Board of Directors

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is always recruiting talented and innovative people to join our board of directors or one of the supporting committees.  We are looking for candidates who have a commitment to the mission of the Three Dollar Bill Cinema, are able to donate time, and have an existing network of contacts (personal and/or organizational) that can be mined to benefit the organization.

What does being a board member mean?
We are looking for candidates with a deep knowledge and/or involvement in the arts or film industry, have senior-level business and/or operational experience, non-profit experience a plus, and have one or more of the following experience or skill sets: finance, marketing, non-profit fundraising, administration, legal affairs, strategic planning, organizational development/growth.

Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) questions or your resume and letter of interest to the Board Development Committee for review.  We happily accept applications for review at anytime.  

Laura Olson

President

Laura Olson

Laura’s passion for film began during her first trip to the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. She’s been an avid supporter of TDBC through her businesses since 2009 and took her passion to the next level by joining the board in 2012. Laura is a young entrepreneur who enjoys creating atmospheres in her bars and restaurants which the local community and beyond can enjoy. In her free time, she finds inspiration through travel, eating and spending time with her pug, Harley.

Joey Burgess

Vice President

Joey Burgess

Joey is currently the Director of Operations and partner for the Capitol Hill hospitality group Guild Seattle and an Owner & Operator of Ernest Loves Agnes. He has been an avid cinephile since youth and a TDBC supporter for years since he moved to Seattle from California. His love of movies and passion for social justice, LGBTQI visibility, diversity, and inclusion coincide perfectly with the mission of TDBC. Movies, Food, Family, Dogs, Travel, repeat.

Carlos Pedraza

Treasurer

Carlos Pedraza

Carlos is a Seattle-based screenwriter and producer, with earlier careers as a journalist, educator and technologist. His first feature, Judas Kiss, won acclaim at film festivals across the globe and was named among the Top 100 Gay Films of All Time by The Backlot.com. Carlos is a former Associated Press writer, deputy press secretary for the governor of Washington, teacher, technologist, consultant and organizational development trainer for nonprofit organizations across the US.

Murf Hall

Secretary

Murf Hall

Murf is delighted to be supporting TDBC. He believes this organization is an important platform for showcasing films by and about the LGBTQI community, still underrepresented both on our screens and behind the camera.  Murf became involved with festivals as a volunteer for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and has continued to do so throughout the past decade.  He is a Senior Design Manager at Nordstrom and a small business owner. On his days off you can find him redesigning and building projects at his house with his partner and four dogs.

John Akamatsu

Slade Burgess

Slade Burgess

Slade joined the board in August of 2016 and is grateful to have a hand in the continued success of Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Currently, Slade is the Permit Specialist and Film Coordinator in the Office of Film + Music + Special Events for the City of Seattle.  He received an MFA from Seattle University in 2015 and has contributed to Seattle’s creative economy in varying roles at 4Culture, Blondehouse Production, Onto Entertainment, Heffner Management and The Rendezvous-Jewelbox Theater.

Sunny Burns

Sunny Burns

Sunny is a Business Systems Manager at Premera Blue Cross, where she leads a team of people dedicated to make healthcare work better. She received her B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Human Rights, and her M.A. in Policy Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell.  Sunny, her wife, kids and dogs love the beach, microbrew, soccer, movies that reflect our family, and dog treats.  In no particular order.

Ari Chivukula

Ari Chivukula

After organizing a shorts festival with Lion’s Main Art Collective centered around filmmakers of color (QTONE) in 2015, Ari joined the Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s screening committees for Translations and TWIST in 2016 - where they make it their mission to see every short film submitted for review - and the board in 2017. As an adherent to the house of anti-mimesis, they seek to create and spread art that depicts a world as queer and trans as they are. You can find them on screen at Hump, and off screen online.

Allison Clark

Allison Clark

Allison currently works with businesses around the globe to foster investment in Washington.  She’s delighted to be on the board to further strengthen the LGBTQIA community through film.  An avid movie buff, Allison has been a proud supporter of TDBC programs since living in Seattle. Originally from New York, her career has focused on international, state, and regional development initiatives that improve communities and livelihoods.  She loves spending time with family & friends, having good food & drink, and exploring exotic locales.

David Daniels

David Daniels

David has volunteered with Three Dollar Bill Cinema since moving to Seattle in 2009 and is excited to join the board. His day job is college technical recruiter for Microsoft, but he really just loves connecting with fellow movie lovers, staying active in the community, and being physically fit.

Jen Kilchenmann

Jen Kilchenmann

Originally from Switzerland, Jen spent 20 years in the UK cutting her teeth in the LGBTQ film industry as a film critic, and advocate for UK film distributors of LGBT content. Months after landing in Seattle, Jen joined TDBC’s screening committee, and worked as the festival’s Outreach Coordinator. With a college thesis on female spectatorship, focusing on how straight women watch lesbians on the big screen, it is no surprise that Jen’s knowledge and passion for the LGBTQ film industry and representation runs deep.

Johnathan Luster

Johnathan Luster

Johnathan believes in the power of film to share stories and build community, and is thrilled to support TDBC.  He developed a passion for film at a young age through spending time with his mother as she worked at a local video store in East Tennessee.  Many years later, Johnathan volunteers yearly at the Sundance Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and is always on the hunt for a moving film, preferably an independent one.  Other interests include his day job at the University of Washington Alumni Association, being an avid runner, and planning his next travel adventure.