Director: Anne Paxton, email@example.com
Anne Paxton is Director of ProForum, an educational non-profit that sponsors the Social Justice Film Festival. A writer and employment law attorney, Anne has been making films of social conscience since 2005 with a special emphasis on human rights,.Causes include prisoner literacy (Books to Prisoners), cleft palate surgery in Guatemala (Hearts in Motion), the boycott/divestment/sanctions campaign against Israel (Pressure Points), sustainability curriculum (Facing the Future), and Basic Health Care (Northwest Health Law Advocates).
Curator: Jody Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody Cole has worked in media and event production for more than a decade, making films and documentaries, and managing festivals and events. Raised in the Seattle area, he studied at the University of Washington before pursuing his interest in events and communications. Focusing on event operations and logistics, Jody worked for several years with the Seattle International Film Festival and other festivals in the US, and has gone as far afield as Qatar, where he worked at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. “Working with guests and audiences, and being able to connect great films and events to passionate communities is really satisfying, and I’m excited to work to bring us stories that matter and engage.”
Assistant Director: Laura Brady, email@example.com
Graduate of the Jackson School of International Studies at the UW, Laura Brady has a long history of social justice activism, most recently as part of the food and climate justice movements. She is a published non-fiction writer and poet and has worked as lead-editor on several publications. At ProForum, Laura works as Assistant Director of the Social Justice Film Festival and provides support to Metier Productions, a small documentary production company. When not doing graphic design and outreach for the Social Justice Film Festival, Laura works as a Spanish teacher at her business Swimming Rabbit Arts, as a beginning permaculture designer, as a singer-songwriter in her musical project, Wren, and as a mosaic artist.
Director of Public Relations: Rhenda Meiser, Meiser Communications
Assistant Events Manager: Rosalie Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalie is an award-winning freelance filmmaker, video producer, and co-founder of Wanderhouse Productions. In 2012 she formed Wanderhouse Productions with her partner and has produced nine film projects, which have shown at nearly 100 festivals collectively, and won awards internationally. She is currently in production on her second short documentary, Worth My Salt, a 2016 4Culture Artist Award recipient. Her documentary short debut, The Things We Keep, premiered at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and has screened at over twenty film festivals worldwide. The film has been distributed by Alaska Airlines and KCTS9 Reel NW. She also serves as a producer on the feature-length documentary, Personhood, winner of the WIF Seattle Professional Grant, AmDocs Film Fund, and an Arts Project Award with 4Culture. Past producing credits include short drama, Iron, supported by 4Culture and the Northwest Railway Museum and Decimation, winner of a 2013 SIFF ‘Jury Award.’ Rosalie has worked with the Social Justice Film Festival since 2013 and is an active member of Women in Film Seattle.
Staff Assistant: Emelia Nitz-Ritter, email@example.com
Emily Nitz-Ritter holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and is about to begin her master’s program in Education Policy. She is interested in how school districts function at a system-level to best support instruction in the classroom. Her passion for education also extends to better understanding the complex idea of equity within the institution of education and in the context of other social systems. At ProForum, Emily works as the Assistant Director of the National Superintendents Roundtable as well as providing outreach support for the Social Justice Film Festival. Emily is thrilled to be involved with the film festival this year! When not at work, Emily can usually be found sampling Seattle’s best happy hours or enjoying incredible, and incredibly bad, movies with friends.
Staff Assistant: Yasi Naraghi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yasi Naraghi holds a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and is currently working towards her Doctorate. She focuses on the intersection of aesthetic philosophy and political theory. Aside from academic pursuits, Yasi is also a Fine Arts photographer currently focusing on a project that combines her academic interest in human plurality with visual representations of universal trauma and sites of genocide.
Box Office Manager: Kai Hiatt, email@example.com
Youth Visions Program Intern: Thomas Yuji Tugade
Thomas Tugade is a Cleveland High School, School of Engineering and Design student, where he previously took multimedia classes. Thomas is also a member of the Seattle Parks and Recreations’ Teen Video Program for the summers of 2013 and 2014. He has produced, directed, filmed and edited videos for various Seattle Parks and Recreations’ youth programs, one of which was shown in a Seattle Storm game in September of 2013. At the age of 17, Thomas offers his youth perspective on the social issues and his experiences of living abroad to even more carefully assess the Youth Visions submissions.
Video Production Assistant: Tu Le
Tu Le is the proud creator of the 2013 Social Justice Film Festival trailer. He is a recent graduate of Everett Community College, where he created an Honors capstone film project titled “Rolling.” He has worked as Stage Manager at Right Minded Productions, Curtain Call Theatre Bothell, and Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts.