Interim Managing Director & NFFTY Co-Founder
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 Volvo, McDonalds, and Microsoft, including international campaigns for Internet Explorer 9, Windows 8, and Microsoft Surface. He has directed music videos for Major Lazer, ODESZA, Flosstradamus, ILOVEMAKONNEN, and Sol as well as diverse range of short and long-form documentary films.
Dan first started with NFFTY in 2015, working as a venue manager and outreach coordinator. He was a venue manager again for NFFTY 2016 and NFFTY 2017, and programmed the animation and music video categories for NFFTY 2017. A graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, he has over seven years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits in Seattle. He primarily has worked with theatre and film organizations—including Intiman, ArtsWest, SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, NFFTY, and Scarecrow Video—in a variety of marketing, development, and operations roles. His uniting passion is the arts’ transformative ability to build empathy, and using the arts to build a more equitable and just society. In his spare time he programs the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle's University District, where his programming was profiled in March 2018 by The Stranger.
Born in apartheid southern Africa to an Ethiopian mother and Namibian father, Netsanet (Netsie) Tjirongo is a writer, director, and community organizer. As the co-founder of the Seattle Black Bookclub, her work focuses on the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and immigration status. She earned her bachelors degree in Creative Writing from Knox College. In addition to reviewing grant applications as part of the EPIC Giving Circle, Netsie has worked on productions for Megan Griffiths and Todd Rohal, among others, and directed two virtual reality shorts last year.