BIFF 08 staff
The Core Staff on stage at the Closing Night of BIFF 08.

Robin Beeck
Executive Director
Robin is a critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose films have won awards in over a dozen major film festivals including Banff and Telluride Mountainfilm. Her films,”Grandpa’s In The Tuffshed” and “Dead Last: A Tale of Triumph” went on world tours, traveling from Athens to Antigua. Robin traveled to festivals all over the country and overseas prior to founding the Boulder International Film Festival. Robin has also been a top salesperson for a wide range of high-technology firms.
Kathy Beeck
Kathy was a regional marketing director at Wild Oats Markets for seven years. At Wild Oats, she handled community relations and PR in addition to her marketing responsibilities, and managed a staff of 25 people. Prior to Wild Oats, Kathy worked for four years for the World Trade Center Alaska, opening new offices in the Russian Far East, and moving to Moscow and starting her own business in 1992. As a producer for her sister Robin’s films, Kathy traveled to film festivals all over the country and overseas before partnering with Robin to found the Boulder International Film Festival.
Kevin Smith
Executive Producer
In a career spanning more than 20 years in the event industry, Kevin has created and produced hundreds of events for Fortune 500 companies including firms like Fidelity Investments, Boston Scientific, and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has been a creative director, an executive producer, an event director and last year he became the first director of operations for the Boulder International Film Festival. His unusually diverse background also includes in-depth research on corporate innovation for Polaroid, the creation of custom team programs for companies like Ocean Spray, Fidelity, and ITT, and years of writing, performing, and producing improvisational comedy with ImprovBoston and Midnight Snacks. He has served on the programming board of the International Special Events Society, and brings a wealth of creativity and event production experience to the BIFF family.
Lisa Bell
Filmmaker Liaison Coordinator
Lisa Bell is a singer/songwriter and business & marketing consultant specializing in the natural products industry. She is an avid world traveler and the consummate volunteer junkie. Lisa loves films for their emotional transformational powers and ability to transport us to a new world or new dimension. Lisa has worked with BIFF the last few years as a Filmmaker Liaison and has had the privilege of learning amazing life lessons from a variety of filmmakers and VIPs. As the Filmmaker Liaison Coordinator, Lisa matches the intricate filmmaker & guest schedules with those of the volunteer Liaisons to ensure smooth and professional transport and guidance throughout the festival.
Ron Bostwick
Special Event Producer and Host
Ron brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as Special Event Producer & Host for the Boulder International Film Festival, including hosting on-stage special guest interviews since BIFF ’07 (Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Shirley MacLaine, Oliver Stone, Blythe Danner, William H. Macy, James Franco, Rep. John Lewis & more). Among his varied past roles are: Entertainment Director/Start Line Announcer for Boulder’s annual BolderBoulder 10k road race; Promotions Director and Morning Show Producer at the Festival’s radio sponsor, KBCO-FM; and live music booker for the nationally-syndicated radio show eTown.  His background also includes film/commercial production/post production in Boston for seven years and handling national/regional/local accounts for an international advertising agency. And as a true fan of cinema, he has run his own Academy Awards Oscar Pool for 25 years.
Joseph Cummins
Events Coordinator
Joseph was an inaugural sponsor and has been an events volunteer for BIFF since its inception. He was fortunate to form a friendship with Kathy while they worked together at Wild Oats Markets. He participated in over 50 store openings, overseeing the majority as Director of New Store Operations. He currently is busy opening new stores for another local favorite, Sunflower Farmers Market. Prior to joining the retail industry, Joseph spent many years at premiere hotel locations in the Midwest, managing and planning events as Banquet Manager, Director of Catering and Director of Food and Beverage. Joseph now has over 15 years of diversified event planning experience, and delights in returning to BIFF for another season.
Kathy De Bay
Events Manager
Kathy has over fifteen years of experience as a commercial film and video Producer and live television Production Manager. As a Creative Services Producer for several east coast independent television production facilities, and her own Production Management company, she worked with clients such as Wendy’s, Ford Motor Company, Scott Paper and Pizza Hut. During the 1996 Olympics she was the Production Manager for live television broadcasting for Good Morning Japan, The Brazilian Soccer Broadcast Center and the Coke Olympic Broadcast Center. Before coming to Boulder, Kathy worked as the Event Manager for Ride The Gorge, an annual three day cycling fundraiser for the N W Sarcoma Foundation.
Eric Hoffman
Stage Manager in Chief
Eric is a bioentrepreneur and the co-founder of Evolve Biosciences, a local company which specializes in the commercialization and transfer of bioscience technology. He is active promoting Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) programs, volunteering with the Broomfield Public Library as a member of their Science Task Force and running their after-school tutoring program. This is Eric’s third year volunteering as a Stage Manager for BIFF and he enjoys the opportunity to celebrate the art of film.
Arlene LaMar
Registration Coordinator
Arlene is an Emergency Trauma Registrar with seven years of experience. She has been volunteering for film festivals for the last four years and has several years of outdoor leadership volunteer experiences. Her twelve years of customer service experience are the key to her success as BIFF’s Registration Coordinator.
Christine Northrup
Sponsorship Director
A Boulder native and BHS grad, Chris was thrilled to return to her hometown to find a vibrant and thriving local film festival. As film geek of long standing, Chris brings many years of advertising, promotions, marketing and sponsorship experience to her role at BIFF. In her past life, she was Manager of Youth and Family Marketing for Burger King Corporation, making millions of Star Wars, Spiderman, Shrek, Simpsons, Powerpuff Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants toys. Other highlights included catering The Kids Choice Awards afterparty, creating a futuristic BK for the film Men in Black 2, and managing Burger King’s title sponsorship of the 2001 Backstreet Boys Tour. Her ears have just recently stopped ringing from all the high-pitched screaming.
Dave Riepe
Technical Director
Dave is the owner of Space Farmer Productions, a Denver based audio/video, staging and events company that specializes in film presentation. He’s also the founder of the Outdoor Cinema Network, which includes the Boulder Outdoor Cinema and two dozen other outdoor movie programs around Colorado. His company provides professional technical support and screening equipment for a variety of film festivals including the Boulder International Film Festival, Boulder Adventure Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and MountainFilm in Telluride. Adding to this a long history in the computer technology industry, he is the ultimate super geek who loves jammin’ on his drums!
Rosalie Sheffield
Venue Manager
Rosalie Sheffield brings a wealth of experience to BIFF. She started her career as a news editor for CNN and the ABC affiliates in Houston and Austin, and worked with the Texas Music Association to launch the first SXSW. Here in Colorado, she has managed high level business celebrations and awards shows for the Boulder Chamber and the Boulder County Business Report, and currently serves as the Conference Manager for the Rocky Mountain VidExpo in Denver. Now running her own company, Dynamic Special Events, Rosalie continues to bring creativity and enthusiasm to events throughout the region. And, yes, BIFF rocks!
Anne Tengler
Community Marketing Co-Chair
Anne Tengler has been the Community Marketing Partner Co-Chair for BIFF for the past 5 years, and is responsible for marketing specific films to appropriate groups throughout the Colorado Front Range and for supervising the Community Marketing Team. For the last 10 years Anne operated and later owned the leading independent Spanish language theater chain in the US. She also founded Sonora Media Group, a Hispanic marketing firm specializing in films, entertainment and Hispanic marketing.
Doug Turley
Web Developer
Doug is applying his 25+ years of experience in the IT industry to the BIFF website and having a blast. When not computing he is frantically swatting at hollow green rubber nap covered balls with a polyester string laced carbon stick (while wearing non-black soled shoes) trying to get them to cross a white polyester net in a metal fenced confined, sometimes lit, white rectangular striped area. To relieve frustration he rides his bicycle, sails and, of course, watches movies and his vegetable garden grow.
Brad Weismann
Social Marketing Coordinator & Workshops and Panels Coordinator
Brad is an editor, journalist, freelance writer and playwright. He spent many years as a standup and improvisational comedian, working in television and radio as well. After covering the Boulder International Film Festival as a reporter in its first year, he was inspired to volunteer — and has ever since. In addition to his work at BIFF with visiting screenwriters, directors and producers, he has served on the festival’s Selection Committee, hosted programs, conducted interviews, torn tickets and just about everything else. He loves BIFF and would like to marry it.
Patti O’Rourke
Educational Outreach Director
Patti brings BIFF over 15 years’ experience in nonprofit management including fund raising, teen programming, volunteer management, political advocacy and program management. She served as the BIFF Program Manager for 3 years, where she learned the ins and outs of how festival programming works. She now leads our Youth Advisory Council in programming and marketing the BIFF’s Youth Pavilion and Educational Outreach activities. She loves encouraging kids’ to explore their interest in film be that as a film aficionado or film maker. She sees film as a powerful avenue for kids to learn about the world, tell their unique stories and even speak out about causes that are important to them.
Eric Hoffman
Stage Manager
Scott Chavkin
Information Booth Coordinator
Carolyn Matthews
Program Manager
Becca Heaton
Program Editor
Carolyn Donadio
Venue Manager Coordinator
Ashley Peterson 
Registration Coordinator
John Kubley
Program Distribution
Dave Williams
Venue Manager