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AFI FEST Festival Team

Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI Festivals

Michael Lumpkin is a highly creative and effective executive leader with over 30 years of experience leading international media arts organizations. He joined the American Film Institute (AFI) as Director of the AFI DOCS Film Festival in January 2015. Under his leadership, AFI  DOCS has become known for not only presenting the year’s best documentaries, but is also the only festival in the U.S. dedicated to screenings and events that connect audiences, filmmakers, policy leaders and major media outlets.

In 2017 Lumpkin spearheaded a groundbreaking partnership with NBC News’ Meet the Press, the longest running program on television, to launch the Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with AFI. The festival is presented in Washington, DC, and online at NBC News Digital, featuring short documentaries about policy and people with an emphasis on untold American stories.

In June 2018 Lumpkin became Director, AFI Festivals overseeing AFI DOCS, Meet the Press Film Festival andAFI FEST – the American Film Institute’s fall festival premiering the best films from across the globe to captivated audiences in Los Angeles.

Lumpkin previously served for six years as the Executive Director of the International Documentary Association, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to building and serving the needs of the documentary filmmaking community.  He previously served as both Executive Director of Frameline and Festival Director for Frameline’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Lumpkin co-produced the highly acclaimed documentary THE CELLULOID CLOSET and has participated as a juror for Sundance, Berlin and other film festivals.

Carly Rose Moser, Director, Production and Operations, AFI Festivals

Carly Rose Moser has worked for over 10 years in the special events field, overseeing operations and production on a wide variety of events ranging from film festivals, county fairs, parades, racing and even a taco festival. She has worked in ticketing, theater operations and marketing/communications for a variety of film organizations including the Denver Film Society, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, and is the former Director of Operations for the Denver County Fair. In 2010 she created her own event production company producing a wide variety of film and music events within the Denver metro area. She joined the American Film Institute in 2018 as the Director of Production and Operations for AFI Festivals, which includes AFI DOCS, AFI FEST and the Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with AFI.

Sarah Harris, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals

Sarah Harris has been a film festival programmer for over 14 years. She is currently the Director of Programming for AFI Festivals, curating films and events for AFI FEST, AFI DOCS and Meet the Press Film Festival in collaboration with AFI. She was part of the founding staff of the Dallas Film Society – host of the Dallas International Film Festival – where she was the Senior Programmer for over a decade. Her programming work has also included the Sundance Film Festival, the Denver Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Vimeo. Harris became the Coordinating Producer for Cinema Eye Honors 2019 after serving many years on the nomination committee. Having spent much of her life in the South, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Pamela Yamzon, Coordinator, AFI Festivals

Pamela Yamzon is the Coordinator for Michael Lumpkin, the AFI Festivals Director and the overall Festivals department. As Coordinator, Yamzon is responsible for high-level multi-tasking across all core administrative functions for the department. She also acts as the liaison across the organization for the Director by coordinating approvals and flow of information to ensure that the Director’s office functions effectively and efficiently. With her background in publicity, promotions, media planning and office operations, she has worked at various organizations, including LA-based creative design agency, Watson Design Group, the Mill Valley Film Festival and media agency MEC (now Wavemaker). With bachelor degrees in Media Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, Yamazon has always expressed a deep interest in the film and entertainment industry. During her time at UC Berkeley, she held multiple internships at KTVU Fox 2 in Oakland, NBC Bay Area, Allied-THA and the Department of Labor. In addition, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communications at Purdue University.

Ken Jacobson, Senior Documentary Film and Special Content Programmer, AFI Festivals

Ken Jacobson is the Senior Documentary Film and Special Content Programmer, AFI Festivals. Previously, he was Director of Educational Programs and Strategic Partnerships at the International Documentary Association where he also served as Director of Programming of IDA’s Getting Real documentary film conference. He has been a programmer for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, DocLands Documentary Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He is a graduate of the Stanford Documentary Film and Video Program.

Malin Kan, Programmer, AFI Festivals

Malin Kan, Programmer for AFI Festivals, has been with the American Film Institute since 2016. Her educational background is in film and media studies and moving image archives and she holds degrees from both the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her past programming work includes the George Eastman Museum and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Eric Moore, Manager, Programming Operations, AFI Festivals

Programming Coordinator, Eric J. Moore, has been working on the film fest circuit since 2002. A child of hippies, Boston-raised Moore was educated on psychedelic animations such as YELLOW SUBMARINE and art films that he was too young for like EASY RIDER, DR. STRANGELOVE and APOCALYPSE NOW. He has a BA in film from Emerson College, and a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California.

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