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 joined Frameline in 2003, and since then has played a consistent and crucial role in the organization. An aficionado of flawless execution she has led the inner workings of Frameline's signature Film Festival and as a community leader bolstered the organization's ties with local and national partner organizations. As Director of Exhibition & Programming she directs curatorial oversight for the Festival, programs year round exhibition programs, and administers the Frameline Completion Fund.
She has broad experience on the film festival circuit, having worked over the past decade and a half at Frameline, Outfest, CAAMFest, and the Mill Valley Film Festival as well as served as an esteemed juror at numerous national and international Festivals. Des was featured in The Advocate's 2012 Forty Under 40, a list of influential LGBT figures in media and politics. She earned her B.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, with a minor in LGBT Studies. Des is honored to continue Frameline's legacy of bringing the brightest and most innovative LGBTQ storytelling and cinema to our communities.
Jon's career spans over 25 years in marketing, communications, organizational development and fundraising in the visual and performing arts field. Before joining Frameline, Jon served as the Managing Director for the SF Gay Men's Chorus, and Director of External Affairs at California Humanities. He has also held management roles in Legal Affairs at Twenty First Century Fox Film Studio and in Marketing & Communications at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Jon began his career in theatrical production and general management working as general manager of the Los Angeles Classical Ballet and in production management for regional theatre and several Broadway touring shows. An alumnus of Emory University, Jon is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco and a four-time participant in AIDS LifeCycle. He is the Chairman/Festival Director Emeritus of the Reel Pride Film Festival and has received several ADDY awards for Advertising in the Arts, and is a recipient of special recognition from the U.S. Congress and the California State Assembly and Senate.
Taylor, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, became enamored with the Bay Area while obtaining her B.A. in English at Stanford University. They 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, they spend their 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.
Reena Karia is a designer and storyteller. She came to Frameline with a 10 year career in branding, design, marketing and communications under her belt where she worked with a range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits and artists. She received her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin,Texas and completed graduated studies in Design & Brand Strategy from Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia. When she is not managing creative communications at Frameline, she is an independent filmmaker and learns North Indian classical percussion at the Ali Akbar College of Music.
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 served as the Program & Hospitality Manager for Frameline39 and is back in the same role for Frameline40.
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.
A longtime transplant from the burbs of Detroit, David beelined it to San Francisco after college, arriving in SF 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 fulfilling his new love of 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 both his crazy rollercoaster 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. In the off season, you can often find him taking in the gorgeous Bay Area outdoors with his pups, Teddy and Wonka.
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.