Full Frame Staff

    Emily Foster, Co-Festival Director

    Emily Foster is the Co-Festival Director at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She joined Full Frame in 2019 as the Marketing Director. Previously, she held the position of Communications & Press Manager at Milwaukee Film, where she also supported documentary film programming. She has worked for a variety of film organizations in programming, marketing, operations, and development, including the Sundance Institute, SIFF, Nashville Film Festival, and Cleveland International Film Festival. Emily has served on numerous juries and panels, in addition to producing panels and workshops as a Track Head for Art House Convergence.

    Emily is deeply passionate about nonfiction storytelling and has created several short documentaries herself, including two in contribution to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 2014 George A. Polk award-winning series “Chronic Crisis.” She earned a degree in Broadcasting & Electronic Communications with a minor in Film Studies from Marquette University.

    Sadie Tillery, Co-Festival Director & Artistic Director

    Sadie Tillery is the Co-Festival Director and Artistic of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Sadie joined the Programming Department in 2005 and became Director in 2008. In her role, she is responsible for Full Frame’s annual line up of new and retrospective documentary titles, and has collaborated with guest curators including Steve James, Rick Prelinger, Lucy Walker, Ross McElwee, and Sam Pollard.

    Sadie has traveled extensively, representing Full Frame at the Venice, Toronto, and Sundance Film Festivals, along with the International 1001 Documentary Film Festival in Istanbul, CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, and IDFA in Amsterdam. Sadie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins University, with a degree in Film and Photography. 


    Bel Destefani, Operations Director 


    Katelyn Liu, Programming Manager

    Katelyn Liu is the Programming Manager at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Starting in 2018, Katelyn has been involved with festival in different ways — whether a volunteer, a part of the selection committee, the programming assistant, and now in her role as the programming manager. She was selected to be a part of the inaugural IDA Getting Real Fellowship in 2022 and has represented Full Frame at The Gotham Week, New Orleans Film Festival, and at Krakow Film Festival. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy.



    Dan Partridge, Production Director

    danDan Partridge is the Production Director for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. He has served as the Research Associate for The Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, beginning in 2003.

    From 2000-2002, he was the CDS Exhibitions and Public Programs Assistant. Prior to working at CDS he was the Coordinator and Teaching Assistant for the Sound Shadows program at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh.



    Miranda Volborth, Marketing Manager 

    Miranda Volborth is the marketing manager at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She is a communications strategist with broad experience across nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors. She comes to Full Frame after an extensive stint as a science communicator, working for the U.S. EPA, NC State University, and most recently, Duke Engineering. Miranda earned her master’s degree in Strategic Communication at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after which she worked in the press office of Sundance Film Festival.