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Frameline Staff

Frances Wallace

Executive Director
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Frances Wallace has over a decade experience working with Frameline.  Frances first began at Frameline as the Development Associate in 2001, and then rose through the ranks to director level - managing sponsorship, integrated marketing, events and select Festival programming.  Frances is an arts professional originally from Australia, with over two decades of experience working with non-profits and film media. Frances also recently worked as Frameline’s East Coast representative, attending conferences and developing strategic partnerships with both non-profit, media and corporate groups within the New York City area.  Frances earned a BA in English Literature from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Des Buford

Director of Exhibition & Programming
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Des Buford has broad experience on the film festival circuit, having worked over the past decade at Frameline, Outfest, CAAMFest, and the Mill Valley Film Festival. She earned her B.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, with a minor in LGBT Studies.

Des joined Frameline in 2003 and has played a consistent and crucial role in the organization as a programmer for our year round exhibition programs and for the Festival. She has also led the inner workings of Frameline's signature Festival, as well as strengthened the organization's ties with local and national partner organizations. Recently, Des was featured in The Advocate's Forty Under 40, a list of influential LGBT figures in media and politics. Des is honored to continue Frameline's legacy of bringing the brightest and highest quality LGBT cinema to our communities.


TJ Busse

Finance Manager
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Bio forthcoming.


Andy Bydalek

Digital Media Coordinator

Andy has over 10 years experience in digital content creation (writing, directing, producing, editing and designing) for various markets including entertainment and non-profit. He joined Frameline in 2015 – a fitting combination, as three of his films played in the festival (including the highly-buzzed "Skinnyfat") and he strongly supports the organization's mission. He assists the festival and year-round distribution team by creating press reels, DVDs, online screening videos, digital slides and film artwork. He also organizes and manages the digital library, preserving over 30 years of LGBTQ films and media assets. In his personal time, Andy freelances as a video producer and is writing his next narrative project.


Alex Chousa

Director of Communications & Marketing
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A native New Yorker, Alex joined Frameline in 2010. As Director of Communications & Marketing, he connects Frameline locally and internationally through social media, public relations, brand management, and fostering partnerships with like-minded community organizations. A new media enthusiast, Alex is passionate about the way we use the internet to cultivate communities and how those connections translate into "real life" interactions.

When not at work, Alex spends his time hiking, camping, and recharging in California's great outdoors.

Taylor Hodges

Youth in Motion Program Coordinator
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Taylor Hodges, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, became enamored with the Bay Area while obtaining her B.A. in English at Stanford University. She joined Frameline as the Youth In Motion Outreach Coordinator in 2013. Prior to Frameline, Taylor spent nine years wearing multiple hats at Tonkon Torp LLP and three years at the Stanford LGBT Community Resources Center as a community outreach specialist and mentor to LGBTQ freshmen. Now, she spends her days connecting with GSA organizations across the nation to increase LGBTQ youth access to Youth In Motion films. When not at Frameline, Taylor works at Aunt Lute Books, a multicultural women’s press in San Francisco dedicated to publishing literature by women whose voices have been traditionally underrepresented in mainstream and small press publishing.


Mariana Lopez

Administrative & Communications Associate
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Bio forthcoming. 


Kevin Schaub

Program & Hospitality Manager

Kevin Schaub holds an MA in French Cinema and Literature from the Ohio State University, and a BA in French from Rutgers University. He brings more than two decades of experience in publishing and in LGBTQ nonprofit arts and education management—as well as an unrelenting love of queer cinema, culture, and history. From 1995-2005, he was the executive director and dean of the Harvey Milk Institute, and co-produced the first five National Queer Arts Festivals with QCC. Kevin joined Frameline in 2012 and served as Publications Manager for Frameline36, F37, & F38; he gleefully returns this year as the Program & Hospitality Manager for Frameline39. For the past three years when not at Frameline, Kevin managed publications for the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Krista Smith

Director of Development
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Krista Smith joined Frameline in 2014, bringing extensive nonprofit fundraising and LGBTQ organization management experience, having worked at the Greater Seattle Business Association, Community Violence Solutions, Green For All, and the Femme Conference. She earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky with a major in History and a minor in Women's Studies.  Krista was the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Come Together Kentucky conference, a statewide gathering for LGBTQ identified college students and their allies.  She is thrilled to be a part of Frameline, allowing her to share her passions around queer film and ensuring that diverse queer voices are given a platform to share their stories on their own terms providing LGBTQ folks around the world an opportunity to see themselves accurately reflected via the power of queer cinema!

Peter L. Stein

Senior Programmer

As a producer, programmer and presenter, Peter’s career spans film, theater, television, museums, and online media. From 2003-11 he was Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first and largest of its kind; during Peter’s tenure, IndieWire named SFJFF among the world’s top 50 film festivals. During 11 years at PBS station KQED, he wrote, directed and produced documentaries and series for national public television, garnering a Peabody Award for his feature-length documentary, "The Castro." He is a frequent advisor and juror for festivals, broadcasters and media funders including ITVS, International Documentary Association and Frameline’s Completion Fund. Peter is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard, and a third-generation San Francisco native.


David Warczak

Strategic Partnerships & Development Manager
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Bio forthcoming.


Alexis Whitham

Director of Distribution & Educational Programming
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A Chicago native with Bay Area flair, Alexis Whitham first began working for Frameline in 2009, and made the rounds from publications to print traffic before joining the programming team for Frameline35. Now in Frameline Distribution, Alexis spends most of her time communicating with friendly filmmakers, navigating the depths of FileMakerPro, and trying to get amazing queer films into the hands of the youth of the world. In her spare time Alexis enjoys good food, great friends, organizing impromptu Oakland sporting events, and scheming to defeat co-workers in bake-off challenges.