AJFF attracts some of the most talented, passionate people. We rely heavily on this village – from our staff, to our sponsors and volunteers, to our audience – to make AJFF a world-class cultural event. This month, we're putting the spotlight on AJFF's newly appointed Guest Programming Coordinator, Stephany Fisher.
Guest Programming and AJFF
As our Executive Director, Kenny Blank, frequently notes, "Without guests, it's just going to the movies." Here at AJFF, we work tirelessly to not only curate the best films for our festival and year-round programming, but to find the right people to present them as well, whether it be through a film introduction, a Q&A, or a stand alone panel discussion. After our former Guest Coordinator, Dina Fuchs-Beresin, transitioned into her new role, AJFF was lucky enough to find Stephany.
A Little Bit About Stephany
"I’ve been a journalist for 25 years. Most recently I was the evening anchor at CBS46 in Atlanta and have worked in markets in Oregon, South Carolina, and Washington. I’m from Washington State and am married to my college sweetheart. We have a 17 year old daughter."
How did get involved with AJFF?
"A former colleague and friend suggested I apply for the guest coordinator position and it was a perfect match."
What is the most interesting challenge, in improving AJFF, that you get to help with?
"Booking top tier guests to make the film going experience that much more enriching. I’m hoping my news contacts and journalist’s tenacity will help in finding and booking interesting guest speakers."
What is your fondest memory from being involved with AJFF?
"I’ve been on the job only a couple of weeks and already I feel like part of the AJFF family."
How as your experience outside of AJFF played into your work with the festival?
"I love movies and celebrating them. I’m thrilled to align my skills as a journalist with my new role here and elevate the film festival for all of our guests."
What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with AJFF?
"So far, it’s been meeting such incredibly smart and talented people."
Who would you cast to play you in a film?
"Charlize Theron, of course. You have to aim high."
Thank you to Stephany for her time this month. We are so excited to have her on board and watch Guest Programming grow under her leadership. Stay tuned to see who we profile next month.