THE TEAM

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DEVI BHADURI, CO-CURATOR

Devi is a Chicago screenwriter and playwright specializing in thriller, horror, and sci fi. She has an M.A. in writing from DePaul University, and studied screenwriting at the Writers Bootcamp. 

Her favorite stories investigate the supernatural, the psychological, or murders, and come with a generous helping of suspense. To her, genre is a safe space in which to grapple with dark truths about the human experience.

 

Devi wrote the short horror film, "Hereafter," directed by Robbie Barnes (Perfect Holiday Productions), which premiered on Shudder as part of the Nyx 13 Minutes of Horror Film Festival. Her feature screenplay, “Parasomniac,” won Best Sci Fi or Horror Screenplay at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Currently, she is co-writing a horror feature with Chelses Venkadathu for Page 7 Productions.

In addition to her screenwriting life, she is also a contributor to the Chicago Review of Books. Her short plays have been produced by Chicago's Rasaka Theatre Company and Dramatis Personae. 

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TIFFANY KEANE SCHAEFER, CO-CURATOR

Tiffany Keane Schaefer is excited to usher in the 8th Annual Juggernaut Film Festival. The founder of Otherworld Theatre and the Juggernaut Film Festival, Tiffany has dedicated her life promoting genre storytelling. The Artistic Director of Otherworld, theatre directing credits include Medusa Undone, Princess of Mars, Gone Dark, and The Rogue Aviator. 

Tiffany is also the founder of Moonrise LARP Games, a branch of Otherworld Theatre that creates live action roleplaying immersive experiences. You can find out more information about upcoming games - Chronicles of the Realm and Albion: School of Sorcery.

LIGY J. PULLAPPALLY, ADVISOR

Ligy J. Pullappally is a writer, filmmaker and lawyer based in Chicago, and born in India.  She served as a judge at the Chicago International Film Festival, and at the McKnight Screenwriters Fellowship. She has been a mentor to junior filmmakers, including through the Compton Foundation.  Her feature film, Sancharram (“The Journey”), won 7 awards worldwide, including the Chicago Award for Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and India’s Best Debut Director at the Lankesh Awards, Bangalore.  

 

Ligy has served as the Vice President of the Indian American Bar Association of Chicago, and as an Executive Board Member of the social service agency, Apna Ghar.  She is a recipient of an award and grant through the Sunshine Lady Foundation for her work in women’s issues, a grant from the Frameline Film Completion Fund, and an award from the Columbia College Young Playwrights Festival.  She currently serves on the boards of the Village Club, and Otherworld Theatre Company. Ligy is passionate about science fiction, fantasy, and all storytelling that sets the imagination free.