Mattie Scariot | Festival Director
Mattie’s professional life is devoted to creative film and TV productions, and her community spirit to supporting the Santa Clara Valley arts scene. In 2006, Mattie and her filmmaker husband Nils Myers launched 152 WEST Productions. Their portfolio includes feature films, corporate videos, short film documentaries, and entertainment videos. She serves on the board of the Gilroy Downtown Business Association and the Community Media Access Partnership. Previously, she served as Chair of the Gilroy Arts and Culture Commission, and on the board of the Gilroy Arts Alliance.
Grant Richards | Film Chair
Grant is an English and Film Professor at Gavilan College. In this role he helps students explore key aspects of filmmaking and digital media arts to prepare them for 21st century careers. Many of his students have gone on to become successful filmmakers and videographers. His company, Reelized Pictures, produces short and feature-length films.
Robin Shepherd | Marketing
Robin has assisted Mattie Scariot by guiding the festival’s rebirth with a new brand and market positioning. She has also helped in building the festival’s local and regional presence and relationships with sponsors and partners. Robin is an independent journalist and filmmaker.
Michael Raby | Technology
Michael launched his filmmaking career doing projects for Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Since then his freelance work has expanded to include corporate projects, sporting events, several feature films and music videos. An avid cinematographer, he operates his own studio and knows his way around a RED camera, drones, and other state-of-the art equipment.
Joan Buchanan | Volunteers
Joan has been an active volunteer in South Santa Clara Valley for 45 years. Her history of community service includes leadership efforts as a board member of Gilroy Downtown Business Association, advocacy for public arts projects for the City of Gilroy, and chairing the recently completed Historic Paseo Project in downtown Gilroy. The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce named her Woman of the Year in 2016.
Tamura Miguel | Hospitality
Tamura is a professional event organizer focused primarily on art events and fundraisers for nonprofits. She also puts her Master’s degree in Arts Education to work hosting art classes for children and adults. Previously, she taught art at the high school level. Tamura also serves on the Gilroy Arts and Culture Commission and volunteers with the Gilroy Downtown Business Association.
Grace Velasquez | Social Media
Grace is an event planner and group facilitator. Among the organizations she has served are the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, the Impact Fund, the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, and Cal-SOAP. Currently she serves on the Gilroy Arts and Culture Commission.
Lori Foster | Treasurer
Lori Foster is a bonafide film enthusiast who enjoys everything from classic movies to documentaries. She worked for more than a decade supporting 32 theater productions as props mistress for a local community theater company. Lori worked as property manager for an independent feature film shot on locations in South Santa Clara County, San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Cruz.
William Leaman | Founder
William “Bill” Leaman co-founded Morgan Hill Access Television in the 1990s. He has worked on camera and behind the scenes for leading movie studios in Hollywood, and has contributed his photography, sound mixing and lighting skills to other production companies. His company, Digital Dream Productions, delivers commercials and videos to business and industry. He founded the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in 2004 and continues to serve as Board President.