Board of Directors
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
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
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.
Katherine Felts – Katherine is a writer without a true home – someone who hasn’t stuck around long enough to settle, yet. For now, Tacoma is keeping her grounded. She’s been published in UW Tacoma’s Tahoma West, and has read at local events, including Tacoma’s First Night celebration. She hopes to one day pursue an MFA in Poetry, and to teach workshops to people who haven’t found their written voice yet.
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 also programs midnighters for SF Indiefest and consult on festivals around the country.
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.
Laura Moscatello – Laura has enjoyed planning community events for many years. She previously served the Anchorage International Film Festival as volunteer coordinator, Festival Director, Program Director and juror. She has also served on several Boards for public radio, daycare and a massage therapy chapter.
Nicole Pouchet – A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a novelist and writer/director for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s award-winning fantasy TV series, STROWLERS. Her horror/social thriller short, RETCH, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in 2019 and has shown on DirecTV, Amazon, and PBS. Nicole continues to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild and a guest lecturer for the University of Virginia, SIFF, and Women in Film.
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.
Wanda Thompson – Lawander (AKA Wanda) Thompson is currently a Civic Arts Commissioner and a strong advocate for all thing’s art and the sustainability for the next generations to come. Wanda has also served formerly as a staff member for the Tacoma Arts Commission in the 1980’s. And she says this is her second wind for advocating for an important cause for the literary arts community. Wanda is working on a book of poetry and a trilogy of short stories and her body of work includes four screenplays, numerous poems, and several short stories.
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.
Nyir Vambery – Nyir is an IT Systems Analyst working in the Financial Services and living in central Tacoma, with interests including photography, cinema, the outdoors, history, physics, and biographies. As a member of the LGBT+ community on the autism spectrum they always encourage and support every voice in the crowd to be heard and strive to be an example of what it means to be someone who not only listens but hears and engages with thoughtful questions that sometimes don’t have immediate answers.