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.
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 Parrish worked in Hollywood for over a decade as an actress, stunt double, photo double, hand model, and stand-in on feature films such as Terminator 3, A Lot Like Love, Lucky You, and the Virgin of Juarez. She also worked regularly as a stunt driver for numerous car commercials including Mazda, Saturn, Toyota, and Nissan, and became the spokeswoman for Cadillac of Las Vegas and NissanUSA.com. She moved away from Los Angeles in 2016 when she married an F-15 pilot, and the military moved them to Japan. While there, she became the proud mom of twins, and wrote her first book, "Love & Lattes: Okinawa", focusing on the local culture and cuisine. In 2019, the Air Force once again moved her family, this time to Klamath Falls, OR, where she currently resides.
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.
Nick Alexander is an Oregon filmmaker aspiring to convey powerful, inspirational stories through the medium of film. For the past 5 years, he has grown his video production business, focusing on video marketing, weddings and documentaries. In academia, he received a Bachelors Degree in the studies of Emerging Media & Digital Art and Spanish from Southern Oregon University. Being fluent in Spanish and having cultural experience in the Latin American world, these qualities led him to his first feature film, Illegal which was an official selection at 40+ film festivals and garnered 15+ nominations and awards, including Best Southern Feature at KIFF2020.
Wayne Sweat is a financial advisor by day, and an accomplished actor in many shorts and features made across Southern Oregon. He has been a member of Klamath Film for many years.
Cathy Ann Dee
Frank “Rocky” Garrotto
Mari Jane Hillyer