RIFF Board

The Riverside International Film Festival Board consists of Riverside community leaders from various disciplines and backgrounds.

Jim Buchholz

Jim Buchholz is a Professor of Mathematics and Physics and earned his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to wrestling and playing soccer during his college days, he performed as a Stand-up Comic and was once recognized as the Top Collegiate Comedian by the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (formerly the Bob Hope Search for Collegiate Talent). He now produces, writes, directs and acts in short films. His first short film "I Saw Her First" played in festivals in three different countries. He recently finished his first full-length feature screenplay based off of a book published in 13 languages. Dr. Buchholz combined his talents in science and the film industry by creating a very successful college class titled: "The Physics of Hollywood". He is also presently an active board member of the Riverside International Film Festival.

Dr. Harki Dhillon
Founder/Past President

Harki Dhillon is the Founder and President of the Riverside international film festival.
He is the Producer of the critically acclaimed feature film Beyond Honor.
Actor in feature films American Blend and Beyond Honor.
Author of two books of Poetry - Invisible Hands and Misty Darkness. (amazon.com).
Harki is on the Board of Advisors/Trustee of California Baptist University, University of California Riverside Foundation and the Center for Social justice and Civil Liberties.
Harki is an Orthopedic and Hand Surgeon.

Nancy Douglas

Nancy Douglas has been the Film Programmer for RIFF for most of its existence, after attending the first RIFF as a spectator and begging to be included. The retired Library Head of Cataloging and Film Selector at the University of California Riverside, Nancy now enjoys reading, various art endeavors, travel, and her newest pursuit, serious competitive Scrabble

Mark A. Roberson

Mark Roberson came to Riverside and to California Baptist University in September 2011 to begin his role as founding Dean of the College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design, and to launch the new architecture program. This new program builds on the university’s programs in art, film and graphic design, photography and digital media, establishing CBU as a center for collaborative and creative design initiatives.

Prior to coming to CBU, Mark was the Vice President and Director of Design for Fender Architects in Fort Worth, Texas for 15 years. Mark was born in Fort Worth and attended University of Texas at Arlington for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from UTA. Mark then earned both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from University of Southern California, and worked in LA for several years at the Architecture Studio.

Mark had previously taught architecture at UTA, USC, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Ecole Des Ponts in Paris, France.

Mark lives in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of Riverside with his wife, four children, two dogs and about one hundred fish.

Avni Patankar

Avni Patankar manages the finances for the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF). Avni received her BS in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine. She is a long time resident of Riverside and has been a volunteer with the RIFF for the past couple of years.

Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane is a new addition to the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF) board and manages external communications for RIFF, including marketing, branding, digital & social media and media relations. He is the principal of Crane Creek Communications in Riverside.