Houston Cinema Arts Festival

November 10-17, 2022

Executive Director: Jim Townsend

Jim Townsend is the Executive Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society. A native Houstonian, Jim Townsend began his career working in film production and development. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California, where he won a grant for study from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He left Hollywood for his hometown to write novels and screenplays while sharing his passion for storytelling as an educator. After twelve years in the classroom, he devoted his energies to Houston’s myriad fine arts companies. His work with the development team at Houston Grand Opera helped to sustain the company after the Theater District was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. He now brings his expertise in film and fundraising to Houston Cinema Arts Society.

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Marketing and Outreach Coordinator: Rachael Valentine Acosta

Rachael Valentine Acosta is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for HCAS. They are committed to reshaping social norms and amplifying the voices and stories of the underrepresented by servicing and creating safe spaces in which art and artists thrive. After 5 years of freelancing in film production, Rachael transitioned into film festival and nonprofit work.  They have since worked for SXSW, ATX Television Festival, Austin Film Festival, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), and SFFilm. Rachael is currently an associate programmer for SXSW and the Houston Latino Film Festival. 


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General Manager: Katie Leigh Creeggan-Ríos

Katie Leigh Creeggan-Ríos is the General Manager of the Houston Cinema Arts Society. She is a native Houstonian and worked professionally as a Stage Manager for ten years before transitioning into the world of arts and community engagement through film. She received her B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, and her M.A. in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston College of the Arts. She is also a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

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