AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY

REBECCA CAMPBELL / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rebecca Campbell has served as Executive Director of the Austin Film Society since 1998. During her 16-year tenure, the AFS has expanded its nationally recognized exhibition programs, presenting 16+ films per month; broadened its artist services programs, including the AFS Grant, which provides $100,000+ each year to Texas-based independent filmmakers; created Austin Studios, a 20-acre film production facility with 60+ long- and short-term tenants; founded the Texas Film Hall of Fame; and established a community outreach and education initiative involving paid internships and summer youth camps, as well as ongoing after-school filmmaking programs in 18 Austin schools in economically disadvantaged areas.

Before coming to the AFS, Ms. Campbell spent 12 years serving as Executive Director of two statewide California non-profit organizations. She holds an MFA in Video and Film Production from The University of Texas at Austin. She produced several award-winning CD-ROMs for Cortex Interactive, including Film, Form and Culture; worked on feature films in Austin and Los Angeles; and produced and directed an award-winning documentary, THE TOWN THAT JACK BUILT. Her position managing the Austin Film Society allows her to put her film and nonprofit background to work on AFS’s mission to make Austin synonymous with great film, and to empower community members throughout Austin to MAKE, WATCH and LOVE film.

LAUREN ALEXANDER-LEBAHN / DIRECTOR OF RELATIONSHIPS & REVENUE

 

 

 

 

CAMERON BERGERON / STUDIO OPERATOR

Cameron, born and raised in Oklahoma City, first became interested in film and visual arts at the age of six.. Cameron studied film production at Oklahoma City Community College. At Oklahoma State University he studied Theatre, Film Studies, and Art History. Professionally Cameron has worked in the art and camera department on a handful of feature films. In 2011 Cameron accepted a position at OSU's Theatre Department as a Technical Advisor, helping to develop a resource for students interested in film production. In September 2012, Cameron moved in order to pursue a career in Austin's film industry. For most of 2013 Cameron worked as a media consultant at Texas Media Systems, as well as interning at the Austin Film Society and Terrance Malick's post production offices. Cameron joined the Austin Film Society staff in November 2013 as a Studio Operator.

ZACK CARLSON / TEXAS FILM AWARDS PRODUCER

Zack Carlson is a writer/producer living in Austin, TX. His previous production work includes THE AMERICAN SCREAM (named one of 2012's best documentaries by Roger Ebert), where he was lead producer for director Michael Stephenson, as well as international horror anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH and independent comedy ZERO CHARISMA. He was a lead film programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest for many years, and co-authored the book Destroy All Movies!!! He's currently at work on five other features to be completed by the end of 2014, including collaborations with Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM), Michael Stephenson (BEST WORST MOVIE), Jason Eisener (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), novelist Sam McPheeters (author of The Loom of Ruin) and the Zellner Brothers (KID-THING). He doesn't eat fruits or vegetables.

BENNETT CRAVENS / STUDIO OPERATOR

Bennett Cravens was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and always had an interest in the arts, stories, and, of course, film. He went to school at Oklahoma State University where he studied theatre, and quickly found an interest in set construction and working with his hands, which eventually transferred over into working on film productions. He has worked on multiple productions, in various positions, and moved to Austin to continue working in the industry. Upon arrival he worked for the Alamo Drafthouse, as an intern for the Austin Film Society, and on various productions; his own and others. After working for a stint at MPS (Mobile Production Services), he accepted a job as Studio Operator of Austin Studios in November of 2014.

AUSTIN CULP / MARKETING MANAGER

Austin Culp was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. Film and television have always been an important part of his life but it was while making short home videos that he realized he wanted to work in the entertainment industry. He moved to Austin to become part of the renowned film community. While obtaining BS in RTF from UT, Austin interned at KLRU and AFS. That led to a full-time position in AFS’s Marketing department. His role in the Marketing department includes all major communications via email (sign up here) and print, in addition to social media (follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Austin would like to make sure any (lucky) person living in Austin knows where to go for film.

KATY DAIGER DIAL / STUDIO DIRECTOR 

Katy was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she developed an eclectic love of all things film – from JURASSIC PARK to GONE WITH THE WIND. She moved to Austin to get her RTF degree from the University of Texas and never left the Bat City. Before AFS, she worked as the Video Game & Animation Industry Liaison for the Texas Film Commission, where she grew the State’s educational opportunities and economic benefits. She’s also had her hand in other aspects of filmmaking, working as Assistant Managing Director for CinemaTexas Short Film Festival and doing research and publicity for the documentary RICHARD GARRIOTT: MAN ON A MISSION. Katy has a Master’s Degree from the UT School of Information and has served on the Steering Committee for non-profit arts organization StrataTX. In those rare moments that she’s not working on, talking about or experiencing the moving image industry, Katy is indulging in her love of historical fiction and digital archives.

CHRIS ENGBERG / STUDIO MANAGER

Raised right here in Central Texas, Chris Engberg started his education at Austin Community College before abdicating to mini-Austin (aka Denton, TX) to finish a degree in Radio-TV-Film at The University of North Texas.  After completing their program in less than two years, he immediately returned to Austin.  Following a year of freelancing on commercials and small budget productions, Chris found himself as Studio Operations Manager at East Side Stages.  In that role, he spent two years as the sole employee running and maintaining their daily studio functions while also managing the facilities for the building’s other tenants; not uncommonly seven days a week just to ensure the production community continued to have a stage available (to avoid over postulating he’d like to shout out to Region C for having his back on numerous occasions).  Chris joins the AFS/Austin Studios team bringing that passion and understanding the need for having a great hub available to all levels of production.

LAURA FLEISCHAUER / SPECIAL EVENTS & PROMOTIONS MANAGER

Laura Fleischauer is a native of Arkansas but managed to overcome years of anti-Texas brainwashing as soon as she set her eyes on Austin. A graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in English, she started out as an advertising copywriter where she wrote and produced commercials and even named a bridge. Recently she partnered with her husband Zack Carlson to design themed karaoke rooms for the Alamo Drafthouse Highball in Austin, which were named "Best Karaoke Rooms in the World" by multiple media outlets.  The pair also collaborated to produce the 2015 Texas Film Awards, which led to Laura working with AFS. 

In her personal life, Laura has achieved her lifelong goals of swimming with a seal and having a home ball pit, but still dreams of someday living in the Haunted Mansion at Disney World.  She is proud to own what is quite possibly the largest collection of OK Soda memorabilia in the South.

CHARLOTTE HILL / MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, MARKETING & PROMOTIONS

Charlotte was born in Canada, raised in New Zealand, and relocated from London to Austin to join AFS in July 2014.  She had previously managing partnerships between MGM Studios and Sky Television - for 13 years, in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom - prior to moving to Texas. During her time with Sky and MGM, Charlotte programmed, acquired, commissioned and produced content, before moving into a more marketing/partnerships/development position.  Feel free to challenge her to a quiz on the MGM film library, but you'll lose every time!  

Having attended Austin annually to attend SxSW, Charlotte fell a little bit more in love with the city with each passing year and finally decided that she would stop just talking about moving here and just do it! Luckily that thought coincided with an exciting job opportunity at AFS and, well, the rest is history.

You can catch Charlotte around Austin, snacking on tacos or banh mi, catching a movie, or a live band, and saying words that unintentionally get a laugh from locals, like "jandal", "carpark", "footpath", "chuffed", "brekkie", etc... the list could go on for days.

KATIE HEIM / OFFICE COORDINATOR

Katie was born and raised in Arlington, a liberal haven located in between Dallas and Fort Worth. She recently graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in English and communication. Her extensive film knowledge comes from Netflix and an unhealthy obsession with IMDB. Katie is thrilled to be working with the Austin Film Society where she will be intermittently managing the office. 

HOLLY HERRICK / ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Holly Herrick joined the Austin Film Society in 2012 as Associate Artistic Director. Since joining AFS, she has led the organization through critical new initiatives, including the creation of AFS’ first home theater space, AFS at the Marchesa.  Prior to joining AFS, she served as Deputy Programs Director at the Hamptons International Film Festival in New York, a 5-day, 150-film festival taking place on the east end of Long Island.  She also served as Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, a 10-day, 200+ film festival.  As a film festival programmer and director, Herrick collaborate with independent filmmakers and studios, developed partnered programming with national brands, foundations, non-profit organizations and museums, programmed and moderated panels, master classes and tributes, and developed outreach and promotional strategies for the festivals and participating films.  She developed a passion for talent discovery, and Sarasota and the Hamptons premiered early works of many now successful American auteurs. Herrick’s film producing credits include SEPTIEN (Associate Producer, Sundance 2011) and PING PONG SUMMER (Co-Producer, Sundance 2014).  She has written about film and the industry on Hammer To Nail, IFP’s Resources blog, and IndieWire.  She graduated from New College of Florida, and studied in New York, Paris, and in the Alsace region of France.

MEGHAN MALONE / INTERIM DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Meghan Malone came from a place where the “O” in “OU” stood for Ohio instead of Oklahoma. Centerville, Ohio to be exact, which, as one might imagine, is as simple and suburban as it sounds. A recent graduate of Ohio University, Meghan received her B.S. in Journalism while specializing in economics and film (the latter of which she enjoyed far, FAR more than the former), and is still coming to terms with the idea that the world can be her oyster, provided, of course, that she can survive in it. Meghan has always held a fixed fascination with cinema and television, nursing in particular an affinity for the dark, the absurd, and the fantastical. Now in pursuit of her ever-evolving dreams to be a film critic/screenwriter/makeup artist, Meghan finds herself in the company of the Austin Film Society and looks forward to the adventures that await her in the great city of Austin.

AARON MALZAHN / PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Aaron was born and raised around Dallas, Texas, but has called Austin home ever since he moved to pursue studies in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Texas at Austin.  His bond with the city solidified when, after graduating, he found he could not bear the thought of leaving a city so rich in live music and independent art. Before joining the Austin Film Society in 2011 Aaron previously worked as a production manager for 91.7 KVRX FM, a freelance location sound recordist and post production sound designer, and as an intern with Pony Sound Studios and Texas Media Systems. In 2012 Aaron became office manager of AFS, helping the society by managing day to day tasks, organizing events and screenings, and helping to manage AFS’ internship program.

SARAH ANN MOCKBEE / DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Sarah Ann began her tenure with AFS in 2008 and became deputy director in 2011. Before joining the team, she worked in the development department at KUT and in the communications department at WNYC, the premiere NPR affiliate in New York City. She has served on the board of the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects and been a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a producer of CITIZEN ARCHITECT, a documentary about her father, Samuel Mockbee, and the architectural design/build program Rural Studio that he created in Alabama.

LARA MORGAN / THEATER OPERATOR

Lara has been blending her love of movies and imagination since she was eight years old, and, after seeing INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, went through a phase in which she insisted on being called “Indy,” sporting a fedora, brown leather jacket, and her trusty whip. Flash-forward to the present, where Lara can be found spending her evenings at the Alamo Drafthouse or the Marchesa Theater and her days screening films and researching for documentaries. Somewhere in between, there was a move to Oxford, England, a degree from Abilene Christian University, a move to Ruidoso, New Mexico, and a move to Austin after a growing admiration for the Austin film community. When she isn't haunting the Marchesa, she's marathoning a TV show of any caliber, volunteering as a quality control screener for SXSW, or eating Ramen Noodles.

LARS NILSEN / PROGRAMMER

Lars Nilsen has been an Austin resident since 1994 and a film programmer since 2001. Born in 1971 and raised in North Carolina to movie-loving parents he spent just as much time reading about movies as watching them. His most cherished book as a child was Thomas G. Aylesworth’s “Monsters From The Movies”, and whenever a horror movie played on television he would stay up as late as necessary to watch it. When the family acquired a VCR in 1985 his obsession really took flight and has been airborne ever since. After years as a musician, bookseller and cabdriver, Lars began programming a weekly series at the Alamo Drafthouse in 2001 and was hired fulltime in 2003 as a programmer. In 2007 he became lead programmer for the Drafthouse and continued programming for the Alamo until the opportunity at the Austin Film Society presented itself. He still spends as much time reading about movies as watching them and his passionate film introductions tend to be full of equal parts information, humor, and enthusiasm.

ALEXA RAMIREZ / DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Alexa is a University of Texas at Austin graduate of Hispanic Studies and Psychology. She later earned a certification in Production Technology from ACC. Her student film ATX / SATX was selected for the "Best of" ACC Retrospective Showcase, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Community Screening: Establishing Shots with an encore special screening at the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival

Alexa has been rising through the ranks of the Austin Film Society for nearly two years. She took a contract position with AFS in the summer of 2014 and became a permanent addition to the staff that same fall.

Outside of AFS, Alexa has worked as a multimedia editor and editing consultant, most notably for internationally acclaimed photographer Gray Hawn. She still works as a creative collaborator for film and media projects. Presently, Alexa is co-producing the TV series Media Mavericks as well as assisting in the development of a few short films.

CATHERINE SCKERL / INTERIM STUDIO DIRECTOR

A professional urban and facilities master planner, Catherine moved to Austin from New Orleans in 2006 in order to raise her family.  Catherine has worked on numerous downtown, campus, and economic development plans both across Texas and nationally, and she opened her own consulting business in the summer of 2011 to explore more local projects.  Over the past two years, Catherine has been working with the Austin Film Society to help plan the expansion of Austin Studios, including preparation for the 2012 City of Austin Bond election and 2013 Creative Placemaking project. You can find out more about Catherine at studioespero.com.

ILIANA SOSA / ARTIST SERVICES MANAGER

Iliana was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and received her BA in Latin American Studies from Southwestern University and her MFA in film production from UCLA. Prior to joining AFS, she lived for several years in Los Angeles producing and directing various shorts and features. She has also worked as an associate producer for Relativity Television and produced a documentary on immigrant detention for the non-profit, Brave New Foundation. Her MFA thesis film, Child of the Desert, starred 2011 Independent Spirit Award winner, Dale Dickey. Child of the Desert won Best Short Film and the Texas Award at the 2012 Oscar qualifying USA Film Festival. She is a former Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and was also selected to be one of four screenwriters to participate in the 2014 Sundance sponsored Latino Screenwriting Project. Iliana is excited to use her filmmaking experience to support emerging filmmakers and guide them through the filmmaking process.

RANDY P. VALCIN  / EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR 

The stars at night are big and bright in Beaumont, Texas where Randy is from.  Ok, so maybe the stars are more like oil refinery lighting, but oh well.  With a passion for experimental filmmaking with antiquated cameras such as 8mm and Super8, he found a desire to become involved in other areas of film.  This led him to his current internship at AFS where he now has the chance to work with like-minded artist and film supporters.  He is now closer to his goal of becoming the next George Melies and master of the sci-fi film.  At Lamar University he studied psychology and philosophy, which have become integral parts of his appreciation and criticisms of film.  Randy also enjoys sailing his catamaran and playing timeless games of chess, although not at the same time!


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