AIFF Welcomes New Colleagues to the team

Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) honored to announce the addition of several new colleagues joining the team for the 2018Festival

We welcome Nicolle Renick and her creativity as the festival’s Graphic Designer. Nicolle is a native of Iowa, Nicolle grew up visiting family in Boston and Connecticut and made New England her home in 1998. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Graphic Design. Since then she has won two Creative Excellence Awards and was a finalist in a contest to design a Facebook cover photo for the artist P!nk. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk University and a high school Basketball and Track Coach. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and enjoys traveling.


Erica Licea-Kane

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Erica Licea-Kane has been a working artist since the early 1980’s and a college studio art instructor for over 30 years.  She received her BFA at the Parsons School of Design, NY, and her MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art, MA, earning both degrees in the field of fine art textiles.  Licea-Kane has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad and she is currently a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston’s South End.  Recent exhibitions of Licea-Kane’s work include Site: Brooklyn, NYC, NY, Able Baker contemporary, Portland, ME, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA and the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA.  She has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships including the A.R.T Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and a Regional Fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts of the National Endowment of the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in several publications with recent coverage in the Portland Phoenix, the “Take” section in the Boston Globe, The Portland Press Herald and Take Magazine as well as past reviews in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Herald, Surface Design Journal and several of the Lark Publications Fiberarts Design series of books.  Licea-Kane currently teaches studio courses at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where she is an Associate Professor and the Director/Curator of the Towne Art Gallery. 

Phil Pritchard


Born in Epsom, Surrey in England, Phil graduated from Mountview Theatre School in London. He appeared in the title role in the film 'A Kitten For Hitler' (2007) directed by the legendary British Film director Ken Russell and in 'The Scouting Book for Boys' (2009) directed by Tom Harper (Woman in Black: Angel of Death) starring Thomas Turgoose & Holiday Grainger. On stage, he appeared in the West End production of 'A Little Night Music' directed by Trevor Nunn at The Garrick Theatre and as Henry Higgins in 'My Fair Lady' at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. After UK national tours of 'Lark Rise to Candleford' and 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' (York Theatre Royal) he was cast in the International Tour of Beatles Biopic 'Backbeat' (2013) written by Ian Softley (Trap for Cinderella) and Stephen Jeffries (The Libertine, Diana) and directed by 5-time Tony Nominee David Leveaux. Produced by Karl Sydow and Paul Elliot the West End show toured to Toronto & Los Angeles. In the USA he appeared as Detective Raymond Davis in the TV Series 'Tabloid' (2014) narrated by Jerry Springer and the film 'Tattooed Love' (2015) with Edy Ganem (Devious Maids) Laura Flannery (American Horror Story), Marlon Moreno (El Capo).

Kate Bernhard


Accomplished, innovative and creative marketing and communications professional with deep experience in content creation and management, marketing innovation, brand strategy, broadcast and Internet media, marketing campaigns, client and stakeholder management, event planning, team management and development, and translating industry best practices to build brands and drive business success.  The consensus-building leader with an energetic work style, strategic as well as tactical.  A unique ability to successfully blend industry knowledge with management and content expertise



Nuno de Sá Pessoa Costa Sequeira was born on May 7, 1987, in Lisbon, Portugal,

Nuno began his studies at Universidade Moderna Lisboa enrolling in the Cinema and Television course, determined to expand his horizons he went to Denmark where he graduated from The European Film College, upon graduation he went back to Portugal, where he directed his first independent work. Two feature-length documentaries followed, in which he did both cinematography and editing, the latest took him for more than once to California where he edited a total of three feature-length documentaries directed by Kenneth Payton.

It was also in California that he did the cinematography for a documentary series, a project which got him to know the state as few have a chance to. He eventually invited his former colleagues Kris Skovmand and Samuel Anderson to move to Portugal from their native countries, Denmark and USA respectively and together founded Skookum Films.

Bernice Schneider


Bernice Schneider is an award-winning documentary film editor. She received her Master of Science in Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab under the direction of Richard Leacock. Bernice has edited numerous films for PBS’s American ExperienceFrontlineNova Science Unit, American Masters, and Independent Lens. She edited the feature-length independent documentary film, Rebel, about the politics of national memory as viewed through the lens of the secret life of a Latina confederate soldier. Another feature, Angkor’s Children, focuses on a grassroots movement to reinvigorate the arts in post-genocide Cambodia. Angkor’s Children has screened nationally and internationally, including within Cambodia at the Bophana Film Center. She edited Alice Bouvrie’s film A Chance to Dress, winner of the Arlington International Film Festival’s Best Short 2015. She also completed A Perfect Crime: the Leopold and Loeb Story for American Experience in 2016Most recently, she completed editing Laurel Chiten’s documentary, Just One Drop which premiered in London in 2017. Her films have screened at prestigious museums, both nationally and internationally. Bernice also worked in the field with national correspondent Charlene Hunter-Gault for PBS’s NewsHour in Kenya, South Africa, Haiti, and Somalia, where she edited stories on a political and cultural change in the developing world.

She has received honors and awards for her work including a Wallis Annenberg scholarship for women filmmakers, a CINE Golden Eagle, the Biographical Video Award, and an N.E.A. Regional Fellowship. Bernice also teaches editing at Emerson College.

Yahia Zakaria

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Yahia Zakaria is a Film / TV Producer and Project Manager. Have a bachelor’s degree in Cinema directing from the Art Academy in Egypt. In all the companies had worked it for, he was dealing and reporting to the owners directly and working step by step with them from scratch till we deliver the projects. Yahia, has more than ten years’ experience as a filmmaker and supervised production and post-production for Feature films, documentary, TV commercials, TV shows, short film and TV reality Shows and Video Clips.
He last job was Head of Production at Era Media (Digital Agency) in Kuwait and established and supervised Era Media Cairo office were currently is freelancer looking for new challenges.

Cheryl Hamilton 

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Cheryl Hamilton has devoted her career to advancing immigrant integration, and more recently storytelling. A resident of Medford, she serves as Director of Partner Engagement at the International Institute of New England where she created and curates the popular "Suitcase Stories" series honoring refugees and immigrants. She is also the co-coordinator for Mass mouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. 

Cheryl Hamilton joined the International Institute of New England in 2015 as the Director of Partner Engagement. Since graduating from Clark University, Cheryl has devoted her career to advancing refugee protection and immigrant integration, and more recently communications and storytelling. Prior to joining IINE, she served as Associate Director for External Relations at RefugePoint, National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks (now Higher Advantage), and Director of the New Migration Project at the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Maine. She documented this experience in her one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors. A relentless storyteller, Cheryl routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including on The Moth MainStage, Soundbites, The Corner, and with Massmouth. In 2015, Cheryl became a co-coordinator for Massmouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. In her role, Cheryl is responsible for curating the national television show 'Stories from the Stage' in partnership with WGBH and World Channel. She also created and curated the popular 'Suitcase Stories' series honoring refugees and immigrants

Alice Markowitz

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Alice is currently consulting in communications, visual storytelling,  and social marketing for mission-driven companies and non-profit organizations. A three-time Emmy Award winner, Alice’s career began in broadcast journalism--producing, directing and writing PBS documentaries for national broadcast on multiple series including NOVA, Blackside's This Far by Faith, and Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar and a Masters in Education from Harvard before becoming a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar in Asia. 

The AIFF Organizers are extremely proud to be working with such a professional team that is dedicated to our mission of offering a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond, recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We all believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family.

The Arlington International Film Festival

November 1 – 4, 2018

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East

Arlington MA