George Dorsey, Visionary and Founder of the BZN International Film Festival, is a active chairman of several commercial organizations, a parent of four children, grandparent of five, and the primary source of funding for the Bozeman Film Celebration.
The Dorsey family first moved to Bozeman in 1994 and today enjoy a home and business activities in Bozeman.
BETH ANN KENNEDY
Beth Ann Kennedy, BZN Artistic Managing Director, has been producing and directing live theatrical events since the mid 90’s throughout USA, primarily in Washington, DC and NYC. A founding member of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and longtime member of SAG AFTRA. Her entrepreneurial spirit & professional contacts enabled Beth Ann to launch and manage the BZN International Film Festival, beginning in 2018.
Tim Crawford, has been a longtime patron of the historic Emerson Center For The Arts & Culture. Along with other citizens, he helped save it a quarter century ago from proposed demolition. He is a downtown Bozeman businessman, a Gallatin Valley farmer, a professional photographer and a lifelong conservationist, hunter, angler and gun owner.
Jill Momaday, is a mother, actor, writer, and filmmaker whose film, Return to Rainy Mountain documents her Kiowa heritage and life in the arts as the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning author, N. Scott Momaday. Jill served as Chief of Protocol in New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs from 2005 to 2010 with Governor Bill Richardson. Her film credits include Tony Hillerman’s Coyote Waits, directed by Jan Egglesen and produced by Robert Redford; The Desperate Trail, directed by Paul Pesche; and Silent Tongue, written and directed by Sam Shepard. As a board member of BZN Film Celebration and their 2018 spotlight on women in the beautiful mountain west, she celebrates her Grandmother Natachee and the other Kiowa women who kept their tribal stories alive.
Jay Parini, is a poet, novelist, biographer and screenwriter. He’s the author of six volumes of poetry, including New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015. His eight novels include Benjamin’s Crossing and The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film in 2010, starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. He has written over twenty-five books, has been translated into thirty-five languages, and teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. His biographies include lives of Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, and Gore Vidal.
BETSY GAINES QUAMMEN
Betsy Gaines Quammen, is an environmental historian and writer. She received a PhD. from Montana State University, focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflict in the west. She founded and headed The Tributary Fund, an organization that identified religious traditions celebrating wildlife and their habitats, establishing projects in Mongolia, Bhutan and the American west. Betsy worked for the East African Wildlife Society in Kenya, later moving to Montana to focus on grizzly bear conservation, ecosystem protection and grazing issues in the Northern Rockies. She earned her MS in Environmental Studies at University of Montana and has served on several boards, including the national Sierra Club and the Montana State University Dean’s Council for the College of Letters and Science.
Kit Stephenson is the Assistant Director at the Bozeman Public Library. She has been working in public libraries for over 25 years. One of her main passions working in libraries is community building and being involved with the Bozeman Film Festival is a great way to build connections. She loves film and is very excited that the Bozeman Film Festival is thriving in Bozeman.
Andrea Eastman started her career at paramount pictures and had the good fortune to cast The Godfather and Love Story. She served as the Senior Vice President at an international creative management representing notable actors adn filmmakers including Barbra Streisand, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone, Wes Craven, Marshall Brickman, Katie Couric, among others. Andrea is honored to have received awards for her horse rescue efforts in Saratoga.