OUTsider Team


Artistic Director – Curran Nault

Director of Operations – Bobette Matthis

PR Director – Annie Bush 

Website Support – Jon Bolden

Festival Photographer – Rolando Sepulveda II

Outreach – Grey Gamboa

Grey Gamboa is a current student at the University of Texas at Austin who is double majoring in Radio-Television-Film & Communications and Leadership. For OUTsider Fest he is assisting with outreach and engagement as a volunteer.


PJ Raval – President

PJ Raval is an award‐winning filmmaker whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the already marginalized LGBTQ+ community. Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100”, PJ’s credits include TRINIDAD: TRANSGENDER FRONTIER (Showtime) and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, which follows the lives of three gay senior men, described by indieWIRE as “a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon.” BEFORE YOU KNOW IT screened theatrically and broadcast premiered as the season finale of AMERICA REFRAMED on PBS World Channel, and was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association Excellence in Documentary Award 2016.

PJ recently completed CALL HER GANDA which follows the events surrounding Jennifer Laude, a trans woman who was discovered dead in a motel room in Olongapo City, Philippines with the prime suspect being a US Marine. CALL HER GANDA released theatrically Fall 2018, winning over a dozen Best Documentary and Audience Awards and recently broadcast premiered on POV on PBS to millions of viewers.

In addition to his feature documentary work, PJ also continues to collaborate on a collection of highly charged, not-safe-for-work videos with performer and “provocateur” Paul Soileau (a.k.a. CHRISTEENE) under the name “Three dollar Cinema.” Their work has screened at SXSW, The New Orleans Film Festival and various underground, above ground, and art venues internationally. Banned from YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK alike (MmmHmm…), their collaborative efforts are best summed up by The Hollywood Reporter as “…something you desperately wish you could un-see…” 

Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award‐nominated Best Documentary TROUBLE THE WATER and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, 2016 Firelight Media Fellow, 2017 Robert Giard Fellow, and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

Bobette Mathis – Vice President

Bobette’s festival and non profit career began with The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) in 1996 where for the next nine years she served on the board, managed the box office, fund raising events, and volunteers, and served for five years as Board President. Bobette received her B.S .from the University of Houston and was a Mechanical Designer for the Hypervelocity Impact departments at the Center for Electromagnetics and Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas until 2012. In late 2013, She joined Curran, PJ, Austin performer Paul Soileau, film maker Annie Bush and founder and former aGLIFF Artistic Director Scott Dinger in creating OUTsider Film & Arts Festival and continues to serve on the board and staff.

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 second year on the board of OUTsider where she works on community outreach.

Curran Nault – Artistic Direct

Annie Bush – PR Director

Two-time Teacher of the Year Nominee Annie Bush is an educator-turned-film producer based in New York City. Annie is co-founder and producer for From The Woods, a film production company producing original content. Projects Annie’s produced have played at the Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, IDFA, Berlinale, SXSW, AFI Docs, Camden International Film Festival and more. Annie most recently produced the Oscar qualifying NY Times OpDocs documentary short, DULCE. Annie is a co-founder and former Executive Director of OUTsider.

Tarik Daniels – Volunteer Coordinator

Tarik Daniels is an AfroQueer writer, performer, and mental health & HIV justice activist. Tarik is the Founder and Executive Director of Whatsinthemirror?, a social movement that provides mental health awareness and suicide prevention through art and advocacy to communities of color. He is serving his second term as a City Commissioner for Austin’s LGBTQ Quality Of Life Advisory Board.  Tarik has written, directed, and produced several plays and released a novel, No Bonds So Strong in 2018. He is the winner of the 2019 Austin Under 40 Awards in Arts & Entertainment. 

Laura Gutiérrez – Education Director

Jesse O’Rear – Website Manager

Jesse D. O’Rear is a theater artist/scholar/activist/dog dad/pizza snob from New Jersey currently teaching in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University.

 Sarah Schoonhoven – Special Events Coordinator 

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 – Sponsorship Director

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 loves when people and businesses donate their time, money and goods to OUTsider through sponsorship. She hates being left on read.

Jacob Wilson – Hospitality Director














Founders Circle 

Annie Bush
Scott Dinger
Paul Soileau



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