Staff & Committee

From the Executive Director

While reflecting on the past 4 years, I realize how much the Asheville Film Festival has evolved. Through all the changes, improvements and growth, our mission statement of nurturing the creative spirit of the independent filmmaker has never been compromised.

Our film submissions continue to increase and the quality of the films is truly amazing and impressive. We shall continue to show films that tell a story, reflect social change and use the filmmakers’ cinematic artistry to explore their guaranteed freedom of expression.

Toward that goal, our choices of this year’s films, an eclectic group of features, documentaries, shorts and animation, celebrate a filmmaker’s ability to entertain and enlighten, in spite of and because of the cultural and political climate in which we live.

As you enjoy the films, the educational seminars and the parties, remember to embrace the City of Asheville as a filmmaking destination. Not only do we have the natural scenic beauty, but the resources necessary to help with your production.

Have a great time and enjoy the festival!


Lee Nesbitt
Executive Director

2006 Film Festival Staff

Director, Asheville Parks and Recreation: Irby Brinson
Superintendent of Recreation: Butch Kisiah
Festival Coordinator: Melissa Porter
Event Specialist: Janet Dack
Event Specialist: Sandra Travis
Graphic Designer: Don Fairbanks
Intern: Carrie Chapman

… and the hundreds of other City of Asheville and Asheville Parks and Recreation employees who make this event possible.

Special thanks to these City of Asheville Departments: Administration, Building Safety, Finance, Fire, Legal, Planning and Development, Police, Public Works, Risk Management and Sanitation.

Asheville Film Festival Advisory Committee

Executive Director: Lee Nesbitt
Assistant Director: Lynn Burns
Don Diefenbach
Ele Ellis
Dianna Jackson Pierce
Doug Mackenzie

The Advisory Committee would like to recognize film consultant Ken Hanke for all his assistance with the festival.

The Asheville Film Festival is produced by the Festivals Division for the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Asheville Film Commission and Asheville Film Festival Advisory Committee.

Asheville Parks and Recreation
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
828-259-5606 FAX

Asheville Film Commission

Alison Watson, Chair
Robin Cape
Donna Daniels
Kathleen Kasben
Stephen Lutz
Lee Nesbitt
Melinda Rains
Diedra Smith
Robbie Williams

Official film guide personnel

Publisher: Jeff Fobes
Editors: Ken Hanke, Rebecca Bowe
Design: Lee Anne Smith
Advertising Director: James Fisher
Distribution: Sammy Cox, Jesse G. Shepherd

This year’s Official Film Festival Guide is a joint project of Mountain Xpress and Asheville Parks and Recreation.


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