About the Team

The Longleaf Film Festival team includes:

Sally Bloom


Sally is a co-organizer for Longleaf Film Festival, and believes in the power of independent film to make connections, entertain, and form community. Inspired by filmmakers and film fans, she looks forward to Longleaf 2019, which began BEFORE Longleaf 2018 occurred.  Sally finds many connections between her “other” work for our home base, the NC Museum of History and Longleaf, because “everything has history!” That other work includes writing and producing videos for the museum’s website and YouTube channel, reaching students through live streaming classes, and oh, you know, making history cool. Sally is a native North Carolinian, and attended the "light blue" school...

Jerry Taylor

LFF team member Jerry Taylor
Jerry is a co-organizer of the festival and is multimedia producer for the museum. He is the Clark Griswold of distance learning, the Hans Gruber of filmmaking, and the Egon Spengler of interactive programming. His brain is the Necronomicon of film, pulled from the tomb while misreciting the wise man’s words.

Stephen Evans

LFF team member Stephen EvansStephen has been an editor for publications and exhibits at the Museum of History (off and on) since 1992 and now edits exhibit labels, online text, and other materials, as well as information related to the Longleaf Film Festival. After hours, he runs a freelance editorial services business, where he actually enjoys analyzing the occasional script for continuity and logic.

Cassandra Bennett

Cassie now wears many hats with Durham Parks and Recreation, overseeing interpretation and programming at the city’s two heritage parks, West Point on the Eno and Leigh Farm Park. In 2015 and 2016, she was the Museum of History’s adult education programs coordinator, which is how she got pulled into the Longleaf Film Festival vortex.

Chelsea Weger

Chelsea received her BS in Public History from East Carolina University in 2015 and hit the ground running! As distance learning coordinator at the Museum of History, she coordinates one of the history museum’s largest outreach efforts—its History-in-a-Box program, which serves more than 30,000 students annually. The daughter of history buffs, Chelsea learned that the field of history was her calling in third grade, when she read all 20 books in The Royal Diaries series (Scholastic Books). She later came to understand this behavior was called bingeing and evolved it to feelings for Netflix and Dr. Pepper. Chelsea enjoys dominating in fantasy football, cheering on her alma mater (Go, Pirates!), and making as many pop culture references as humanly possible (shout out to her pups, Heisenberg and Tuco Salamanca).