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 former 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.
Lindsey has spent more than a decade buying, selling and releasing independent film in North America. Highlights include the acquisition and release of over 150 feature films including LGBTQ+ films God’s Own Country, The Gospel According to Andre, Being 17, The Dancer and Papi Chulo, foreign films including Oscar nominated A Man Called Ove and Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal, indie hits like The Art of Self Defense, and cinephile documentaries David Lynch: the Art Life and Hitchcock/Truffaut. Prior to joining the Frameline team, Lindsey was Vice President of Distribution for Myriad Pictures and Pacific Northwest Pictures, where she oversaw theatrical and digital sales & marketing strategy for North America for the past 7 years. In that time, she’s had the great pleasure to participate in Festival juries including Next Wave at Fantastic Fest 2018 and Best Canadian Short at CUFF 2019. Prior to distribution Lindsey did a brief stint in production, where she helped to produce the 2008 + 2009 TIFF Talent Lab with Strada Films.
Allegra is originally from the Great Dismal Swamp on the coast of Southern Virginia. In search of lands less dreary, she moved to California and attended the California College of Art where she received her MA in Curatorial Practice. Her interests in art, cultural production, and public programming have been centered on building a platform for cultural activity that promotes deep community investment and active cultural participation. Film has played a critical role in achieving this mission. She has programmed the PROXY Outdoor Film Festivals and created the Black Light Cinema screening series in Bayview Hunters Point with the goal of providing a platform for the voice of San Francisco’s last Black community. Throughout her career, she has been devoted to working in and with diverse communities to develop programs that are accessible, inclusive, and promote critical cultural dialogue.
A Silicon Valley native, Nguyen joins Frameline with two decades’ experience as a fundraiser, friend-raiser, and activist in San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ equity space. Informed by his UC Berkeley BA and SFSU MBA — as well as numerous years in SF’s corporate and public sectors — Nguyen is thrilled to leverage his hard-earned competencies in service to Frameline’s mission of empowering LGBTQ+ storytelling. Beyond Frameline, Nguyen is a longtime performer with CHEER San Francisco, the Official Cheer Team of the City and County of San Francisco and the world’s oldest LGBTQ+-centered charitable cheerleading team. Additionally, Nguyen serves as Board Secretary of San Francisco Pride where he helps to produce the SF Pride Golf Tournament: the first and only PGA-endorsed LGBTQ+ golf event and annual community fundraiser. In 2020, Nguyen became the first openly-LGBTQ+ Board Trustee of the Mensa Foundation, a 50-year charitable organization devoted to unleashing human intelligence to benefit the world.
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 '90s. 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.
Coachella valley native, Ruby holds a degree in Television & Film production from Cal State Los Angeles. Previously, Ruby was at Palm Springs International Film Festival and SFFILM as their Production and Theater Operations Manager. Ruby is very excited to bring her film and music festival background to Frameline in hopes of expanding the organization and enhancing the festival experience. In her spare time Ruby works vigorously to spotlight Latinx artists through her media project, El Nopalito Media.
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.
Andrew has studied and worked in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2010. He studied New Genres, a department rooted in Bay Area conceptual studio practices at the San Francisco Art Institute. In school, Andrew began managing art galleries in both San Francisco 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 David Irleand House at 500 Capp Street. In a highly media-driven, visual world where attention spans are shrinking, Andrew loves to think outside of the box to grab audiences' attention. He is excited to create unique ways to share queer cinema with local and international communities.
As a youngster in his native East Lost Angeles, Alberto would bus across town to check out various local film festivals, ultimately leading him to Frameline after his move to the Bay Area. His studies in Studio Art and Art History, particularly his training in analog photography, helped cement his appreciation of visual storytelling and love of cinema. Alberto’s passion for community organizing has found him working with LGBTQ+ non-profits throughout California, including Bienestar in Los Angeles and the former Marin AIDS Project in the North Bay area, where he focused on advancing conversations around the intricacies of intersectional identities. Alberto enjoys cultivating meaningful connections where he can and is excited to bring this into his sponsorship work at Frameline. If observed in the wild, he is most likely thrift shopping about town or wandering aimlessly through Golden Gate Park.
Sam Berliner is a filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender nonconformity. His award-winning short films, Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure, Genderbusters, Perception and Float have screened at over 300 film festivals around the world and are distributed by CFMDC. When not actively making films, Sam served as the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as the Programming & Operations Manager at Three Dollar Bill Cinema, for 7 years. In addition to programming the trans and non-binary films for Frameline, Sam is the producer at Planet Nutshell, an animation studio in Cambridge, MA. He is in pre-production on Episode 2 of the Dating Sucks webseries and is the founder of Queer Scouts, a monthly peer-led skillshare group for LGBTQA adults. Additionally, Sam leads workshops and gives presentations about gender at various organizations and schools. Sam holds a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a BA from Smith College. For all things Sam, check out www.donutfilms.org.
With a lifelong passion for film and a taste for bold visions, subversive art, and unique voices, Joe has traced that cinematic devotion through his entire academic and professional life. Like one of his favorite screen sirens, Joe hails from "different places!!" "back east," namely St. Louis and Chicago, where he earned a BFA in Film Studies from Webster University. Joe has worked the film festival circuit across the United States, in the programming, public relations, marketing, and publications arenas, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, SFFILM, Outfest, the Chicago International Film Festival, and of course Frameline. His other celluloid endeavors range from serving as the Head of Virtual Festivals for MUBI’s global streaming platform, to roles in exhibition and distribution, to production credits on James Franco and Travis Mathews’ Interior. Leather Bar., to name a few.
Josh is thrilled to be returning to Frameline as an Outreach Coordinator. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he earned his BFA from Emerson College in 2019, and has subsequently worked in social media marketing and outreach with various organizations across the east coast. In addition to marketing and communications, Josh is an actor/singer/dancer and arts educator by profession. Before the pandemic, he was rehearsing with Disney Cruise Line as a lead performer in various musical productions to play on the Disney Wonder, and is looking forward to returning to the stage this fall. Among various activities, Josh enjoys running, swimming, and baking in his free time, and he is soon moving back to New York City. Josh is proud to be amplifying queer cinema on a national scale with Frameline this festival season.
Dominique is a San Francisco-based film programmer specializing in narrative features directed by women. Previously, Dominique has worked in various capacities at the Sundance Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, SFFILM, and the Seattle International Film Festival, among others. In collaboration with the historic and totally rad Roxie Theater, Dominique programs the series On the Edge Cinema, which seeks to amplify women, trans, and non-binary voices through film. When her eyes aren’t glued to a screen, she’s hanging with her buds or is up at the gym just working on her fitness. Dominique somehow managed to earn her BA in Film + Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
As a young kid, Ian wanted to be a professional drug dealer (chemist) but realized there was too much chemistry involved. Then he wanted to be a musician, but realized he had no talent. Aimlessly despondent, he found his true calling by going to his first festival. From that point forward, he has produced and planned various events and festivals and has led various projects from inception to finish. Ian is passionate about connecting new and emerging artists/filmmakers with new possibilities through community engagement. His ultimate goal is to rule the world, but he is satisfied with elevating and empowering LGBTQ+ POC stories and voices.
Simba is very active in philanthropy where he has held roles as the CFO and Board Member at One Bread Foundation Inc. He held a similar role at Regroup Foundation as CFO and Board Member and was previously CFO and Treasurer of Sierra Club Foundation. Simba further performed consulting work for a vast number of non-profits including Episcopal Impact Fund, Rainbow Street, and D-Prize. Simba brings over 25 years of experience in finance, auditing, and accounting and a proven record of selecting and introducing new processes and technological functions. Simba is active in local community service and is determined to help create opportunities for people to rise above barriers in pursuit of better lives.
As a producer, programmer, and presenter, Peter's career spans film, theater, television, museums, and online media. From 2003-2011, 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.