The Team

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard / Executive Director and Programmer spent many years integrating digital media and arts into higher education. Recent projects include: Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media Conference & Festival (2009), DC Meets Delhi Film Festival (2007), documentaries for A&E and The Learning Channel, and programming for Channel 98.  Years ago she was editor for the Anthropos Documentary Film Festival at the AFI in Los Angeles. Previously DCIFF’s director of the “Filmmakers on the Hill” Forum, 2012 was her first year as festival director. A Senior Fulbright Scholar in Communications to Lebanon, visiting faculty at the University of Southern California’s Center for Visual Anthropology and adjunct faculty at the USC Cinema School, she describes herself as a translator: between cultures, mediums and creative spaces. Contact at: deirdre@dciff-indie.org

Wells Carter / Social Media Coordinator is a freshman at George Washington University studying marketing and film. With zero theatrical talent she spends her time appreciating other people’s artistic pursuits. She hopes to purse a career in the film industry with hope of one day heading her own independent production firm.

Maria Datch / Director of Press & International Relations is a DC native, with degrees in the performing arts, literature and visual media. Over the last 20 years, she has held directorial positions in PR and Development for arts organizations such as Chicago’s ERC and Organic Theatre and Baltimore’s Theatre Project, in production for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, PBS, and independent and studio film/video productions in the mid atlantic and Chicago, and has freelanced in casting, production management, publicity, fundraising and special events. She is thrilled to be a part of DCIFF.

Susan Donnelly / Graphic Design & Branding is a DC area native with extensive experience in the fields of graphic design, editorial, marketing, and event planning. Her work over the last 20 years for major media outlets, including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, American Film Institute, and Simon & Schuster, has prepared her to handle just about any creative problem. After studying children’s television and media and gender, Susan earned a BA from Tufts University and a MA from Harvard University School of Education. She is currently producing a documentary, ALLIANCE, about the first Jewish farming colony in the United States.

Alison Dooley / Director of Submissions is from the Isle of Wight in England and came to Washington, DC in 2011. She volunteered at DCIFF in 2013 and joined the Submissions team in 2014. She has worked on several local film productions in various capacities and is a current film student in Maryland.  She previously worked in Dublin, Ireland creating software for film production companies.

Daniel Erichsen-Teal / Development Associate teaches high school literature classes hoping to instill an appreciation for the power of well-told stories. Out of the classroom, he supports film making for the accessibility and impact it gives to great stories. Having lived, studied, and taught in England, China, and multiple regions of the U.S., he cares especially for stories that help people to cross borders of culture and experience.

John Wakeford Francis / Documentary Outreach and Marketing is a television editor and documentary filmmaker. is a television editor and documentary filmmaker. His narrative and promotional work has been featured on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, and more. He lives in DC with his wife and three young kids. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, and holds an MFA in Film Production from The College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University.

Katie Grube / Submissions Coordinator received her PhD in East Asian Studies from New York University. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, and her research focuses on the contemporary art, film and visual culture of post-Mao China.

Stephanie House / Seminar Coordinator graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelors in Creative Writing, and ever since she can remember she’s been trying to get her words into other people’s mouths. In addition to Seminar Coordinating, she is a playwright, screenwriter, and sketch comedian. She likes to think of DCIFF as a crucible that brings together great aspiring minds and industry professionals to create something truly special.

Hannah Jayanti / Website & Design is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker. She loves that DCIFF is a festival for filmmakers and filmgoers alike, and that its indefatigable volunteer staff are so supportive of emerging talent. Her work can be found at www.hannahjayanti.com.

May-Mei Lee / Volunteer Coordinator graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Dramatic Literature. She has worked on short and feature-length films in various roles including writer, production assistant, and script supervisor. As a supporter of film festivals, she has been involved with Tribeca, Tropfest, and DC Shorts.

Karin Longren / Balloting, Awards, and VIP relations brings with her nearly 10 years of experience managing audience voting for nearly 150 features and shorts for the Los Angeles Film Festival. She rounds out her experience in the entertainment industry having worked for both Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox; as a producer for E! Entertainment Television; as assistant to a feature film producer and two network television producer/directors; and for a live music and events venue in the heart of Hollywood.

Paul Marengo / Director of Development has 25+ years in the area of development and program execution.  His experience includes a wide range of development activities including Corporate Support, Foundation Support, Government Support, and Individual Giving.  Paul believes by empowering and providing the necessary tools to smaller non-profit organizations they can become competitive fundraisers.   Paul has worked with and trained many non-profits on alternative ways of thinking of how data and other items can be of use to their development strategies. For more information about Paul visit http://www.paulmarengo.blog.

Shoshana Rosenbaum / Filmmaker Relations is a writer/director and educator based in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning short film THE GOBLIN BABY has screened at festivals around the U.S. and internationally. Her short film HIDE AND SEEK is poised to begin its festival run. Her screenplay THE GOBLIN CHILD was named to The 2017 Bitch List. She was a finalist in the 2015 Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition. Her screenplays have been finalists in the Nashville Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, and Asian Pacific American Film Festival. She is an Associate Artist at the Digital Institute for Early Parenthood.

Madeleine Voth / High School Competition Coordinator