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Staff

 

Stefanie Malone
Executive Director 

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Stefanie Malone is an Emmy award-winning producer with a successful history in public broadcasting. Prior to NFFTY Stefanie was with KCTS (PBS – Seattle) where she led national and local multimedia projects; produced television; designed web content for PBS Kids; developed engagement and education strategies; and regularly served on national advisory boards for PBS.  She has had the pleasure of working on projects with prominent filmmaker Ken Burns, who has called her “focused, smart and creative.” Most recently, Stefanie worked with WETA (PBS – Washington D.C.) supporting ancillary/educational content around the PBS series – Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting fellowship.  Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie is a freelance producer and enjoys documentary filmmaking.
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Kyle Seago 
Lead Programmer/Co-Founder

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The son of an acclaimed deaf actor, Seattle native Kyle Seago was raised with a visual eye and a creative mind. In high school, Kyle’s film projects earned awards at international film festivals. After helping co-found NFFTY, Kyle traveled to Los Angeles to attend film school at Loyola Marymount University. Shortly after, enticing job offers from MTV took him down the path of reality television, where he worked as a producer on shows such as CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” and MTV’s “The Phone.” As a TV producer, Kyle has produced over 30 hours of primetime television and traveled to Italy, Morocco, Greece, and Macau for international shoots. Since moving his home base back to Seattle, Kyle has produced commercials for Microsoft, including international campaigns for Internet Explorer 9, Windows 8, and Microsoft Surface. His recently completed projects include music videos for Alex Clare’s chart-topping song “Too Close” and Seattle-bred hip-hop artist Sol and a diverse range of short and long-form documentary films.

 

Todd Kaumans
Program Manager

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Like many aspiring filmmakers before him, Todd’s passion for film spawned at an early age as a result of his obsession for Star Wars and other classics. Prior to joining NFFTY, Todd worked with KCTS 9, the Seattle PBS affiliate, in numerous capacities. While there he wrote, shot, edited and produced various projects and programs. His most notable contributions include producing an Emmy Award winning season of the independent film series Reel NW and helping launch the first season of PIE, the station’s flagship arts and culture program. He is a strong advocate for the film community in the Pacific Northwest. Todd is NFFTY 2010 and 2011 alumni filmmaker. He is proud to be able to give back to the organization that jumpstarted his professional career.
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Lindsey LeDuc
Festival Manager

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Lindsey is helping out again this year as our co-Festival Manager. Her time is also spent as Communications/Business Manager at World Famous, a Creative Collective based in Seattle.  She was previously Managing Director of NFFTY from 2011-2013.  Prior to joining NFFTY, Lindsey was with the Washington State Film Office and later Washington Filmworks. There she managed locations, production resources, and marketing, while also developing the online location library for the State of Washington.  Before this she worked in production, in the locations and production office departments on a variety of film and TV projects for Magnolia Pictures, MTV, and others. Her extensive experience coordinating events, conferences, and conventions is balanced by a strong track record in public relations, where she was responsible for coordinating the marketing, publicity and promotions of films for Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Screen Gems, MGM, United Artists, Universal Pictures, and Fox Searchlight throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

Kaleigh Ward
Festival Manager

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Kaleigh is returning to NFFTY for her third year, this time as co-Festival Manager with Lindsey LeDuc. Kaleigh’s experience in the local film and media industries began when she worked as a communications intern for the City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. Since that time she’s worked with NFFTY three years in a row as the Filmmaker & Outreach Coordinator in 2013, the Festival Manager in 2014, and the co-Festival Manager in 2015. She’s also worked as the Project Manager for Washington Interactive Network, a program of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she helped organize and run the Education Alliance to help shape media education programs to better fit the needs of employers and the demands of the workplace.  She also worked as the Communications Coordinator for Washington Filmworks, where she created all communications content, official presentations, and was featured as a guest writer in Media Inc. Magazine.

 

Dan Hudson
Outreach Coordinator / Venue Manager

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Dan Hudson is a lifelong film lover who believes movies are best watched on the big screen with other people, be it with a few cinephiles at a tiny art house theatre or at a jam-packed festival screening. He has been involved in Seattle’s film community since 2010, when he started out popping corn and tearing tickets at the Grand Illusion Cinema. He has since had a number of roles at the completely volunteer-run nonprofit, including public relations, blogging, and assisting in programming. You can see him there as projectionist on Saturday nights, where he loves threading 35mm film the old fashioned way—reel-to-reel. Dan started working with SIFF in 2011 as a Venue Manager, went on to do marketing and public relations for SIFF 2013, and worked as a theatre manager year-round at SIFF Cinema venues since the opening of the Uptown in October of 2011. He first met NFFTY in 2012 during its first year at the Uptown, and is now stepping across the aisle after working at the host venue for the past three NFFTYs. In keeping with his tradition of wearing multiple hats at a film organization, Dan is pulling double duty for NFFTY 2015 as both Outreach Coordinator and Venue Manager.

 

Anissa Amalia
Festival Coordinator

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Anissa’s involvement with NFFTY started back in 2012, shortly after she moved from her hometown Jakarta, Indonesia to Seattle. She started as a volunteer and was a NFFTY 2014 filmmaker having assisted on the production of the film Tides. Her participation continues now as she works as Festival Coordinator for NFFTY 2015. Anissa left her hometown at the age of 17, driven by her passion for arts and film and search for bigger door of opportunities. Her artistry ranges from filmmaking, photography, painting and illustration. One of Anissa’s works was published in Northwest Asian Weekly and earned a BNC Award from the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association. Anissa also created a short documentary for Real Change organization. Anissa is currently pursuing a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, hoping to share more of her Indonesian culture.
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Wendy Yu
Public Relations & Social Media Intern

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A current Business School student at the University of Washington, Wendy has always had an interest in the film industry. Her involvement in filmmaking and participation in student film festivals as an IB Film student during high school in China were carried on when she interned as a film production assistant in her hometown Taipei, Taiwan. Now pursuing a Marketing degree, Wendy is able to reconnect with her passion in film as she takes on the role of PR/Social Media Intern for NFFTY 2015.

 

Matt Nguyen
Filmmaker Relations Intern

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As a senior in Seattle’s own Ballard High School Filmmaking Program, Matt Nguyen has been making films since he was able to pick up a camera. His love for creating media has led him to many professional opportunities, including internship work for local Seattle companies such as Revel and Microsoft. Outside of film, Matt enjoys photography and music. Matt hopes to use his creativity and knowledge of film to study communications or marketing at a university. He has attended NFFTY the past several years and is excited to be a part of NFFTY 2015.

 

Omar Rashed
Middle East Outreach Coordinator 

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Despite everyone in the Middle East looking to become an Engineer or a Doctor, Omar found that his passion in Filmmaking. Having been an award winning filmmaker, Omar gets the inspirations of his films through daily encounters from the hardships of the people in Egypt, the troubling situations he gets himself into, and from what he endured through the revolution of the 25th of January. Omar is working on connecting two worlds together through film with Middle East filmmakers and filmmakers from all over the world and by telling stories from the Middle East that will interest the west and help them learn more about the Middle East. Omar is a three time NFFTY filmmaker who’s starting his MFA in Film January 2015 at the Savannah College for Art & Design.

 

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Jesse Harris
Founder, Currently on NFFTY Board of Directors

 

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Jesse Harris is leading the next generation of young and talented filmmakers. Variety agrees, and named Jesse Harris one of 25 talents who transformed youth entertainment in 2009 for his work at NFFTY. Jesse co-founded the festival in 2007 and was the Executive Director until 2012. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jesse has always been a fan of film, art and culture. At the age of 17, Jesse wrote, directed, financed and ultimately secured multi-city theatrical release for the feature length drama, Living Life. Since founding NFFTY, festival attendance has more than doubled annually, currently at over 10,000 people. Jesse has secured many unique sponsorships and partnerships for NFFTY including: Volvo Cars of North America, Nike, Bing, Xbox 360, Expedia, TakePart.com, Virgin America, HBO and many more. In 2011, Jesse was named one of City Arts Magazine’s top 50 Culture Makers. Jesse is also a freelance commercial director.
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