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
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
Rizelle is a senior communication major from Pacific Lutheran University and the Editor of the Mast Magazine. Previously an intern at the Tacoma Art Museum, she plans to pursue a career that combines her interests in social issues, writing, music and design.
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: BramDraper.com.
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
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.
Favorite Movie: Full Metal Jacket
Guilty Pleasure Movie: The FP