GAREN DALY / Founder / Festival Director
Garen Daly has been in the dark for over 40 years, primarily in Boston and primarily watching movies. He comes from an entertainment family. His grandparents were vaudevillian opera singers. His career started as a cinema manager at the legendary Orson Welles Cinema. This later morphed into operator for several of Boston's better known art houses. Garen has appeared on a variety of media outlets including WGBH, ReelzTV and a bunch of others. He revived such places as the Somerville Theatre and the Dedham Community Theatre. He is an award winning programmer / consultant who continues to produce the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, the longest running genre festival in the US. Films are his drug of choice.
LEANDRA SHARRON / Assistant Festival Director
Leandra has been working with the festival going on 4 years now and is honored to be an integral part in the continued success of the oldest genre festival in the country. Coming from a background in theater and arts management she's slowly learning the film side of the entertainment industry and loving every minute of it. In her spare time she takes film classes at BU, attends as many other film festivals as possible both locally and internationally, and is constantly watching both new and old films of all different genres. Of course sci-fi is her favorite though!
Harry Lohr, Jr. / Production Manager / Festival Archivist
Harry is a long-time member of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon production team. Harry serves in various communication roles, edits and produces the programs and other print material, and shoots and maintains the photographic archive. Harry is active with a number of non-profit organizations. For more than 25 years, Harry has volunteered his services as an organizer and event photographer for Massachusetts Easter Seals Disability Services. Harry serves on the non-profit’s Massachusetts Walk With Me Leadership Committee, chaired by New England Patriots’ Team Hall-of-Famer Steve Grogan. Harry’s photographs have been used in print and online in Massachusetts and by the national organization.
MIRIAM OLKEN / FILMMAKER LIAISON
Miriam is a movie buff and lover of all things scifi. When not helping out as the Filmmaker Liaison at Boston SciFi, Miriam has been fortunate enough to work on some amazing independent film sets as a Production Assistant and most recently 2nd/1st AD. She also directed her first short film this summer. Han shot first!!!!
Sam Baltrusis / Events Manager
Sam Baltrusis, author of "Ghosts of Boston" and "Ghosts of Salem," has penned ten historical-based ghost books. He has been featured on several national TV shows, including an upcoming episode of TLC's "A Haunting," Destination America's "Haunted Towns" and a Travel Channel episode on Salem and has served as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's "Haunted Encounters." Baltrusis moonlights as a tour guide and launched the successful ghost tours, Boston Haunts and the Wicked Salem Tour. Baltrusis is also a sought-after lecturer and produced several paranormal-themed conventions including the Plymouth ParaCon. His book, "Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends," is slotted for release April 2019. For more information on Sam visit his Website for more information.
IAN JUDGE / CLASSIC CINEMA CURATOR
Somerville native Ian Judge has been managing and programming the Somerville Theatre for 16 years; prior to that he served in the trenches at Loew's Theatres. He has a film degree from the once-affordable Keene State College.
suzzanne cromwell / co-curator
As an infant, Suzzanne enjoyed movies from the projection booth of an Air Force military base cinema with her mother and film projectionist dad. She continued to be raised on horror flicks, scifi conventions, and drive-ins, and experienced her first Boston SCIFI 'Thon in 1988. She has faithfully attended ever since. In 2008, Suzzanne and her husband co-founded the Lowell Film Collaborative, a grassroots film organization based in Lowell, MA, that works with non-profits, businesses, and community groups to present customized film events and screenings. The Boston SCIFI community is truly Suzzanne's second family.
PAUL MARENGO / Webmaster + social media manager
Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Promethean Fundraising, a small boutique firm specializing in teaching non-profits on how to be more aggressive fundraisers. Paul has 26+ years experience in a wide range of development and events management with 16 of of those years taking place in Washington, DC, one of the most challenging and competitive fundraising environments in the country.
Elsa McLaughlin / Media Relations director
As a long-time fan, Elsa is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Boston SciFi Festival! While her professional career began with the Boston theatre community, her love of all things sci-fi began with Soylent Green and Star Wars, carefully recorded from TV onto VHS tapes. When she’s not at the movies, she is eating her way across Boston in search of the best vegetarian food and chronicling the journey on her website, Vocal Veggie.
Kevin Harrington / operations Coordinator
Kevin is a Salem-based actor, comedian, and lover of all things horror and scifi. He is the creator and producer of the GEEK WEEK Comedy Festival. He is also the voice of “Higgs_B” the talking Higgs boson particle on the award-winning scifi serial podcast “The Hadron Gospel Hour”. Currently, he is in production on “I Kill Draculas,” a late-night comedy variety and interview podcast with a dash of horror.
Hal Wagner / Technical Director
Hal Wagner began his career as the head projectionist for the Orson Welles Cinema, where his passion for detail established the legendary cinema as THE place for quality theatrical presentations. In the ensuing years, he has focused on the many aspects of audio engineering both live and recorded. As a sound designer, his dedication to bring an artist’s work to fruition has garnered respect befitting his passion.
The New England Aquarium and the Historic Mystic Seaport are just two of his museum quality designs. More recently he created the sound and Foley effects for a stage recreation of the Orson Welles’ drama “War of the Worlds”. His on stage performance was the highlight of the show. Not simply satisfied with design, Hal brings life back to damaged recordings through audio restoration with a special aptitude for recovering hidden dialogue through forensics analysis.
OLIVIA GRANT / HEAD PUBLICIST
Olivia is happy to be part of Boston Sci-Fi! She’s a lover of all things film, quirky, and conspiracy. She has her mother’s X-Files obsession to thank for that. Prior to Boston she lived in NYC where she worked at HBO. Before that she worked in independent film publicity and international programming at Sundance Channel. She is currently the founder of GRANTED, a branding, marketing, and communications studio for arts and entertainment organizations. In her downtime you can find her watching a movie, reading, or attempting to start a consistent yoga practice for the umpteenth time.
Tishna Lodi / WORKSHOP COORDINATOR
Tishna, a New York City native, moved to Boston 4 years ago after studying Theater Arts and Cinema Studies at Marquette University. Tishna's career began at the Boston Center for the Arts managing the historic Cyclorama, The Plaza Theater and three rehearsal spaces as the Director of Venue Services. Now, an Operations Manager for a subsidiary of S&P Global, she is excited to dive back into more creative endeavors. She is thrilled to put her skills to the test with the Boston SciFi Festival. During her downtime, she obsessively rewatches Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes and goes on hikes with her dog.