VAD Staff

Barton Weiss

Founder & CEO

Bart Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator who has lived in Dallas since 1981. Mr. Weiss has taught film and video production at Texas A&M’s Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin and Arlington, Dallas Community College District and West Virginia State College. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, serves on the Board of Directors of the University Film and Video Association, is a past Vice President of the Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals, founder and past president of the West Virginia Filmmakers’ Guild, and co-founder of VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas. He has been a video columnist for The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, United Features Syndicate and KERA 90.1 FM Radio in Dallas. Mr. Weiss received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University in 1978 and a B.A. from Temple University in 1975. In 2012 he was named a finalist in the Annual Art Awards by the Dallas Observer. Bart can be reached at [email protected]

Raquel Chapa

Managing Director

Raquel Chapa’s first short “Open Season” was made possible by the Southwest Alternate Media Project. She is currently in her 9th year of programming a short film program for the Association of American Indian Affairs. She was an associate producer for the 3rd episode of the We Shall Remain series on PBS and has worked on documentaries for National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel.  She has been accepted into NALIP Latino Producers Academy,  the PBS Production Lab, and is thrilled to be one of eight fellows selected for the Film Festival Alliance inaugural Film Festival Leadership Lab. She is also a media critic for Native Foodways magazine.  Raquel can be reached at [email protected]