RIFF WITH US MAY 19-21 • 2017
Sean M. Murphy - Festival Co-Director
Sean M. Murphy has worked in film production and events planning for the past 16 years. Early in his career, he was an events coordinator for the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and has worked in production roles on commercials, independent films and music videos. He is currently a production manager at Blue Sky Studios - a feature-length animation studio known for their work on the Ice Age films, Rio films, and The Peanuts Movie. Sean worked as the production manager for the 1st annual Ridgefield Independent Film Fest in 2016 where he oversaw programming and projection for the films and presentations at the festival.
Jill Mango - Festival Co-Director
Jill Mango has worked with an eclectic mix of artists and clients throughout her 25+ years in the entertainment business. After earning a degree in journalism from New York University and interning with Rolling Stone and SPIN magazines, she held PR and marketing positions at major and independent record labels throughout the 1990s. She headed the New Media department at Girlie Action Media during the early days of the digital music revolution, where she directed the consumer and music business trade press campaign for the original launch of Napster. She started Mango Media in 2004 and handled media relations, marketing and artist management for music, film, digital music companies and other pop culture entities, including the Bicycle Film Festival and CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. A lifelong indie film fan, Jill made her cinematic debut (and only big screen appearance) in Whit Stillman's 1990 film Metropolitan, playing the woman at the bar, twirling her hair while drinking gin and tonic and trying not to look at the camera.
Joanne Hudson - Festival Founder
Joanne Hudson is a playwright and theatre artist whose work has taken her across the country and the world, including a remote island in Iceland to write about a scientist, to middle and high schools in Harlem and the Bronx to teach playwriting and playmaking, and to the suburbs of Connecticut where she founded the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) with the aim of making the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema. She is the recipient of many awards and grants including the Fulbright Scholarship and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her current project is "The Sisters Play project" in which she is engaging with an African American woman playwright to discuss racism and privilege in America through the lens of collaborating on a play about two real women, "sisters," one white and one black who lived together, in Ridgefield Connecticut, during the Civil War.