The Team

Deirdre Evans-Pritchard / Executive Director and Programmer spent years integrating digital media and arts into higher education with projects like Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media Conference & Festival, documentaries for A&E and The Learning Channel and programming for Channel 98.  Years ago she was the program 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.  She is developing an interactive exhibition on Civilization and the Screen and researches visual literacy. Contact at:

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.

Leilani Cartledge / Filmmaker Relations

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.

Hallie Ryan/ Documentary Outreach and Marketing 

Katie Grube / Director of Submissions 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.

Calvin Hu/ Seminars Coordinator: a creative producer whose career has focused on creating educational, corporate, and marketing video. When he’s not working or exploring independent filmmaking, he spends his time cooking, cycling, and fixing bikes.

On the Hill Summit Coordinator: TBD

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.

Kiki Manning / Social Media Coordinator hails from Seattle and is studying economics and film at George Washington University. She spends her time watching as many films as possible, perfecting her pour over coffee method, and digging through bargain bins at record stores.

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

Nyrene Monforte/ Seminars Coordinator is a student filmmaker based in the DC area. Her work has been screened in art exhibits in Bethesda and Seattle, and was one of the previous winners of DCIFF’s own High School Competition. She is currently studying film and political science as a Montgomery Scholar at Montgomery College.

Ashley Osborne  / Filmmaker Relations

Nathan Ridings / Print Traffic Coordinator is a film student at George Mason University. With a fascination in film production, distribution, and analysis, he splits his time between creating, sharing, and writing about film. This is his second year with DCIFF.

TBD/ Festival Photographer

Madeleine Voth / High School Competition Coordinator  will graduate from the Literary Media and Communications department of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 2021, where she studies film and writing. She has some of her work published in The Skinny Poetry Journal, Howard University News Service, and Urban Health Media Project. She has been a High School Competition Coordinator for three consecutive years.

Peter Voth / Website Guru