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 Directo. Before joining Full Frame, 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. She is from Raleigh and now lives in Durham with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.


    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.


    Leesa Moore, Development Manager

    Leesa Moore joins our Full Frame family as our new Development Manager. Leesa was born and raised in Durham, and majored in Film and Media Communications at North Carolina State University. During her stay at NCSU, Leesa was chosen to be a Full Frame fellow, and won 2nd place, as well as the Judge’s Choice Award in the 2014 Lulu eGames for Arts Entrepreneurship.

    Leesa comes to us from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, where she led two successful annual campaigns for their organization. In her free time, Leesa enjoys volunteering with the Animal Protection Society of Durham, writing screenplays, and spending time with her family, friends and dog, Arya Jane.