Houston Cinema Arts Festival

November 12 – 16, 2020

Artistic Director: Jessica Green

Jessica Green, the artistic director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society, is also curating a series for filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Firelight Media titled “Films by Firelight”. She is also developing a narrative television project about Louis Armstrong’s State Department tours. She was the cinema director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, founded by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, from 2008-2018. Jessica is also a former founder, owner and Editor-In-Chief of the New York based, independent Hip-Hop magazine Stress (1994-2001), which was the first magazine to put Jay-Z on the cover,  as well as the former executive editor of (2000-2005). Green has an undergraduate degree from Lang College at the New School for Social Research in Black Studies and Writing and Literature. She was born and raised in New York City, and her father Ernest Green, Is one of the Little Rock 9.

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Strategy and Development: Mary M. Lampe

Mary M. Lampe is the grant administrator for HCAS. In 2016, she acted as Interim Executive Director and managed a successful eight-day Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Lampe was the chair of the HCAS founding committee and a continuing board member prior to her interim directorship.  For 16 years, Lampe served as the Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) where she was also the Executive Producer for The Territory, a 13-episode short film showcase series broadcast on Texas PBS stations.  Lampe has produced and directed several award-winning, short documentaries about art and artists for the Amon Carter Museum and for the Dallas Museum of Art. She has programmed film series of all genres for museums and other venues. In addition, she taught film history at Texas Christian University and to high school students.

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Executive Director: Laurence Unger

Laurence Unger is a native Houstonian with a mixed background in business development, investment management, and filmmaking.  After eight years working with hedge funds, she transitioned to applying her business and finance experience to social impact investing and non-profit and start-up consulting.  She is a passionate independent filmmaker and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Houston film community.  She holds an MFA in Film from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MBA from Columbia University where she focused on media and investment management, and a BA from Oxford University in French and Russian.

713.429.0420 ext. 2

Marketing and Communications Manager: Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Houston Cinema Arts Society. Michael received his BA in Film and Anthropology from Rice University. He previously worked in Arts Education for Society for the Performing Arts. He currently also works with QFest: Houston’s Int’l LGBTQ+ Film Festival where he serves as the Co-Artistic Director.

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Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2019 Coordinators

Teresa Biggar, Guest Artist Coordinator
Jenny Conte, Principal Graphic Designer
Camilo Gonzalez, Installations & Screening Coordinator

Angi Watkins, Chief House Manager
Stephen Wilson, Installations and Screening Coordinator 
Cybil Pallugna-Saenz, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator


Tchernavia Sessum, Operations Coordinator
Tish Stringer, Projectionist, Rice Media Center
Trey Ferguson, Projectionist, MFAH

Public Relations & Press

On the Mark Communications
Mark Sullivan – Principal
Jonathan Babin
Amanda Calderon

Jeremy Niederheiser

Photography and Videography
Giverny Lab – Anna Veselova, Alejandro Sescosse