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July 10, 2019

New members join NFFTY board of directors

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Kate Becker

Building sustainable creative communities has been at the core of Kate Becker’s career. In April 2019, Becker signed on to work with King County Executive Dow Constantine and team, as the County’s first Creative Economy Strategist. Just prior to this, Becker has served as the Director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music for five years, spending her days (and nights!) working to build Seattle’s creative economy, keenly focused on the film, music and nightlife industries. She will now be expanding upon this work at the regional level. Prior to joining the City of Seattle Office of Film + Music in 2014, Becker served in leadership roles at Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and The New Art Center in Boston, MA. She co-founded legendary Northwest all ages venues The Vera Project and the Old Fire House, talent pipelines for the music industry. Kate has produced more than 1,000 all ages shows, and numerous large-scale events and fundraisers. She also founded the Old Fire House Media Lab, ensuring that emerging filmmakers and musicians have access to a studio. Kate loves start up culture, and founded two businesses, and two nonprofits. Kate was a charter member of the Seattle Music Commission and serves on many nonprofit boards.

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William Brand

William Brand, CPA started his career in accounting working at small engineering firm in Columbus, Ohio, and since then has provided accounting support to dozens of nonprofits and small businesses, doing everything from tills to tax returns. William's expertise is in building, implementing, and monitoring effective financial systems inside of an organization, and making sure key decision makers have the right financial data they need, in a way that's easy to understand. He has experience guiding organizations through governmental audits, designing internal control systems, and leading financial crisis management. The nonprofit world has a plethora of special financial considerations that makes a lot of accountants step back, and William is in the small subset that eagerly steps forward. Joining the board of NFFTY is a joy and an honor, and William's eager to help wherever he can.


JANUARY 16, 2019

MORE JOIN NFFTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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RACHEL NOLL JAMES

Rachel is an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker. She recently moved to the Seattle area after 12 years in LA where she worked as a screenwriter, producer and director, and founded the female focused production company Emergence Films. The company now has branches in both the US and London, UK and  has a slate of feature films and TV series currently in development including an internationally themed documentary series focusing on female filmmakers around the world.

Rachel’s first feature was “Don’t Pass Me By”, a film she wrote, produced, and starred in. Rachel won Best Feature Writer at the LA Femme Festival for the script, and the film was released worldwide in February of 2014. Rachel also produced and co-wrote the feature film The Storyteller which won the SILVER PRIZE in the Family Film category in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and was released on Hallmark Movies Now after winning multiple awards in the festival circuit. Rachel made her directorial debut with the short film Half Light and recently completed production on her second directed short, a proof of concept for the feature film Follow the River – a gritty period drama slated to shoot in WA state.

Rachel is thrilled to be working with NFFTY and their passionate team to help promote and support the next generation of filmmakers.

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RYAN ELIZALDE

A member of the marketing team for NFFTY 2018, Ryan is a marketing and operations executive with 19+ years of experience driving revenue growth and expansion in the online, healthcare and lifestyle spaces.  Ryan has demonstrated success in developing and implementing various consumer, affiliate, sponsorship strategies, and plans supporting a swath of corporate, product-specific and financial objectives. He is also adept at generating leads and utilizing social media to build business and increase brand awareness, and has an entrepreneur’s drive with a proven ability to quickly understand a competitive landscape and client needs. 

In the past, Ryan was a board member for a non-profit called Working Recovery in Los Angeles, the primary focus is working with individuals who recently completed an inpatient drug and alcohol program providing assistance and education for sustained sobriety. He's also a "Big" for Big Brother, Big Sisters of Puget Sound and has been participating in the program for almost two years. 


JANUARY 16, 2019

NEW BOARD MEMBERS JOIN NFFTY

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Phil SENEKER

Phil Seneker is an award-winning independent filmmaker, video producer and screenwriter. He first discovered NFFTY in 2009. It was a life-changing, inspiring event that ultimately motivated his son Ethan to write and direct his first film at the age of 14. Ethan’s film was accepted into NFFTY the following year and won the Audience Award. Ethan is now a film producer in Los Angeles and has had a film premiere at NFFTY for 8 consecutive years. Phil was amazed at his son’s transformation and quick trajectory to finding his purpose. 

Phil is a promoter of NFFTY and everything it stands for. Throughout his career he has mentored young filmmakers in many capacities: The Prodigy Camp, NFFTY Speed Networking, the Northwest High School Film Festival. As a self-taught producer, director, shooter and editor, he started his own production company in 1993 and created videos for companies like Costco, Nordstrom and T-Mobile. Phil is a graduate of Washington State University’s Business School and the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program. He continues to pursue his own writing and filmmaking projects. Phil currently works as a Senior Video Producer at T-Mobile in Bellevue, WA.

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Stacey Jenkins

Stacey Jenkins is an award-winning producer / writer / photographer.  Her 20-year career in the media industry began in Canada, where she earned her Broadcast Journalism degree at the nationally-recognized Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto.

In addition to working for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Stacey has worked as a producer for public television stations in Kansas, Oregon, and Seattle where her accomplishments and awards include a regional Emmy Award, Society of Professional Journalism awards, and national historical awards for her documentary work.

Her stories have been showcased nationally on SciTech Now and the PBS NewsHour’s Art Beat, and she travels the country presenting at conferences and seminars.

Stacey currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two children and loves capturing the beauty of the PNW through the lens of her camera.


JULY 27, 2018

INTRODUCING NEW NFFTY BOARD MEMBERS

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Tony Caravano is one of two new members to the NFFTY BOD. He grew up in a military family, spending much of his childhood in NC and Florida. Caravano graduated from NC State with a degree in Criminology in 2004 and served as student body president for two terms, was Leader of the Pack and a Caldwell Fellow. Caravano lives in Seattle and is currently employed by Amazon where he leads Content Acquisition Management for Amazon Video. Previously he led a Business Development team for Amazon Campus. Prior to this role he was employed by Compass Group USA as the Vice President of Higher Education Sales, Strategic Initiatives and before that worked with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as her deputy state director. He is currently a member of the NC State University Board of Directors; has also been a member of the Institute of Emerging Issues Board of Directors, the (NC State) Chancellor's African American Advisory Council, and was a 2014 recipient of the Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He was also a German Marshall Fund Fellowship Recipient and Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.

Tony is excited to join the NFFTY board because he believes in the art of storytelling and the power it possesses in connecting communities with like and dissimilar histories. Providing young people with this creative outlet is critical to the future of civic problem solving.

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Liv Faris has been telling stories for more than two decades. She is an Emmy-award winning producer and director whose content experience includes broadcast news, marketing and PR, web series, native advertising, and branded content. Liv also brings community-based social marketing and UX to her work, creating content and campaigns that result in lasting behavior change and positive social impact. Liv currently leads a creative UX team at Expedia. She is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, a program focused on civic leadership development and community engagement and is adjunct faculty with the Communication Leadership program at the University of Washington. Liv has a journalism degree from Washington State University and was a fellow with the Radio and Television News Directors Association in Berlin.

Liv is dedicated to working with youth to help them develop their skills and careers – in filmmaking and beyond. She is honored to join the leadership of NFFTY and NFFTY Creative to continue the organization’s important work and help create even more opportunities for talented youth looking to develop, hone and showcase their skills.