Cynthia (Cyndee) Sweetland, Executive Director is one of the founding members of Film Green Bay and put together the first Green Bay Film Festival in 2011. After the Wisconsin Film & TV tax incentive was diminished, she hoped to utilize the Green Bay Film Festival as a place to showcase WI filmmakers and bring awareness of independent film to the community. She continued for the next 10 years as the Festival Director and recently transitioned out of the role to her new position with the organization.
Cyndee is a native to Green Bay, left for college to go to the University of Minneapolis/ St. Paul and received a Bachelor of Arts. Her degree focused in the Entertainment business, particularly Theatre Arts. She moved to Rochester, New York and worked at various theatre’s for 10 years, upstate and in NYC, as a charge scenic artist and scenic designer. She then moved to Boston. There, she was charge scenic artist for The Huntington Theatre at Boston University. She also taught scene painting at BU and Emerson College. For most of her 10 years in Boston she was a Charge Scenic for a large Commercial Scene Shop. There she lead artists in producing a number of productions for Disney World in FL, museum exhibits, trade shows and traveling theatrical productions.
Returning to Green Bay in 2000, Cyndee started a woman owned small business providing specialty artistic services and branded her concrete products and services as CemArt, (Cement Art!…That’s Smart). CemArt has been providing concrete coatings and architectural precast products since 2004.
She has volunteered her talents as scenic designer for several productions to Notre Dame Academy, Next Stage at St. Norbert College, Evergreen Theater and Abram’s Spotlight Theater.
She also serves as treasurer for the LPGA Amateurs- Fox Cities/Green Bay Chapter.
While she enjoyes watching the city of Green Bay embrace arts and culture, in the summer you will likely find her on the golf course.