Officers and Board
Kurt Liedtke has over 12 years of experience working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles through various roles in music, film, social media and video games, and has worked for two newspaper publications in Southern Oregon -- the Lake County Examiner and the Herald & News -- since relocating to the Klamath Basin from Southern California. His tenure in the news industry has included work as a journalist, photographer, videographer, copy editor, managing editor, sports editor, commercial drone pilot and social media manager. Alongside his role as Klamath Film's Executive Director, Kurt continues to work as the Herald & News' Online Editor.
Curtis Peoples, PhD. is an Archivist for the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. He oversees the Crossroads Recording Studio at TTU and is a musician who has worked in the music business for five decades. Dr. Peoples teaches the “History of West Texas Music” and “Studies in Texas Music History” for TTU, and “American Media Studies” in Humanities at Oregon Tech. He hosts the “Music Crossroads of Texas” radio show and has original music compositions in the short film “Bogart County” and the documentary “Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Plains.”
Amber Lancaster, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Oregon Tech and teaches courses in professional and technical writing, electronic communication and media, proposal and grant writing, and document design. Her interest in film began as an undergraduate student in a Film Interpretation course and developed throughout her minor in History, with emphasis in American Cinema. She joined Klamath Film in 2019 and is an avid supporter of the arts and humanities.
Joelle Harris is an Architect at ZCS Engineering and Architecture and has been practicing for 20 years. She has worked on a wide range of building types from multi-family housing to significant alterations and seismic rehabilitation of historic landmark buildings. She is currently working on growing the architectural design division at ZCS and supports projects throughout Oregon. Joelle recently moved to Klamath Falls with her husband Paul, and they are enjoying the seasons and exploring outdoors with their two dogs.
Jesse Widener has a wide range of experience in the arts including architecture, music composition, photography, software development, drawing and writing. He brings his passion and experience to filmmaking, having had several films show at multiple film festivals, including the Portland International Film Festival and Ashland Independent Film Festival. Jesse also serves on the board of Klamath's official tourism agency Discover Klamath.
Ann Cavanaugh is co-owner of SmithBates printing, one of the oldest printing companies in the state of Oregon. A long-time resident of Klamath Falls, Ann has been instrumental in the startup and continued success of many local nonprofits geared toward the improvement of our economy, community, and the pride and enjoyment of living in the Klamath Basin, some of which include our official tourism agency Discover Klamath, as well as the Klamath County Economic Development Association.
Chris Anderson is a writer, director, and producer of films and videos. He has several features and numerous shorts to his credit, as well as having acted in a number of other independent films. He holds a BFA in filmmaking and an MA in media psychology and taught film production at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2006 to 2010.
Court hails from Los Angeles, CA where he began his film experience as a session musician/arranger at the age of 19. This was followed by several years as the staff composer for TCA films. In 1980, Court co-founded The Research Company, a small scientific/technical film company in Hermosa Beach. Court recently moved to Klamath Falls.
Lindsay Silver, a recent Oregon transplant that hails from Montana, is a post-baccalaureate student at Oregon Tech working toward a degree in Professional Writing. She is in active pursuit of creating a writing career specializing as a grant writer. Her first degree, from the University of Montana in Psychology, led to challenging but rewarding work in child and family services as a behavioral specialist and victim advocate. As a direct compliment to her mental health work, and in striving to keep a balanced lifestyle, Lindsay has worked as an instructor and personal trainer encouraging physical health and vitality.
Mark Shapiro. Mark worked on publicity campaigns for five Oscar-nominated animated features: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and Missing Link (2019) at LAIKA Studios. He is currently a partner at Metolius, LLC, a Portland-based brand marketing and publicity consultancy. Mark provides marketing and brand counsel for a number of organizations, including The Orlando Film Festival and Graco Films (Mexico City) and has curated animated blocks at film festivals worldwide. Prior to LAIKA, he worked in marketing for Nike and Monster.com.