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FFA Elects Four New Board Members

The voting membership of Film Festival Alliance has elected four new members to its Board of Directors. Introduced at the 2019 FFA Annual Conference at Art House Convergence, each member represents a varied geographical location and organizational size. Learn more about the new members below, and click here to read more about FFA’s entire Board and Staff. (Pictured clockwise L to R: Erica Thompson, Alyx Picard-Davis, Linda Broker, Kevin Sampson.)

Linda Broker, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film InstituteLinda’s passion for film started when she first volunteered for the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival 23 years ago, serving on the Programming Committee for the film festival, while raising her three young children. Fast forward to today, when Linda, as the Executive Director of what is now the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute, oversees three employees and heads up an active Board and highly dedicated corps of volunteers that provide programming throughout the year, three annual events (in addition to the Festival) and a Filmmakers Retreat. Most recently Linda led efforts to establish the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute Endowment, securing the largest single gift ever made to the institute, allowing the organization to expand and plan for its next phase of growth.This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, making it the longest-running women’s film festival in North America. The Institute recently moved into a new, expanded location that provides expanded office space and accommodates community screenings.

Alyx Picard-Davis, deadCenter Film Festival: Alyx  is the Festival Director and Director of Operations for deadCenter Film. In its 19th year, deadCenter has grown from a one-night screening of Oklahoma short films to a year-round organization with award-winning programs that provide free film classes to 3,000 high school students each fall, free film seminars for hundreds of working professionals each quarter, free film screenings every month, and an annual film festival that brings 33,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City for the most exciting weekend of the year. A long-time volunteer for the festival in host, events, transportation, and programming, Alyx was hired full-time in 2013. She has worked with budding rock stars at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, and she currently serves on UCO’s Alumni Board where she graduated with a BA in English-Creative Studies. She worked in the production office on “The Killer Inside Me,” the star-filled serial killer film made in Guthrie, Oklahoma. She co-produced Lance McDaniel’s award-winning film “Swirl,” and the 2017 OKC48 film “Previously on Alley Cats.” She continues to produce and advise on a few short films every year.

Kevin Sampson, DC Black Film Festival: After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, radio show/podcast, and hour long film review TV show. He has served as the director of the Rosebud Film Festival since 2013. He created the DC Black Film Festival in 2016 in an effort to create a space to exhibit quality productions by and about people of African descent. In 2017 Kevin launched Picture Lock PR to represent some of the many great independent films he sees on a regular basis. Kevin received the 2018 Donald H. McGannon Award for his work with women and people of color in media. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, North Carolina Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. His weekly radio show can be heard on Fridays on WERA 96.7FM.

Erica ThompsonAshland Independent Film Festival: After graduating with a BFA in Film from Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Erica spent three years working in education and hospitality at the Milwaukee Film Festival. In spring of 2017, she took a seasonal role in hospitality at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in sunny Southern Oregon, where she promptly found her calling in festival management and mountain living. In two short years, she has risen to the role of Director of Operations at AIFF and continues to seek innovative opportunities for the organization. AIFF has found great value in the resources and connections FFA has to offer. Erica returns from each Regional Round table Event with a new wealth of knowledge to share with the team, as well as a deepened sense of connection to the field and a revitalized passion for the industry.