BEN MCCARTHY - MANAGING DIRECTOR
Ben is responsible for all operational functions of The Talented Youth and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Prior to joining NFFTY, he served as the Director of Philanthropy at the Seattle International Film Festival for three years and led SIFF through several successful fundraising campaigns and events. A lover of film and the arts, Ben has worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.
KYLE SEAGO - director of programming & NFFTY Co-Founder/BOard President
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.