IFP-Phoenix announces new leadership
We’re very excited to announce our new Program Directors for IFP-Phoenix. TJ Houle and Aaron Kes will be assuming the roles of co-directors of IFP-Phoenix. They’re just getting started but they’ll be reaching out to the film community to see what you want IFP-Phoenix to be. From there you’ll be seeing new programming to go along with Filmmaker Fusion and the IFP-Phoenix Filmmaker Challenges. Read below to get to know TJ and Aaron more and stay tuned for what they’ve got in store for you in the upcoming year.
TJ is a Phoenix native with a BA in religion from ASU and an MPA from Troy State in Alabama. She has a day job in finance, volunteers with Hospice of the Valley, and enjoys reading, being outside, and hanging out with her husband and other loved ones. She has worked on several previous film projects, and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of the process. She served as 2nd AD on The Blacksmith and The Carpenter, and co-wrote, produced, and directed the short documentary The Revolution that Isn’t with Aaron Kes. Her latest project was a short film, La Lucha. She is always looking forward to the next challenge.
Aaron Kes is a graduate of the Film School at SCC. His first professional experience came in the way of editing and production work for Emmy winning director and producer Rees Candee at Candee Productions. Other notable forays into the production arena were as producer on the 35mm short film The Blacksmith and The Carpenter, locations assistant on the Universal feature Take Me Home Tonight, and associate producer on the HD short Out of Focus which is making it’s premiere in December. His focus has now switched to directing and he finished his newest short film La Lucha in October.