BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PJ Raval – President
PJ Raval (he/him) is a queer, first generation Filipinx American filmmaker whose documentary work includes CALL HER GANDA (2020 Excellence in Documentary NLGJA Association of LGBTQ Journalists), BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (PBS) and Trinidad (Showtime). His provocative collaboration with queer performance artist and human pissoir, CHRISTEENE, has been described as “something you desperately wish you could un-see” (Hollywood Reporter) MmmHmm…PJ is a Guggenheim Fellow, member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of OUTsider.
Bobette Mathis – Vice President
Bobette began her festival and nonprofit career with The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) in 1996 serving on the board as secretary and president as well as managing the festival box office and fundraising events until stepping down in 2005. In 2013, she joined Curran Nault, PJ Raval, Paul Soileau, Annie Small, and founder and former aGLIFF Artistic Director Scott Dinger in creating OUTsider Film & Arts Festival and continues to serve on the board, as Director of Operations, and festival site manager. Outside of and concurrent with her festival life, she worked in mechanical design for Schlumberger and for different University of Texas at Austin institutes for many years, and presently continues design freelancing and consulting.
Ellie Erickson – Treasurer
Ellie has played bass in outsider bands for many years and now plays in a new project called Hey Jellie, with her former band mate from Erase Errata, Jenny Hoyston. She has 13 years experience managing nonprofits and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Alex Barron – Secretary
Alex Barron is an Associate Professor at St. Edward’s University where she teaches LGBT Literature & Film and other Gender Studies classes. She also recruits the youth as advisor to the campus PRIDE group. This is her fourth year on the board of OUTsider where she works on community outreach.
Curran Nault – Artistic Director
Curran Nault is the Founder and Artistic/Executive Director of OUTsider (2013-). Previously, he was the Artistic Director of aGLIFF (the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival) (2011-13) and the Co-Founder and Director of Programming of AAAFF (the Austin Asian American Film Festival) (2007-11). Nault is also an Assistant Professor in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Queercore: Queer Punk Media Subculture (Routledge, 2018), and his scholarship on grassroots queer trans*media has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Jump Cut, Feminist Media Studies, Transgender Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Film and Video, and been anthologized in Queer Love in Film and Television, Mediated Girlhoods, the Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema and the Oxford Handbook of Punk, among others. In addition, Nault is a co-producer of the multi-award-winning the documentaries Before You Know It (PJ Raval, 2013) and Call Her Ganda (PJ Raval, 2018).
Joshua Tadeo – Associate Artistic Director
Josh (he/him/his) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Asian American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. He enjoys crafts and collecting odds and ends. Josh continues to explore forms of activism through design, fashion, and the mundane.
Laura Gutiérrez – Education Director
Laura G. Gutiérrez (she/her/ella/they/elle) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and, when not teaching on all things related to culture, researches and writes about Latinx and Mexican performance and visual art. This deep commitment to contemporary art and culture-makers enables Gutiérrez to occasionally collaborate with artists. As the curator for OUTsider’s Conference on the Couch, and a peripheral member to the rest of the curating team for the festival, Gutiérrez works at bridging the academic and artistic relationship for the organization as member of the OUTsider board.
Jesse O’Rear – Website Manager
Jesse O’Rear is a theater artist / scholar / teacher / dog dad / kitten guardian / pizza snob from New Jersey. As a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University, he teaches courses on queer+trans-centered community-based performance practices and peer education.
Molly Routt – Sponsorship Director
Molly has been hanging around OUTsider in various queerpacities since 2015 and brings a background in film production, nonprofit program management, and talent development. At work, she gets excited about helping organizations be strategic about their workforce learning and development, especially when it comes to equity and inclusion. At play, Molly gets excited about dance protests and learning Spanish.
Sarah Schoonhoven – Special Events
Sarah Schoonhoven (M.M.) (she/her/hers) is a strategic event designer, project manager, and program coordinator at UT Austin, where she works to create programming for instructors at the faculty, staff, and graduate student level and strives to center the full, radical inclusion of LGBTQA+ students and instructors in her work. She also serves as the Chair-Elect of PEFSA, UT’s LGBTQA+ staff/faculty association, and as the Membership & Outreach Chair of the Texas Exes Pride Alumni Network. She has previously worked in the Events and Hospitality Industry and received her Masters of Music in Music Theory at UT Austin in 2015, where she studied the electronic music soundtracks of noted Trans composer Wendy Carlos and worked in the UT Gender and Sexuality Center. Sarah is recently Gay Married ™ and would love to tell you all about it.
Jessica Smedlund – Box Office & Director of Inclusion & Accessibility
Jessica Smedlund is a SHRM certified Human Resource professional at UT Austin with experience working in nonprofit and film. She spent five years working for a nonprofit that provides diverse programs for adults with various types of disabilities and helped champion their mission to allow these individuals unlock the door to their full potential. Jessica also worked as a film/video production coordinator where she developed a regimented workflow for managing the moving parts of production. She serves as the Director of Inclusion & Accessibility for OUTsider and is the Box Office Manager.
Felice Trirogoff – Social Media
Felice Trirogoff (Sagittarius sun, Virgo moon, Leo rising) talks, Tweets, and writes for a living. She swims with the H2Hos, Austin’s first feminist synchronized swimming troupe and likes to roller skate. She hates being left on read.
Jacob Wilson – Hospitality Director
Bobette Mathis – Director of Operations
Annie Bush – PR Director
Jon Bolden – Website Support
Rolando Sepulveda II – Festival Photographer
Travis Neeley – Videographer
Natalie George Productions – Festival Production Management
Grey Gamboa – Outreach
Cassidy C Browning
Michael Anthony Garcia