Meet Our Staff!Bringing writers, filmmakers, and the community together. Want to work with us? Volunteer, Intern, or check out our job opportunities! Click on the staff image to view their bio! Barbara Morgan - Executive Director Barbara Morgan co-founded Austin Film Festival in 1993 and has served as the sole Executive Director since 1999. As a filmmaker, Morgan developed and produced the film Natural Selection, which has aired on Showtime, the Sci-fi channel, and was released internationally. Morgan also co-produced the feature documentary Antone’s: Home of the Blues, which as also released internationally. Most recently, Morgan produced the documentary feature, Portrait of Wally(2012), and the narrative feature Spring Eddy(2012). She developed and produces the TV/Radio/Podcast series On Story, currently airing on PBS and PRI stations across the country. In 2010, Morgan produced a reading of Bud Shrake’s play “A Friend of Carlos Monson” with director Jeff Nichols. In 2013 Morgan co-edited “On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft”, which was published by UT Press. Morgan serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations, including International Film Festival Summit and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Barb@austinfilmfestival.com Close Barbara Morgan Executive Director email Barb Colin Hyer - Conference Director Colin Hyer serves as the Creative Director of Austin Film Festival where he oversees all Festival programming. In addition to orchestrating the annual Writers Conference and year-round events, he works in tandem with the organization’s Film Department and Script Competitions Department to plan, promote, and maintain a connected program that celebrates and champions storytellers. He originally served as AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program Coordinator before stepping into the role of Conference Director in 2017. Originally from Wisconsin, Colin moved to Austin after graduating from Columbia College Chicago. Before joining Austin Film Festival full-time, he taught video production to youth for five years through non-profit organizations like Austin School of Film, Creative Action, and Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program. Outside of the office, Colin enjoys reading Stephen King novels and playing with his dog Mayo. Colin@austinfilmfestival.com Close Colin Hyer Creative Director email Colin Brittany Falk - Executive Administrator Close Brittany Falk Executive Administrator email Brittany Miller Mauldin - Project Manager Originally from Abilene, Texas, Miller attended Texas State University where she graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre production and performance. Miller has worked with Austin Film Festival for several years, starting as an intern in 2017, then serving as the script reading coordinator for the 2019 festival, and now working full-time as the Office Manager. Miller is excited and honored to continue her relationship with the Austin Film Festival in a new capacity. In her spare time, Miller enjoys hiking, going to concerts and music festivals, and binge watching TV shows. Close Miller Mauldin Project Manager email Miller Casey Baron - Senior Film Program Director Born and raised in the small island of Dominica located in the West Indies, Casey Baron moved to Austin after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English – Editing, Writing, and Media. While attending FSU, Casey worked for The Torchlight Program. During his time there, he was the Team Leader and Personal Assistant to film industry veteran Paul Cohen, the program’s Executive Director. Beyond that creative venture, Casey has also been an editor on a handful of literary magazines, including FSU’s The Kudzu Review and Miami Dade College’s AXIS Creative Arts Magazine. Casey has been a part of the Austin Film Festival family for three years running; starting off as an intern before climbing the ladder to become the festival’s Shorts Programmer for its 25th anniversary. He’s excited to jump into his new role as the Senior Film Program Director, and continuing the organizational and personal mission of championing storytellers. When he’s not racing to find interesting stories, Casey spends his spare time watching basketball and soccer, listening to music, and playing with his dog Niobe. Close Casey Baron Senior Film Program Director email Casey Alexandra Mitchell - Shorts Programmer Alexandra “Alex” Mitchell was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Washington University with a B.A. in Film & Media Studies, she made the trek down ‘south’ with the dream of working at Austin Film Festival. She made it! After serving as a Conference intern, Registration Director, and recently the Project Manager, Alex is honored to serve as the Shorts Programmer in the Film Department. When Alex is not watching films and reading up on the industry, she is eating brunch and playing board games. Close Alexandra Mitchell Shorts Programmer email Alex Rob Gonzalez - Film Competition Director Rob hails from the Rocky Mountains of Idaho where he grew up white water rafting, skiing, and re-watching Jurassic Park regularly. He originally joined Austin Film Festival immediately upon moving to Austin as an intern in the AFF Film Department. Since then he served for three festivals as Volunteer Operations Manager before taking over as Film Competition Director in 2019. In his free time Rob enjoys being outside in the hills and on the water, drawing, watching action movies, and the art of fermentation and brewing. Close Rob Gonzalez Film Competition Director email Rob Kaetie Turner - On Story, Executive Producer Kaetie Turner originally joined the Austin Film Festival family in 2012 as an Executive Director Intern. After graduating with a Radio-Television-Film degree from the University of Texas, Kaetie moved to Los Angeles where she worked on several productions including Arrested Development, Drunk History and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She is excited to return to AFF as the Executive Producer of the On Story Project where she will oversee all aspects of the project and various AFF media projects. Close Kaetie Turner On Story, Executive Producer email Kaetie Sage Kosiorek - Director of Script Competitions After a deep love for film developed in college, Sage felt he needed to learn about how the industry worked. He moved to Austin, Texas in 2016 and began working in various capacities with Austin Film Festival. Eventually, he worked as the Events Coordinator in 2018, and joined full-time as the Project Manager in 2019 and is excited to take on the role of Director Script Competitions. His passion for the arts, particularly writing and film, and getting the opportunity to connect with people in these fields is what keeps him going. Sage@austinfilmfestival.com Close Sage Kosiorek Director of Script Competitions email Sage Karla Lugo - Script Competitions Manager Originally from El Paso, TX, Karla moved to Austin Texas in 2019 in the hopes of becoming part of the AFF Team. She now serves as the Script Competitions Manager at the organization and hopes her deep love for film and writing will help foster and champion the writers who participate at the AFF Festival. In her free time you can find her binge-watching TV shows or hanging out with her pug Olivia. Close Karla Lugo Script Competitions Manager email Karla Sally Seitz - Young Filmmakers Program Director Sally Seitz is a Theatre Artist and passionate Arts Educator originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She has a BA in Theatre, American Literature and Creative Writing from Middlebury College. Previously she has worked with the Austin Film Festival as the Script Reading Coordinator as well as the Script Department Administrative Assistant. Ms. Seitz is thrilled for the opportunity to engage and encourage emerging young storytellers. Close Sally Seitz Director, Young Filmmakers Program email Sally Kelly Lafargue - Marketing Director Kelly serves as the Marketing Director at Austin Film Festival. In addition to handling advertisements and strategic goals, part of Kelly’s role involves communication across the organization. Kelly graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Since moving here in 2016, she has continued to develop her passion for film along with a love of live comedy – specifically, improv, which she has started performing. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys cooking, going to the movies, and watching reality television with her cat. Kelly is looking forward to furthering the mission of AFF through marketing efforts. Marketing@austinfilmfestival.com Close Kelly Lafargue Marketing Director email Kelly Anna Zschiesche - Marketing Coordinator Anna joined Austin Film Festival in September 2018 as an intern while she completed her M.B.A. at St. Edward’s University. An Austin native (unicorn!), Anna started her career in the events industry and went back to school to make a career shift towards marketing. When she’s not at AFF, she’s hanging out with her pug Betty and binge watching Netflix. Marketingcoord@austinfilmfestival.com Close Anna Zschiesche Marketing Coordinator email Anna Jon Michelson - Development Director Jon is the Director of Partnerships and Development for the Festival and Conference with the primary role to cultivate and maintain relationships with local and national sponsors. Before joining the festival and conference, he was a small business owner in Austin for 15 years in the restaurant and pet supply industries and has a great love for the City of Austin. Originally from Lockhart, he graduated from Babson College and completed his MBA from the University of Georgia. In his free time, Jon is a big fan of bbq, the Longhorns, and classic cars. Close Jon Michelson Development Director email Jon Roy Morgan - Canine Relations If you visit, you’re likely to run into Roy Morgan. He’s a big fan of head pats, belly scratches, and great filmic storytelling. Follow us on social media — especially instagram — to get more updates from this cool canine. 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