SFFI Board of Directors
President of the Board
Born in Minneapolis in 1980, Jacques grew up in Oregon, Navajo Nation and Santa Fe. He is the author of Albuquerque Blues 2007, was writer and director of the 2009 feature film, Rejection, and former director of programming for Jean Cocteau Cinema. He is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation, is a member of the Santa Fe Film Commission, and on the advisory Board for California American Indian Film Festival.
Liesette Paisner Bailey
Liesette is a local Santa Fean and received her BA at University of New Mexico in 2012, honors summa cum laude in History. In 2008, she directed the Southwest Literary Center's Women Writers' Conference, as well as working with the planning and development of the First Annual UNESCO International Conference on Creative Tourism, and the former director of Marketing/ programmer at Jean Cocteau Cinema. Liesette also worked on Martin Luther King III's Realizing the Dream Documentary series.
Marissa grew up in New Mexico and has lived here most of her life. She holds a BA and MA in English from the University of New Mexico and a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. She teaches writing at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.
Member at Large
Chris Eyre, the nation's most celebrated American Indian film director, was born in Oregon. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he gained national attention in 1998 with the movie Smoke Signals. People Magazine called him "the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time." Chris Eyre is currently head of Native Networkers, which just completed consultation on the Scott Cooper film Hostiles.