In 2004, Emily 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 Senior Event Manager for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tacoma, where she is responsible 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, 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 hopes DCFF will add to the promising future and vitality of filmmaking in Tacoma and the Northwest by contributing another outlet for the underrated river of filmmaker talent flowing through Washington State. The high-quality programming expectation set by the DCFF Director and Founder aims to raise the standard of independent film in the South Sound.
Moving forward with DCFF, Emily couldn’t think of a better place to fulfill her film destiny than in the City of Destiny. A Colorado native, Emily was ultimately taken with Tacoma and firmly planted new roots along Puget Sound. On Saturday mornings you’ll find her at the Proctor Farmer’s market—on Sundays she drinks Tacoma IPAs and shouts at the TV while watching the Seahawks play. The rest of the time you’ll find her screening DCFF submissions and rubbing elbows with the singers, performers, artists and speakers that visit the Broadway Center’s many venues.
Ashley is a originally from San Diego. Since 2011, Ashley has lived in Tacoma with friends and a gaggle of dogs. She graduated from UW-Tacoma in June 2017, with a degree in Art, Media, and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys board games, audiobooks and camping.
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.
Godot grew up in Tacoma and attended college at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Receiving a degree in visual communications with concentrations 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.