Indie Memphis is thrilled to announce the promotion of Kayla Myers to the full-time position of Programmer & Black Creators Forum Coordinator. Kayla has been a key part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival programming team for over two years. Beyond her work with Indie Memphis, Kayla brings with her a wealth of experience having worked for the DocYard (Cambridge, MA) and SF DocFest (San Francisco, CA). While attending college at the University of Missouri, Kayla was involved with the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri. Having grown up in Memphis, Kayla is also deeply committed to serving our city and identifying new ways to support filmmakers in Memphis, the Southern United States, and beyond.
“Kayla will play an incredibly vital role to the organization immediately and in the years to come. I am honored to work alongside Kayla as she has such a fierce love and understanding of film. Kayla’s knowledge and skills will be evident throughout our yearly programming and during our annual festival. Beyond those areas, I am excited about the potential of adding a full-time staff member to the Black Creators Forum so that we can realize more of our goals and ambitions,” said Knox Shelton, Executive Director.
“I’m really excited to be able to continue working for Indie Memphis. Memphis is my home, so it’s an honor to be able to do this work of supporting independent film and artists in the place that cultivated me. The talent here is incredible, and I’m so looking forward to ways that we can continue to nurture and expand the filmmaking community here,” added Kayla.
The role of Programmer & Black Creators Forum Coordinator will provide support to the Indie Memphis Programming team, including year-round programs and the organization’s annual film festival. Additionally, this position will work alongside the Artistic Director Miriam Bale to develop and support new year-round programs for the Black Creators Forum, which aims to ease the barrier of entry for Black artists who would like to work in film.
“I first noticed Kayla’s wide-ranging knowledge and endless curiosity, which have been enormous assets to our organization in the last two years,” said Artistic Director Miriam Bale. “Her poise, sensitivity, intelligence, and unparalleled work ethic have also been a benefit to the Memphis and wider film communities. We are thrilled to continue to learn from her in this new role.”