Kate Rutledge Jaffe has been organizing arts events around the Pacific Northwest for over a decade, including film festivals, concerts, and lectures.
EMP Museum / 2009-present / Festival Organizer
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is co-sponsored by EMP and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Over the last several years, it has consistently sold out Seattle’s renown 800-seat Cinerama Theatre, leading to encore screenings and expanded sci-fi programming.
IWFF / 2013-present / Marketing, PR and Social Media
Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana, the International Wildlife Film Festival is the first festival of its kind worldwide, and the longest running wildlife film festival and conservation conference in the world.
BSDFF / 2010-2012 / Promotions (2012), Venue (2011), Merchandise (2010)
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. In 2010, the festival drew an audience of 12,000 and received nearly 1000 film entries from every corner of the globe to the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, and hosted over fifty visiting artists.
CutBank Literary Magazine / 2010 / Editor-in-Chief
A highly successful fundraiser for CutBank, Montana’s foremost literary magazine. The magazine teamed with Humanities Montana Festival of the Book for an amazing night of music and literature at Missoula’s Top Hat, featuring performances by Youth & Valor and readings from acclaimed Montana authors William Kittredge and Annick Smith.
EMP Museum / 2008-2009 / Program Coordinator
After Hours is an all-ages event often featuring local DJs, access to gallery spaces, live music by local bands, and film previews from student filmmakers. It’s an opportunity for local teenagers to meet other likeminded artists and musicians in a supportive and fun environment.
EMP Museum / 2007-2009 / Program Coordinator
Sound Off! has paved the way for some of today’s freshest young talent including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Schoolyard Heroes and Brite Futures (formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head.) The competition supports the local underage music scene by giving young artists from different backgrounds a unique opportunity to showcase their work, connect with the larger artistic community and perform live at some of the hottest venues in the region.
EMP Museum / 2007-2009 / Program Coordinator
EMP’s Oral History Live series brings notable music makers, science fiction luminaries and the public together for intimate curator-hosted interviews recorded before a live audience. Recent oral histories have included Jane Henson, Krist Novoselic, Clive Barker, Jeff Baxter, and Greil Marcus. With its oral history program, EMP has created an archive of interviews with the musicians, authors, filmmakers, producers and other key figures who have shaped American popular music and science fiction.
Portland Children’s Museum / 2006-2007 / Program & Event Coordinator
Portland Children’s Museum is the museum that doesn’t act like a museum. Programming included concerts with popular bands Gustafer Yellowgold and The Terrible Twos; a Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival for Kids; and a Storytelling Festival.
Reed College / 2006 / Event Co-Curator
A five-day arts festival, R.A.W. has established itself as a venue for innovative and esteemed national artists. It’s also a unique opportunity for students of all disciplines to receive funding and a forum for their own projects. Visiting artists included lectures with Eleanor Antin, photographer Elena Dorfman, and a reading with Arthur Bradford; performances by Bobby Birdman, The Holy Ghost Revival, and DJ Spooky; installations from Paige Saez and Chas Bowie; workshops with Harrell Fletcher; and performances by Joan Schirle and dancepod. With this year’s theme, EGO, the festival explored how artists question identity with their work, and how art addresses the issue of self-representation and the stigma associated with ego.
Reed College / 2005 / Program & Publicity Writer
The sixteenth annual Reed Arts Week challenged members of the community to rethink their relationship to objects. The theme “Lost and Found” encouraged people to remember that art does not have to happen in front of white walls and on hardwood floors. The festival included installations by Chandra Bocci, Cinema Project, Red 76, Ryan Suther, and You Are Beautiful; film screenings from Joanie 4 Jackie and Todd Johnson; lectures by Andrew Dickson, the Guerrilla Girls, and creator of Found magazine Davy Rothbart; performance art by The M.O.S.T.; and a performance by Peggy Shaw.