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STAFF

Skye McLennan
Skye McLennan
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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. 
Grace Tucker
Grace Tucker
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
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.
grace@slofilmfest.org
Chelsea Baumberger
Chelsea Baumberger
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Local to San Luis Obispo, Chelsea Baumberger returns to the Central Coast after launching her career in San Francisco and New York City in arts & fashion. Passionate about creative expression in all its forms, visual storytelling is the common underlying theme of her personal and professional life whether she is styling, creative directing, or designing. 
Beginning her career working with various SF independent art galleries, she also explored vintage buying before making her way to NYC, where she became an account manager for an independent footwear brand based in Manhattan. There, she mastered the ins and outs of running a brand from designing a collection to preparing seasonal brand collateral before taking it to market with North America’s top buyers.
Adept in collaborative partnerships, she is thrilled to bring this skillset to her role as Development Director to the wonderful team at SLO Film Festival and return to the creative community that initially sparked her curiosity in arts and culture. She strives to honor the vast possibilities that film offers the world, and is excited to have the opportunity to bring this incredible medium to the San Luis Obispo community. 
“Marie I: Nobody understands anything. Marie II: It’s us they don’t understand,” – Daisies (Sedmikrásky)
chelsea@slofilmfest.org

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