AFF Staff & Team
Cindy is an independent producer, line producer and production manager for the film, television and commercial industry. She is the producer of the Sundance Award winning feature documentary, DIVINE TRASH, about the early work of Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, and the follow up film, IN BAD TASTE for the Independent Film Channel & Bravo. In addition she has produced dozens of national commercials from Gummy Bears to Adidas. Her television credits include Homicide: Life on the Streets, America’s Most Wanted, Mastermind and Split Screen to name a few. Before turning to the production side, Cindy was a SAG/AFTRA actor working on many films shot in DC & Baltimore. From 2006 to 2010, Cindy was the Festival Producer for the AFI/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Film Festival. She has served on the board of the Maryland Chapter of Women In Film & Video and is a member of the Producers Guild of America. This will be Cindy’s third year producing the Annapolis Film Festival.
Derek Horne has been working in programming for 20 years, including film festivals coast to coast from Newport (RI) to Newport Beach (CA). Currently, Derek is the Director of Programming for the Annapolis Film Festival in the Spring and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in the Fall. Derek worked in the Filmmaker Services Department at the Sundance Film Festival for six years and was the Film Coordinator at Chapman University’s film school for ten years handling the distribution of thousands of student films and promoting the careers of many talented emerging artists. Derek was the founding editor of Kodak’s student filmmaking magazine and has written articles for their “In Production, On Campus” newsmagazine as well as IndieWire.
Ashley Deckman is a Manhattan-based filmmaker. She entered the film industry in 2014 as an intern for FILMSTERS, a production company in her hometown of Annapolis, MD. From there she quickly worked her way up to Associate Producer on two hit TLC reality television shows. Since moving to NYC in 2015 to pursue her MFA at Tisch School of the Arts, Ashley has produced over 12 short films, a web series, and won the 2018 Media Service Award for Producing. Her latest film, Career Day, which she directed in 2017, is currently on the festival circuit and has won several awards, including “Best Director” at the Capitol Hill Film Classic Festival. Ashley loves working with like-minded creatives who share her same passion for storytelling. In year three of the film festival, Ashley was the Production Coordinator, last year she was the Festival Manger and this year returns to AFF as Jr. Programmer.
During his formative years, Joe lived in Genoa, Italy. The later years of his youth were spent growing-up in Akron, Ohio. He studied graphic design at Kent State University, ultimately earning his BFA then began his career as an art director in Baltimore, Maryland. Joe and his wife, Eva, kept busy for the past 20+ years running their own business, JEB Design, Inc. (link: https://www.jebdesign.com). In 2013, the couple launched Citizen Pride (link: https://citizenpride.com) to celebrate Mid-Atlantic (or Maryland) pride through creative products. Joe’s passion for history, culture and community is reflected in his illustrations, which are featured on Citizen Pride products that range from flags, prints, canvas art, wooden signs, stickers and more. He is inspired by the icons and landmarks that stir the sense of local pride for your hometown. Being a Scout leader of his two boy’s troop allows him plenty of time out in nature. He also loves film, music, reading sci-fi and won’t likely turn down a good, hoppy brew. Joe has been with the film festival since its inception.
New to the festival this year, Natasha Rathlev holds a B.A. in Film Studies, Environmental Studies from the University of Richmond. With a background in Environmental education and film, she served as the Education Program Coordinator August 2017 – July 2019 Cape Elizabeth Land Trust – Cape Elizabeth, Maine and as the LabVenture Educator from August 2017 to July 2019 at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. She will be festival manager this year for AFF and was the Production Manager for FILMSTERS Academy 2019.
Born and raised in Annapolis, she will oversee coordination, hospitality, special events, operations and logistics, communications and connections with team leaders and volunteers.
Katie was born and raised in Baltimore and has degree in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University. She has been freelancing in the film industry since 2009 and has worked on a variety of shoots, assuming different positions from art director to coordinator to script supervisor. Katie has a passion for working as a script supervisor on independent films made in Maryland. Credits include “The Night Watchmen”, “Flimsy Company”, “Fishbowl”, “Sollers Point” and most recently “The Land” which was filmed this past fall in Carroll County. Katie is excited to be returning for her second year with the festival and will be undertaking the position of Content Coordinator.
Lu is a junior in college pursuing a Film Studies degree. She has been working with Filmsters for two years now and this will be her second year working the festival. Last year she worked on the production team and this year she is working as Brand Manager for the festival.
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