Staff & Board

IMG_0829Emily Alm – Executive Director


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 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 Director and Founder aims to raise the standard of independent film in the South Sound.

Favorite Movie: Lost in Translation

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movie: Home Alone 2

CYN photoChristina Y. Nakada – 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 – Design Contractor

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

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Richard BeerRichard 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




Ron Gilbert photo-page-001Ron Gilbert

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