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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.