2017 Film Festival Jurors
Short Films Jury
Prudence Farrow Bruns
Prudence Farrow Bruns is an American author, meditation teacher, and film producer, the daughter of film director John Farrow, and actress Maureen O’ Sullivan, and the younger sister of actress Mia Farrow. She is the subject of the Beatles song “Dear Prudence.” She serves as Program Director of NW Florida TM. and published Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song in 2015.
Farrow has worked in the theater and film industry on various films The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Widow’s Peak. She was among the first in the West to become initiated into Transcendental Meditation, starting practice at the age of 17. She teaches TM in northwest Florida. Her spiritual journey continues.
Albert Bruns has lectured on Transcendental Meditation and acted as retreat leader throughout the USA, including serving as a TM liaison on Capitol Hill. He helped design and teach “Quest” for human resource directors at Fortune 500 companies. With a lifelong interest in film, he has done scriptwriter research and had a small role in Hannah and Her Sisters.
The Capri Theatre has been as much a part of Montgomery’s cultural identity as anything for the past few decades. Theater director Martin McCaffery took over on Nov. 1, 1985 and is still running the show.
Though not a Montgomery native, McCaffery has lived in the River Region nearly half of his life. During that time, he’s enriched the tastes of local film lovers with scores of independent and art house releases you won’t normally find at your typical multiplex. The 70-year-old theater is Montgomery’s only art house theater. It drives the cluster of funky-cool little restaurants, bars, and shops near Huntington College.
Feature Films Jury
John Desplas is a founding member of the New Orleans Film Society and, for many years, as its Artistic Director, brought the work of local, national, and international filmmakers to New Orleans audiences. During his tenure, the New Orleans Film Festival morphed from a mostly parochial event to one acknowledged by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the major film festival every fall, the society produces other annual events, including a week of French film during the summer. In 1995, Mr. Desplas was named a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the Ministry of Culture of the French government.
Max Morey has owned and operated the Crescent Theater in downtown Mobile, AL for the last nine years, playing some fantastic independent films. Max wears many hats in the theater. On most days, he is in the theater booking films, threading the projector, selling tickets and concessions, introducing the film, and even cleaning up after the movie. The movie attendance continues to grow year by year and the Crescent was voted Mobile’s Best Theater again in 2017 by readers of Lagniappe weekly newspaper.
A New York native, Ms. O’Neill received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and began her legal career in Los Angeles, where she worked for many different companies and people in the film industry; and, schmoozed with even more. A lifelong filmgoer, she had a stint of reading scripts for a production company prior to attending law school. While Kevin Bacon claims six degrees of separation from most people, because of her Los Angeles community, her actor husband, Michael O’Neill (known to many at FFF) and her brother, Michael O’Keefe (an Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner), among others, Mary swears she is only one degree away from just about everybody. She has attended several previous festivals and is thrilled to be a juror for the fifth Fairhope Film Festival.