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.
Andrew Espe graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Cinema Studies and a minor in Business of Entertainment Media & Technology. Throughout school, he worked as a marketing intern at Magnolia Pictures and Tribeca Film, a video archival assistant at Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions, and as an administrative and acquisitions intern at Visit Films. In addition, he was on the programming committee for the Lower East Side Film Festival in NYC. Since relocating to Seattle last year, he has worked as a shorts and feature film programmer for SIFF and Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
Ken is a local Seattleite and a Suquamish tribal member. He attended Seattle public schools, and went on to study at the University of Washington. At the UW he studied business, with a concentration in finance. Ken also worked part time at Traders Joe’s. Upon completion of his degree he donated time to a non-profit startup, SpiritWolf Inc. Each spring he volunteers to coach a successful youth baseball team, ages 13-14. Fishing has becoming one of his main hobbies, as well as running. In the future he wants to further his experience in the financial field, and bring those skills to the Suquamish Tribe’s business affairs.
Production Services Coordinator
Krys Karns is the Production Services Coordinator 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.
Cris moved from Los Angeles to Seattle in 2008, and happily became involved in the city’s vibrant arts community. She has completed internships at Artist Trust, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum, which developed her skills in nonprofit management and broadened her understanding of the creative arts and nonprofit scene. Prior to living in Seattle, Cris worked for 18 years as a Legal Assistant at Universal Pictures, where she managed requests for clearances, clip licenses, product placement, and the delivery requirements inventory on all Universal film projects. Cris has a degree in Art and, since her move, has completed courses in nonprofit administration and paralegal studies at the University of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys calligraphy, ceramics, playing the guitar, gardening, and walking around Greenlake.