2017 Films for the Forest Judges
A native of Dallas, Michael received a Master in Fine Arts | Producing from the American Film Institute (AFI). While in Los Angeles, Michael produced and executive produced over 20 feature-length films for HBO and SHOWTIME. Michael formed Deep Ellum Pictures in 1999. From 2006 to 2011 he served in multiple roles as the Co-Founder, Founding Artistic Director, CEO, Chairman of the Board and President of The Dallas Film Society which hosts the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). He served as an Executive Producer on the Steve Jobs bio-pic starring Ashton Kutcher and is an Executive Producer on the Stanley Marcus documentary. He recently teamed up with Trammell S. Crow and the worlds largest Earth Day Exhibition/Conference “Earth Day Texas” to launch an environmental impact film festival in April of 2017.
Oscar-nominated Linklater is a respected writer-director and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, which he founded in 1985.The Austin Film Society has given out over $800,000 in grants to Texas filmmakers and received the first National Honoree Award from the Directors Guild of America. He is a long-time supporter of Rainforest Partnership and has been a Films for the Forest judge since its inception in 2009. His films include “Fast Food Nation,” “Dazed and Confused’” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset” and “Boyhood.”
Mayo is a US-Peruvian director and screenwriter. His AFI thesis film won the Student Academy Award and his first feature “The Story of Luke” was released in 2013 and won over 20 top festival prizes. He directed the documentary “Viva La Causa” about Cesar Chavez’ farmworker movement as well as the unscripted webseries “Untitled Fiction Project”. He is currently finishing his second feature, the comedy “Fixed”.