Dyanna Taylor is an Emmy award winning Cinematographer/Director of Photography whose prominent career in features and documentaries has also earned her a Peabody Award and the Muse Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement in Cinematography from New York Women in Film and Television. Recently, she was a DP for the Disney feature McFarland USA released this February, for The Great American Sleep Project for National Geographic and currently is DP for Who Will Write Our History, filming in Warsaw and Prague. She has traveled the world lensing documentaries and television specials on social issues and environmental/wildlife concerns, working for all of the major network and cable outlets including HBO, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS and Discovery.
Jacques Paisner, Exec. Director & Co-Founder; Liesette Paisner, Festival Director, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Jacques currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation. He is the author of Albuquerque Blues 2007, and was writer and director of the 2009 feature film, Rejection. Jacques received a BA degree in Philosophy in 2003 from the University of New Mexico. He was born in Minneapolis in 1980, grew up in Oregon, Navajo Nation and Santa Fe. He is also a 1998 graduate of Santa Fe High School. He currently lives in downtown Santa Fe.
Liesette is a native Santa Fean and received her BA at University of New Mexico in 2012, Honors summa, summa cum laude in History. Liesette was the New Mexico Coordinator of Martin Luther King III's Realizing the Dream Poverty Initiative in America. She has worked for Recursos de Santa Fe, and Royal Roads Tours. In 2008 she directed the Southwest Literary Center's Women Writers' Conference, as well as working with the planning and development of the First Annual UNESCO International Conference on Creative Tourism. Liesette has been festival director since 2012.