Our People.

Who’s behind NCFF?


Jeff Clark

Executive Director

Jeff began working with the festival at its inception in 2001. ┬áThe same year, he began operating and renovating the Magic Theatre, one of the smallest (and finest) art house cinemas in California. In 2017, the Magic Theatre under went an extensive renovation, and re-opened May, 2018 as the Onyx Theatre, a two-screen state-of-the-art breathtaking cinema. A native Northern Californian who moved from Los Angeles in 1996, Jeff endorses the sentiments of Henry Miller who wrote “…Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.”


Jesse Locks

Festival Director

This year marks Jesse’s 12th year with the festival. Jesse cut her teeth writing for some of the world’s top action sports magazines including Thrasher, Heckler, and ESPN, and also worked for the Seattle Weekly and Arthur Magazine. When she’s not film festing, she owns and runs Locks Media Group, a marketing firm that works with arts organizations and non-profits, or she’s out with the Folk Trails Hiking Club. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Nevada County Arts Council and an avid supporter and volunteer with The Friendship Club, a non-profit that serves at-risk girls.


Rich Good

Creative Director

Though currently residing far out in the Mojave desert, Rich still regards Nevada City as his hometown since moving here from London in 1997. Balancing a life of design and music, our creative lead can also be found traveling the world as guitarist for the Psychedelic Furs.


Zach Haller

Tech Director

With a background in Audio Visual Production for Corporate Events and Entertainment, Zach brings together the necessary components of sound, lighting and video to executive live production. He has also hand-crafted the most amazing 10 foot stack of dub speakers we’ve ever seen! If you ask nicely, he’ll be happy to talk your ear off about his love of vintage dancehall records.


Romero Alves

VR Pavilion

Romero is an animator originally from Brazil, who found his way to Nevada City by way of Spain, San Francisco and Boston. When he is not creating motion graphics for films, video games, and commercials, he and Zach are experimenting with projection mapping, filmmaking and graphic design to create magical and playful interactive experiences.


Lorrin Bertoli


Married into Nevada City, Lorrin doubles as an artisanal ice cream scooper and graphic designer working at the city’s beck and call.


Harrison Docktor

Movies Under the Pines Producer

A Nevada City native, Harrison has been involved with all aspects of film, TV and commercial production. He is an avid film buff, actor, artist, director, producer, and burlesque performer, but he always finds time for some form of community service.