Rebecca Madding
Executive Director

Rebecca Madding has been the Executive Director of Maiden Alley Cinema since 2020. Prior to her position, she has been a faithful volunteer for MAC since 2014 and served as Secretary on MAC's Board of Directors from 2017-2020.

Rebecca is a native of Aberdeen, Ohio, moving to western Kentucky in 2011 to attend Murray State University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Professional Writing and a graduate degree in Communications/Public Relations. She now resides in Paducah with her husband, Austin and dachsund, Linus. 

True to her literature roots, Rebecca has a love for stories. Whether it is on the page, the screen, or through conversation, she is a dedicated advocate for sharing and exploring the experiences of others. 




John Holt
Director of Operations

John William Holt is Technical Director for The River's Edge International Film Festival and Operations Director at Maiden Alley Cinema. John was born in Paducah KY and educated at Murray State University. After getting his hands on a camera in 2002 he started making short films full time. He has won several awards and completed his first feature film The Dooms Chapel Horror in 2015 along with being co-founder at the production company Red Band Films.






Micah Holland
Staff Member








Libby Bridges
Staff Member








Board of Directors

Ross Smith
Board Chair

Ross was born and raised in Paducah where his love for cinema was cultivated, which usually involved watching a horror movie he was entirely too young to be watching. He has always been enthralled by stories and how the process of storytelling helps enhance peoples’ lives. 

When not working as a real estate paralegal at Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship, and Sigler, LLP, Ross enjoys spending his time at Maiden Alley Cinema watching movies, playing disc golf, collecting and reading books, having a brew at Dry Ground, and spending time with friends and family.

“Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels.” – Roger Ebert




Aaron King
Board Member

Aaron is a East Tennessee native and a graduate from East Tennessee State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Design with a concentration in Video Editing and Post-Production, and a minor in Fine Art Photography.

Upon graduation, Aaron moved to Atlanta to begin a Master’s Degree in Film Studies & Broadcast Journalism. During his course-work, he was offered an internship with The Weather Channel which segued into a full-time position. Aaron served a variety of roles during his five year tenure, including Original Programming Production Assistant and Creative Solutions Assistant Writer/Producer. His duties including writing, producing, and editing may award-winning promos, commercials, and other short-form content for a national audience.

After visiting the area, Aaron fell in love with Paducah and the surrounding area and shortly after the birth of his son relocated to the area. He accepted a job with Innovations Branding House, where he currently provides in-house creative design, photography, cinematography and editing. In 2017-2018 he had the opportunity to co-direct and edit a short film Road Trip Kentucky that won best documentary at the Louisville International Festival of Film.

For the last three years, Aaron has participated in the 48 Hour Film Project with Escapist Pictures. He loves taking pictures of his son, astrophotography, and spending time on Kentucky Lake.


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