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Filmfest DC Board of Directors

Max N. Berry, Chair
Attorney at Law

Arch Campbell
Film Critic and Entertainment Reporter

Albert Casciero
Former Director, Learning Resources Division, University of the District of Columbia

Tony Gittens
Director, Washington, DC International Film Festival

Arnold P. Lutzker
Lutzker & Lutzker LLP

Ted Pedas
President, Circle Films, Inc.

John M. Vine
Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Festival Staff

Tony Gittens
Festival Director

Shirin Ghareeb
Deputy Festival Director

Muna Abdulkader
Coordinating Assistant

Charles Powell
Print Traffic & Technical Coordinator

Carolina Hernandez
Kristin Van Meerbeke

Volunteer Coordinators

Constance Blackwell
Stephen Kharfen

Theater Coordinators

Liliane Blom
Don Chan

Hospitality Coordinators

Anne Delaney
Opening Night Coordinator

Juliet Burch
Shorts Program Co-Curator

Kathy Dismukes
Outreach Coordinator, Impact Project

Aimee Bosse
Don Bush
Andrew Davis
Jill Larvo
Donné Malloy-Murray
William McLeod
Christopher Teed
Marelise Voss
Bahram Zandi

Theater Managers

Kelly Arthur
Abbe Karp

Box Office Managers

Avelyn Austin
Tripp Donnelly
Emily Faught
Kate Garrigan


Kendra Rubinfeld
Travis Hare


Susan Barocas
Circle Award Coordinator

John Hall
Print Runner

Chad Evans Wyatt

Olivia Schwalm
Tyler Wright

Festival Assistants


Tony Gittens
Senior Programmer

Shirin Ghareeb

Linda Blackaby
Senior Programming Consultant

Programming Advisors

Manjula Kumar
President/Executive Director Global Performing Arts

Peggy Parsons
Head, Department of Film, National Gallery of Art

Dera Tompkins
Programming Consultant

Festival Catalog

Judy Bloch
Dave Nuttycombe
Miguel Pendas

Filmnote Writers

Jill Tunick

Michael Shenk
Graphic Design

Alexis Thornlow
Catalog Cover Design

Festival Website

Tuan Tran
Website Programmer and Designer

Filmfest DC Trailer

Rachel Barnes
Courtney James

Film and Video Studies George Mason University

Special Thanks To

Angie Gates
Herbert Niles

Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment

Julie Le Saos
Embassy of France

Rebecca Allen
Embassy of Australia

Emanuele Amendola
Michele Giacalone

Embassy of Italy, Italian Cultural Institute

Jack Yeh-Chin Kuei
Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

Frederic Tremblay
Quebec Bureau, Washington

Lisa LeBourgeois
Embassy of Israel

Sylvia Blume
Goethe Institut

Annette Larkin
AJL Consulting

Amanda Kraus
Assistant Professor of Sound and Editing George Mason University

Sara Taylor
Gloria Jones

Allied Advertising

Hailu Woldeysus
AMC Mazza Gallerie

Kyle Bragg
Landmark Cinemas


Staff Pictures by Chad Evans Wyatt

Emily Faught & Elissa Baum
Donné Malloy-Murray
Liliane Blom & Bahram Zandi
Constance Blackwell and Tuan Tran
Dera Tompkins and John Hall
Marelise Voss & Don Bush
Stephen Kharfen
Chad Evans Wyatt & Muna Abdulkader

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