Sandra L. Gibson – 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.
Christy LeMaster – Artistic Director
Christy LeMaster started working at the SNF Parkway in June of 2020. Previously she lived in Chicago for 15 years where she worked as a programmer, educator, and producer interested in collectivity, platform, and collaborative processes. She founded Chicago’s cooperatively-helmed microcinema The Nightingale and co-programmed itinerant experimental doc series Run of Life at spaces around the city, including experimental music venue Constellation. From 2017-19, she worked as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, organizing programs and exhibitions for the Commons, the museum’s site for art and civic engagement. She taught media theory at Columbia College Chicago, has been a movie critic on WBEZ, and an editor of CINE-FILE.info. Her writing has been published by INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Brooklyn Rail, and Green Lantern Press. Her projects since the start of the pandemic include acting as the Friday editor for The Quarantine Times and co-organizing the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund.
Evan Rogers – Director of SNF 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.
Gregory Golinski – SNF 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.
Ali McShane – Events Manager
Chris Wertz – Marketing & Membership Coordinator
Chris 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 and programming, including the National Women’s Studies Association, managing communication and administrative needs. They are an avid fan of horror and queer cinema.
Sumaiya Ananna – Programming Associate
The founder of UNIQUE SIGNATURE FILMS, Sumaiya is a filmmaker and an educator who has completed her MA from Johns Hopkins University in Film and Media Studies. She has worked on the sets of House of Cards, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Voice, and several other productions. She has worked with Sesame Workshop, Producers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Sumaiya is on the screening committee for the Maryland Film Festival, Loudoun Arts Film, Woodstock Film Festival and has programmed the first virtual Movie Industry Conference at the Bushwick Film Festival where she is currently producing monthly Conversation Series with industry professionals.
Her first short film, Changement (shahnzj-mahn’) was accepted into multiple film festivals worldwide. Her first animation short, Boost – A Stop Motion Animation, which she produced was screened at several international festivals including local film festivals such as Maryland’s Ocean City Film Festival and Sweaty Eyeballs. She was selected for Charm City Fringe Festival for 2 consecutive years for which she produced and directed two short films.
She believes in equal rights and speaks the language of kindness to build a better tomorrow. She is convinced that art and media have the power to change lives and bring societal progress. Sumaiya aims to pay it forward through mentorship and her beliefs are often reflected through her work. She mentors students every year via JHU’s network, One Hop Mentoring and at Stevenson University.
Mia Smith – Programming Consultant
Mia is a consultant, curator, organizer, educator and activist, cofounder of Invisible Majority. Since returning to Baltimore in 2009 after graduating Temple University with a BA in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media and African American Studies, she’s spent a lot of time using art as a vehicle for community development, highlighted inequity and racism in the art world and providing more opportunity to young artists of color. In 2015 she founded Invisible Majority as a concrete way to address the inequity, providing affordable space and services to underserved creatives. She’s worked with numerous organizations, businesses and individuals including the Peale Center, Dewmore Baltimore, Red Bull Amaphiko, BOPA and Creative Alliance.