Shimizu Takashi (Japan - President)
Born in 1972 in Gunma, Japan. Directing from his own scripts for V-Cinema, he scored a word-of-mouth success with Juon and Juon 2 in 1999, which led to their reimagining as the theatrical features and smash-hits Ju-on (2002) and Ju-on 2 (2003). With Sam Raimi producing, he remade his first film as The Grudge (2004). It was the number one in the U.S. box office for two weeks. A sequel, The Grudge 2, also made it to the number one spot. His low-budget film Marebito (Stranger from Afar, 2004) won the Corbeau d’Or at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film. His other work includes Tomie: Re-birth (2001), Rinne (Reincarnation, 2005). He has several projects under way, both in Hollywood and Japan.
Jim Hoberman (USA)
Born, raised and still living in New York City, Jim Hoberman is the senior film critic of the “Village Voice”, the largest weekly newspaper in the US, as well as an adjunct professor of Cinema at the Cooper Union. He is the author of a number of books, including Midnight Movies (written with Jonathan Rosenbaum), Vulgar Modernism: Writing on Movies and Other Media, and The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties. His new book, An Army of Phantoms: Hollywood and the Making of the Cold War will be published in early 2011. He has co-curated exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and P.S. 1 in New York and has served on film juries in Rotterdam, Berlin, Jerusalem and Naples and recently completed his second term as a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee.
David Zamagni (Italy)
Born in Rimini in 1971. A director and filmmaker, he lives and works at Roncofreddo. Together with Nadia Ranocchi, he is the author of the projects by the Zapruder group. From 1994 to 2000, he worked as an actor and was on several occasions a co-author with Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò of Motus group projects. He subsequently dealt with the realisation of films of various shows by the Fanny&Alexander company and the more recent collaboration for the Purgatorio by Romeo Castellucci. The Zapruder group, founded in 2000 by David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi and Monaldo Moretti, which today also includes musician Francesco Brasini and Elena Biserna, has recently won the Lo Straniero Prize for “the hybrid and anti-commercial nature of their “chamber cinema”, which renders this experience an important example of resistance and radicality in the national and international panorama”. Zapruder’s work finds itself in the zone between visual, performance and cinematographic arts and is the result of a mix of technology and craftsmanship based on the hsitory of the techniques of vision, within a process of continuous calling into question of language, aesthetics and technical medium. Since 2005, the group is exploring the potential of stereoscopy, planning and making both cameras and screening systems.