THE STAFF

KATHRYN HECHT

Founder and Executive Director

Kathryn is the founder and executive director of Alexander Valley Film Society. Prior to launching the Film Society, Kathryn worked as a communications director for nonprofit organizations on both the east and west coasts. She specializes in community building and engagement, storytelling, social media, media relations, and brand management.

Kathryn enjoyed a decades-long career as an actress before turning her attention to nonprofit and advocacy work. In the spring of 2013, after twenty years in New York, she and her husband, Ryan, took a leap and headed west. Their adventure includes their revival of The Clover Theater in Cloverdale, Kathryn’s founding of the Film Society in 2015, and in September 2018, their new comic book shop, Next Door Comics.

Kathryn currently serves as Supervisor James Gore’s appointee on the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County. She was selected by the Press Democrat in 2016 as one of 30 Women to Watch in Sonoma County. Recently, she was honored with the 2018 Boho Award from The Bohemian and the 2018 Spirit of Sonoma Award from the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce.

TESS MCHAFFIE

Project Manager

Tess is the Project Manager for Alexander Valley Film Society. She is a San Francisco State alum with a major in Cinema. Tess has had a deep love for film since she was a little girl and looks forward to passing on that same love to the youth in our community through AVFS. She brings extensive experience in event planning and private childcare.

Tess has lived in Healdsburg since 2016 and loves being a part of Sonoma County’s active and vibrant community.

CONNIE WHITE

Film Booker & Consulting Programmer

After falling in love with film while living in Paris on a student visa, Connie returned to Massachusetts and applied for a job at Harvard Square’s historic Brattle Theatre. Over the next three decades, she managed theaters, launched film festivals, worked in distribution, and finally settled into film buying.

A founding member and sustaining contributor to the Art House Convergence, she stays abreast of all things germane to independent cinema exhibition, and above all, remains an advocate for bringing people together through film.  

SCREENING TEAM

Programming Advisory

The Screening Team is a diverse, 30-member committee, consisting of AVFS Board Members, film society supporters, film fans, and students. Each member of the team is charged with vetting titles submitted to the Film Society and explicitly rounding up diverse points of view. With criteria set by AVFS staff, at least three members of the Screening Team review and critique each film before it screens as any part of our programming. Interested persons may submit inquiries to screeningteam@avfilmsociety.org.

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