Festival Staff

Jed Dietz – Founding Director of MdFF, President of the Producer’s Club of Maryland

Jed Dietz oversees all MdFF activities including the Maryland Film Festival, the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship (in partnership with the Sundance Labs), the Maryland Regional Production Guide, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway.

Dietz is a founding Board member of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, an advocacy group for more film and television production in Maryland. Among other advisory roles, Dietz has served on the Acquisition Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the National Aquarium’s Marketing Committee. He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Baltimore Center Stage. He graduated from Deerfield Academy, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and he holds an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester. Dietz is married to Dr. Julia McMillan and they have three children.


Scott Braid – Director of Programming


As Director of Programming, Scott Braid oversees technical and presentation aspects of the annual MdFF, manages submissions, as well as participating in the selection of the annual festival slate, programming of the Parkway Theatre, MdFF at Artscape and other special events. He is an integral part of the team shaping the identity of MdFF and guiding the MdFF and the Parkway project through its growth and expansion. He represents MdFF at TIFF, SXSW, Sundance, and Provincetown film festivals. He completed a BFA in Cinematic Arts at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Spring of 2012. He is a filmmaker who has made a number of music videos for prominent Baltimore bands, as well as, producing original video content for MdFF fundraisers and events. His love of film and film festivals brought him to MdFF as Tent Village Coordinator in 2008. He served as the Public Relations Coordinator in 2009 and joined the festival full time as Programming Administrator in 2010. Scott is also a founding/board member of the Baltimore Video Collective, a group devoted to opening a non-profit, collectively run video store in Baltimore. Since the late 1990’s, he has been a promoter, organizer and participant in the Baltimore music and arts scene. He has worked at many music venues, clubs, festivals and art events, in addition to playing music in touring band for a number of years. 

Evan Rogers – Director of Parkway Operations

Evan Rogers was most recently Director of Operations for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and provides extensive experience with live events, operations, and staff management. He has also held posts at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Jessica Baroody – Events Manager


Jessica Baroody is the Events Manager for the Maryland Film Festival and SNF Parkway Theatre. She began with MdFF as an intern in 2010, assisted and managed volunteer coordination for MdFF 2011 and 2012, and returned as Operations Manager for MdFF 2016 and 2017. She has also served as an I.A.T.S.E. Local 487 crew member on local film and television productions such as VEEP, House of Cards, and Jamesy Boy, was an assistant producer on the Discovery Life series Shock Trauma: Edge of Life, was Executive Director of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, and is currently an incubator fellow with the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins.

Keisha Knight – Programming Administrator

Born in Syracuse, NY, Keisha was weaned on the multiplex and baptized in American Movie Classics. Keisha graduated from Barnard College with a degree in comparative religion and, after a brief stint as a modern dancer cum film editor in NYC, decided to travel the world. Returning from abroad Keisha did an intensive tour of the NYC film circuit working for Kino Lorber, Anthology Film Archives, African Film Festival, GKIDS, and Gunpowder & Sky. Keisha has an MA in Media Studies from Pratt Institute with a focus on decoloniality and cinema.

Brian Denny – Parkway Theater Manager

Brian Denny was most recently Head Projectionist and Operations Manager at the Charles Theatre. He has dedicated himself to the preservation of 35mm film and digital distribution services for emerging filmmakers. He has operated auditoriums throughout Baltimore since 2010 and screenings for the MdFF since 2013.

Gregory Golinski – Parkway Theater Manager

Gregory studied Film Production and Cinematography at SVA in New York before returning to Baltimore more than a decade ago. He was a Manager at Video Americain, as well as at both The Senator and Charles Theaters before joining the MdFF team with the opening of the Parkway.

Mary Helen Shaughnessy – Development & Membership Manager


Mary Helen was born and raised in Baltimore and had her first internship with the Maryland Film Festival in 2001. She moved to New York to attend New York University and worked freelance as a producer, developer, and manager in the world of film, television, and event production in the city for over ten years. Prior to joining the MdFF team, Mary Helen was the Sponsorship and Hospitality Director for an international sporting event at Verizon Center in Washington, DC and managed corporate and personal sponsorships. Mary Helen was thrilled to return to her first work environment at MdFF as Development and Membership Manager in 2017.