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Jim Farmer
Festival Director

Jim Farmer has served as the festival director of Out On Film since 2008. He has also served on several juries since 2010,  including the head of the jury for the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival. Under his leadership Out On Film was named a Grand Marshal in the 2017 Atlanta Pride parade and received the Beacon Award for Community Engagement from the ArtsATL Luminary Awards. Farmer won the 2015 Guardian Angel Award from  the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) Award and in 2019 took home the award for Businessman of the Year. An Atlanta-based arts writer, he is a member of five regional and national critics organizations.

The Team
Justice Obiaya
Marketing and Operations
Alex Watson
Graphic Design
Eric Needham
Operations
Alfredo Claro
Operations
Ed Welly
Technical Services
Chris Mason
Programming
Cathe Payne
Events
Angie Short
Events
Carolyn Williams
Events
Ray Pounds
Volunteers
Trent Farrington
Box Office
Chris Lott
Programming
James Rex
Marketing and Operations
Board of Directors
Craig Hardesty
Chair
Steve Cochrane
Treasurer
Jim Anderson
Member
Belinda Hernandez
Member
Jonathan Shapero
Member
Jim Lunsford
Emeritus Member
2019 Jurors
Cindy Abel

Cindy L. Abel is a multi-talented bilingual filmmaker who formed Atlantis Moon Productions in 2007 to develop film-related projects that launch conversations and impact popular culture.

She directed, produced and co-wrote the award-winning “Breaking Through,” a documentary in which openly LGBT elected officials share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers.

Her film currently in post-production, “Surviving the Silence,” tells the story of two women in love who helped changed military history Colonel Patsy Thompson who presided over the board  that dismissed Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer from the military for being a lesbian.

She blogs for Huffington Post, serves on the Atlanta Film Society Legacy Committee, and previously served as National Co-Chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Vice-Chair of Atlanta Film Festival and Vice President of Communications of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.

Cindy L. Abel is a multi-talented bilingual filmmaker who formed Atlantis Moon Productions in 2007 to develop film-related projects that launch conversations and impact popular culture.

She directed, produced and co-wrote the award-winning “Breaking Through,” a documentary in which openly LGBT elected officials share their stories of self-doubt and triumph over multiple barriers.

Her film currently in post-production, “Surviving the Silence,” tells the story of two women in love who helped changed military history Colonel Patsy Thompson who presided over the board  that dismissed Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer from the military for being a lesbian.

She blogs for Huffington Post, serves on the Atlanta Film Society Legacy Committee, and previously served as National Co-Chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Vice-Chair of Atlanta Film Festival and Vice President of Communications of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.

Ben Baur

Ben Baur grew up in a small town in Oregon, where he began performing at the age of seven in a community theater production of “Pippin.” Ben pursued acting ever since, and moved to Los Angeles after high school. There he attended a conservatory theater program and found his way onto big screens (“Something Like Summer”), small screens (“The Following” “General Hospital”, “Famous in Love”), and everything-in-between screens (“Hunting Season,” “These People”).

Eventually Ben decided to tell stories of his own. He wrote, produced, and starred in the web series “#Adulting” and the award winning short film “Something New.”Currently residing in New York City, Ben continues to create work that he can't wait to share with the world!

Shawn Cotter

Shawn Cotter is currently the Executive Director of Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBT Film Festival. He has been involved with Wicked Queer for the past nine years starting as a Location Manager and serving as Operations Manager and Director of Programming. He is an experimental filmmaker whose handmade Super 8mm films have shown internationally. and was one of the first students to receive an Associate’s Certificate in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Shawn currently lives in Malden, MA with his four cats and counts among his favorite filmmakers and influences: Joe Gage, Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Doris Wishman, RW Fassbinder, Kenneth Anger, Wong Kar-wai, Douglas Sirk, Jesus Franco, Dusan Makavejev and Dario Argento. His favorite LGBT movie is “Funeral Parade of Roses.”

Lisa Cunningham

Lisa Cunningham is a native of Atlanta and entered into film production while attending the University of Georgia. She is a Producer/Director and over the past 25 years she has been actively involved in the production community in Atlanta with her work spanning throughout film and television on hundreds of projects. Now with a strong footing in docu-digital content, Lisa has produced projects for McDonalds, W Hotels, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, The City of Atlanta, The History Channel and many more. As an influencer, Lisa was selected by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to serve on the inaugural LGBTQ Advisory Board for the City of Atlanta. Her community involvement continues as a philanthropist who devotes her time to several local charities focused on disadvantaged youth and underserved minorities.

Rich Eldredge

With lengthy stints at both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta magazine, Richard L. Eldredge has been covering Atlanta’s arts, entertainment, political, dining and charitable fundraising scenes since 1990. In 2015, he launched Eldredge ATL, a daily digital magazine dedicated to the city’s ever-evolving arts, entertainment, cuisine and cultural landscapes. Since 2011, he has worked as senior editor at VOX Teen Communications, supporting Atlanta’s next generation of journalists. In recognition of this work, Eldredge received the Atlanta Press Club Impact Award in 2015.

Daresha Kyi

Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. Currently in post on Mama Bears, a feature documentary about how conservative, Christian mothers are transformed when they decide to accept their LGBTQ children. In 2018 she directed Texas Strong which garnered over 2.6 million views online, screened at SXSW, won two Webby Awards and an Emmy for “Outstanding Documentary.”  In 2017 she co-directed Chavela, a multiple award-winning documentary about iconic singer Chavela Vargas. Currently a Chicken & Egg and Creative Capital fellow, this former Firelight Documentary Lab fellow has produced programming for FX, WE, AMC, Telemundo, and FUSE, among others.

Chris Lott

Chris Lott has worked for WarnerMedia (formerly Turner) for 17+ years in various different roles, and is currently Programming Manager for Turner Classic Movies.  He’s also a volunteer with the Humane Society.  This is his second year of involvement with Out on Film.” 

Sampson McCormick

Sampson McCormick is an experience, a down to earth comedic force of nature, and has been one of the most sought after voices of diversity in comedy for almost two decades. The award winning LGBTQ comedian and filmmaker has broken barriers including being the first LGBTQ comedian to perform at the Smithsonian and co-starring in 2017’s Oscar nominated indie short “I Live Here”. His comedy offers riveting and honest takes on race, religion, politics, life and sexuality. 

Michael Patrick McKinley

Michael Patrick McKinley is an Artist, Filmmaker, and Interior Designer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Happy,” his documentary directorial debut about artist Leonard Porkchop Zimmerman, screened at film festivals around the globe, picking up several prizes along the way, including The Sydney K. Shapiro Humanitarian Award (Phoenix Film Festival) Audience Favorite (Q Cinema, Forth Worth) Staff Pick (Manchester International, England) and Best Documentary both Jury and Audience, at the 2017 Out on Film Festival in Atlanta. McKinley's next project "Love Stories" begins filming in Winter of 2020

Leo Mullen

Leo grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and to this day considers himself a proud Clevelander. He is a graduate of Georgia State University’s Film program. He has completed several short films which have screened in various cities across the country. As well as directing, Leo is an editor and writer. A student of film theory and occasional cinephile, “Queer Moxie” (directed with fellow local filmmaker Heather Provoncha) is Leo’s first feature length film. Being a queer black man in the South, he finds it is important to create art of all mediums as diverse as the world around him. He is in the process of writing his first narrative features and shorts with plans to start production on them in the very near future. #blacktranslivesmatter #resist #believewomen

James A. Nadeau is the Associate Director and co-founder of the Boston Women's Film Festival. He was the executive director of Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival from 2008 to 2018. For nearly twenty years he has programmed films and curated art programs throughout the Boston area. He is a lecturer on film in the Literature Department at MIT and teaches film history at Lesley College of Art and Design.  

James Nadeau