J. Brad Wilke (@jbwilke) is a co-founder and principal of Smarthouse Creative. Brad holds an MBA from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington's Department of Communication, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Brad designs and executes digital, social media, and film distribution strategies for Smarthouse’s clients. Brad is also the founder of tech nonprofit, Flash Volunteer, an adjunct lecturer in digital marketing & film, as well as an award-winning filmmaker, produced feature-length screenwriter, and artistic director of the Portland Film Festival.
Ryan Davis (@indieartsvoice) is a film publicist and communications professional with ten years experience in film and arts marketing. Named by Media Inc. as one of Washington State's most influential women in film, TV, and media, Ryan has worked in almost every aspect of the film business--from production and festivals to distribution, exhibition and sales. She has placed stories in outlets ranging from CNN and The New York Times, to community newspapers and local radio.
Ryan worked for Arab Film Distribution/Typecast Films where she was part of the production and release of the Academy Award-nominated Iraq in Fragments. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit arts groups and organizations, including heading the marketing departments for Northwest Film Forum and Northwest Folklife, and was the assistant director of Couch Fest Films from 2010-2014. Ryan was on the jury for the International Documentary Challenge for 2012-3, and a juror for the 2015 Seattle Shorts Festival.
Rachel Green is a filmmaker, and performance and installation director/artist (Rachel Green) with a strong interest in social justice. She received her bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington where she conducted undergraduate research with professor Gray Lock studying the relationship between art and technology in urban environments. Following graduation she volunteered with organizations including the International Rescue Committee, Washington Community Action Network, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and received training in Restorative Justice.
Recently, Rachel was the co-producer and performed in, "Hypnagogic Jerk" at Jack Straw Cultural Center (2014) and the creative director in, "Signal," a multi-media production installed and performed as part of "Duwamish Revealed 2015." She is preparing for a second Jack Straw residency in 2017. She has also volunteered and worked at Seattle arts organizations On the Boards, 4Culture, and the Northwest African American Museum.
Nina recently returned to Seattle from New York City, where she worked in publicity and distribution at Magnolia Pictures, before jumping in as Publicity Manager for SIFF's 2017 film bacchanal.
In addition to managing publicity and marketing projects, Nina also supports our film distribution services and helps manage client relations.
Emily's background in theatre and performance, coupled with her BA in the Great Books of Western Civilization and Ancient Greek from St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, make her a uniquely savvy communicator and outside-of-the-box thinker.
She began her career working for a top literary agent, Irene Webb, and then went on to work her way up to senior publicist at a boutique book and cookbook publishing house in NYC, Welcome Enterprises (formerly Welcome Books). Emily partners with many different PR agencies, publishing houses, digital marketing agencies and ad agencies, working on clients in many different spaces from food and beverages to health to film and entertainment to travel to medical doctors to hospitality to apps. She has garnered thousands of press hits, including WSJ, NYT, TIME magazine, USA Today, Today.com, and many more. Emily will turn over every rock to get her clients press hits, in-person meetings, partnerships, sponsors, and influencer engagement.
Jessica Marx (@jessicamarx) is a seasoned entertainment public relations and digital marketing professional with over ten years of combined in-house, agency, and consulting experience. She has worked on projects ranging from big-budget studio films to DIY indies, and everything in between.
Jessica has a B.A. from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Entertainment Business. She's also the great-granddaughter of Groucho Marx, so knows from funny.
Smarthouse Media offers a full complement of video production and motion graphics services, including concept development, creative direction, on-location production, editing & post-production, plus digital delivery across a variety of platforms.
Each project receives an integrated digital strategy built into the plan from day one, ensuring that your final product is well positioned for maximum reach, engagement, and impact across the web.
Craig Downing (@craigdowning) has produced internationally recognized films for a variety of clients. Craig was the director of the film department at Iceland's Sagafilm, where he supported feature-length productions (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), music videos (Björk--Mutual Core), television (HBO's Game of Thrones), and commercial productions (Subaru). Craig has also produced social impact documentaries for NGOs in regional "hot spots," including Haiti and Central America.
Most recently, Craig has produced commercial content for Amazon, Lonely Planet, The Discovery Channel, and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Craig also serves as the festival director for Couch Fest Films, curates films for the website Short of the Week, and is a short film programmer at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Kris Kristensen (@scotopiapix) is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in both long & short form, as well as narrative & non-fiction. After spending time in Los Angeles following film school, Kris moved to Seattle and formed a film/video production company, Scotopia Pictures. Under this banner, and as a freelancer, Kris has done work for television (A&E, MTV, PBS, HBO/Cinemax), feature films (Elixirs & Remedies, Inheritance), music videos (Grant Lee Philips, Brent Amaker), and commercials (Visa, Xbox, Papa Murphy's).
Kris is also president and co-founder of the Seattle arts nonprofit, 20/20 Awards, which critically re-evaluates the Oscars with 20 years of hindsight, complete with new nominees, a new vote, a weekly podcast, and a fresh batch of awards. And Kris still finds hope for humanity in Linus' speech at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas.