Staff & Board

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Emily J. Nakada-Alm – Founder & Executive Director


In 2004, Emily Nakada-Alm enrolled in the Film and National Identity class during her freshman year at the University of Puget Sound and fell in love with cinema. The same year she was inspired by Sofia Coppola’s latest work, LOST IN TRANSLATION, and there was no question—Emily would dedicate her career to film. After graduation, she was hired by the Grand Cinema, where she worked in a variety of capacities – including Director of the Tacoma Film Festival – for six years. Her festival work continued with the Seattle International Film Festival and the Rainier Independent Film Festival. Her path has led her to her current role as the Associate Director of Presenting for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tacoma, where she is responsible for managing all major events, and for curating and organizing the annual Film Focus series.

During her years in the film festival arena, Emily has further expanded her knowledge of festival operations by attending the International Film Festival Summit, and such festivals as: Ashland Independent Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, and the Palme d’Or of film festivals, the Cannes International Film Festival.

The Destiny City Film Festival was born from Emily’s vision of what a film festival should be about—incredible films and curating a larger audience to support the local film community.

Emily knows that DCFF will add to the promising future and vitality of filmmaking in Tacoma and the Northwest by contributing another outlet for the river of filmmaker talent flowing through Washington State. The high-quality programming expectation set by the DCFF Founder and Executive Director aims to raise the standard of independent film in the South Sound.

Favorite Movie: Lost in Translation

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movie: Home Alone 2

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Christina Y. Nakada-Alm – Assistant Manager

Christina was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and calls Tacoma home.  She has been active with DCFF for several years and has enjoyed seeing the vibrant festival continue to grow.

Favorite Movie: Once

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Spaceballs

Bram Draper – Video and Technical consultant

Bram assists DCFF with design projects and video production. He is a freelance video editor, filmmaker, and works with film and arts organizations. Get more info about his services at:

DCFF Board

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Richard Beer – Secretary

Richard is the Director of Programming and Marketing for the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, WA. He has spent 30+ years working in film production, distribution, marketing and film festival advising and programming.

Favorite Movie: In Bruges

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Josie and the Pussycats




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Ron is a dedicated cinephile with a penchant for any film from directors Claire Denis, Kathryn Bigelow and Wong Kar Wai. He is truly honored to serve on the Destiny City Film Festival board.

Favorite Movie: Body Heat (because it is “virtually flawless”!)

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Staying Alive



Godot Gutierre

Godot grew up in Tacoma and attended college at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Receiving a degree in visual communications with concme and burgerentrations in Photography and Print. Since moving back to Tacoma in 2007 he has been a board member of the East Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (2015) and is currently a Pythian Knight. He is extremely proud of how Tacoma has grown and believes that Tacoma has a great future ahead of it. Movies have always been Godot’s primary entertainment and he is happy to assist on the DCFF Board to ensure that Tacoma will always have a vibrant cinema culture. Currently Godot works at Wizards of the Coasts, but when he is not there you will see him in Tacoma at any one of it’s amazing restaurants or watching movies with friends in his back yard in the summers.

Favorite Movie: Full Metal Jacket

Guilty Pleasure Movie: The FP

Film Pre-Screening Team

Mikayla Daniels

Mikayla Daniels is a PNW screenwriter and filmmaker with a BA in film and an MFA in screenwriting. She currently writes and hosts for KSPS Saturday Night Cinema out of Spokane.

Favorite Movie: Night of the Living Dead

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Clue
Casey Curran

Casey has spent a lifetime watching and thinking about films. He’s trying to pass on the love to his nine-year-old son by going to film festivals together and watching independent film whenever possible.

Favorite Movie: Anything by Wes Anderson

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Ed Wood
Mary Hause

Mary is a cinephile who grew up with 35 cent movies at The Blue Mouse. Journey To The Center of the Earth, The Time Machine, and all "Tammy" and Elvis films were big draws. The wicked witch from the west is the only role so far that has caused her to run out of the theater, crying.

Favorite Movie: Driving Miss Daisy

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Mamma Mia!
Spencer Millfelt

Spencer is an avid film enthusiast. He spends most days writing, absorbing new movies, and keeping an eye out for which new indie film will pique his interest.

Favorite Movie: It Follows or Swiss Army Man

Guilty Pleasure Movie: The Night Before
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Kevin is an accomplished screenwriter, singer, and actor. His singing has been described as “fine,” and directors have been universally impressed by his ability to sit and stand in various locations, including corporate board rooms, trains, and guitar stores.

Favorite Movie: Amelie

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Nacho Libre
Rhiannon Rinas

Rhiannon is big into entertainment - anything books, music, movies, TV and entertainment news. Her husband shares her passions and one of their favorite things to do is go to film festivals and discover new media.

Favorite movies: Meet Joe Black, The Quiet Place, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Bad Moms
James Venturini

James has a BA in film and theatre and is Associate Artistic Director at Lakewood Playhouse. He also keeps himself busy writing, producing, directing, and occasionally acting in various theatre, film, and audio projects.

Favorite Movie: The Passenger

Guilty Pleasure Movie: The Driver
Trevor Williams

Trevor, a self-proclaimed, "professional amateur," is a musician, photographer, podcast producer, poet, and an apprentice for Tacoma's Fool's Play Improv. Williams first became enticed with movies through film score, and got his start as a critic by participating in the Institute of Theater Journalism and Advocacy when he attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2015 and 2016.

Favorite Movie: Akira

Guilty Pleasure Movie: The Room