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.
Scott Braid – Director of Festival Programming
As Director of Festival Programming, Scott Braid oversees technical and presentation aspects of the annual Maryland Film Festival, manages submissions, as well as participating in the selection of the annual festival slate. He is an integral part of the team shaping the identity of MdFF and guiding the Maryland Film Festival 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.
Scott 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.
Andy Winegrove – Director of Development
Andy Winegrove joined MdFF in February of 2019. He is responsible for creating a robust and interactive fundraising plan for MdFF and overseeing the Development Department. Andy is a fundraising professional, committed to building empowered, enduring relationships between supporters, organizations, and the communities they serve. He was formerly the Assistant Director of Principal Gifts at Johns Hopkins University, where he was responsible for collaborative proposal development for gifts of $5 million and more, as well as stewardship of the top institutional donors to the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Goucher College.
Q Ragsdale – Director of Marketing and Innovation
As a previous filmmaker turned marketer and social innovator, Q has developed a unique perspective when it comes to helping businesses and organizations grow. Q is an enthusiast of self-care and using positive mindset shifts as a business tool. Q is a thought leader with over 10 years of experience leading brand and product marketing, internal communications, and business strategy across diverse industries. Q loves watching Bollywood & Tollywood films and films by first time directors.
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.
Ginevra Shay – Grant Writer
Chris Wertz – Membership Associate
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 and programming, including the National Women’s Studies Association, managing communication and administrative needs.
Kyle Scott – Marketing Associate
Kyle Scott is a photographer and image maker. He received his B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Tufts University. His work primarily looks to examine contemporary black aesthetics and how concepts of legacy, lineage, and community operate within African American communities.
Eric Cotten – Festival Programming Associate
Eric is a prolific member of the Baltimore film community: from assisting the location team for HBO’s “The Wire;” to writing, directing, and producing over 16 short films; and founding the nonprofit Baltimore Filmmakers Collective in 2016. He has volunteered and served on the MdFF screening committee for over ten years and has screened for a variety of other festivals, including the Baltimore Women in Film Fest, Annapolis Film Fest, Tampa Bay Gay and Lesbian Film Fest, and Austin Film Fest.
Eric joins our programming team for the 2020 Maryland Film Festival with a focus on building our local-focused shorts block, BaltiShorts, in addition to general screenings.