Who make all this happen

Durango Independent Film Festival
Board of Directors

  • Dean Fagner, Interim Chair
  • Morgan Kusian, Vice-Chair
  • Stephani Burditt, Secretary & Interim Treasurer
  • Jackie Culp, Director
  • Shannon Kunkel, Director
  • Chris Lile, Director

2023/2024 Durango Film Staff

Executive Director
Carol L. Fleisher

Marketing & Design
Cindy Coleman, Duck Girl Art

Year Round Volunteer Staff Members
Lynn Armato, Cindy Coleman, Jim Cunningham, Kierstan Ellender, Claudia Murphy Foley, Leba Glazner, Nick Gonzales, Cornelius Hurley, Kristina John, George Johnson, Michele Malach, Mandy McCullough, Wade Moore, Lainey Severson, Carla Marie Toth, and Greg Weiss.

Cornelius Hurley / Programming Director
Leba Glazner / Adventure
George Johnson / Narrative Features
Michele Malach / Shorts
Barb Gysel / Documentaries
Greg Weiss / LGBTQ 
Cornelius Hurley / Family
Kristina John / Native Cinema
Claudia Murphy Foley, M.Ed. / Reel Learning School Program

Operations & Venues
Michele Malach / Head of Operations

Theater Managers:
Marwa Mohamed (Gaslight Twin Cinema)
James Simmons (Durango Arts Center)

Assistant Theater Managers:
Barb Brown (Gaslight Twin Cinema)
Richard Coleman (Durango Arts Center)

Box Office
Lynn Armato

Pass Management
Carla Marie Toth

Tech Director: Francisco “Paco” Aschwanden
Tech Team: Curt Heiner, Hasti Soltani

Festival Parties & Events
Lainey Severson & Jake Trujillo

Hospitality Management
Greg Weiss / Team Leader
Cindy Coleman / Filmmakers Lounge
Mandy McCullough / Juror Coordinator

Special Programs
Rich Henrich

Volunteer Coordinator
Kierstan Ellender

Print Projects Cindy Coleman, Duck Girl Art

Website & Communications: Jim Batchelder, Rest Easy Hosting
Social Media Marketing: Nick Gonzales

Programming Teams
George Johnson, Head
with Robb Brantley, Catherine Adams, Karen Overington and Amber Lark

Michele Malach, Head
with John Condie, Ken Coleman, Pam Smith & Robert Snead

Feature & Short Documentaries
Barb Gysel, Head
with Pattie Adler, Scott Rahilly, Barry Spear, Carla Marie Toth & Doug Wakeman

Native Cinema
Kristina John, Head
with Julie Cooley, Danielle Joe, Todd Macon and Stephen Sellers

Adventure Sports Program
Leba Glazner, Head
with Juan Lopez, Andrea Rike and Marcia Sabeti

Cornelius Hurley and Aiden Hurley

REEL Learning
Claudia Murphy Foley, M.Ed., Head
with Caleb Bates, Audra Day, Deb Nielsen, Amelia Player and Karen Zenger

Countdown to the 19th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival

  • 00 days
  • 00 hours
  • 00 minutes
  • 00 seconds

escape. expand. explore.