Festival Staff

Sandra L. Gibson – Interim Executive Director

Sandra L. Gibson oversees all MdFF activities including the Maryland Film Festival and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway.

Sandra is the former President and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and founding board member and Chief Operating Officer of Americans for the Arts. She has worked as a consultant since 2011 with clients including the Smithsonian Institution and Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, and the foundation planning a National China Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum.

Gibson’s experience in arts and cultural programming began with her tenure at the American Film Institute (AFI), where she held a number of positions including three years as Director of Independent Filmmaker Program and Distribution Programs and more than five years as Director of West Coast Campus Operations and Personnel.


Scott Braid – Director of Programming

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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

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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.


Mitchell Goodrich – Programming Manager

Mitchell Goodrich escaped north from Florida in 2007, joining the MdFF screening committee a few years later. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s program in Art History and an alumnus of the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. He has curated films for the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum and spoken at PS1’s NY Art Book Fair. After cutting his teeth in the ad world, Mitchell joined MdFF full-time in 2018.


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.


Chris Wertz – Marketing and Communications Coordinator

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Chris Wertz joined MdFF in 2018 as a recent graduate of the University of Baltimore, where they received a bachelors degree in public history. They have previously worked with several local and national organizations with large-scale events, including the National Women’s Studies Association, managing communication and administrative needs.


Zion Douglass – Programming Associate

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Zion Douglass is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. His work floats across time-based media, critical + experimental-based writing, DJ sets, and curatorial practice to form alternative methods for activating Black social life. Forming ongoing relationships to critical theory, Zion is dedicated to shifting representative logics of Black visual aesthetics; his particular research interests are engaged with, performativity in digital space, future-building, escape, abolition, and ontological tenets of still/moving image.