Chandler is a senior at the UW-Eau Claire where they are majoring in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. Additionally, Chandler is an intern for the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Previously, Chandler was a coordinator for the Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Chandler works at Chipotle Mexican Grill, and is the proud owner of a cat named Samson. Chandler returns to Eau Queer this year as the senior programmer, a perfect role as watching films is their favorite thing to do!
Annie Titus | Director
Annie is in her Senior year at UWEC, and has thus far been successful closeting her non-traditional background from the rest of the entourage, concealing her age (59), 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 Multimedia. 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 activism, multimedia and persuasive communications.
Mason Pint | Director
This is Mason’s second year with the Eau Queer Film Festival, with this academic year being his final at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mason is majoring in advertising and minoring in sociology. If you see him around campus, he’s probably running to a meeting, in class, or comfortably positioned in the library to work on class assignments. Mason spends most of his time out of classes either working, searching for new music to add to his ever-growing playlists, or creating. Recently he has been indulging in K-Pop, and has become a full-time BTS stan. Regardless of what Mason is doing, he loves working with others to create something profound that will both affect people and challenge the status quo; hence why he is returning to the Eau Queer family. Mason is looking forward to see what the future holds for him after graduation.
clara Neupert | Director
Clara is a third-year journalism student at UW-Eau Claire who is developing passions for storytelling and activism. When she isn’t sleeping or eating, Clara is writing. She works for the Leader-Telegram, The Spectator, and hosts a weekly student-run radio broadcast. Clara also enjoys biking, eating peanut butter and laughing. The Eau Queer Film Festival swept Clara on a whirlwind discovery of herself and others. During the festival, she hopes viewers find pieces of themselves and the people around them on screen.
Amelia Montie | Director
Amelia is a third year student at UW-Eau Claire, where she is double majoring in Sociology and Information Systems with a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. She is part of a faculty-student collaborative research project, and works for the Honors Program. She is a member of Students Organizing for Community Action (SOCA). At her home in the Twin Cities, Amelia can be spotted on her bike or gardening in the early mornings. She enjoys rainy days spent cuddling with her dog, obsessively creating Spotify playlists, and rearranging furniture in her room. Amelia is excited to apply queer theory to films with multidimensional characters. She is excited for this year’s festival, especially for the discussions that ensue after people see thought provoking films that challenge people’s preconceptions.
Logan Crapser is a senior at UWEC, with a major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in music. Logan used to be a saxophone performance major, but they switched due to a growing passion for social justice and advocacy and after facing the stark realities in the music world. You might find them playing with his group "Free Garbage" around town (assuming they can get a gig). As an intern at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Logan hangs out at the Bridge in the Davies Center. Otherwise, you will find Logan reading up on any and all things queer and feminist in an attempt to appear like they know what they are doing. They are especially privileged to work with an incredible cast of people on EQFF this year, a film festival that helped enable him to come out and open his mind to other possibilities. They hope you see yourself in some of these films, and that they make you feel a little less alone.
Kallie Friede | Executive FESTIVAL Assistant
Kallie returns to EQFF for her third year as the graduate assistant at the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center while she pursues her Masters of Education in Student Affairs Administration through UW-La Crosse. She graduated in 2017 from UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She spent two of her undergraduate years collaborating with EQFF. As a student affairs professional, Kallie aspires to continue to advocate for traditionally underrepresented student populations through social justice work in higher education. EQFF allows her to explore social justice through film. When asked about our festival, she said “film is a really unique platform to be able to use to start conversations about gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, etc. Eau Queer provides us the opportunity to have the hard, critical conversations that are essential for us to move forward as a campus and a community towards our goals of equity, diversity and inclusion.” Outside of work and school, Kallie enjoys finding dogs to pet, fine tuning her shower singing skills, and obsessing over the TV show "The Office."
Christopher Jorgenson | executive director
Christopher Jorgenson is the director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at UW-Eau Claire. Over the past 6 years in this position, he has worked with student interns and university staff and faculty to foster an inclusive LGBTQIA+ environment at our university. As a result, UW-Eau Claire is ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin (Campus Pride) and No. 3 in the nation (bestcolleges.com), ratings that he hopes will result in additional LGBTQIA+ students applying to the university. The Eau Queer Film Festival is in its third year as an addition to the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center program portfolio. Jorgenson is thrilled be a part of this high impact immersion experience, which continues to propel UW-Eau Claire toward its strategic 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 build upon the festival’s rich history of queer activism, education and inspiration. As to why Jorgenson took on the Eau Queer Film Festival, he stated: “It is my job, not only as a professional in higher education but as a gay man living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 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.”
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 applies her expertise in these areas to guide the film festival. She is in production with Forman on Queer Insights, a documentary about students' experiences from the 2013 San Francisco Travel Seminar immersion course and 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.
Pamela 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 in visual and public sociology and cross-listed classes in gender through sociology and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She taught the San Francisco Travel Seminar for five years with Ellen Mahaffy. In this configuration, students vetted films for the Eau Queer Film Festival, and created documentary shorts on LGBTQ activism that screened at EQFF.