About the Team

The Longleaf Film Festival team includes:

Sally Bloom

Sally is a co-organizer for Longleaf Film Festival and believes in the power of independent film to make connections, generate reflection, entertain, and form community. Inspired by filmmakers and film fans, she looks forward to Longleaf 2021, which began BEFORE Longleaf 2020 occurred.  Sally finds many connections between her “other” work for our home base, the Museum of History, and Longleaf because “everything has history!” That other work includes writing and producing videos for the museum website and its YouTube channel, reaching students through live streaming classes, and, oh, you know, making history cool. Sally is a native North Carolinian, and attended that “light blue” school . . .

Jerry Taylor

LFF team member Jerry Taylor
Jerry is a co-organizer of the festival and is multimedia producer for the museum. He is the Clark Griswold of distance learning, the Hans Gruber of filmmaking, and the Egon Spengler of interactive programming. His brain is the Necronomicon of film, pulled from the tomb while misreciting the wise man’s words.

Stephen Evans

LFF team member Stephen EvansStephen has been an editor for publications and exhibits at the Museum of History (off and on) since 1992 and now edits exhibit labels, online text, and other materials, as well as information related to the Longleaf Film Festival. After hours, he runs a freelance editorial services business, where he actually enjoys analyzing the occasional script for continuity and logic.

Cassandra Bennett

Cassie now wears many hats with Durham Parks and Recreation, overseeing interpretation and programming at the city’s two heritage parks, West Point on the Eno and Leigh Farm Park. In 2015 and 2016, she was the Museum of History’s adult education programs coordinator, which is how she got pulled into the Longleaf Film Festival vortex.

Chelsea Weger

Chelsea received her BS in public history from East Carolina University in 2015 and hit the ground running! As Outreach Coordinator at the Museum of History, she manages one of the museum’s largest outreach efforts—its History-in-a-Box program, which serves more than 60,000 students annually. Chelsea enjoys binge-watching Netflix series, dominating in fantasy football, cheering on her alma mater (go, Pirates!), and making as many pop-culture references as humanly possible

Mark John N. Cortez

Mark John has a degree in marketing management from Informatics College, Philippines, having graduated with flying colors, and 10 years of experience as a marketing coordinator in retail sales. A recent arrival to North Carolina and the Triangle, he believes in hard work and is currently serving an internship to hone his online marketing skills by creating e-newsletters, designing postcards and e-flyers, and developing websites and Facebook business pages. He is a film enthusiast, television programs and movies, and has become a big fan of classic movies—one of his favorites being The Wizard of Oz, though he understands why it didn’t run away with  all  the Oscars for 1940.