STAFF

Our staff is dedicated to delivering an entertaining festival experience that captivates our guests, sparks conversation, and leaves you wanting to attend again and again.  Get to know us! We are happy to be part of this delightful experience.

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM SOCIETY

Rhea Woodson, Managing Director
Liliana Rodriguez, Artistic Director
Sergio Herrera, Operations Manager
Kristin Bloomer, Sponsor & Development Manager
Christina Sasse, Film Awards Director of Operations & Sales
Scarlett Wilmsen, Film Awards Operations Coordinator
Zack Solomon, Membership & Education Manager

Felicia Alford, Accountant
Jose Padilla, Accounting Assistant
Jessica Eskelin, Programming Manager
Marissa Aguayo, Development Associate/Film Awards Benefits Coordinator
Caroline Polly, Marketing and Social Media Manager
Brynn Hinnant, Office Coordinator

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023

Executive

Liliana, Rodriguez, Artistic Director
Rhea Woodson, Managing Director

Administration

Sergio HerreraOperations Manager
Felicia Alford, Accountant
Jose Padilla,
Accounting Assistant
Brynn Hinnant, Office Coordinator
Debbie Ray Scanlon, Volunteer Manager
Jim Gazan, Assistant Volunteer Manager

Development | Marketing

Kristin Bloomer, Sponsorship & Development Manager
Zack Solomon, Membership & Education Manager
Caroline Polly, Marketing & Social Media Manager
Marissa Aguayo, Development Assistant
Marc Salomon, Marketing Assistant
Ashely Mejia, Videographer
Nathen Cox, Photographer
Graham Bennett, Membership Coordinator
(TBD), Social Media Intern
(TBD), Social Media Intern

Festival Operations

Aaron Ridenour, Technical Director
Jody Cole, Theatre Operations Manager
(TBD), Theatre Operations Assistant Manager
Clay Martin, Print Traffic Manager
Tim Sabo, Production Manager
Brent Ries, Special Events Manager
(TBD) Print Traffic Coordinator
(TBD), Production Assistant
(TBD), Production Assistant


Creative

(TBD), Souvenir Program Designer Manager
(TBD) Creative Services Manager
(TBD), Publications Coordinator
Jesse Knight, Publications Editor
(TBD) Writers

Film Awards

Christina Sasse, Film Awards Director of Operations & Sales
Jessica Jazayeri, Film Awards Manager
Scarlett Wilmsen, Film Awards Operations Coordinator
Ron Sylvester, Film Awards Coordinator
Marissa Aguayo, Benefits Coordinator


Publicity

Scenario Communications:
Steven Wilson, Co-Founder/President
Austin Good, Publicist
Kylie Elliot, Publicist

Programming

Jessica Eskelin, Programming Manager
Linton Melita, Film Data Manager
David Ansen, Lead Programmer
Alissa Simon, Lead Programmer
Hebe Tabachnick, Senior Programmer
Mimi Brody, Programmer
Theresa Hayes, Programmer
Brian Hu, Programmer
Jennifer Van Kamp, Programming Coordinator
(TBD) Programming Intern

Box Office

Joes Padilla, Box Office Co-Manager
Alex Paz, Box Office Co-Manager
Debbie Wright, Concierge Manager
(TBD) Concierge Assistant
Tara Dupuis, Credentials Manager
Randi Johns, Credentials Assistant
(TBD), Box Office Supervisor
(TBD), Cashier

Guest Relations

Aglaia Gelpke, Guest Relations Manager
Vera Bianchini, Guest Relations Coordinator
Natasha Mulholland, Guest Relations Coordinator
(TBD), Ground Transportation Manager
(TBD), Guest Relations Assistant
(TBD), Ground Transportation Assistant

Venue Manager

(TBD), Venue Manager

Projection Team

(TBD), Projectionist

Others

Brent Ries, Special Events Manger

SHORTFEST 2022

Programming

Sudeep Sharma, Interim ShortFest Artistic Director
Ash Hoyle, Programmer
Jesse Knight, Programmer
Dominique O'Neil, Programmer
Stephanie Owens, Programmer
Céline Roustan, Programmer

Robert John Torres, Programmer
Linton Melita, Program Advisor
Jennifer Van Camp, Programming Assistant
Nicklas Beljer, Programming Intern

OPERATIONS

Deshum Leary, Venue Manager
Steve Csutoras, Venue Manager
Renae Farias, Venue Assistant
Modestina Weeden, Technical Manager
Brian Morataya, Lead Projectionist
Miles Marsico, Projectionist
Stephanie Towner, Box Office Manager
Tara Dupuis, Credentials
Randi Jones, Credentials Assistant
Deborah Ray Scanlon, Volunteer Coordinator
Tim Sabo, Production Coordinator

FORUM & INDUSTRY

Ana Souza, Forum Producer
Christina Sasse, Industry Coordinator
Elizabeth Westwood, Forum Coordinator

Guest Relations

Scarlet Wilmsen, Guest Relations Manager
Kaila Gutierrez, Guest Relations Assistant

Marketing and Publicity

Martin Foster, Creative Services
Nicholas Cox, Videographer
Nathan Cox, Photographer
Steve Wilson, Publicity
Austin Good, Publicity
Chelsea Brandon, Publicity
Jordan Schudie, Social Media Intern
Marc Salomon, Marketing Intern
Ava Hemstreet, Development Intern

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