Tracy Schott, MS, MSW
Tracy Schott is a producer/director and founder of Schott Productions. She has created hundreds of film and video projects, including television commercials, web-content, corporate communications, theatrical and event content. Tracy produced ReadingFilm’s LOCATION! LOCATION!, directed the Emmy-nominated DREAM WEDDINGS and is the producer/director of the award-winning documentary film examining intimate partner violence, FINDING JENN’S VOICE. Tracy is the Executive Producer of several local productions, including DUST NUGGETS, TRAFFIC OPERA, A PERFECT YOU, and FRANKLIN STREET STATION, which she also directed. She is currently in development on two documentary films, BLACKOUT GIRL and FROM THE RIVER.. She has served as ReadingFilmFEST Creative Director since its inception in 2015.
Cammie Harris, MBA
Festival Operations Director & Project Manager
Cammie Harris oversees all aspects of the festival operations to ensure an enjoyable experience. She builds collaborative relationships with venues, hotel management, filmmakers, volunteers and staff to ensure a smooth operational flow. Cammie works directly with the Creative Director to develop and implement new engaging programming each year. She assists with fundraising efforts to increase festival support. Cammie brings over 20 years of project management experience. Cammie executive director of the WCR Center for the Arts, a non-profit performing arts organization set within a historic building in the city or Reading, PA. Cammie joined the ReadingFilmFEST in 2018.
Melissa Varone, MBA
Fundraising & Marketing Director
Melissa Varone provides fundraising and marketing support for festival, and previously served as the FEST Manager, managing the day-to-day operations. Her role focuses on expanding sponsorship engagement, gathering more filmmakers, cross-promoting with other local agencies and festivals, and advertising the festival weekend activities to a regional audience. With over 20 years of experience, Melissa offers marketing and public relations strategy, fundraising and event planning consulting services for businesses and non-profits in the community. She recently served as the fundraising and event manager for several community events and local non-profits. Melissa has been a part of the ReadingFilmFEST since 2017.
Chris Woodward, MD
Associate Director & Juror Coordinator
Chris Woodward has spent his career in Medicine but has been a movie critic since childhood. At age 3, during a showing of Disney’s “The Shaggy Dog”, he told his Mom that dogs don’t talk implying the movie’s premise was absurd. This was his first lesson in the willing suspension of disbelief. For the past 2 years, Chris has been a volunteer Juror and Panel Moderator for the ReadingFilmFEST shorts.He loves to find modest budget, independent movie gems to recommend to his adult children.
Chris Woodward has spent his career in Medicine but has been a movie critic since childhood. At age 3, during a showing of Disney’s “The Shaggy Dog,” he told his Mom that dogs don’t talk, implying the movie’s premise was absurd. This was his first lesson in the willing suspension of disbelief. For the past 3 years, Chris has been a volunteer Juror and Panel Moderator for the ReadingFilmFEST shorts. He loves to find modest budget, independent movie gems to recommend to his adult children.
This is Randy’s fifth year as our festival weekend Operations Manager and in the past served as Volunteer Coordinator. Randy is an active participant in local theater, as an actor, director, stage manager, and technical advisor. He has performed in numerous theatrical productions over his lifetime, most recently in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also serves as Director, Production Manager on the boards of several local community theaters, Berks Choir Games, and the Reading Choral Society. His film and television experience include acting and working as the Business Manager for the TV pilot FRANKLIN STREET STATION.
This is Jen’s fourth year with ReadingFilmFEST. As Reception Manager, she truly enjoys spending time with the filmmakers. She serves as Board President for Reading Theater Project & Wyomissing Hills Citizens Social Committee. Jen occasionally works as production coordinator for Schott Productions, including local films “Traffic Opera” & “Dust Nuggets”.
Teddy Auman is a 20-year-old from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Throughout his life he has had a passion for the visual arts including both videography and photography. After spending most of his summer in Iceland, he decided to follow his dreams of the visual arts. This dream meant leaving his school out in Ohio and taking the semester off to help with the ReadingFILMFEST as he prepares to move out west for the rest of his college career. He will be assisting the ReadingFILMFEST in downloading movies and working in conjunction with both movie theatres.
IMAX Theatre Associate
As his full-time job, Frankel Tejada is the General Manager of R/C Reading Movies 11 & IMAX. 11 years ago, Frankel started as a general employee at the theatre and worked his way from shift manager, to Assistant Manager and was subsequently promoted to the role of General Manager, a position which he has held for the past 5 years. Frankel has been an integral part of the ReadingFilmFEST in helping coordinate and screen the films at his very impressive cinema theatre.
GoggleWorks Theatre Associates
Steven Nicodemus and Joshua Brightbill facilitate the Boscov Film Theatre located in GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. They test films ahead of showings and run them during the festival. They provide concessions, technical support, and feedback regularly to the festival. Steven and Joshua play an integral part of the ReadingFilmFEST in helping coordinate and screen the films at their unique film venue.