Houston Cinema Arts Festival

November 10-17, 2022

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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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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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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