Originally from Australia, James brings to Frameline with over 10 years' experience working on over 20 large-scale film festivals, including the Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane International Film Festivals. In 2017 James became Sydney Film Festival's Head of Marketing and Customer Relations, where he rebranded the organization and oversaw a range of new strategies to drive attendance to the festival. James also was the Festival Manager at Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival for four years, alongside Frameline's current Director of Exhibition & Programming, Paul Struthers. Attendance at the festival tripled during their 4 years together. James earned a BA in Creative Arts in Macquarie University, Sydney.
Originally hailing from Scotland, Paul moved to England where he received a B.A. in Media Arts from the Royal Holloway University of London. Paul has more than 13 years of experience, serving in a multitude of industry roles in the UK and on the film festival circuit in Australia. He was the Festival Director for the Queer Screen's Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival from 2014-2017 where his vision led the festival attendance to increase three-fold, and ushered in programming that explored a broader representation of queer lives. Simultaneously Paul worked in marketing for 8 years for the Sydney Film Festival, where attendance doubled, partially due to his instinctive, targeted campaigns around individual film programs. Prior to his festival career, Paul worked in London for 5 years in distribution, exhibition, and film sales, including positions within Revolver Entertainment and Renaissance Films. When not working, he loves exploring the outdoors and consuming the arts.
A longtime transplant from the burbs of Detroit, David beelined it to San Francisco after college, arriving in with a dual degree in Art History and Communication just as the web industry exploded in the go-go 90's. Quickly finding a love for digital design and motion graphics works, he matriculated through a 15+ year career in web consulting, interaction design and project management, while cultivating his passion for LGBTQ cinema by first attending, then volunteering for, and ultimately doing pro-bono work for Frameline in his spare time. When an opportunity arose to join the Frameline team full-time, David leapt at it. David brings his corporate web consulting experience and love of fine art and film to the Frameline table. David is passionate about creating mutually rewarding relationships between Frameline's partners, large and small, and the filmmakers who continue to craft and share vital LGBTQ stories with the world.
A native of the Bay Area, Mariana holds a BA in Media, Film, and Gender & Sexualities Studies from the University of San Francisco. She has worked in the Bay Area film community in varying capacities for over a decade and first began working for Frameline in 2008 as the print traffic coordinator, a role she held during Frameline32-34. Mariana returned to Frameline in her current year-round role in 2014 and is thrilled to be part of a non-profit that shines light on the LGBTQ experience through her favorite artistic medium. Prior to returning to Frameline, Mariana spent four years at UC Berkeley's BAMPFA as the print traffic coordinator and film program coordinator. When not at Frameline, Mariana can be found in or near a body of water (preferably rivers and lakes), hiking, bike riding, taking acting classes, petting other people's dogs, and planning for her next outdoor adventure.
Storm has worked in visual and performing arts production since 2010, cutting their teeth on musical theater, opera, and orchestra management before transitioning to operations. Prior to joining Frameline, they served as the Company Administrator for AXIS Dance Company from 2015-2017. There they led operations for the first National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance, a three-day think tank geared toward the collaboration of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Storm holds a vested interest in the intersections between queer identities, disability, and race, and they are thrilled to contribute to Frameline's broad range of powerful queer programming. Storm holds a B.A. in Music from Willamette University, with an emphasis on classical vocal performance and popular musicology.
As a trans woman from rural Oregon with a background in writing and film production, Alsea has spent her life at the intersection of art and social change with a focus on showcasing and serving underserved communities and audiences. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Film & Television, she moved to the Bay Area as a freelance videographer and editor before starting with Frameline in 2016 as Digital Media Coordinator, eventually expanding that role into her current position as Distribution & Educational Programming Associate. In addition to her work with Frameline, she has collaborated on films that have screened at festivals such as TIFF, Tribeca, and Cannes .
Beth is excited to bring her experience, creativity and integrity to Frameline. Prior to coming to Frameline, Beth was the Controller for the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Director of Finance & Operations for the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership and the Business Manager at The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity in the Presidio of San Francisco. At each of these previous jobs she managed all finance, human resource, facilities and other functions. Beth has worked in various finance positions with not-for-profits and local government agencies in New York and Boston. She received her BA in Political Science from The State University of New York at Binghamton, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from The American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. Beth lives in Marin with her husband Andy, her children Emily and Max and her puppies Ollie and Tucker.
Andrew has studied & worked in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2010. He studied New Genres - a department rooted in conceptual studio practices - at the San Francisco Art Institute. In school, Andrew began managing art galleries in both SF and Oakland. After Receiving his BFA in 2014, Andrew has been a practicing filmmaker, performer, nightlife producer and visual artist. Before Frameline, Andrew was an artist guide and educator at the 500 Capp Street Foundation- the David Ireland House. In a highly media-driven, visual world where attention spans are shrinking, Andrew loves to think outside of the box to grab your attention. He is excited to create unique ways to share queer cinema with you.
Krista brings 17 years of Arts Nonprofit Development expertise to Frameline, where she once served as Development Director. She specializes in grant writing and grants management, strategic planning, and fundraising events production. Krista views the arts as a foundational element to creating social change and social equity and is thrilled to be putting her skills and experiences to use to further Frameline's mission.
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.