Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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  • Olympia, WA 98501
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Monthly board meetings are open to the general public and OFS Membership:  6:00 pm –  4th Tuesday of each month (dates vary during holiday months). Agendas, current meeting minutes, and meeting locations are posted online here one week before general board meetings.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining the board or a committee at OFS,  email to learn how you can help make a difference in our community.

The Olympia Film Society is seeking talented, diverse, and energetic people to join -We welcome diversity and want to make sure we draw from a broad cross-section of our community. We especially welcome board members who broadly represent the community and bring various experiences and cultural and economic backgrounds to the role.    The OFS Board sets policies, develops strategic plans for the future, provides fiscal oversight, fundraises, and advocates for the theater within the community. (Note: the board does not select films to be screened, bands to perform, or  involve itself in day-to-day operations) The excellent OFS staff handles this work!  

The OFS Board is here to ensure the longevity and health of OFS by

  1. Fundraising for operational and capital improvements,
  2. Advocating and creating diverse community partnerships, 
  3. Stewarding responsible governance and fiscal management.

Damian Magista – President
COMMITTEES:  Executive, Finance
OCCUPATION: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Regional Program Manager
AFFILIATES:  Indie Videographer, Filmmaker, Art Institute Seattle and San Francisco, Central City Concern Portland
TERMS: 2021 – 2023, 2023-2025

Damian Magista is a photographer, writer/producer of Food Cart and founder of “Chomp! Food Film Fest. He’s worked on shows for PBS and Travel Channel.   Projects include “Food Cart”, an award-winning short film telling the story of a struggling young chef who runs out of ingredients forcing him to choose between a horrible crime or risk losing everything. “CHOMP! Food Film Fest” a night of food & film featuring meals prepared by renowned guest chefs and works by indie filmmakers.

His day job is in Workforce Development. Specifically engaging community organizations and developing relationships to further economic development and workforce opportunities in multiple industry sectors

Rebecca Saulsbury – Vice President, Fundraising Chair
COMMITTEES:  Board Development
OCCUPATION: Event Coordinator
AFFILIATES: KALX Radio, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
TERMS: 2021 – 2023, 2023-2024

“Rebecca Saulsbury spent her formative years in arthouse movie theaters & music venues. She has extensive experience in event production, community engagement, organizational development, non-profit fundraising, & a longstanding involvement in radio.”


Audra Sisak – Secretary
COMMITTEES: Board Development
OCCUPATION: Actor, Comedian, Storyteller
Seattle Storyteller Guild
TERMS: 2023-2025

Stage name Polite Kitty is a local performer with experience in nonprofits. They also run an improv group called South Sound Improv which features short and long form games. They pride themselves on their values and ensuring safe spaces for all artists, protecting human rights. They have a passion for movies and TV, with a creative eye for details in writing and performing.


Jeff DeLuca – Board Development Chair
COMMITTEES: Board Development
OCCUPATION: WA State Community Action Partnership, Executive Director
TERMS: 2021 –  2023, 2023-2025

As a working musician since I was a teenager and now as a statewide nonprofit leader, I’m eager to help OFS preserve the Capitol Theater as a community asset that supports local and regional art. I want to help access funds to upgrade/maintain the space and attract national talent. I am concerned about the future of spaces like the Capitol Theater given local development pressures and the monopolization of venues by corporations like Live Nation.  After growing up in Florida and starting my career in Chapel Hill, NC, I moved to Olympia with my partner in August 2017. Upon arriving, I managed Renata Rollins’s campaign for Olympia City Council. Since January 2018, I have worked for the Washington State Community Action Partnership and have served as Executive Director there since December 2019. WSCAP is a statewide association of 30 Community Action Agencies fighting poverty and inequality all across Washington State.

Tom McDonald –  Treasurer, Finance Committee  Chair
OCCUPATION:  Attorney, Cascadia Law Group
TERMS: 2020-2022, 2022 -2024




Tom Rieger – Facilities Committee Chair
COMMITTEES:  Facilities
AFFILIATES: Sand in the City
TERMS: 2019 – 2021, 2021-2023, 2023-2025




Joel Gunz
COMMITTEES: Board Development
OCCUPATION: Founder & Host, HitchCon; Publisher, The Hitchcockian Quarterly; Freelance Creative Director & Copywriter
AFFILIATES: HitchCon, Portland Advertising Federation
TERMS: 2023-2024

An independent scholar known online as the Alfred Hitchcock Geek, Joel is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, president & host of HitchCon ( and publisher of The Hitchcockian Quarterly ( His fascination with the Master of Cinema commenced at age 12 and never stopped, eventuating in hundreds of scholarly articles, chapters and essays. He’s produced and directed documentary several film series projects: “How to Watch Hitchcock” (2018-19), “Freak the Geek” (2018-current) and “Alfred Hitchcock, Master of the Surreal” (2019-current). His latest Hitchcock-themed film essay is “Spellbound by L’Amour Fou” (2021). Joel and his partner, Christy La Guardia, live with their beagle, Charlie, in Olympia, Washington.

Finance – Elaine Fischer, Aimee Hughes, Dick Meyer (community member), Tom McDonald (Chair)
Capital Grants Team – Alice Watland, Audrey Henley, open community member seat
Board Development – Rebecca Saulsbury, Debi McNutt, Jeff DeLuca (Chair), Audra Sisak, open community member seat
Facilities – Shane Jewell (community member), Peter Moulton (community member), Tim Sweeney (community member), Tom Rieger (Chair)

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