Jack Walsh, Executive Director
email: jack (at) namac.org
Jack Walsh possesses a life-long commitment to independent media and supporting the organizations that work on behalf of independent film and video makers. After completing film school at San Francisco State University, he worked for maverick independent filmmaker Peter Adair before taking the position as Executive Director of the legendary Collective for Living Cinema in New York. Returning to the Bay Area in the 90s, Jack became Series Producer of the innovative public television series Living Room Festival, worked as Station Manager of KTOP, Oakland’s government channel, and as an Executive Producer at San Francisco public television station KQED.
Prior to becoming Executive Director at the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), Jack was the Capital Campaign Manager for the 9th Street Independent Film Center, an innovative cross-sector collaboration that enabled four nonprofit organizations to buy and renovate a building in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Since joining NAMAC, Jack has overseen three national conferences (Taking Liberties, 2005; The Frontier is Here, 2007; and CommonWealth, 2009) as well as regional convenings, leadership development, and capacity building programs. He is the principal investigator of Mapping the Field: A National Survey of Media Arts Organizations, which he launched in 2010.
An award-winning independent filmmaker and producer, Jack’s works have screened around the world at film festivals and through broadcast. His current project, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer is a feature length documentary about the pioneering choreographer and filmmaker.
Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, Program and Communications Director
email: aggie (at) namac.org
Aggie holds a Master’s degree in Multicultural Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia, where she served as a digital researcher and content writer for the Emmy Award-winning preservation and education project, the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative. In 2008, Aggie was named a University Fellow at Temple University and thus began a three-year tenure to earn her MFA degree in Film and Media Arts. While at Temple, Aggie wrote and directed three documentary films exploring issues of the Iranian diaspora.
Interested in nuanced and complex storytelling about the Iranian diaspora, Aggie's creative works investigates the various ways in which political circumstances leave their imprints on various aspects of personal, cultural, and interpersonal life. In 2012, Aggie directed and edited a documentary that contemplates diasporic identity formation in the shadows of revolution and exile. In 2013, this film, Inheritance, received the Loni Ding Award for Best Social Issue Documentary at CAAMFest (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival).
Sky Sitney, 2014 NAMAC Conference Producer
email: sky (at) namac.org
Sky Sitney is the former Festival Director for AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs), and is recognized as one of the key contributors in helping it become one of the leading documentary Festivals in the United States. She worked for the festival from 2005 until February 2014.
Sky was formerly Programming Director at The Newport International Film. She also served as the Film Programmer at the New York Underground Film Festival and was Co-Founder and Curator for the on-going series Fresh Film at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Sky has also held industry positions at C-Hundred Film Corp. and Fine Line Features.
In addition to her extensive programming experience, she is a doctoral candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University, where she has taught film courses on a variety of genres. She is completing a dissertation on the subject of documentary film, sections of which have been published recently in the journal Grey Room and the book Captured: A Lower East Side Film & Video History. She also teaches film courses at Georgetown University.