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Anne Goetzmann Kelley

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Anne Kelley co-founded and presided over Moment Productions, an alternative record and music production company, from 1979-1984. Moving back to Austin in 1991, she brought her indie marketing skills to the Austin film scene and co-founded Center for Young Cinema (CYC), a place where youth like her son could have a safe place to learn how to express themselves through film & art. Kelley was instrumental in fostering a unique environment where teens’ creativity flourished; CYC student films have been screened all over the country and on HBO Family. In 2002, she co-founded Austin School of Film & Media Arts Center (as Motion Media Arts Center) with Erica Shamaly (Austin Cinemaker Co-op) to combined CYC and Austin Cinemaker Co-op into a full-fledged media arts center for all ages to learn, explore, and grow. Anne is still very passionate about working + empowering youth students and it actively always looking for new ways to reach out to children across the global through the art of filmmaking.

 

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Faiza Kracheni

EDUCATION & PROGRAMs DIRECTOR

Faiza Kracheni was born and raised in East Austin, Texas and currently serves as MMAC's Education and Programs Director and the co-founder of Transform Film Festival - Austin’s first film festival for women. She began her journey as an MMAC Director in 2011 and has led the organization in developing & launching MMAC's Austin Cinemaker Space program in 2016. In addition to developing ACS, she leads MMAC in the development, implementation, and growth needed for sustaining and launching new programs for all ages within film, art, and creative media. She is extremely passionate about advocating for working class artists, accessibility, and protecting the culturally-rich East Austin neighborhoods. In addition to her involvement at MMAC, Faiza is an active filmmaker, musician, and educator. You can find her teaching filmmaking at the Mexican American Cultural Center, touring with her band(s), planning the next Transform Film Festival or making something!

 

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Carrie Cates

COMMUNITY DIRECTOR

Carrie has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and studied film theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she is a Technologist and film teacher at Rawson Saunders School (Austin Area School for Dyslexics), and a local Austin indie film producer. Since moving from the Hoosier state to Austin, she has produced 3 feature length films: Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and quite a few shorts. In the midst of all of this, she founded a youth film festival for junior high and high school students in the greater Austin area, the Austin Youth Film Fest, where she took a very active role in coordinating its inaugural year to great success and praise. She's a self-proclaimed collaboration enthusiast, and is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production. Needless to say, she is incredibly supportive and involved in the local Austin film scene.

 

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Spencer Mirabal

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Spencer was born in Portland, Oregon, and has a BA in Film & Photography from Montana State University - Bozeman. His thesis short film la violencia en colombia. was accepted in the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest in 2015, and is currently in Post-Production for his next short film, COFFEE + TACOS. Spencer is also a member of Chicon Street Poets, a nonprofit literary arts organization, where he serves as their videographer and performs poetry at their monthly open mic night from his chapbook that he is in the pursuit of publishing.

 

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EMILY JANE KEENE

CODE-WITCH & DIGITAL UX QUEEN

Emily designed & built this whole dang site! Including these staff bios, which is actually super awkward all of a sudden so... Hi! I'm Emily, a professional nerd deeply uncomfortable with describing myself in the third person. Sup? I've identified as "code-witch" since 2009; first as a web developer, then engineering apps, then as an ad agency's resident UX designer (I preferred "UX-pert" but they took themselves way too seriously for that sort of nonsense) until I got poached & became the senior developer at a downright goofy PDX start-up. Tech life is wild! Here, allow me to shamelessly name-drop some of my fave career highlights thus far, #sorrynotsorry: I've worked closely with Batman (animating iOS baby games for clients like Warner Bros & DC Comics) & in 2015 I co-presented a (profoundly weird) concept for Ray Kurzweil's AI research team at Google HQ... Now I'm back in Austin, ready to conquer the world of video games!

 
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Alie Jackson is a Multimedia Artist, Art Director and 2D Motion Designer born and raised in Austin, TX. She received her B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University with a focus on Advertising Design and Photography. As a multimedia artist, she has screened experimental films and music videos at Transform Film Festival, Austin Music Video Festival and was the Boss Babes Resident Artist for February/March 2018. Alie currently works as an Art Director and the Lead Designer at Project C where she specializes in creating interactive experiences for entertainment clients such as ABC, FX, Disney, Amazon Studios, Marvel and more. 

Alonso J. Luján is a director and cinematographer based in Austin, TX, working on narrative films, commercials, documentaries, and other content. His work has screened at festivals across the globe, collecting numerous accolades, including the MTV award for Best Music Video at the Independent Music Awards, in Spain UFI10. Some of the clients he has worked with include Coca Cola, Facebook, Sony Music Entertainment, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Warner Music.

Caegan Meagher is a multi-platform artist in motion graphics, visual effects, photography, videography, audio/video editing and workflow management. His client work includes Verizon Wireless, Barnes and Noble, AT&T, Dell and T-Mobile among others. Additional skills and interests blanket the spectrum in 3D, projection mapping, photogrammetry and VR. His website can be found at: neondopemachine.com

Cathy Welch has a Master’s Degree in Communication with a major in film production and a minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her thesis film, Pickman’s Model, has played at Dobie Mall Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, and the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, and is currently available from Lurker Films and from Netflix. For the past thirteen years, Cathy has been an adjunct professor at Austin Community College, teaching radio, television, and film courses, including Writing for Radio-Television-Film, Film History, Film Appreciation, Introduction to Television Technology, and Introduction to Radio-Television-Film. Cathy is also an Instructional Associate for English and writing in the Learning Lab at ACC's Northridge Campus. Cathy truly loves working with filmmakers and students and helping them to succeed in both their artistic and their academic endeavors.

Carrie Cates has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and studied film theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she the Community Director at Motion Media Arts Center and a local Austin indie filmmaker. She has produced 3 feature length films, Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and many short films since moving to Austin, Texas in 2011. She the co-founder of the Austin Youth Film Fest is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production.

Cordelaine (Corey) Kline is an Austin based filmmaker and digital arts teacher. Kline is currently making a romantic comedy web series called Jim the Jerk (www.jimbrazina.com). Kline also operates a digital arts summer camp where he instructs 9-18 year olds about iPhoto, Garageband, iMovie, Scratch, and MS Office. Kline has worked as an Assistant Camera/2nd AC on 3 feature films. Kline graduated from the University of Iowa Cinema Program where he produced and DP'd a feature film called Diary of a Superhero which won the Award of Excellence from Iowa Motion Picture Association.

Edward Santiago is an award winning screenwriter of the 2015 Shriekfest Independent Horror Film Festival and also a Finalist for the 2014 Shriekfest and the 2015 Oaxaca Film Festival. Edward holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV Communications from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Full Sail University.

E.J. Enriquez is an Austin, TX based cinematographer whose work encompasses a variety of genres and formats, giving unique perspective in his craft. His experiences behind the camera range from commercial fashion spots, international feature documentaries as well as narrative shorts and features that have screened around the world including Sundance, Berlinale, LAFF, SXSW and IFFBoston among others.

Faiza Kracheni is a multimedia artist and musician living and working in Austin, Texas. Her work primarily focuses with film, in such formats as Super 8, 16mm and 35mm drawing inspiration for her work from subculture movements such as punk, fetish, and religion/ritual. Her work has screened in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Oklahoma and Austin. She is currently working on a new film to premiere in Summer 2017.

Gary Gibich is a graduate of the University of Texas Film School and an instructor of Adobe After Effects CC (Creative Cloud) and Adobe Premiere Pro CC courses at the Austin School of Film. Gary has worked professionally in Film and Broadcast Television. He has also written a book based on a true WWII story entitled Patton’s Lost Platoon, which was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist in 2010. Gary continues to write novels, scripts and short form projects, and remains actively engaged in production and post-production.

Illyana Bocanegra is a videomaker and content producer in Austin, Texas. Her focus is in documentary filmmaking and storytelling. Her experience working with non-profits such as E4Youth, Studium, and #bossbabesATX, guides her work to focus on community, the arts, and young people. She currently is working on a web series with poet Julian Copado about the lives of three young, latinx, adults living their parent's American dream.

Jeanne Stern is a creative professional and multi-platform artist in digital media, animation, film, video and editing currently working and living in Austin, Texas. Her past work has screened at a variety of festivals and galleries around global including: PBS, The Smithsonian, South by Southwest and Heather Henson's traveling Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from the University of Texas and a BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College. She has been teaching both youth and adults within digital art creation and instruction for the past 5+ years including teaching at the University of Texas (Austin).

Jennifer Cunningham is an independent artist, designer, and creative conduit living and working in the Austin, TX, area. Most of her work involves either makeup, special FX, paint, jewelry, or some combination thereof. From Theatrical set painting and geeky accessories to extensive body paint and creative work specifically for film and photography. Plus lots and lots of coffee! https://www.jenheartsart.com/

Justine Spinoza is an editor and freelance filmmaker in Austin, Texas. Before moving to Austin she spent time in Orlando, FL where she taught editing and motion graphics at Full Sail University. She has worked as a freelance editor and camera op for various local television networks and clients. Justine holds a B.S. in Broadcasting from Southeastern University in Florida. She is an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro instructor in 7 & X (10).

Kirk Hunter has 26 years of experience and knowledge of film and video. Kirk has a technical expertise of Digital, Super 8, 16 mm, and 35 mm film formats and his work has been screened in multiple festivals, museums, and galleries.

Lara Milhazes moved to Austin, Texas from Portugal in 2014 and is currently living + working in the lone star state. In Portugal, she developed many skills in event production, film production, animation, VJ, and video mapping. Since moving to the US, she has assisted on developing and co-teaching animation and film classes at various organizations including Austin School of Film. She also has worked with such places such as Monstra Fest and Curtas Fest and producing professional workshops from artist/VJ as part of EYEON. Some of her favorite hobbies include surfing and paddle boarding on town lake.

Logan Taylor is an Austin-based film professor and programmer. She teaches various courses in communications at Austin Community College and assists in programming at SXSW Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. In her free time, Logan (unsurprisingly) watches lots of movies, takes her dog on lots of walks, and eats lots of queso.

Luke Adams is a local filmmaker and Austin native. Luke graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film, where he focused on cinematography and live action 3D production. Luke currently freelances in Austin filming music videos and working on indie film sets as a DP and Gaffer.

Matthew Hemenway is an Austin-based filmmaker, painter, and writer. Raised on a farm in South Dakota and educated at Arizona State University’s Film and Media Production program, Hemenway moved to Austin in 2012, where he continues to pursue his work in narrative film. He has created video content for clients ranging from credit unions to travel agents, tech startups to government agencies, and feature filmmakers to nonprofits. Hemenway has worked on productions that have screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, at Austin’s Stateside Theater, and on NBC. (matthemenway.com)

Matthew Koshmrl is a filmmaker and cinematographer born and raised in Minnesota. After graduating with a B.A. in film production from Emerson College, he moved to Daegu, South Korea where he continued his work as a filmmaker at Daegu Compass, an arts & culture magazine. Matthew has worked as a DP on short films that have screened throughout South Korea and the USA, including the Austin FF, Daegu Independent Short FF, and the Minneapolis St. Paul IFF. Spring of 2016 Matthew was commissioned by the National Science Foundation to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula to film a paleontological expedition. He is now working on a documentary to be coproduced with the Carnegie Museum about the evolution of dinosaurs in Antarctica and the paleontological process in extreme climates. As an MFA candidate at the University of Texas in Austin, Matthew focused on documentary films that explore the evolution of tradition, individual and national identity, and unseen processes. He is currently finishing his first feature documentary film, Dokdo: Lone Island which covers the disputed sovereignty over Dokdo, an island that has been one of the greatest points of contention between South Korea and Japan since the end of WWII.

Nathan Bayless has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and has been working in Austin film and video production since 2008. He has worked on films, commercials, and television series as an animator, director, editor, writer, production assistant, and just about everything in between. His most recent film work was as a colorist on TOWER, a rotoscope animated feature film that premiered and won multiple awards at SXSW 2016.

Rhitu Basu received her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She came to filmmaking via documentary photography, and has a continued passion for that medium. As a filmmaker, her goal is always, first and foremost, to tell a good story - but a story that also, in one way or another, centers the voice and vision of the marginalized and/or post-colonial experience. Her short films have screened at festivals from the local SXSW/Austin Filmmakers’ Showcase to the Harlem International Film Festival. Rhitu - who was once a software engineer - was born in India, raised in Zimbabwe, and now lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Todd Thompson is a sound engineer and professional musician with degrees in Media Production from Florida State University and Recording Arts from the University of Southern California. He has his M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas where he is currently a lecturer of undergraduate audio production classes as well as a freelance mixer of student films. His professional credits include audio work on the recent feature films Hateship/Loveship (dir. Liza Johnson), To the Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick), The Hot Flashes and The Boynton Beach Club (dir. Susan Seidelman). He directed and edited the short documentary “A Lifetime in Repair” which played at the Austin Film Festival and took 1st place in the Graduate Student Assembly Film Showcase at UT. He owns the Austin recording studio Dharma Bomb Studios and is also a singer/songwriter in the the Austin band The Memphis Strange.