Where are they now? Chapter 3

Where are they now? Chapter 3

After 5 seasons, 75+ short screenplays read, and 130+ films programmed, DCFF has met so many awesome filmmakers, artists and writers. As we look forward to our 6th annual festival (February 22-24, 2019), we thought this was a great opportunity to check back in with some of our alumni. This is our third installment of, “DCFF Alumni: Where are they now?” Please check back for future posts and lots of updates and news about our filmmakers and writers.


leah wolchokLeah Wolchok – 2015 DCFF Filmmaker, Very Semi-Serious

Leah is a director and producer, currently based in Paris, who received a BA in English from Yale and an MA in Documentary Production from Stanford. Her award-winning documentary, Very Semi-Serious was purchased and released by HBO in 2015. The film is now available to stream on Amazon Prime and iTunes.







justin scheinJustin Schein – 2016 DCFF Filmmaker, Left on Purpose

Justin has been shooting and directing character-driven, social issue documentaries for more than 20 years. As a cinematographer he has shot on over 60 films internationally for broadcasters including The BBC, The Discovery Channel and PBS. His 2016 film, Left on Purpose, was purchased and released by FilmBuff in 2017. Since then, Schein has stayed busy producing multiple documentaries, and serving as cinematographer for even more. Learn more about Justin’s production company, Shadowbox Films.






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Emily loves movies and Tacoma. Thus, the Destiny City Film Festival was born in 2013 and has been going strong ever since!