Board of Directors
Richard Beer – President
Richard is the Director of Programming and Marketing for the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA. He has spent 30+ years working in film production, distribution, marketing and film festival advising and programming.
Favorite Movie: In Bruges
Guilty Pleasure Movie: Josie and the Pussycats
Katherine Felts – Secretary
Katherine is a Career Development Specialist, a Military Family Member, and a Poet. Writing and editing are her passions, and that’s how she came to be involved with DCFF. Her top 3 films are Josie and the Pussycats, Moonlight, and Alien. She has called WA state home for the last 5 years, and hopes to keep it that way a little while longer.
Favorite Movie: Josie and the Pussycats
Guilty Pleasure Movie: The Princess and the Goblin
Bears Rebecca Fonté
Bears Rebecca is a transgender filmmaker, festival programmer, and journalist. She founded Other Worlds Film Festival after two years as the Director of Programming for Austin Film Festival. She covers genre and LGBTQ films for Hammer to Nail. In 2021, she was named Artistic Director of aGLIFF, Austin’s Queer festival and the oldest film fest in Austin. She is on the Board of Directors of the Film Festival Alliance.
Favorite Movie: The Sweet Hereafter
Guilty Pleasure Movie: Demolition Man
Godot grew up in Tacoma and attended college at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Receiving a degree in visual communications with concentrations in Photography and Print. Since moving back to Tacoma in 2007 he has been a board member of the East Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (2015) and is currently a Pythian Knight. He is extremely proud of how Tacoma has grown and believes that Tacoma has a great future ahead of it. Movies have always been Godot’s primary entertainment and he is happy to assist on the DCFF Board to ensure that Tacoma will always have a vibrant cinema culture. Currently Godot works at Wizards of the Coasts, but when he is not there you will see him in Tacoma at any one of it’s amazing restaurants or watching movies with friends in his back yard in the summers.
Favorite Movie: Full Metal Jacket
Guilty Pleasure Movie: The FP
Laura is an arts advocate actively engaged in her community, from planning large cultural events to volunteering her time. Since moving to Tacoma in 2019 she has volunteered for Destiny City Film Festival, Puget Sound Revels and KNKX. She previously served the Anchorage International Film Festival as Festival Director, Program Director, Documentary Programmer, Volunteer Coordinator, and juror. She has served on several Boards for public radio, daycare and the American Massage Therapy Association, Alaska chapter. Laura has shared her passion for global music by hosting regular public radio shows and loves independent film and filmmakers. Having traveled widely, Laura sees film as an extension of her travels. She lives in Tacoma with her husband, cat, and patrons of the backyard bird feeders.
Favorite Movie: Harold and Maude
Guilty Pleasure Movie: Wizard of Oz
A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole (she/her) is a novelist and writer/director for the award-winning fantasy series, STROWLERS. Her horror/social thriller short, RETCH, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 2019, won Best Film at the Seattle Black Film Festival in 2020, and has shown on DirecTV, Amazon, PBS, and Alaska Airlines InFlight. Her directorial debut, a sci-fi short called SUCH AN HONOR, is an official selection at multiple festivals in 2020 – 2021 including HollyShorts. Nicole continues to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, for Destiny City Film Festival, and for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment; and a lecturer for the University of Virginia, Clarion West, SIFF, and Women in Film.
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Guilty Pleasure Movie: Rat Race
Rubén Casas – Rubén is a professor at the University of Washington Tacoma. His research and teaching focus on public space and civic engagement in cities. He likes walking, spending time in parks, watching all sorts of movies (but especially sci-fi), and cooking. In and around Tacoma, Rubén is involved with a number of community groups and organizations focused on making our city welcoming and even more livable.
John is currently the Associate Director of the Woods Hole Film Festival, the Co-Director of the Anchorage International Film Festival, and the Co-Founder/Co-Director of the OSLOVE Film Festival in Oslo, Norway. He has also worked as an independent filmmaker and film festival event manager. John lived and worked in Tacoma from 1998 to 2012, but is now based in Oslo. He enjoys traveling and shares a cat named Megatron Kitten-Cuddles with his AIFF and OSLOVE Co-Director, Ida.
Andrea Hays – Andrea has been doing theater and/or film for over 50 years now (back when it WAS shot on film!) primarily on the Production Design side including Costumes and Make-up. She was part of the Seattle Film scene in the 1980s through early nineties before becoming a nurse. Several years ago she came back to film. Her years as a charge nurse helped make her a good producer, which is her current focus.
Stefanie Malone – Stefanie is an Emmy-winning producer and documentary filmmaker, who is currently working with PBS as an impact and engagement manager of national programs, including those with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She currently serves on the Women In Film Seattle Board of Directors.
Kevin Rexroat – Kevin is a screenwriter in Tacoma who has been hired to write or rewrite four features and a TV pilot. His screenplays and teleplays have finished in the finals in multiple international competitions, and he’s adapted several fiction and non-fiction books as features. Kevin has sat on screenwriting panels at film festivals and has led workshops on adaptation, in addition to reading screenplays and screening films for multiple festivals.
Jason Rouse – Jason is an actor and writer who spent seven years as Announcer and Writer for PRI’s Live Wire with Luke Burbank. He’s appeared in feature films and television series and in national and regional commercials from everything from the Washington and Oregon Lottery to Mercari. Jason is currently teaching Voice Acting and Videography at PHAME, an arts school for adults who experience disability. He lives happily with his wife Jessica, and the smallest dog in the world, Goldie.
Chris Tumbusch – Chris is a proud Tacoman who has worked as a photographer at PLU, and then hit built business creating photography and video for local universities, municipalities, and public relation firms. Along the way he found a love for teaching and for the last six years has been teaching photography and video at Washington High School. He has always had a love for film, since early in his career when he worked on several rock videos, commercials, and films in Seattle.