Our Committee Members
CECIL B. DEMILLE, Our Hometown Hero
On August 12, 1881 Cecil B DeMille made his grand entrance into this world - in a house on Main Street in Ashfield. DeMille would go on to become the “Greatest Showman on Earth.” In 1913 he formed a motion picture company with Jess Lasky and Samuel Goldfish (who later changed his name to Goldwyn.) Their first film “The Squaw Man” (1914), filmed in a rural settlement in California known as Hollywoodland,” was a giant hit. DeMille would go on to turn out hit after hit for decades to come. In the 1920’s he was known for sex comedies, in the 1940’s action adventures, and for the remainder of his career he would be hailed for his sword and sandal biblical epics including “The Ten Commandments” which he made twice, the more famous of the two being the 1956 spectacle starring Charleton Heston.
Tamara Sloan, CoChair
Tamara has lived in Ashfield longer than she has anywhere else – almost 20 years! A Social Worker by training, she has been in the field of program and organizational development for about 25 years, designing, developing, and managing programs and researching and acquiring funding to support them. She has worked on both state and national levels, and is currently the Assistant Producer for a global film on women and HIV/AIDS. She has been involved with various town committees, but the FilmFest is the most fun. She lives on a beautiful farm with an assortment of human and non-human animals, which include 4 children, her husband, horses, sheep, fowl, dogs, cats and birds.
Christopher Seward, CoChair
Tamsen Merrill, FilmFest Founder
Tamsen has lived in Ashfield for 25 years and is the current chair of the Ashfield Cultural Council. She helps run Sangha Farm, a diversified organic farm with a goat dairy, sheep and a vegetable CSA. Her work with the Ashfield Film Festival is a venue for her to hone her skills as a videographer.
Harry Keramidas, FilmFest Founder
Harry came to Ashfield about 8 years ago from Los Angeles where he was an editor of Motion Pictures for thirty years, cutting over 100 films, including such classic and iconic films as “Back to The Future” and “Children of the Corn.” Seven years ago while serving on the Ashfield Cultural Council he worked to create the Ashfield FilmFest. He continues to work on local Film projects and is Chair of the Annual Ashfield FilmFest.
Tobias is a young award winning filmmaker who began submitting films to the FilmFest in 2013. He has since joined the FilmFest committee and, with a friend started a small film production company.
Ben Tobin, a graduate of Oberlin College's Cinema Studies program, lives and works in Western Massachusetts. In addition to working as a freelance photographer and filmmaker, Tobin also works as the media developer at Amherst Cinema, and has worked as the media specialist at Mount Holyoke College. Tobin also works with young filmmakers, and has recently accepted a place in the Feirstein Graduate Film Program in Brooklyn.