Ted Crockett was named executive director of the Nashville Film Festival in 2011 after nine years as managing director and box office manager. He has deep experience in all aspects of film festival management – from programming to events, staffing, development, marketing and finance. He is an engaging and frequent speaker at the International Film Festival Summit and for Nashville non-profit organizations. He was instrumental in helping NaFF win a three-year grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Previously, Crockett was an account executive at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, one of the world’s leading music business management firms, where he managed the finances of entertainers including Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Gary Allan, Shawn Colvin, Garbage and others. He earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University and moved to Nashville in 1998. A passionate art collector, he is known for his unique collection of 21st Century oil paintings.
Brian Owens has programmed NaFF since 2008. He came to Nashville after founding and managing the Indianapolis International Film Festival. In 2010 he was named one of Nashville’s People in Charge by the Nashville Post and one of the 50 Most Influential People of the 2000’s by the Indianapolis Star.
Owens developed his knowledge of film early in life and honed his skills at Indiana University, where he studied Film. He is an annual guest of the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival where he selects films and filmmakers for the April Festival.
Brian has served on multiple film festival juries and has been published in several online and print publications.
Debra Pinger is producing her third Nashville Film Festival. She directs all marketing, communications and donor-related efforts, as well as the Screenwriting Competition.
Previously, she was executive director of the VIA Institute on Character, an international non-profit organization in the science of positive psychology. She led VIA’s training program in Australia, Copenhagen, the U.K. and Canada. She was also Executive Director of RISE Learning Solutions, a television-based distance learning organization where she programmed an instructional channel for teachers on the DISH Network. Both organizations were based in Cincinnati, OH.
Pinger was a television news reporter, producer and anchor at WDIV-TV, Detroit; WCPO-TV, Cincinnati; WNEM TV, Saginaw; and KAAL-TV, Austin MN. She studied liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College. Her daughter is a singer in Nashville and her son is a journalist in Cincinnati.
Michael Wood is the NaFF Screenwriting Competition Manager who joined NaFF in the fall of 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts with a degree in writing for film and television. At USC he won the C. Stephen Gentry Award for Academic Excellence.
Michael brought the concept of a screenwriting competition to NaFF and after considerable due diligence by the staff and board, NaFF launched its first annual competition for the 2014 Festival.
Originally from Columbia, Tennessee, he made frequent trips to the Nashville Public Library where he began checking out printed screenplays at the age of 14. He completed his first full-length screenplay at 16.
Screenwriting Competition Manager
Josh Escue communicates with filmmakers and assists with programming and screening for the Nashville Film Festival. This is his second year involved with NaFF. Josh is a Nashville native and is excited to see that the film community is constantly growing. He is passionate about helping to bring that growth to his home town.
Josh graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Media Production and Film Studies. He has been involved in multiple production projects as well as film reviewing. As an avid film-goer and lover of the medium since a young age, Josh brings his communication skills and knowledge of film to the NaFF team.
Filmmaker Communications Specialist
Stefanie Faull, Production Specialist, manages IT and sponsorship communications for NaFF. A graduate of Belmont University, with a major in international politics and a minor in Russian language, she has worked at the Foreign Service Institute for the U.S. Department of State.
The daughter of a United States Air Force veteran, Stef spent the first half of her life moving frequently. She loves films, but is a fan of all things entertainment. Her passion for action sports (perhaps more accurately, the injuries that have a tendency to accompany such activities) occasionally drives her incredibly supportive mum insane, but Stef still has a blast outdoors, particularly when it comes to snowboarding and bouldering.
Rachel handles media and event relations for NaFF. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Rachel grew up in Toronto but has spent a good part of her life in Nashville. In addition to her love of film, she runs a fashion website and photographs street style in cities nationally and internationally-but Nashville will always be one of her favorites! She has collaborated with various online indie magazines to show how style, music, film, and art are all interrelated. After interviewing several artists/musicians while in university, Rachel realized entertainment is the industry for her.
Media and Event Specialist