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All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival August 22-25
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JIM BRUNZELL III

PROGRAM DIRECTOR -- Jim Brunzell III has been the Program Director for the All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) in Austin, TX since 2014 and the 31st annual festival will take place in September 2018. He was named a, "Top 10 Local Queer Hero" by the Austin Chronicle in 2016 saying, "It says a lot when an ally makes the list, but as program director of aGLIFF Brunzell has done a bang-up job curating the film festival and screenings for the entire LGBTQ spectrum." Originally from Saint Paul, MN, Brunzell was born in the 70's, went to school in the 80's, played sports in the 90's, and was a film critic for over a decade covering film festivals worldwide and having his reviews published in local and national publications before shifting to film programming in 2005. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Film Studies. He has also been the festival director for the music/film/art festival Sound Unseen in the Minneapolis, MN since 2012 and Sound Unseen was named "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2016" by Moviemaker Magazine and is the creator of the film series "The Defenders." He has served on numerous film festival juries and he is also a big sports nerd especially rooting for the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Dodgers. You can follow Jim on Twitter at (@JimBrunzell_3).

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ASHLEY MARSHALL

PRESIDENT -- Ashley Marshall has served on the board for three years, previously serving as Chair for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. A native of East Texas, Ashley is dedicated to increasing the visibility of LGBTQ community and experiences through her work with aGLIFF and has focused heavily on increasing the diversity of aGLIFF's board of directors, programming, and outreach. In addition to her nonprofit support, Ashley produces Plezzure Island, a resort experience for queer women, serves as the Director of Operations for a company in Austin, and raises her two children, Asden and Josephine. 

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CASANDRA ALSTON

VICE PRESIDENT -- Casandra Alston, Vice-President aGLIFF 31, was born in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1981 and she graduated from the University of Houston in 2004. Casandra has always been a fan of story telling and she's always had a special place in her heart for LGBTQ+ stories. Casandra considers it an honor and a privilege to be a member of an organization like aGLIFF that celebrates and educates the community about LGBTQ+ issues.


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CURTISS NORMAN

SECRETARY --
 

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BEARS REBECCA FONTE

QYMP INSTRUCTOR -- Bears Rebecca Fonté is a Transgender filmmaker and film festival programmer and consultant. They founded Other Worlds after two years as the Director of Programming for AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL. Their current SciFi short PRENATAL has played 40+ festivals including Boston SciFi and their new LGBTQ Horror short CONVERSION THERAPIST made its World Premiere at Inside Out Toronto at the end of May. Their feature thriller iCRIME, which they wrote and directed, was released on DVD, VOD and streaming by Vicious Circle Films in 2011. Bears Rebecca also was one of the producers on the Sundance Jury-Award Winning short THE PROCEDURE. Prior to arriving in Austin, Bears Rebecca wrote coverage for independent producers and coverage services in LA and placed in nearly every single screenwriting contest out there including Screenwriter’s Expo, Final Draft Big Break, Page International, Story Pros and Austin Film Festival. They received their BA from Carleton College in British Studies and Theatre Studies and a MFA in Directing from Indiana University and have directed over forty plays, including the Austin Critics Table nominee Corpus Christi, and the Austin Shakespeare Festival's Complete Works of Shakspeare Abridged.

JOHN WILDMAN

PR DIRECTOR -- John Wildman is a multi-faceted presence in the entertainment world, known for his work as a film and film festival publicist, consultant, filmmaker, journalist, and critic. Currently, Wildman is the publicist and consultant for a number of national regional film festivals, including; the Dallas International Film Festival, Tallgrass International Film Festival, Oxford FF, Women Texas FF, Bentonville FF, Harlem International FF, Indie Memphis FF, San Luis Obispo FF, EARTHxFilm, Louisiana Film Prize, the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (Austin), as well as the Dallas Comedy Festival. 

He is also the managing editor and lead columnist of Festworks.com, and a host on The Daily Buzz NPR broadcast reporting from Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes. His feature film directorial debut, the grindhouse art-horror thriller THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE was released to critical acclaim in 2015, and his short film, THE MONEY STORE screened on the film festival circuit last year.

 
 
 

BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Board of Directors:
Ashley Marshall, President
Casandra Alston, Vice-President
Curtiss Norman, Secretary
Doug Bolin
Tony Castro
Bears Rebecca Fonte
Justin Garrett
Andrea Mendoza

The Board of Directors governs and guides the vision of the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival and supports the implementation of key strategic goals from fundraising to programs. To learn more about the Board of Directors, or to apply to join the Board, contact Bears Rebecca Fonte.



Friends of the Festival

Doug Bolin
Scott Dinger & Joe Zubia
Lee Manford & Casey Blass
Ashley Marshall
Matthew Mason
Bears Rebecca & Erin Fonte
Mallory Bowes-Brown
Cheryl Burnett
Dana Markus-Wolf
Donald Mason & Desmond Ng
Tom Mays
James Southerland
Seth Tezyk
Mark Webb & Heath Marr
Howard Goldman 
Gemma Merchant
Matthew Carswell
Christopher Cregeen
Steve Davis
Angel De La Rosa
Randall De Weerd
Shawnna Dwyer
Frank Genco
Christina Hernandez
Ann Hudspeth
Mark Killingbeck
Chase Kincannon
Noah Lee & Jennifer Palmer Lee
Christian Leman
Matthew Mason
Christina Renee McMahan
C. Andrew Martin
Michael Saulters
Greg Self
Jody Slagle
Bruce Weatherford & Adam Toguchi
Glenna Williams
Tim Young

Executive Producer Level Membership:

Doug Bolin
Scott Dinger & Joe Zubia
Lee Manford & Casey Blass
Ashley Marshall
Matthew Mason
Bears Rebecca & Erin Fonte

Producer Level Membership

Mallory Bowes-Brown
Cheryl Burnett
Bears Rebecca & Erin Fronte
Dana Markus-Wolf
Donald Mason & Desmond Ng
Tom Mays
James Southerland
Seth Tezyk
Mark Webb & Heath Marr

Director Level Membership

Howard Goldman 
Gemma Merchant

Fan Level Membership

Matthew Carswell
Christopher Cregeen
Steve Davis
Angel De La Rosa
Randall De Weerd
Shawnna Dwyer
Frank Genco
Christina Hernandez
Ann Hudspeth
Mark Killingbeck
Chase Kincannon
Noah Lee & Jennifer Palmer Lee
Christian Leman
Matthew Mason
Christina Renee McMahan
C. Andrew Martin
Michael Saulters
Greg Self
Jody Slagle
Bruce Weatherford & Adam Toguchi
Glenna Williams
Tim Young