Amy Lillard is the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks and has been with the program since it launched in 2007. Under her leadership, WF has helped over 90 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated 242 Million dollars to the statewide economy.
Amy Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Amy retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world. Two years and 42 countries later, she settled in Seattle where she has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.
Director Of Finance & Operations
After graduating with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Julie began her career in New York working on the sitcom “Spin City,” starring Michael J Fox. When the production moved to Los Angeles, Julie followed. Julie continued to work in production accounting for both NY and LA based shows such as “Scrubs,” “Hope & Faith” and HBO’s “Entourage,” until 2005 when she became involved in LA’s burgeoning New Media community. Julie began her own New Media production company where she created a weekly podcast, an award winning mini-sitcom web series, as well as produced work for clients such as TBS.com, and promotional web videos for independent music artists. In 2008, eager to learn more about various state film incentives, she worked as a lead accountant on an independently produced feature, “Ms January.” Shortly after she moved to Seattle and joined Washington Filmworks.
Program Manager of Production Services
Krys Karns is the Program Manager of Production Services at Washington Filmworks. She is the 1st point of contact at Washington Filmworks for filmmakers and offers assistance related to locations, permits, accommodations and production resources. Prior to Washington Filmworks, Krys worked for nine years in the film industry in the areas of production and locations on such television series as “Touched By An Angel” and “Promised Land” and the recent features “J. Edgar” and “Gangster Squad.” In 2004 she joined the staff of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services as their Marketing Coordinator where she assisted with the development of marketing materials, coordinated events and trade shows, and continued to support clients in the entertainment industry. Krys was raised in Los Angeles, but now makes Seattle her home. She is a graduate of Cal State University Northridge and holds a degree in Radio, Television & Film.
Ashley is the Executive Assistant at Washington Filmworks and joined the team late Summer of 2015. A Vermonter through and through, she recently relocated to Seattle by way of Portland, Maine. After visiting Seattle in the Spring of 2014, Ashley knew she wanted to return indefinitely. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, she returned to Vermont to work with at-risk youth in a boarding facility. Upon moving to Maine several years later, Ashley worked at Allagash Brewing Company helping to build the tour program then finally joining the Sales team as an analyst and assistant in her final year there. In her free time, she is most excited to be outdoors and explore all that Washington has to offer.
Amber Cortes is the Communications Coordinator for Washington Filmworks. Originally from New Jersey, Amber moved out to Seattle to attend graduate school in the Communications Leadership program at the University of Washington. She’s worked in radio and print journalism. She’s also a filmmaker herself – her short documentary Luchadora premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2015. Amber is passionate about supporting art and non-profits through communications work. When she’s not writing blog posts and updating social media with the latest film news, she is teaching youth media-making as a teaching artist for Reel Grrls and enjoying a show, film screening or gallery opening somewhere in Seattle.