Stacey Holderbach began her professional career at Landmark Theatres developing advertising campaigns for independent, foreign, and arthouse films while pursuing a degree in Television Production at Loyola Marymount University. She gained further experience developing advertising campaigns for Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics, assisting in the release of critically acclaimed films such as Men with Guns, Buffalo 66, The Apostle, The Spanish Prisoner, 8mm, and many others. Her experience both in film school and while working in the entertainment industry instilled in her a great respect for the passion and drive of filmmakers working outside the mainstream studio system, especially for those who were compelled not only to entertain, but also to inform and educate their audiences.
After completing her education, Stacey’s skills and experience led her to a position in local government where she managed large grants for complex projects to improve the quality of life for residents in Southern California. After several years in government, Stacey turned her attention to education advocacy, where she honed her skills in fundraising and financial management at a small but highly influential non-profit organization dedicated to improving student success in California, especially for underrepresented populations.
Amidst Stacey’s fundraising work, in 2010, she launched a small press, Simon & Fig, devoted to showcasing strong, independent voices in fiction. Within five years, Simon & Fig has published seven novels and two anthologies under Stacey’s direction. At the heart of this venture, is Stacey’s passion for storytelling and her drive to offer a platform for authors to share their stories.
At the Department of Cinema and Power, Stacey leads the fundraising and financial programs responsible for producing socially and environmentally conscious films where the art of filmmaking itself is just as important as the message being delivered. With over a decade of experience in budgeting, fundraising, financial management, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Stacey brings to the Department of Cinema and Power not only the skills to further the mission of the small production company, but also the passion and commitment to ensure its success.
Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia’s prestigious Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production from Loyola Marymount University.