Houston Cinema Arts Festival

November 11 – 22, 2021

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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Associate Creative Director

Michael Robinson is the Associate Creative Director 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 Shorts Programmer.

713.429.0420 ext. 6

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