About the Staff

Our Team for the 20th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, May 3 – 7, 2017

As a local non-profit organization, Cine Las Americas’ programs and operations depend on the involvement of talented individuals who devote their time and resources to fulfill its mission. The organization’s programs are supported by the invaluable work of community leaders, industry professionals, and talented artists.

Jean Anne Lauer – Film Festival Director
Elena Bessire – Film Program Associate
Rebecca Morelo Jackson – Film Program Assistant
Francisco Garcia – Technical Director
Sharon Arteaga – Production Manager
Christian D. Nelson – Emergencia Youth Film Jury Coordinator
Natalie Villarreal – Special Events Coordinator
Julia McMahan – Membership and Community Outreach Coordinator
Valerie Menard – Marketing Coordinator
Carmen James – Sponsorship Coordinator
Susan Parras – Registration and Hospitality Coordinator
India Knapke – Print Traffic Coordinator
Rich Vázquez – Webmaster
Sylvia Arraiza – Volunteer Coordinator
Julia Coppedge – Film Program Intern
Avraham Yehuda – Film Program Intern
Brandon Watkins – IT / Consultant
Craig Whitney – Web / Consultant
Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi – Design / Consultant

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