GMFF ADVISORY COMMITTEE
GMFF's Advisory Committee is composed of local Vermont filmmakers, festival programmers, nonprofit professionals, and film enthusiasts
Interim Project Director
Phayvanh was Montpelier Alive’s Executive Director from 2011-2014, and has been a staunch supporter of collaborative, creative community building.
She is co-creator of PoemCity, former coordinator of Montpelier Art Walk, and piloted the City’s parklet project. Phayvanh spent five years on VTDigger’s business team, growing the digital ad revenue fourfold with combined digital ad management and new product development.
She later went on to work with LION Publishers, a national organization that supports independent news businesses in the US and Canada. Currently, she is executive director for the Center for Arts and Learning, a nonprofit arts hub in downtown Montpelier. She cooks, crafts, and conspires during her free time.
Kristin created and runs a mentorship program for professional women in Central Vermont through ElevateHer. She also facilitates groups of female entrepreneurs in The Huddle HUB, a virtual support network whose members are invested in each others’ success.
Sarah Wisner (she/her) is a writer, filmmaker, and administrative professional. She is passionate about representation, collaboration, and finding the heart of the story asking to be told. With a deep focus on character-driven story, Sarah has assisted in the development of industry feature films as the deputy to a top producer, written and directed her own short films, and collaborated with writers and directors on feature-length projects.
She received her MFA in Film from Boston University and her BA from Smith College with honors in English. She currently works as a librarian in central Vermont.
Christopher Wiersema (he/him) is a Vermont based multi-media artist and educator working in experimental filmmaking, documentary practice, and community media. He is the founder and director of the Vermont Youth Documentary Lab and co-founder of The Bicycle Day Recording Cooperative.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, his film and video work has been screened internationally and featured on Vermont Public Radio, Kids VT, Town Meeting TV, Indiana Public Media, and Democracy Now! Christopher lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with his partner and their two sons. He currently serves as Co-Director with ORCA Media.
MC DeBelina (She/They) studied Biology and Dance at Dartmouth College and combined her two passions at Sarah Lawrence College receiving an MFA in Dance. MC founded the Hopkins Center’s Children’s Creative Dance Program at Dartmouth in 2005. As a faculty member at Dartmouth she was fortunate to perform with, and choreograph for, the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble. In 2013 MC completed the Dance for Parkinson's Teacher Training Workshop in Brooklyn; she taught classes in Philadelphia at 954 Movement Collective and now Vermont. MC also teaches a number of children and adult classes at Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio in addition to creating her own work when she can.
MC is the current Executive Director of the Vermont Dance Alliance, a non-profit that supports and promotes dancers and dance makers in Vermont. MC finds dance in everything and currently her biggest inspirations are her four children.
Chad Ervin has worked in television and film for over twenty years, working as a producer, writer, cameraperson, editor, and story consultant. As lead film editor, he has made over thirty documentary films for national broadcast, festival, and theatrical distribution.
His work has received three Emmy-awards, as well as Peabody, Polk, and duPont Columbia awards, among others. He is a co-founder of the Vermont Production Collective, a non-profit organization that promotes community, collaboration, and skill development for working and aspiring professionals in film and video production and related fields.
Lukas Huffman is a writer and director based in Montpelier, VT. His narrative films have won dozens of awards worldwide and have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival Circuit.
His production company, Huffman Studio, has been commissioned to create documentaries for The New York Times, Vice Media, The Boston Globe, The World Bank, The National Wildlife Federation, and more. Huffman has recently returned to his hometown of Montpelier where he lives with his family. He is constantly inspired to shine a light on stories that are unique to the Green Mountain State.
Sean Temple is a Director, Editor, Screenwriter, and Video Artist based in Vermont. They believe cinema’s unique ability to tell character-driven stories through image and sound enhances our capacity for empathy. Sean is a working artist who finished their MFA in Media Arts at Emerson College.
Their professional editing work includes the creation and production of theatrical trailers, television campaigns, and social media spots for Netflix, Sony, IFC Films, and more. Their award-winning short films, co-directed with Sarah Wisner, use subtlety and nuance to invite their audiences to derive their own layers of meaning from their evocative visuals. Sean currently works at ORCA Media.