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Tacoma Film Festival Staff

David Dinnell credit Mia Ferm

David Dinnell Tacoma Film Festival Director/Programmer
David Dinnell has curated and organized several hundred film programs, artist retrospectives, moving-image exhibitions and live performances. Dinnell was film programmer at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, one of the longest running film festivals for independent and experimental film in the United States, for ten years, and its Program Director from 2010 to 2016. His most recent work includes being the curator of the CC50 series of 16mm film programs celebrating Canyon Cinema’s 50th year that is screening internationally in 2017 and 2018. He is currently Visiting Faculty at the California Institute of the Arts.


Philip Cowan The Grand Cinema Executive Director Born in Dallas, Philip has lived in Tacoma since 1998. After working in minor league baseball for ten years, the last eight of those for the Tacoma Rainiers, Philip was named Executive Director of the Grand Cinema late in 2006. Prior to his regular job at the Grand, Philip served as a volunteer and board member for the cinema. His favorite part of the job is picking films for the Grand.


Rachel Marecle The Grand Cinema & Tacoma Film Festival Community Development Director
Rachel joined us in 2007 from the sports entertainment profession and considers the two industries to be quite similar. She enjoys sharing ideas from both backgrounds and helps support TFF through establishing and maintaining community relationships and partnerships to support the festival.


Wade Neal Grand Cinema Assistant Executive Director, Operations, Projection & Tacoma Film Festival
Wade is an Assistant Executive Director at The Grand Cinema and TFF. He is an an intellectual property and entertainment attorney, a professional musician with 10+ years experience in the music industry, and an advocate for nonprofit causes. Wade served on the board of The Grand Cinema for four years prior to working for the organization.


Tanya Tran The Grand Cinema and TFF Marketing Manager. As a Tacoma transplant, Tanya brings their love for community to The Grand Cinema. Previously a bookseller at King's Books—and before that, an intern at The Grand itself—they treasures local, independent homes for far-reaching, diverse stories. With a BA in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College, Tanya is a seasoned wordsmith and understands the impact and value of the things we consume: what they say about society, and what society demands for the future. They love that their job as Marketing Manager is to bring attention to these stories, and to make sure that each story is told with an audience to bear witness.

Marlee MyersFestival Operations Manager
Marlee first joined the Grand team as a volunteer in 2013, was hired as a part-time house manager, and now works as Director of Operations. Marlee’s favorite part of her job is interacting with volunteers and patrons. She believes The Grand is a fantastic place for meeting interesting people and relishes being able to interact with such vibrant members of the community. When not at The Grand, she enjoys attending film festivals (Marlee is a repeat venue manager for Sundance and SIFF) and traveling!

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