Where Are They Now? Chapter 8

Where Are They Now? Chapter 8

After 7 seasons, 100+ short screenplays read, and 200+ films programmed, DCFF has met an immense amount of visionary filmmakers, artists and writers. As we look forward to our 8th annual festival (February 26 – March 7, 2021), we’d also like to check in with some of our alumni. This is our eighth 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.

Jason Headley – 2017 DCFF Director, A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG

Jason Headley is a San Francisco-based writer and director whose short films, including IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NAIL and AT THE BAR, have been featured on Banksy’s Dismaland, NBC’s TODAY Show and film festivals far and wide. He wrote and directed the narrative comedy feature A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG, which was DCFF 2017’s Closing Night selection and won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.  Jason’s recent work includes serving as co-writer for Disney’s and Pixar’s ONWARD, available to stream on Disney+. A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG is now available to stream on Prime Video. Learn more about Jason here.





Sasha Gordon – 2016 DCFF Director, IT HAD TO BE YOU

Sasha Gordon was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she began studying piano at the age of 5. Her studies continued in the United States at Brown University and the Mannes School of Music. Sasha’s feature film directorial debut came in 2015 with IT HAD TO BE YOU, an award-winning comedy about a jingle writer forced to choose between chasing romance or chasing dreams. Including this film, Sasha has scored over 50 features and TV shows. Some of Sasha’s latest compositional work can be heard in the Academy Award-nominated documentary short LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL).

IT HAD TO BE YOU is now available to stream on Prime Video. Learn more about Sasha here.




Part of the non-profit Destiny City Film Festival’s mission is to engage filmmakers, writers, and film-goers through shared experience and storytelling. These connections make our community stronger, and our filmmakers and writers make these experiences possible.

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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!