Executive Director: Jamie Townsend
Pronouns: She/ Her
Jamie Townsend is the Executive Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society. A native Houstonian, Jamie Townsend began her career working in film production and development. She earned her MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California, where she won a grant for study from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She left Hollywood for her hometown to write novels and screenplays while sharing her passion for storytelling as an educator. After twelve years in the classroom, she devoted her energies to Houston’s myriad fine arts companies. Her work with the development team at Houston Grand Opera helped to sustain the company after the Theater District was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. She now brings her expertise in film and fundraising to Houston Cinema Arts Society.
Katie Leigh Creeggan-Ríos
General Manager: Katie Leigh Creeggan-Ríos
Pronouns: She/ Her
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.
Rachael Valentine Acosta
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator: Rachael Valentine Acosta
Pronouns: They/ Them
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.
Social Media Coordinator: Autumn Johnson
Pronouns: She/ Her
Autumn Johnson is the Social Media Coordinator for the Houston Cinema Arts Society. She is a recent graduate from the University of Houston. She studied Media Production and English Literature and fully immersed herself in film and entertainment during her undergraduate career. Dedicated and motivated by her passion for storytelling, Autumn aims to grow her career in the industry and returns to the Houston Cinema Arts Society after serving as the Marketing Intern for the 2022 Festival. She has also interned with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston film department, and NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show Late Night with Seth Meyers. Autumn has worked on set as a producer and director for local brands. A highlight of her work includes working as a producer and director of photography for the short film This is Real Life which has earned over 60,000 views on YouTube.
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Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2023 Staff
Lead Programmer: Jazmyne Moreno
Jazmyne Moreno is the Lead Programmer for the 2023 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Her work has been profiled in Sightlines Magazine, Glasstire, and The Austin Chronicle. Most recently, her program — Be Pretty and Shut Up: New Wave Muses Behind the Camera, was platformed by the Current, Criterion Collection’s own online magazine covering the best of film culture — past and present. In 2021, she pulled double duty as both a contributing writer and interviewee for Warped and Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive. Past programming saw her collaborate with the Alamo Drafthouse. She is currently the Associate Film Programmer at Austin Film Society, where she can be found every weekend “draw[ing] in younger cinephiles curious to delve into cinema’s more obscure meanderings” as the programmer and host of LATES.
Borders | No Borders Programmer: Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson is the programmer for the Borders | No Borders regional short film competition for Houston Cinema Arts Festival, which invites submissions from Texas and the neighboring regions. He has served on festival and panel juries for Austin Film Society, CineFestival, and HAAPI Film Festival, among others. He previously worked as the Associate Creative Director at Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) from 2018 to 2022, Co-Artistic Director and Shorts Programmer for Houston’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival QFest from 2017-2021, and Education Coordinator at Society for the Performing Arts from 2017-2018. He currently works as the Marketing and Communications Manager at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), as freelance film programmer, and is co-founder of The Big Queer Picture Show, a nomadic monthly queer film series in Houston, where he programs new and repertory short and feature-length films. He received his BA in Anthropology and Film at Rice University.