Sarah Escalante

Sarah Escalante

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah Escalante (she/her/hers) joined the team in 2022 as our new Executive Director. Prior to NOFS, Sarah worked with the Michigan Theater Foundation as their Director of Programming and Communications and the Festival Director of the Cinetopia Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and ran the gamut of festival roles at the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and SF Sketchfest. Originally from California, Sarah’s been watching and thinking about films for as long as she can remember; and she’s always on the hunt for the best next meal or cookbook to play with.



Monika Leska

Monika Leska

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Monika Leska (she/her/hers) has been with NOFS in various roles since 2010. Originally from Poland, she has a background in organizational management, hospitality, tourism and recreation. Monika is widely regarded as our team’s expert negotiator with an eagle-eye for organizational finances and the production savvy to make NOFF run like a well-oiled machine. She’s modest about it, but Monika is also a movie star, having walked the red carpet at Sundance for voicing a certain infamous jaguar from the Audubon Zoo in the horror short Valerio’s Day Out.



Clint Bowie

Clint Bowie

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Clint Bowie (he/him/his) is the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Film Society, where he manages the curation of the organization’s year-round programming. He has served on review committees for ITVS, Creative Capital, NEA, FilmNorth, and Latino Public Broadcasting, and has spoken on panels organized by Sundance Institute, Firelight Media, Center for Asian American Media, Palm Springs International ShortFest, ArtHouse Convergence, and others. He has served on the board of directors for the Film Festival Alliance and Advisory Board for the Overlook Film Festival. He previously worked as a print journalist at publications across the country. 

 

 

Hector Cassini

Hector Cassini

BUSINESS MANAGER

Hector Cassini (he/him/his) joined the organization in 2016 as Business Manager.  He works with the finance team to provide financial reports, maintain financial controls and assist with the yearly audit.  Prior to NOFS, Hector spent a lifetime in the hotel industry working in various financial management roles.  All he knows about the film industry he learned from the other people on this page, which he considers a five-star, five-diamond education.

Juliana Goode

Juliana Goode

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Juliana Goode (she/her/hers) joined our team as Operations Manager after supporting ticketing & membership services in various roles since 2016, and is more than likely the person on the other end of the phone when you call NOFS. Originally from New York, Juliana graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Film & Digital Media, and has worked as a video editor on several local projects. Juliana is also a charcuterie artist–– her colorful boards are the envy of all NOFS staff gatherings. Watch out Martha Stewart.

Katherine Gutierrez

Katherine Gutierrez

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Katherine (Kat) Gutierrez (she/her/hers) joined the team in 2021 supporting ticketing & membership services for the New Orleans Film Festival and has since moved into the Development role. A born and raised New Yorker who got here as soon as she could, Katherine holds a strong background in administration and hospitality. She finds peace as a content writer for a women-of-color centered blog, connects to her community as a volunteer for Youth Run Nola, and thoroughly enjoys joining any second line she comes across. She holds very strong opinions about pizza and bagels. 



Taeler Dillon

Taeler Dillon

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Taeler Dillon (she/her) is the Marketing Coordinator of the New Orleans Film Society. Within this role she manages all digital marketing needs relating to social media, social content and engagement, and social media strategy. Taeler is a HBCU graduate, having received a degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Dillard University. Shortly after, she also completed a hands-on digital marketing program at Loyola University New Orleans. She has worked as a marketer for multiple organizations within the tech, higher education, and fitness industries. Taeler is most passionate about advocating for inclusive storytelling throughout her efforts as a marketer. In her leisure time she enjoys attending concerts and festivals, dining out at restaurants, weight lifting at the gym, and watching a classic film.

Zuri Obi

Zuri Obi

FILM + CONFERENCE PROGRAMMER

Zuri Obi is a Haitian-American artist raised with deep cultural roots in magical realism. As a multidisciplinary filmmaker, her work strives to situate the viewer within surreal spaces that challenge conventional ‘truth’ and ‘reality’. As a Camerawomxn, she has collaborated with artists such as Solange and Lizzo, and as Creative Producer, her projects have screened at notable film festivals, including Sundance and won top awards at New Orleans Film Festival, AFI and BlackStar. Currently, she is developing her forthcoming documentary “How to Breathe Underwater”, which is a personal mother-daughter healing journey as explored through dreamwork.

CONTACT US

Please visit our Jobs page to see open positions.

General inquiries: info@neworleansfilmsociety.org

Member specific questions: members@neworleansfilmsociety.org

Submissions and NOFF-specific inquiries: noff@neworleansfilmsociety.org

Press & social media inquiries: sarah@neworleansfilmsociety.org

Job and internship questions: jobs@neworleansfilmsociety.org

 

You can also reach us via phone: (504) 309-6633 or visit us at our office at

1215 Prytania Street, Suite 371, New Orleans, LA 70130

2022 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL TEAM

TICKETING AND CREDENTIALS MANAGER
Juli Shipley (she/her)
juli@neworleansfilmsociety.org

VENUE OPERATIONS MANAGER
Woody Shticks (he/him)
woody@neworleansfilmsociety.org

TECH MANAGER
Lynn Sylvan (she/they)
lynn@neworleansfilmsociety.org

TECH LEAD
SanChavis Torns (he/him)
sanchavis@neworleansfilmsociety.org

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Elvira Castillo (she/her)
elvira@neworleansfilmsociety.org

PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR
Stephanie Tell (she/they)
stephanie@neworleansfilmsociety.org

SOUTH PITCH COORDINATOR
Maren Scott (she/they)
maren@neworleansfilmsociety.org

CONFERENCE COORDINATOR
Zain Hashmat (he/him)
zain@neworleansfilmsociety.org

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Stacey L’Air Easiley (she/her)
stacey@neworleansfilmsociety.org

CREDENTIALIST
Sean McCreavy (he/him)
sean@neworleansfilmsociety.org

LEAD PARTY PLANNER
Nicole Hershey (she/her)
nicoleh@neworleansfilmsociety.org

PARTY PLANNER
Chanté Ward (she/her)
chante@neworleansfilmsociety.org

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Daisy K. Reyes Cabral (she/her)
daisy@neworleansfilmsociety.org

CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT
Amal Esmail (she/her)
info@neworleansfilmsociety.org

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Emily Diament (she/her)
emily@emilydiament.com

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Maria Hinds (she/her)
mariahinds@gmail.com

VENUE MANAGERS

Alyssa Schell
Brian Thompson
Haley Kastner
Angel Ohome
MJ Eltahir
Anna Meyer
Pauline Kibby
Lauren Brooks
Travis O’Callaghan

BOX OFFICE MANAGERS

Shantrell Green
Ashley Brown
Kennedy Sutterfield
Kevon Fields
Amal Esmail

TECH & PROJECTIONISTS

Greg Babush
Emmalena Hunt
Erica Edwards
Alejandro Fletes III
Daniela Leal
James Pardue

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS & RUNNERS

Gracie Novotny
Amaya Jacques
Bailey Braud
Owen H. Dunne
Zane Piontek
Cristina Martinez
Katalea Ford
Stefan A. Hernandez-San Martin

PROGRAMMING TEAM

See programming team bios here.

Rashada Fortier
Greta Hagen-Richardson
Zain Hashmat
Jon Kieran
Amber Love
Kate Mason
Zuri Obi
Lynn Sylvan
Stephanie Tell
Amada Torruella
Angela Tucker
Rachel Lin Weaver

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT
Karon Reese

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Elston Howard

VICE-PRESIDENT
Doug Spearman

TREASURER
Jeff Teague

SECRETARY
Laura Ashley

PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Donna Santiago

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Carlos Carmona
  • Michael Collins
  • Monique Gougisha Doucette
  • Monica Frois
  • Katherine Gelderman
  • Nathan Grant
  • Cary M. Grant
  • Jay Huffstatler
  • Robin Marrouche
  • Beverly Matheney
  • Virginia McCollam
  • Mamta Melwani
  • Gina Monette
  • Lori Ochsner
  • W. Howard Thompson
  • Jason P. Waguespack

HONORARY BOARD

  • Susan Brennan
  • Jen Coolidge
  • Stephanie Durant
  • Alexa Georges
  • John Goodman
  • Taylor Hackford
  • Wendell Pierce