About Us


Kent State University Independent Films is an organization that takes students that have a passion for film, and gives them the opportunity for real experience. KSUIF works as a student-run production company, where we produce a wide variety of content include short films, award-winning music videos, documentaries, as well as TV-shows.  The organization is lead by a board of experienced film students and is part of Student Media at Kent State University.

Overall, the purpose of Kent State University Independent Films is to establish and offer exceptional, professional-grade filmmaking and video opportunities to KSU students and affiliates. Our mission is to teach and inspire future filmmakers and prepare them for the real-world industry.

KSUIF holds a monthly meeting to discuss current and upcoming projects, as well as events that are hosted by us. These monthly meetings are held every first Monday of the month in Franklin Hall Room 340 at 8:30PM. Be sure to watch out for meeting cancellations or reschedules through our social media, or through our reminders!

Meet the 2018 KSUIF Board

President – Anna Katsas

Anna is the leader of KSUIF. She runs the entire operation, collaborates with other student media organizations, and is in charge of implementing a vision for the entire year.

Head of Production – Brandon Hurst

Brandon is charge of the green-lighting process. He reviews all submitted scripts, location agreements, production schedules, equipment needs, contracts, and safety concerns.

Head of Project Management – Ashley Lamatrice

Ashley is in charge of overseeing project recruitment. She works closely with the Head of Social Media and Marketing to reach out to students to cultivate a project stream to keep ideas flowing into KSUIF.

VP of Revenue – Gracia Lu

Gracia is tasked with with researching  revenue-raising ideas and coordinating efforts to execute such as corporate work, university work, and distribution.

VP of Budgeting and Accounting – Elise Knebusch

Elise manages all financial matters that pertain to KSUIF and KSUIF projects including reviewing project budgets for board projects as well as  the organization as a whole.

Head of Social Media and Marketing – Haley Holt

Haley creates all marketing material you see for KSUIF across our social media and beyond. She is also responsible for creating flyers, posters, and e-blasts.

KSUIF Film Festival Coordinator – Ashleigh Byrer

Ashleigh is the head of the upcoming KSUIF Film Festival at the end of the year. She runs the entire festival from soliciting entries from all across Kent State, to ticket sales, and fundraising that needs to take place.

Digital Content Manager – Matt Ackerman

Matt is in charge of managing all digital content. He maintains the website that you see here on a constant basis to keep information up to date. Along with that he manages the KSUIF YouTube that houses projects created by KSUIF and DMP.