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 Events Coordinator for Downtown On the Go, where she is responsible for managing all major events, and for developing community partnerships to support those that live and work in downtown Tacoma.
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
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: Mean Girls
Corbin is a student at Clover Park Technical College studying Digital Entertainment Production with a focus on film. He has always been obsessed with a good story and an impassioned monologue. He hopes to someday travel and tell stories of his own.
Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction.
Favorite guilty pleasure movies: Starship Troopers and Independence Day.
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
Film Pre-Screening Team
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
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 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
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 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
Alena Schoonmaker is the director of the Spokane International Film Festival. She got her degree in film from Seattle University and also studied film at NYU. Alena spends her free time volunteering at Pawsitive Outreach Spay/Neuter Advocates, singing with the Spokane Spectrum Singers, and writing and directing short films.
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Guilty Pleasure Movie: Beverly Hills Cop
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, 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