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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, SFIAAFF, 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.

Lyudmila Aronova

Senior Accountant
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Lyudmila Aronova is the Senior Accountant at Frameline. She received a B.S. from San Francisco State University and has extensive experience with non-profits and film festivals, having worked in finance and administration for over 15 years. Outside of work, Lyudmila enjoys spending time with her daughter.

 

 

 

Jason Boyce

Digital Media Coordinator
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Originally from merry ol' England, Jason Boyce found his way to San Francisco and refused to leave. After receiving his BA in Cinema Production at SF State in 2005, he began looking for ways to marry his love of film production and social activism. That came together when he joined Frameline in 2011, handling digital media for the Frameline Voices program.

Sharing moving films with LGBT youth and minorities and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers, Jason feels truly at home with Frameline and is always looking forward to the next project.

When not at Frameline, Jason teaches media literacy & film production programs, mentoring at-risk teens across the Bay Area, working on social justice documentaries, and hanging with his bird, Fred.

Alex Chousa

Director of Communications & Marketing
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A native New Yorker, Alex joined Frameline in 2010. As Communications Manager, he connects Frameline locally and internationally through social media and website management, branding and marketing, 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.

Outside of work, you can find Alex loving other people's dogs, feasting at sunny barbecues, and riding his bike around the East Bay.

Taylor Hodges

Youth in Motion Outreach 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.

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!

Alexis Whitham

Director of Educational Programming & Acquisitions 
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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.