Staff Overview

Courtney Sheehan - Executive Director

As Executive Director, Courtney Sheehan guides vision and strategy by overseeing artistic programs and services, operations, finances, and fundraising activities. Courtney has curated film programs and produced events for theaters and festivals on three continents. On a year-long Watson Fellowship, Courtney investigated the organizational structures, community roles, and programming strategies of twenty film festivals and media centers in India, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. As a journalist, Courtney has covered film events ranging from the world’s largest documentary festival (IDFA in Amsterdam) to South America’s largest animation festival (Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro) and her publications include Bitch Magazine, Senses of Cinema, The Independent, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. She co-founded Cine Migratorio, a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain. Courtney first worked at Northwest Film Forum in 2009 as a programming and Children's Film Festival Seattle intern. She holds a degree in Visual Culture from Grinnell College.

Email Courtney at: courtney at


Christopher Day - Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Christopher Day is responsible for overseeing finances, systems and our Fiscal Sponsorship program. He was likely the face you saw on a nightly basis as House Manager, and will now see actually sitting inside our theaters once again. Chris graduated with a B.A. in Film from the University of North Texas in 2007, and relocated to Seattle in 2009, inspired by its vibrant film and arts scene. He has worked on various short film projects, both as director and editor, and has written extensively on film theory/appreciation for an online film journal he maintained for years.  He recently edited the feature film 'The Life of Flowers'.  Chris began volunteering with the Northwest Film Forum in 2010, before coming on board as House Manager in 2012.

Email Chris at: chris at


Hilary Cline - Development Director

As Development Director, Hilary Cline manages fundraising operations while providing leadership for the organization’s fiscal growth and sustainability. 
For over twenty years, Hilary has worked in the arts non-profit sector while raising critical funds and awareness for high-caliber arts education programs. In support of artists’ personal empowerment and creative expression, she advocates for the positive impact of arts in our lives.
Her professional background with the youth media organization Spy Hop, Writers Guild Foundation, Maine Alliance for Arts Education, Bootleg Theater, Social Impact Media Awards, and independent filmmakers has guided her interests in the visual, performing and literary arts. 
Hilary holds a degree in Women’s Studies (Gender & Aesthetic Expression in Media, Literature and Film) from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has explored documentary filmmaking with the Maine Media Workshops and Barefoot Workshops, resulting in a short film titled ‘We All Live Downstream’ and made in Clarksdale, Mississippi. 
Hilary has lived and worked in France, Ireland and South Korea. When not fundraising, she enjoys discovering international, contemporary artists across multiple disciplines. She is also an avid lover of photography, writing and travel.

Brenan Chambers - Technical Director

Brenan oversees projection, sound, lighting and other tech needs as our Technical Director. He has worked as a projectionist since the age of 16 and has worked extensively with the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, and several other theaters around the northwest. Brenan became a volunteer projectionist at the Northwest Film Forum after moving to Seattle from eastern Washington in 2009. When not spending most of his time in windowless booths, he has a passion for electronics, music production and video art, synthesizers and all things hands-on & DIY.

Email Brenan at: brenan at


Liz Shepherd - Youth Programs Director


Liz Shepherd curates year-round family film programs at Northwest Film Forum and is the director the annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the Northwest's largest annual competitive festival of its kind. She is also the curator of REDCAT International Children's Film Festival, which is held annually at Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre in Los Angeles, and she has also curated programs for Asia Society Texas, The New Museum (New York), Asheville International Children's Film Festival (North Carolina), the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pennsylvania), ArtsEmerson (Massachusetts) and many other prestigious venues in the United States. Before arriving in Seattle, she was the director of Chicago International Children's Film Festival.  She has served on the juries and panels of children's film festivals in Brazil, China, Korea, Russia, India, and Egypt.

Email Liz at: liz at


Louie Romo - House Manager

Louie Romo oversees lobby, box office and audience support facilities, concessions standards and staff. He also coordinates venue rentals, runs the box office, ticketing, and nightly deposits. He oversees, schedules, and trains Box Office staff and Front of House interns with focus on customer relations.

Email Louie at: louie at


Jonah Kozlowski - Education and Artist Services Manager

Jonah Kozlowski oversees our programs that connect filmmakers and media artists with the resources they need to grow, collaborate and explore new technologies. These include classes and workshops for adults and youth, equipment access and training, networking events, work in progress screenings, and production workspaces such as our lab and meeting room. Jonah previously managed the equipment rental department and taught youth and adult classes at Northwest Film Forum. He has been working in youth and adult media education since 2005, was festival coordinator for Seattle Shorts Film Festival, is a teaching artist with Coyote Central and Path with Art, and serves on the board of the Seattle based nonprofit, ChangeStream Media.  

Email Jonah at: jonah at

To rent or reserve equipment and spaces, email: equipment at


Paul Siple - Programs and Marketing Coordinator

Since Paul’s introduction to the Northwest Film Forum in 2011 as a Children’s Film Festival Seattle intern, he has been a seasonal assistant to Liz Shepherd, co-curator of the Film Forum’s inestimably popular semi-annual You’re Lookin’ At Country program, and a devoted Forum volunteer. In 2016 he joined the Film Forum as Courtney Sheehan's Programs Assistant and now spends his days keeping the website, Facebook, and Instagram current, as well as providing support to Programming, Marketing, and Facilities as needed. When out of the office, he is an illustrator, video artist, and Ticketing and Concessions part-timer at the Egyptian Theater.

Email Paul at: paul at