Our growing team is passionate about film, storytelling and creating memorable events. We will be selecting Jurors, Advisory Board members, honorees and additional staff that will all complement one another and help to expand the reach of the festival to a variety of communities. Festival Director Jim Scavone (Executive Director @ Red Bank RiverCenter), along with Jersey locals Jay Webb (Co-Founder @ Indie Street) and Christopher Radeschi (Co-Founder @ Indie Street), has put together a talented team of curators, planners & promotional professionals to ensure a successful inaugural year.
Jay Webb began his entrepreneurial path with the launch of a successful media production company (Evolving Productions) in 2004. Under this banner, he was lead producer on two independent feature films that received distribution through Lionsgate and HBO. His continued passion for independent storytelling led him to the creation of Indie Street Media, the first cooperative distribution brand for self-distributing filmmakers. He is also the proud co-creator of a new 3D interactive graphic novel, Sumeria, to be released later this year. His contagious drive to challenge the boundaries of creative production and distribution technology will set the tone for ISFF for years to come.
In his role as Executive Director of Red Bank RiverCenter, Jim Scavone serves as festival director for ISFF. Jim is a versatile executive leader with over 25 years’ experience in non-profit and arts management handling operations, change management, fiscal management, human resources, event and promotion planning, strategic planning, program direction, and staff and volunteer management. An inveterate problem solver, Jim has found unique ways to attract new businesses and consumers to Red Bank’s downtown by integrating the arts into the daily life of the community and building Red Bank as an arts and cultural destination in central New Jersey.
Allyson Morgan is an actress, writer, producer, and film festival veteran. Allyson has served as Outreach Coordinator for Tropfest New York and the Nantucket Film Festival, Volunteer Coordinator for the First Time Fest, Event Coordinator for the Lower East Side Film Festival, and Events Manager for NewFest and the Hamptons International Film Festival. She is additionally the founder and Executive Director of film and theatre collective F*It Club. Allyson was selected to attend the Transatlantic Talent Lab in Reykjavik, and named one of just five winners out of thousands of entrants from over 63 countries in the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series; her short film Need For Speed (Dating) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.
Bill Augustin was the Director of Special Programming for the Savannah Film Festival for over a decade and also programmed and co-produced the first annual Atlanta Television Festival. He has worked in public relations for several years under the aegis of legendary film publicist Bobby Zarem and more recently under his own banner A2Z Productions. In addition to this, Bill has worked professionally in theatre as a producer, actor, writer, director, and lighting designer. He graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Bill was also a co-founder of Myriad Arts Productions, a multi-media production company for which he produced the first 3 Myriad Arts Festivals of short plays and independent films. He has produced many benefits for charities including “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!” and “The Big Gay Variety Show” for the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Sarah Rice has worked with several film festivals including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, the Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, NYC Indie Film Festival and many others. Sarah graduated from USC with a BA in Media Arts/Film, and has always been passionate about film, curation and archival practices. She has worked with several companies’ archives, including the Moving Image Research Collections, Ralph Lauren, and Viacom. After screening her own video art, Sarah went on to earn her MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation and has had the opportunity to produce and act in her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sarah currently works on a variety of film/video related projects, including acquisitions for Indie Street.
Red Bank native and RBR graduate, Amanda Lynn joined the RiverCenter team in 2012 to strengthen its many public programs and events. Prior to that, Amanda had worked with RiverCenter as a production manager for Red Hot Publishing. Her more than 20 years experience in media relations, print production, and graphic design as well as real estate and restaurant service, coupled with her ability to keep three, four, or more balls in the air at one time and a passion for all things Red Bank, has been a winning recipe for the RiverCenter and the Indie Street Film Festival alike.
Sarah Giberson has worked in the creative industry for over eight years as a graphic designer, marketer, and social media guru. She began her career working under product designer & author Barbara Flanagan (MoMa Design Store) and has worked in a variety of PR and communications roles for independent artists and arts organizations including State Theatre New Jersey. Sarah is passionate about storytelling, innovative design, and creative communications working symbiotically to captivate audiences and engage them with arts. She holds a BA in Design Arts from Lehigh University, an MA in Communication Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Development & Program Management from the University of Denver. Sarah is currently the Marketing & Communications Director at Monmouth Arts in Red Bank, NJ.