Festival Staff

Meet the team behind the scenes of the world’s largest green film festival.

 


Christopher Head

Executive Director

Before becoming Executive Director, Christopher Head served as Managing Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital since 2008. He participates in all levels of programming the Festival, including researching and selecting films and negotiating the rights to screen films. He also negotiates with various speakers, including filmmakers and environmental experts so they may attend screenings for introductions and question and answer sessions. He also coordinates with venue partners to select dates, venues, and films to screen as co-presentations, in addition to securing venues where DCEFF is the sole presenter. He maintains all the Festival’s bookkeeping and helps with general office management and hiring.

Before joining DCEFF in 2007, Christopher worked in production for Story House Productions in Washington, DC. He graduated from American University with a B.A. in Film & Media Arts. Learn more about Chris and his work here.

 


Brad Forder

Director of Programming

Brad is the Director of Programming for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. He has worked as the director of photography for various documentary projects – including the upcoming film Painted City – and has served as a videographer for local production companies and universities, as well as at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Furman University and an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University.

 

 


img_8165Sam Plakun

Program Manager

Sam has been with DCEFF since the fall of 2016. As the Programming Manager, she is responsible for overseeing the film submission and review process. Sam is the main point of contact for Festival filmmakers and the source of information for all other departments on selected films and filmmaker attendance.

Sam earned a degree in Media Arts for Social Justice from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Consortium. At Pitzer, Sam’s work focused on community-based service learning, culminating in Invisible Bodies, a collaborative exhibition and booklet of art and creative writing created during a six-week workshop with women in the Community Prisoner Mother Program (CPMP) in California. After leaving Pitzer, Sam worked in New York City as a freelance Associate Producer for social-issue documentaries, working on such films as Young LakotaCare, and Bill Nye: Science Guy.

 


 Jacob Crawford

Director of Online Communications

Jacob began working with the Festival in December 2017, handling the DCEFF’s social media pages, newsletter and website. In July 2019, he officially took on the role of Director of Online Communications, adding overall strategy to his previous duties.

Jacob comes to us with a background in non-profit and higher education communications, having begun his career working on environmental campaigns in Colorado and Minnesota. He also currently serves as the Marketing and Outreach Manager at George Washington University’s Documentary Center. He is a proud father to a house full of animals, including his dachshund/chihuahua mix, Bertie, who frequently accompanies him to the DCEFF office. Jacob is a Wisconsin native, holding a degree in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

 


Alice Sadler

Development Manager

Joining the Festival in May 2019, Alice has worked in development for more than six years, most recently as the Development & Events Specialist at CentroNía, a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides education and family support services across greater Washington, D.C. There, Alice managed individual donor relations, in-kind donations, volunteers, and fundraising events throughout the year, and she has special expertise in event planning and annual giving. Her substantial and wide-ranging experience equips her particularly well for the full scope of her responsibilities at DCEFF, chief among them managing special events and the Friends of the Festival membership program.

Besides working in development, Alice is a competitive marathon runner and training coach. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, as well as a Fundraising Event Management Certificate from the Event Leadership Institute.

 


Monica Schorn

Festival Coordinator 

Monica started her festival career as a programming intern for the Nantucket Film Festival — seven years later, she’s still a reader and analyst for their annual screenwriting competition. She has also served as a judge, consultant, and script analyst for the Richmond International Film Festival, the Creative World Awards, the Bluecat Screenplay Competition, NYC Midnight, and individual screenwriters. Since 2011 she has worked for the American Film Institute’s documentary film festival. She has served as the production manager for the AFI DOCS Film Festival since 2014, and as the production coordinator, associate programmer, and director of programming for the Annapolis Film Festival. Monica is a Washington native and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 


Allyson Morgan

Virtual Event Producer

In the film festival world, Allyson has previously worked at Brooklyn Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Hamptons International Film Festival, Indie Street Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, NewFest, and SFFILM, among others. Allyson also has a background as a filmmaker herself; her most recent short film, SITTING, recently made its world premiere at SCAD Savannah Film Festival, was an official selection at Omaha Film Festival, and won “Outstanding Narrative Short” at Tallgrass Film Festival. Additionally, her short film FIRST DATE is available on Hulu as part of “Bite Size Halloween” now! More: allysonm.com

 


Jack Murer

Programming Intern

Jack has worked as an intern with DCEFF since Fall 2020, supporting the operations of the programming team. Jack is finishing up his B.A. in Linguistic Anthropology at George Washington University. His work centers on the creation of authority and truth claims surrounding environmental issues. Jack has also contributed to work analyzing the social implications of topics ranging from in-person work in hazardous conditions to institutional action on racial justice. Jack is a native Hoosier, avid biker, and frequent concert goer.

 


 

Joseph Gurr

Communications Intern

Joseph started as DCEFF’s Communications and Marketing Intern in November 2019. In this role, he assists the Director of Online Communications with community and campus outreach, and he also helps to develop digital content for the Festival, including on DCEFF’s social media and virtual event platforms. Originally from Colorado, Joseph currently studies Communication and Creative Writing at the George Washington University, where he will receive his B.A. in May 2021.

 

 

 

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