About Us

Kent State University Independent Films, or KSUIF for short, is a student run organization that takes students that have a passion for film, and gives them the opportunity for real experience. We produce a wide variety of content include short films, award-winning music videos, and documentaries.  The organization is lead by a board of experienced film students that you can learn more about down below.

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 2018-2019 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.

Head of Marketing and Social Media – Jake Bell

Jake is in charge of making us look good and more presentable to you all. He runs and oversees what goes on our Twitter and Instagram. On top of that, he operates campaigns help other students learn more about KSUIF and get involved.

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.

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.