AFF Staff & Team


Cindy Miller

Festival Producer

Cindy is an independent producer, line producer and production manager for the film, television and commercial industry. She is the producer of the Sundance Award winning feature documentary, DIVINE TRASH, about the early work of Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, and the follow up film, IN BAD TASTE for the Independent Film Channel & Bravo. In addition she has produced dozens of national commercials from Gummy Bears to Adidas. Her television credits include Homicide: Life on the Street, America’s Most Wanted, Mastermind and Split Screen to name a few. Before turning to the production side, Cindy was a SAG/AFTRA actor working on many films shot in DC & Baltimore. From 2006 to 2010, Cindy was the Festival Producer for the AFI/Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Film Festival. She has served on the board of the Maryland Chapter of Women In Film & Video and is a member of the Producers Guild of America. This will be Cindy’s third year producing the Annapolis Film Festival.

Joe Barsin

Art Director

During his formative years, Joe lived in Genoa, Italy. The later years of his youth were spent growing-up in Akron, Ohio. He studied graphic design at Kent State University, ultimately earning his BFA then began his career as an art director in Baltimore, Maryland. Joe and his wife, Eva, kept busy for the past 20+ years running their own business, JEB Design, Inc. (link: In 2013, the couple launched Citizen Pride (link: to celebrate Mid-Atlantic (or Maryland) pride through creative products. Joe’s passion for history, culture and community is reflected in his illustrations, which are featured on Citizen Pride products that range from flags, prints, canvas art, wooden signs, stickers and more. He is inspired by the icons and landmarks that stir the sense of local pride for your hometown. Being a Scout leader of his two boy’s troop allows him plenty of time out in nature. He also loves film, music, reading sci-fi and won’t likely turn down a good, hoppy brew. Joe has been with the film festival since its inception.

Chris Bredenberg

Technical Director


Kaitlyn Ryan

Box Office and Customer Service Manager

Kaitlyn is a Biloxi, Mississippi native who travels year-round working in operations and management for various film festivals in the United States. Her most notable festivals include: Palm Springs International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival,  Seattle International Film Festival, and Mill Valley Film Festival. Kaitlyn’s passion for film lies within the realm of managing the operations and logistics of non-profit film festivals to provide an inclusive platform for emerging voices, creativity, and networking within the independent film industry. This will be Kaitlyn’s third year managing the Box Office and Customer Service for Annapolis Film Festival.

Erin Mcinnis

Box Office and Customer Service Manager

Erin has been working in operations and public relations for various film festivals, theaters, and live events in the United for over ten years. Her most notable festivals include: Nashville Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, AFI Fest, and Mill Valley Film Festival. She has also spent the last three years coordinating press and media logistics for the Academy Awards. This will be Erin’s second year with Annapolis Film Festival.

Derek Horne

Director of Programming

Derek Horne has been working in programming for 20 years, including film festivals coast to coast from Newport (RI) to Newport Beach (CA). Currently, Derek is the Director of Programming for the Annapolis Film Festival in the Spring and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in the Fall. Derek worked in the Filmmaker Services Department at the Sundance Film Festival for six years and was the Film Coordinator at Chapman University’s film school for ten years handling the distribution of thousands of student films and promoting the careers of many talented emerging artists. Derek was the founding editor of Kodak’s student filmmaking magazine and has written articles for their “In Production, On Campus” newsmagazine as well as IndieWire.

Emma Spindler

Marketing Coordinator

As an Annapolis local, Emma returns to AFF for her second year. Since developing the AFF website last year, she manages it and updates it as well as all of the AFF social media platforms. With a marketing and graphic design background, she also assists in the creation of web and print materials.

Team Leaders

Suzanne Marshall

Art & Design

Carrie Paul


Emma Spindler

Social Media





Lisa Seborowski


Susan Wheatley


Jeff Barlow




Mandisa Henry

Guest Relations

Azia Abdur Ra'Oof

Sponsor Relations
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