Skye McLennan still remembers seeing The Matrix for the first time at ten years old, the images on the big screen shifting her perspective on the nature of reality and the possibilities of filmmaking. This moment also expanded her thinking, beyond the world of her small hometown of Templeton, CA. Her curiosity and love of film drove her to study Cinema at San Francisco State University and Television Documentary at the Danish School of Media & Journalism. A dual citizen of Australia and the United States, Skye’s next adventure was a move to Sydney, where she worked extensively in production design on short films, features, advertisements, music videos, and documentaries. Throughout her life, she has always worked at film festivals, starting as a volunteer at the SLO International Film Festival in high school. She has also worked marketing, programming and ticketing at the Sydney, Sundance, Tribeca, and San Francisco International Film Festivals. Skye has now returned home, bringing 2+ decades of experience and passion to her role as Executive Director of the SLO International Film Festival.
“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” –Wizard of Oz
Grace Tucker will always remember the countless movie viewings, hours spent making YouTube videos, and the annual Oscar competitions between her family that kicked off her love for film. Though growing up she had been introduced to all of the classics, it wasn’t until she watched Richard Linklater’s Boyhood that she became more curious about the possibilities that the medium holds and the level of intricacies and exciting obstacles faced in the process of bringing a project together. She went on to receive a degree in Business with a minor in Media, Arts and Technology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Having always been a lover of cinema, art and travel, she spent an additional semester at NYU studying film, then went on to explore Paris with the hope of learning the French culture, cinema and language. Not yet knowing which part of the industry she was most drawn to, she assisted at a marketing firm focused on bringing A-List films to their best form prior to their final edit, worked on film productions, and produced and edited her own projects which led to her involvement in the SLO Film Festival in 2018 as the Festival Assistant. Now involved in her fourth year at the Festival, she is excited about continuing to bring her experience and love of the industry to her new role as Associate Director.
2022 FESTIVAL TEAM FESTIVAL ASSISTANT & PROGRAMMER: CINDY KITAGAWA After 20 years in Los Angeles, Cindy returned to Santa Maria, California where she was born and raised. Inspired by the place and people who formed her life, she wrote her first feature film, COAST, a coming-of-age story, making its theatrical premiere in 2022. Cindy is a Programmer for HollyShorts Film Festival, Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival, and co-owner of A Journey Home Film. DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT: CHELSEA BAUMBERGER VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR & BOX OFFICE MANAGER: MATTHEW BROWN INTERNS: LOLA CARPENTER, CHRISTINA LEWANDOWSKI GRAPHIC DESIGNER: ELIZABETH KURRELS PUBLICIST: JOHN WILDMAN SWAG BAG COORDINATOR: MADISON EAST ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT: JADA EARL, PAUL STRUTHERS