Ed Battista

FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER

Why I’m Doing What I Do
I’m interested in helping make Indianapolis the city we dream it to be.

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Planning the next project.

An interesting fact about me:
My ear lobes don’t match.

My favorite part of  Indianapolis:
The East End. (Chatham East/Mass Ave East of College) My home.


Tom Battista

FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER

Why I’m Doing What I Do
I’ve been in the entertainment business since 1972.

A movie I love:
Moonrise Kingdom

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Working. And working some more.

Favorite part of Indianapolis:
The urban core.


Ben Sutphin

FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER AND PROJECTIONIST

Why I’m Doing What I Do
This is the theater I’ve dreamed of for our city since I was in high school, and it still blows my mind that it’s finally ours!

A movie I love:
Yi Yi

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Running Healer, an all-ages, DIY art-and-music space on the south side.

An interesting fact about me:
I’m the proud human to a 50-lb hound mix pupper, Miles (of the Hard Head).


Sam Sutphin

FOUNDER AND BOARD CHAIR

Why I’m Doing What I Do
I like helping entrepreneurs build companies and communities

A movie I love:
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Chinatown, The Deer Hunter, Seven Beauties

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Looking for new paths

An interesting fact about me:
On a walkabout in Northern India, I met my future wife


Abbi Merriss

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Why I’m Doing What I Do
My mother always taught me to nurture those around me and now I do it through food.

A movie I love:
Clue

An interesting fact about me:
I broke my right elbow falling off the monkey bars when I was a child.

What I love most about Indianapolis:
My family and friends.


Louise Henderson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Why I’m Doing What I Do
A lover of stories who fell into film—producing them and exhibiting them.

A movie I love:
Too many favorites. How could I choose just one?!

What I do when I’m not watching movies:
Loving on a visiting grandbunny or, when it’s warm, working in my yard.

An interesting fact about me:
I drive in the Indy 500 Festival Parade every year.


Ryan Gullett

BAR DIRECTOR

Why I’m Doing What I Do
I have been behind a bar since the day I turned 21.

A movie I love:
Forrest Gump

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
I’m either in a gym, playing music, or out enjoying food and drinks.

My Favorite Part of Indianapolis:
A tie between Irvington, where I live, and Fountain Square.


Daniel Arthur Jacobson

PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

Why I’m Doing What I Do
I am a local filmmaker and co-founded Public House Cinema, a pop-up independent movie theater.

A movie I love:
Tokyo Story by Yasujirō Ozu

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Making them!

What I love most about Indianapolis:
Being a part of a city that continues to surprise people.


Lauren McGraw

EVENT DIRECTOR

Why I’m Doing What I Do:
I am organized and opinionated.

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
I am a mom of 2 toddlers!

An interesting fact about me:
I raised ducks as a child. They followed me around the neighborhood on daily walks and we won first prize in the pet parade 3 years in a row.

My favorite part of  Indianapolis:
Crown Hill Cemetery is right down the street from my home and my favorite place to explore.


Gabriel Basile

RESTAURANT MANAGER

Why I’m Doing What I Do
Seventeen years of restaurant experience all over the eastern U.S. has led me back to Indy and to Kan-Kan.

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
If I’m not working, I like to garden, hike, camp, canoe, and go on multi-day backpacking trips.

A movie I love:
In Bruges

One more interesting fact about me:
I went to school for forestry in North Carolina.


Abby Specht

OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Why I’m Doing What I Do
‘Cause I love it! I have worked for film festivals in operations and programming for 5+ years.

A movie I love:
Star Wars: A New Hope

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Learning random life skills (most recently punch needle embroidery) and working to shrink my ever-growing stack of books.

An interesting fact about me:
I can lick my elbow. Also, I have 3 pets with punny names based off film references.


Kimberley Williams

OFFICE MANAGER

Why I’m Doing What I Do
I perform the same job that my paternal grandmother had in her time.

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Tending to my landscaping and reading either Star Wars, Zombie, or Vampire books.

An interesting fact about me:
I have unique pets: a large black Newfoundland and a small, white cat with two different iris colors and no tail.

What I love most about Indianapolis:
This city introduced me to my husband.



Annie Blaine

MARKETING

Why I’m Doing What I Do:
I am passionate about mission-based marketing and using storytelling to create change. 

A movie I love:
The Cutting Edge 

What I’m doing when I’m not watching movies:
Trying out new restaurants or sitting with my nose in a book. 

An interesting fact about me:
My favorite band is Ace of Base, and that will never change.