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Whisper Mcdew
Director

Whisper is a Senior Liberal Studies Major at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire looking to go into Student Affairs. If her name isn't unique enough, that's okay because Unique is her middle name! When she's not doing one thing, she's doing everything else. From planning Tour Day, to raising her rambunctious pitbull puppy, Whisper does it all. But at the end of the day, social justice is her biggest passion. This is her first time with Eau Queer, but EQFF 2016 had such a huge impact on her, she just had to give that experience back! (Pronouns: she/her/hers)
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Mason Pint
Director

 
Mason Pint is in his third year at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in Advertising. He greatly enjoys music, and is always looking for new artists to add to his ever-growing number of playlists. Mason also loves to spend hours looking at various fashion blogs and magazines. If you don’t find Mason either listening to music or reading fashion blogs, he is probably watching the entirety of Glee for the fourth time this year. Overall, Mason loves working with other people to create something profound that will not only affect people’s lives, but to also challenge the status quo; hence why he joined the Eau Queer family. Mason is looking forward to bringing this incredible festival to the residents of Eau Claire. (Pronouns: He, Him, His)
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CECElia LewiS
DIRECTOR

Cecelia, better known as Cece, is a third year student with a major in Social Work and a certificate in Social Diversity. If you see her around campus, she's probably heading to class, a meeting, or -- let's be honest, probably just her daily stop at Einstein's (Yes, they know her by name). Cece spends her days working in the Blugold Beginnings office as an intern and planning the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, as well as dabbling in Campus Ambassadors (those people in striped shirts you see running around campus with tour groups). When she's not doing all of that, she enjoys bingewatching Netflix and plotting to steal Whisper's adorable puppy. Cece joined EQFF on a whim last year and has absolutely no regrets, as it's only added to her fire for unapologetic activism. (pronouns:She/her/hers)
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Alyssa Rae Plano
Director

 
Alyssa Rae is a junior at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where she’s majoring in English Critical Studies of Literature Culture and Film with a minor in Women’s Studies (yes, she does know that’s a mouthful). When Alyssa Rae isn’t working on the film festival you can find her in the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center where she interns, possibly facilitating the program Q’nnect and Safe Space trainings. You may also find her putting up bulletin boards in her hallway as a Resident Assistant, in a Non-Resident Tuition Appeals Committee board meeting, goofing off with Annie during an English Ambassadors meeting, or sitting around a table discussing LGBTQ+ issues with the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. Whether Alyssa Rae is at home watching Netflix, in class, or in a meeting, you’ll find her with soul mate coffee. She may also demand that you look at far too many photos of her dog. This is Alyssa Rae’s first year working for the Eau Queer Film Festival and she can’t wait for you to be part of this exciting experience with her! (Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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Chandler Roberts
Director

 
Chandler is a super senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where they are majoring in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies with a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. Additionally, Chandler is an intern for the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and they were previously a coordinator for the Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Chandler is often found working at Chipotle Mexican Grill as a Take-Out Specialist, and is also a proud owner of a beautiful cat named Samson. Discussing feminist theory, queer theory, and the prison-industrial complex are a few of their favorite topics, and this is their first time working directly with Eau Queer, which is perfect because watching films is their favorite thing to do! (Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs)
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Kallie Friede
Assistant director

 
This is Kallie’s second year working for the Eau Queer Film Festival. This year however, she is no longer an undergraduate student. On May 22, a mere 36 hours after graduating from UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Kallie started her online master’s program for Student Affairs Administration. She hopes to continue social justice advocacy work as a student affairs professional upon completion of her master’s degree. For now, her graduate assistant position is at the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at UW-Eau Claire. When she’s not working or doing homework for her classes, Kallie can be found searching for dogs to pet, refining her shower singing, and constantly looking out for birds that are ready to attack.(Pronouns: She, Her, Hers)
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Christopher Jorgenson
Executive director

 
Christopher Jorgenson is the director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at UW-Eau Claire. In his position, and for the last 6 years, Jorgenson and his ten student interns have worked to foster an inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff. Under Jorgenson’s leadership, the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center creates and facilitates dozens of events, most notably: The Fire Ball, National Coming Out Day, Night OUT: Film Series, The Clothesline Project (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), In Her Words (Women’s History Month), Break the Silence!: A Concert (National Day of Silence)…among others! Just last year, Jorgenson created and opened The Bridge, UW-Eau Claire’s first ever LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, a safe space where students can connect, find support, and create community. The Eau Queer Film Festival is new to the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center program portfolio. Having sponsored this valuable high impact immersion experience in the past, Jorgenson is thrilled to take on this important program, which continues to propel UW-Eau Claire toward its goals of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity. With the continued help of Pam Forman and Ellen Mahaffy (the creators of the Eau Queer Film Festival), Jorgenson hopes to continue to build upon the festival’s rich history of Queer activism, education, and inspiration, making UW-Eau Claire a destination for potential LGBTQIA+ students. When asked about taking on the Eau Queer Film Festival, Jorgenson had this to say: “It is my job, not only as a professional in higher education but as a gay man living in Eau Claire, WI to impress upon LGBTQIA+ students that they have worth, power, and the potential to change both their own lives and the lives of others. The Eau Queer Film Festival has and will continue to serve as a beautiful example of intersectionality, providing students (and faculty and staff) the opportunity to explore their own privileges and oppressions, so that we can learn how to move forward as a united and respectful community.” (Pronouns: He, Him, His)
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Annie Titus
DIrector

 
Annie is in her junior year at UWEC, and has thus far been successful closeting her non-traditional background from the rest of the entourage, concealing her age (58), and identifying as a millennial. She tells people her major is “contrary arts” with a minor in “procrastination,” but officially is an English: Rhetorics of Science, Technology and Culture major, along with a minor in Women’s Studies. She was formerly an over-the-road truck driver for Walmart before a career-ending injury that facilitated her starting over again—as a freshman. When she grows up (and who knows when that may be) she wants to use her rhetorical skills in women’s activism, multimedia applications and persuasive communications. (pronouns:She, her, hers)
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© Annie Titus

Pam Forman
executive director

 
Pam Forman started the Eau Queer Film Festival in 2010 with Ellen Mahaffy. Pam is also the Chair of UW-Eau Claire’s Department of Sociology and Interim Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies. As a professor of Sociology she teaches courses on visual and public sociology, and cross-listed classes in gender through Sociology and the Women's Studies Program. For five years, she and Ellen Mahaffy taught the San Francisco Travel Seminar where students not only vetted films for the Eau Queer Film Festival, but made documentary shorts on LGBTQ activism that screened at our film festival. (Pronouns: She, Her, Hers)
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© Annie Titus

Ellen Mahaffy
executive director

 
One of the founding Executive Directors of the Eau Queer Film Festival, Ellen Mahaffy is an associate professor of Communication and Journalism. She teaches visual communication (multimedia technologies and graphic design) and uses her expertise in these areas to guide the film festival. She is in production with Forman on Queer Insights, a documentary about students' experiences in the 2013 San Francisco Travel Seminar immersion course and running the Eau Queer Film Festival. Mahaffy and Forman screened a short from this film at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France in 2015. An earlier version of their work screened at San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival in 2011. (Pronouns: She, Her, Hers)