staff

Amy Lillard

I'm the Executive Director of Whipsmart. I started my career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” I retired from publicity in 2000 and took a trip around the world! Two years and 42 countries later, I settled in Seattle where I've worked in various capacities including: director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. I am also the Executive Director of Washington Filmworks.

Julie Daman

I’m the weirdo who loves both art and math. I grew up in an artist studio drawing, tap dancing, and playing the organ. I studied painting in Paris, writing in Italy, and got my BFA in Film, Television and Radio Production at Tisch School of the Arts. I love art history and a good excel formula. I started my career working in the art department of television shows and transitioned into production accounting. I’ve run my own production company and hosted podcasts before joining Washington Filmworks to work on behalf of the statewide film industry. At Whipsmart, I endeavor to expand that work to provide resources and opportunities for Washington’s creative community.

Amber Cortes

I’m a writer, radio producer, filmmaker, and sound artist—I love to do a little bit of everything, as long as it’s creative! I got my Masters of Communication at U-Dub and since then I’ve worked at Artist Trust, Washington STEM, and Washington Filmworks. I’ve also written about the fantastic arts and culture scene in Seattle for Vice, The Stranger, and The Seattle Times. At Whipsmart, I manage the social media channels, write for the blog and plan the communications strategy. I like dresses with pockets, dessert coffee, nerds, going to flea markets, podcasts, and anything analog.