Joanne Parsont

Joanne ParsontJoanne Parsont is a film festival programmer and consultant, media education specialist, writer, editor, and project manager with more than 20 years of experience in film festivals, educational outreach, audience engagement, curriculum development, youth media, and children’s and documentary film. Over the last two decades, she has worked at more than 40 film festivals in a variety of capacities including programming, editorial management, filmmaker relations, and educational outreach. From 2009–2014, she was the Director of Education for the San Francisco Film Society, where she developed and managed a wide range of programs that served more than 10,000 K-college students and teachers each year, cultivating media literacy, global awareness, filmmaking skills, and cinema appreciation while developing both live and online educational resources for educators and independent filmmakers. Prior to her tenure at SFFS, Joanne spent eight years directing the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Children’s FilmFest and managing the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Schools at the Festival program, and five years curating children’s programs for the Pacific Film Archive and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. As a freelance programmer and consultant, she has curated programs for several Bay Area festivals; served on the Board of Advisors for LUNAFEST; helped launch the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival, presented by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; and developed a variety of hands-on film workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties. With a BA in Russian and Political Science from Duke University and an MA in Mass Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, Joanne began her career in Washington, DC working for both the Public Broadcasting Service and The Learning Channel. She joined the Board of Directors of the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) in January 2015.