Festival Staff

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

 

chrisChristopher 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 Forderbrad

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.

 

 


June Yang

Director of Development

June Yang joined DCEFF as Director of Development in November 2018. She brings to the role nearly a decade of experience in grantwriting and resource development for a wide range of nonprofits. These include Public Justice (D.C. and Oakland, CA), a national legal advocacy organization; Washington Performing Arts (D.C.), a leading performing arts presenter and convener; and the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation (Charlottesville, VA), the philanthropic arm of the School.

In addition to working in development, June writes fiction and freelance journalism. Her stories and articles have appeared in such publications as The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, and Glimmer Train. Her honors include the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction and the Stanford Calderwood Fellowship for Residency at the MacDowell Colony. June holds a B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.


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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

Social and Digital Media Manager

Jacob started working with DCEFF in December 2017, handling the festival’s social media pages, newsletter and website. He 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. Jacob also currently works as the Marketing and Outreach Manager at George Washington University’s Documentary Center. He is a Wisconsin native, holding a degree in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

 


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.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Megan King

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