Jeffery Jarvis – Dean, College of the Arts

Jeffery is Dean of the College of the Arts at Dixie State University. Previously, he served as Chair of the Music Department at the University of Central Arkansas and Associate Professor of Music for nine years. Under his leadership, the UCA Music Department commissioned and premiered an original opera by Lori Laitman based on The Scarlet Letter, developed a strong relationship with music programs in China and Taiwan, and sent student ensembles to Italy, France, Austria, and China. During his tenure in Arkansas, he also served as President of the Arkansas Association of Schools of Music.

Prior to his work in Arkansas, he with the School of Music faculty at East Carolina University where he taught tuba and euphonium while chairing the Department of Instrumental Studies and serving as Managing Director of the North Carolina Suzuki Institute. He has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony as well as performing concertos and recitals throughout the southeast and mid-west.

Jeffery holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Baylor University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.

Phil Tuckett – Director of DOCUTAH

Phil Tuckett is a professor of film at Dixie State University. He is the head of the Digital Film program as well as DSU Films, the professional production arm of the film department.

Prior to coming back to his alma mater to teach, Phil was vice president of special projects at NFL Films for 21 years. He was also a producer, director, and writer for NFL Films (1969 to 1986) and a journalist and professional athlete (1967 to 1969). Phil is the recipient of 30 Emmy Awards for shows like “Football America,” “The 100 Yard Universe,” “Autumn Ritual,” and “Lost Treasures of NFL Films.”

He has also produced non-sports related programming like “Blood from a Stone” for the History Channel, “Faces of Evil” for TNT, and music videos for a wide variety of artists including B.B. King, Santana, Def Leppard, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Phil and his wife Judy also have their own production company, Bristlecone Films.


Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, Dean, College of the Arts

 Phil Tuckett,   Associate Professor of Digital Film,  Founder & Executive Director

 Karman Wilson,  Assistant Director of Professional Arts, Managing Director

 Della Lowe, PR & Marketing Director

 Tisa Zito, Digital Film Producer, Submissions Coordinator

Patrick Smith, Assistant Professor of Digital Film, DOCTalk Coordinator

Jeanine NayBudget Director/Analyst

Isabel Wilson, Student Assistant

 Festival Staff

Brian Christiansen, Programming & Production Director 

Marianne Hamilton, Events Coordinator

Doug Hamilton, Lodging Coordinator

 Susan Erickson, Screening Coordinator

 Shazad Sheikh, Global Outreach

 Advisory Team

David Alvarez – Community Outreach

Shanan Arslanian – Selection Information Coordinator

Shadman Bashir – DSU Director of International Student Services

John Burns – Film Archivist/DSU Library

Christie Christiansen – Programming Coordinator

Ken Cook – Festival Outreach

Michael Garcia – DSU Ticketing Director

Chewi Lockhart – DSU Technical Coordinator

Jodi Simkins – DSU Ticketing Coordinator

Judy Tuckett – Executive Assistant

Deward Wilson – DSU Director of Production