About Us

Wicked Queer, The Boston LGBT Film Festival (formerly "the Boston LGBT Film Festival) was founded in 1984 by film programmer George Mansour. The Festival has been hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 1992 and, as of 2012, is presented across the greater Boston Area. The festival screens films at the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Theatre, The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


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Who's Who

Shawn Cotter (he/him|they/them)

Executive Director

Since coming on board to the film festival in 2011, Shawn has had many roles in the operations of Wicked Queer. He started as a location manager and then served as Operations Manager and Director of Programming before taking his most recent position as Executive Director. He is an experimental handmade filmmaker whose Super 8mm films have shown internationally. Shawn currently lives in Malden, MA and counts among his favorite filmmakers Joe Gage, Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, RW Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk, Kenneth Anger, Wong Kar-wai, Jess Franco and Dario Argento. His favorite LGBT movie is TAXI ZUM KLO.
EMAIL: shawnpcotter(at)wickedqueer.org

Katie Shannon (she/her/hers)

Director of Programming

A graduate of Emerson College, Katie is a Boston based filmmaker and founder of Thompson Films. She’s a writer/director whose work has been screened all over the world and has been recipient of awards such as Best Comedic Short at ITVFest, The Oak Foundation Grant, and a finalist for Story Central Labs at Bravo TV. Katie’s early work was selected and screened at the Wicked Queer Film Festival and she loves the chance to be able to do the same thing for another filmmaker. She is also enjoys teaching film and screenwriting at Stonehill College.
EMAIL: katie(at)wickedqueer.org

Diane Griffin (she/her/hers)

Director of Shorts Programming

One of the first times I was recognized as female in public was at the 70 stop on Green St. in Central Square, Cambridge. This woman told me I should know stuff, because I’m an O. G. I didn’t know what to say at the time, because some stranger looking at me and actually assuming correctly about my gender was very, very new. And now I program short films for Wicked Queer. Some might question my qualifications to do so. Well, let me tell you something: I know stuff, because I’m an O. G. And I love indie queer cinema.
EMAIL: diane(at)wickedqueer.org

Beyza Burcak (she/her/hers)

Festival Programmer

As a big admirer of queer cinema and film festivals, Beyza joined Wicked Queer team as a communications manager in 2018. She aims to bring diverse voices to the festival program, and she is especially interested in highlighting queer refugee/immigrant stories. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Beyza worked as a journalist for several years, and she was also active on women’s rights and LGBTQ rights in Istanbul. She is still advocating for women's and LGBTQ rights, and she currently works at a nonprofit organization based in Boston.
EMAIL: beyza(at)wickedqueer.org

Giuseppe Di Caprio (he/him/his)

Community Outreach Coordinator

Giuseppe Di Caprio has been involved with Wicked Queer Film Festival since 2012. Introduced to Neorealism and Nouvelle Vague by his father, he developed a fascination for Pedro Almodovar in his young years. As a festival programmer, he primarily focuses on international productions to guarantee a rich and diverse film selection. When he's not watching queer movies, he works as a scientist in a research lab. He currently holds the role of Community Outreach Coordinator.
EMAIL: giuseppe(at)wickedqueer.org

Joseph McGovern (he/him/his)

Volunteer Coordinator

Joseph McGovern has been affiliated with WQ for a number of years. Starting as an avid filmgoer, Joseph then became a volunteer. over the past few years Joseph became more involved and has enjoyed helping in any capacity necessary to keep WQ running smoothly.
Joseph attended Mass College of Art in the late 80's and has long been affiliated with the Boston LGBTQ art scene. His interests include film, music, art and pop culture. This year Joseph will continue to work as a co-volunteer coordinator and helping to preview and program films for the festival. “The success of a grassroots organization depends on how much fertilizer you spread around.” – Joseph McGovern 2019
EMAIL: joe(at)wickedqueer.org

Kimya Monteiro (they/them/theirs)

Festival Programmer

Kimya Monteiro received their Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. After an 11-year-sabbatical from Massachusetts, Kimya relocated back to Boston to lend a much needed hand in a family crisis. The lack of a sense of a community felt by Kimya and many other QPOC’s loving in Boston finally came to a unexpected halt in the midst of a chance meeting with retired executive director James Nadeau; complimented by meniscus-poured martinis. Kimya is the first African-American to ever be a fixture (let alone, permanent fixture) of the Boston LGBT film festival programming team. In retrospect, Kimya’s participation in Wicked Queer ignited a vital diversity spark that has only grown over the past five years. Their creation of the now annually-recurring, Queer Persons of Color short film program series remains a highlight in their professional and creative life. When not programming films for Wicked Queer, Kimya is an manager for a gay-owned, Boston-based, private event catering company.

EMAIL: kimya(at)wickedqueer.org

Matheus Cabral

Events Coordinator

Matheus Cabral hopped on board with Wicked Queer Film Festival in 2012. While not having a formal academic background in film, Matheus grew a passion for film in his teenage years through the lenses of Alfred Hitchcock, Gasper Noé, and Wes Anderson. As a programmer for Wicked Queer, Matheus mostly focuses on curating the Latinx program and the Coming of Age program. He feels that it is important to give a platform to queer Latinx culture, as well as giving inspiration and content for the young baby queers seeking validation and a reflection of their identity on screen. When not doing festival things, Matheus is a Finish Carpenter and Disc Jockey. Matheus is currently the Events Coordinator for Wicked Queer.
EMAIL: matheus(at)wickedqueer.org

Charles Baldwin (he/him/his)

Access Consultant

Charles G. Baldwin is a professional theatre artist working in the greater Boston area since 2001. He leads the Universal Participation Initiative at the Mass Cultural Council and serves on the Executive Committee of CANE (Cultural Access New England). Charles is as an advisor to the ReelAbilites Film Festival and works as the Access Consultant for Wicked Queer. Outside the office, Charles likes to doodle and play with puppets.
EMAIL: charles(at)wickedqueer.org

James A. Nadeau (he/him/his)

Executive Director (Emeritus), Membership, & Fundraising

James A. Nadeau has been involved with the Boston LGBT Film Festival (now known as Wicked Queer) since 2000. He served as the Executive Director from 2008 to 2018. Since passing the leadership torch to Shawn Cotter, he oversees membership and fundraising for Wicked Queer. James is a lecturer on film in the Literature Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Professor of Art History at Lesley University College of Art & Design.
EMAIL: nadeau(at)wickedqueer.org