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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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Robert Bojorquez
Festival Manager

Robert “Speewack” Bojorquez is a Seattle filmmaker and 2014 NFFTY Alumnus and has been passionate about filmmaking since his early days making home videos with his neighborhood friends in Spokane, WA. Starting with founding the annual 48-Hour Film Festival at Western Washington University, he continued into production management with companies’ Electric Shadow Films and Cinesaurus, coordinating film projects for brands like Google, Chevy, Wizards Of The Coast, and TYR Sport, as well as numerous award-winning short films and music videos. He runs his own music & film festival exclusively for music videos: Northwest Heat Music Video Festival in Bellingham, WA. He also collaborates with the geek-culture site Fanpup and with the fitness-for-editors zeitgeist Fitness In Post. In his spare time, he continues to make short films with his 48-Hour Film team and searches the Pacific Northwest for the best Happy Hour nachos.

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Dan Hudson
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.

 

 

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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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