Tamara sloan, co-chair
Tamara has lived in Ashfield longer than she has anywhere else – over 20 years! A Social Worker by training, she has been in the field of program and organizational development for about 25 years, working locally, nationally and internationally. She has limited film experience, but was the Assistant Producer for a global film on women and HIV/AIDS and she enjoys bringing thought provoking films to share with community. She is involved with various town committees, but the FilmFest is the most fun. She lives on a beautiful farm with an assortment of critters, which include 4 children, her husband, horses, sheep, fowl, dogs, cats and birds.
Christopher Seward, co-chair
Christopher is an award winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 years experience. He has been grateful to be part of the creative team on over 30 films to date, most notably Fahrenheit 911, SiCKO, Fire in the Blood and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. He continues to assist numerous films creatively from his home in Apple Valley.
Harry Keramidas, founder
Tamsen Merill, founder
Tamsen Merrill is a co-founder of the Ashfield FilmFest after being chair of the Ashfield Cultural Council for many years. She writes, “I wanted to learn to make videos and knew that a community, short format, live-audience festival in our beautiful town hall would be a great way for us all to explore this ever-evolving medium together.”
Ben Tobin is a filmmaker from Western Massachusetts. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Tobin returned to Massachusetts to make documentaries about various artists living and working in the Hilltown region of the state. Ben is currently a student at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY.
Jake Krain is the Assistant Director at Red Gate Farm Education Center. Newly a resident of Ashfield, Jake is an avid movie lover and excited to be a part of the Film Fest team! When not working on the more technological needs of the committee, you can find Jake at the farm herding sheep, children, and playing the occasional board game or two.
Tobias is a musician and award winning filmmaker. His stop motion animated short film The List was shown at the 2017 Scout Film Festival and received grand prize and audience favorite award at the 2015 Ashfield Film Festival. He has garnered accolades from The International Youth Silent Film Festival where his film The Blue Box, made with filmmakers Annie Matica and Elias Konturas for their company Vast Walk Films, was a finalist. LaMontagne also writes and performs original music with his band Parlicium. He lives in western Massachusetts with his family.