Class VIII of Scottsdale Leadership and in 2009 earned the Frank B. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award. She made Scottsdale her home in 1989. As part of her 30 year banking career, she was a community bank president in Scottsdale from 1993 to 2005. She graduated from Paradise Valley High School. Councilwoman Milhaven holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in New York.

 


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Paul Becker – BREAKING BROOKLYN

So You Think You Can Dance - Canada  veteran Paul Becker is a trusted friend and the go-to collaborator for many of Hollywood's biggest productions. This Canadian import has worked closely with everyone from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, The Muppets, Michael Bublé , Ciara and even directed and created for Kanye West.  In the musical world he has staged numbers for Broadway legendsBen Vereen, Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris among others. Despite the hype…Becker is content to let his body of work speak for itself.  And what an impressive body of work it is.  From choreographing over 200 film and TV projects, such as Twilight, Mirror Mirror and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch to Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1-3, and is currently the series choreographer for A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix), Once Upon a Time (ABC), CW's hit show Riverdale, and is creating every finger spell through finger tuts in SyFy's hit show The Magicians.  He is currently filming Deadpool 2 (Fox) and the remake of Overboard for MGM. Becker recently was nominated for the World Choreography Award for his work with his mentor, famed director Kenny Ortega, as his choreography partner in Disney Channel's mega hit musical Descendants, starring Dove Cameron. 


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Vice Chancellor Agnes Binagwaho MD, M(Ped), PhD – BENDING THE ARC

Vice Chancellor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics. From 2002-2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, next as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then as Minister of Health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Binagwaho was named Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in 2017.


Jared Moshé – THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN

Jared Moshé marked his transition from accomplished producer to the director's chair with his award-winning debut feature film Dead Man's Burden, which Paste Magazine listed as one of the 100 best Westerns of all time. Among Moshé's notable production credits are: Kurt Cobain About A Son (Toronto Film Festival, Independent Spirit Award nominee); Low and Behold (Sundance Film Festival); and Beautiful Losers (SXSW, Locarno Film Festival).  Most recently, Moshé produced Silver Tongues, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, which played in official selection at the Festival de Cannes and the Sundance Film Festival.

 


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Lori Stoll – HEAVEN’S FLOOR

Lori Stoll is a photographer and writer/director, known for her emotional imagery. Lori attended Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, from 1982 - 1984 and quickly became a sought-after celebrity/advertising photographer. Her photographs of popular icons Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, and MC Hammer were ubiquitous at the pinnacle of their careers. Her assignments in national publications have included Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, People, and Rolling Stone, and much of her work is syndicated worldwide. Her evocative images were included in Time Life’s photography exhibit, “In Praise of Women Photographers and Photographers who Happen to be Women 1899,“ alongside Dorothea Lange, Mary Ellen Mark and Annie Leibovitz. Stoll was also honored with her first one-woman show in Los Angeles. After shooting more than seventy album packages and celebrity advertising campaigns for the likes of Target, Dr Pepper, and Best Buy, she became interested in other forms of expression and started writing as a means to direct feature films. “I believe everyone has a great story,” Stoll says, “and when my crazy life landed me in an emergency shelter, during a midnight blizzard in the wilds of Baffin Island, I photographed an Inuit child. Love at first sight.” Lori Stoll lives in Toluca Lake, California with her husband Steve. They have two children, Zachary 21, and Malaya 29.


Matteo Vicino – LOVERS

Matteo Vicino is an Italian movie director born in Bologna in 1972. Vicino has created theatrical shows and feature films on behalf of the Italian Police. His projects always reflect cultural and/or social issues. Vicino’s first movie, Young Europe, is an award-winning film. Matteo Vicino also wrote and directed the mainstream comedy Outing – fidanzati per sbaglio (2013) and Lovers (2017).


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Yonatan Nir – THE ESSENTIAL LINK: THE STORY OF WILFRID ISRAEL

Award-winning filmmaker Yonatan Nir has been telling stories for over a decade – from epic photojournalist reports, to the critically acclaimed Dolphin Boy (2011) which was acquired by Disney Pictures and screened in over 130 film festivals, he successfully captures and portrays unique relationships formed between man and nature. After joining Hey Jude Productions in 2008 Nir went on to direct and produce Beyond the Boundaries (2011), Cutting the Pain (2012) and My Hero Brother (2016). Nir is also a highly demanded speaker, a film professor and has given over 500 lectures in Israel and around the world.