About BEFF

Like the pool of water in the Delaware River that inspired it’s name, the Big Eddy Film Festival flows against the main current, providing a thoughtful and entertaining viewing experience for the Catskills, Delaware and Hudson River Valleys, and beyond.

Produced by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the arts council for Sullivan County, the Big Eddy Film Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard.



Tina Spangler, Festival Director

Tina Spangler helped launch the BEFF in 2012 after living and working in New York City in film and television for 10 years. In 2009, Spangler produced and directed Lucky Lake, a short documentary about Sullivan County’s little-known African American vacation spot. She lives in Narrowsburg, NY’s Luxton Lake community where she has built and restored several homes. She writes the Narrowsburg News column for the River Reporter newspaper.  When not working, Tina is usually managing her Airbnb rental cabin, swimming in the Ten Mile River with her young children, or sitting around a campfire.


Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director, DVAA

Ariel Shanberg was appointed as the DVAA’s Executive Director in June 2017. Just the second director in the organization’s history, he brings over 17 years of leadership experience rooted in Upstate New York’s cultural community. As a curator, Ariel has organized exhibitions at such venues as the Dorsky Museum and the Center for Photography at Woodstock where he was director prior to joining DVAA. His writing on artists has been featured in several publications including Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art. When not at work, Ariel can be found exploring the region’s art and cultural happenings along its winding roads on his 1994 Honda Magna.

Jeffrey Allison

Nancy Stevenson

Pam Mayer

Wendy Owen

Hester Greene

Sean Harrington

Bizzy Coy


BEFF Advisory Board

Tibor Feldman
Actor, Producer

Toby Poser
Writer, Director, Producer

Basil Tsiokos
Documentary Consultant
Programming Advisor

The Catskill Mountains have drawn visitors for many centuries due to their natural beauty and close proximity to New York City. Sullivan County is a perfect blend of a pristine rural environment, the beautiful Delaware River and many small picturesque villages. Visitors fall in love with its quiet beauty and understated ways and often return to invest in a home or property.

Built in the 1930s as a single screen movie house, the art-deco style Tusten Theatre serves as the venue for film screenings. The Tusten, located at 210 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY, has a seating capacity of 150 and offers convenient and ample parking.