Meet the team who are dedicated to bringing Hull the films it deserves, not because it’s their job (yet), but because they want to.
Damien has worked in film exhibition since his very first job as a projectionist at UCI Cinema Hull. After graduating with a Film and Media Studies degree, he went on to train as a college teacher and spent six years teaching A-Level and BTEC Film and Media courses. In 2011 he established Cult Cinema Sunday, which has developed a loyal following for its screenings of cult classics at Fruit in Hull’s historic Fruit Market.
Damien’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Monthly features programming
- Event management and co-ordination
- Marketing and Social Media management
- Hull Film Festival
When Molly isn’t working on promoting and screening films with HIC you can find her studying them for her degree in Film Studies, with a passion for horror, trash and cult cinema. She also extends her love of films with her job at Vue Cinema.
Molly’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Social Media co-ordinator
Ellie has always been interested in film industry. She studied Entertainment Business Management at Vancouver Film School where she discovered her passion for events and cinema culture. Before moving to the UK from Canada, she managed the film programming for the Whistler Film Festival Society. She’s also contributed to the Vancouver Short Film Festival, several major Canadian music festivals and TED events. She’s thrilled to be joining HIC for the UK City of Culture 2017, a once in a lifetime event and incredible year in Hull’s history.
Ellie’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Programme Coordination
During her time as an undergraduate at the Hull School of Art & Design, Nesta produced several award-winning projects whilst developing a passion for short film which she has maintained throughout her professional career. Her varied work in the film and television industry includes independent features, music videos and broadcast television for clients including ITV. Prior to joining HIC, Nesta was involved with Hull Film’s ‘Glimmer’ short film festival from 2006 until its closure in 2011.
Nesta’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Short film programming
Carla is a public sector manager by trade, specialising in corporate governance. She currently works as Head of Service within the NHS in clinical governance and quality assurance and has skills in quality standards, setting governance frameworks, risk management and business management.
Carla’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Company Secretary
James has worked in the charity and community development sector since 2005, on both a voluntary and paid basis. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the Chair and Media Officer of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway, a registered charity. He was also involved in running Friends of Hull Screen, the group established to support and promote Hull’s previous independent cinema provision, from 2011 until Hull Screen’s demise due to Council budget cuts in 2014.
James’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Chair of Trustee Board
- Press Officer and media relations
- Partnerships and external relations
- Community outreach
Laura is a freelance PR manager and copywriter. She began working in the media industry in 2011 and focusses her work on the education, arts and culture sectors. She has worked with a host of local organisations on cultural strategy in the run up to 2017, preparing public and private sector companies and charities with their plans for engagement in the City of Culture.
She gained a degree in BA Media, Culture and Society from the University of Hull, and enjoys art house cinema.
Laura’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Press and public relations
- Audience engagement
Paul has always worked within the creative industries, designing for both web and print, been a lover of film, and also enjoys setting himself projects to get stuck into about the things he’s passionate about – including the WeWatchFilms – which screen classic movies back on the big screen at Cineworld Cinemas, WeHeartBoxArt – a website dedicated to his obsession with video game box art, and of course HIC, which is why back in 2012 Paul founded Hull Independent Cinema.
Paul’s responsibilities in the HIC team include:
- Print, web and social media design
- Website design, development and editor