About Us

RANDI EMERMAN
FOUNDER, CEO

Randi Emerman has been involved in many aspects of the film industry for over 29 years. Her multi-faceted career spans marketing, production, theatrical exhibition and distribution. Randi’s well-rounded base of expertise has provided her with connections inside the industry that are second to none. With a “make it happen” philosophy, Emerman is known as a powerhouse for bringing talents together, while developing operational structure and partnerships for entertainment properties and cultural organizations.

One of the original founders of the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) in 1995, Randi was named CEO in 2001. In her tenure with the organization, she raised the bar of the event significantly. By bringing in A list talent and world class cinema, she helped launch the festival as a top destination event on a global scale.  As Filmmakers brought their films to the PBIFF, Emerman consulted and assisted these independent filmmakers from around the globe, cultivating their efforts to launch their products. These included the following break-out films, all of which had their early starts at the Festival: The Boynton Beach Club, Joel Zwick’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Little Traitor, and the award-winning documentary Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There.

At Muvico Theaters, she helped lead the team that created and branded some of the most innovative, unique, and highly attended venues in the country. Under Emerman’s tutelage, Muvico was thrust into the spotlight as she generated local, national, and international headlines for the company. With the changing exhibition landscape, Randi is currently working with Silverspot Cinemas as they create a new movie-going experience brand. With her unique background, she is developing unique film programs unlike others in the marketing world within the industry.

With a deep commitment to the philanthropic community and industry trade organizations, Randi has served and currently serves on many boards, locally and internationally.

CAROL MARSHALL
CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR

Carol Marshall’s introduction to the world of entertainment publicity came in 1979 when she was hired to work as an assistant for one of the earlier renowned entertainment firms, Solters/Roskin/Friedman, where she quickly gained vast experience working with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Grammy Awards.

After 2 ½ years, she moved over to premiere entertainment PR firm, Pickwick/Maslansky/ Koenigsberg, which later became known as PMK.  There she worked on film campaigns for such filmmakers as Robert Altman, Woody Allen, Mike Nichols and Cameron Crowe, as well as personal publicity for Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Queen Latifah and many more. Her tenure there lasted through changes in the industry, shifts in the world, and additional initials, staying with the company for 24 years.  Marshall took her 27 years of experience and opened Carol Marshall Public Relations, Inc., on May 1, 2005, and has flourished for nearly 12 years now.

Marshall has worked with a select variety of clients, including actors Jimmy Smits, Wanda De Jesus, Carrie Fisher, Elliott Gould; acclaimed director Peter Jackson, VFX masters Weta Digital and previsualization experts Proof Inc.; the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’ Noche de Gala and the award-winning specials National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth for PBS.  Marshall created a niche in the film festival world, having been an integral part of the tremendous growth of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, with whom she worked for 25 years.  Other festivals that she’s worked with include the Palm Beach International Film Festival (for 12+ years), Bermuda International Film Festival (for 4 years), Sonoma International Film Festival, SF’s Academy of Art Festival and Laguna Film Festival, among others, as well as a variety of studio and indie films.  Events that we have worked with in the past include Macy’s Passport, Project Angel Food’s Divine Design and Angel Awards, the Dream Foundation, UCLA Care Center and AARP’s Movies For Grownups Awards, to name just a few.

CLAUDIA PUIG
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Claudia Puig is a nationally recognized film journalist. She is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and has been a film critic on National Public Radio’s Film Week, on KPCC, since 2005.  She was the lead critic at USA Today for 15 years, and host of the USA Today video series The Screening Room.  Her print reviews are currently featured in the online entertainment news site The Wrap.  She has been a featured guest discussing movies on NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC.

Claudia has also been a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, program director for the Mendocino Film Festival and consulting program director at the Napa Valley Film Festival.  Claudia is also much in demand as a moderator for entertainment industry panels and Q&As, and has a consulting business specializing in film analysis and film festival curating.

She began her 30-year journalism career in 1986 as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times where she covered crime, courts, radio, film and Spanish language media. In 1997 she became an entertainment reporter at USA Today, then film critic in 2001 and chief film critic in 2005. She also reviewed books during her tenure at USA Today. Claudia has covered the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals, and has been a juror at dozens of film festivals around the world from Ashland to Zurich. She is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in Italian and French. Claudia studied at Cambridge University and at Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. Claudia has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communications Management from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.

CYNTHIA RAZA
NATIONAL PUBLICITY/ MARKETING

Cynthia Raza has over a decade in marketing and publicity, including in-house stints at Warner Bros. and Netflix, as well as campaigns for mini-major clients on the agency side. Her campaign experience, with an emphasis on digital, runs the gamut from major franchise releases and Academy Award (R) Winners to quirkier arthouse fare. She has held staff roles at both AFI Fest and Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which gave her a passion for the unique way festivals allow audiences to connect with the art of cinema.

RACHEL COOK
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Rachel Cook has worked as a social media marketing professional for 3 years since graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a double major in Communication Studies and Spanish. After gaining experience at Durham Performing Arts Center and iHeartMedia, she is now managing social media for all Silverspot Cinema locations as well as coordinating special events in Chapel Hill, NC.

SARAH CHO
FESTIVAL COORDINATOR

Sarah Cho joined the world of entertainment publicity at CMPR where she brings her experience in festival coordination, marketing live comedy shows, and administrative assistance to the team. While earning her MFA in Playwriting from University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop, she produced live indie comedy shows which led her to assist in coordinating numerous comedy festivals and special events. Prior to CMPR, Sarah has also worked for Paramount Pictures Studio, Sundance Institute, and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson. Sarah is very excited to join the Film Fest 919 team!

LAUNCH COMMITTEE

Rachel Ducar
Jane Jacob
Nancy Kitterman
Deborah Meyer
Art Chancy