MEET THE STAFF AT ROOFTOP FILMS
 

STAFF

Dan Nuxoll, Program Director
Dan Nuxoll grew up in Queens and attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, later moving on to Vassar College. Following his return to New York in 1997, Dan began working with Rooftop Films and became full-time Program Director of Rooftop Films in 2002. Since then he has watched the film submissions rise to over 3,000 submissions a year.

The programming for Rooftop Films has received increasing acclaim over the last years, and Dan has curated and organized events across North America and Europe. Dan has expanded Rooftop's search and acquisition of stunning new venues, helped to expand their event production, rentals and sponsorship divisions, and has managed partnerships with the Acadmemy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, BAM Cinematek, MoMA, SXSW Film Festival, and dozens of acclaimed cultural institutions.

Dan also works as a director, producer, composer and sound designer for films including the wildly entertaining feature documentary Kiss My Snake. He is currently Co-Directing a new documentary feature entitled about a mysterious figure who has been running scandal-plagued film festivals for decades.

Dan has served on film juries for SXSW, Slamdance, River Run, Doc NYC, IFFB and the Denver International Film Festival, and has been named to Indiewire’s Influencers list as well as Brooklyn Magazine’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.


Genevieve Hsiao-Yung DeLaurier, Managing Director
In the summer of 2007 Genevieve joined Rooftop Films in the brand new position of Managing Director. Her responsibilities include staff management, marketing, public relations, finance and fundraising. Genevieve was raised in Ithaca, NY and attended SUNY Buffalo, graduating with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Dance. Prior to joining Rooftop Films, she worked in event and program development for a variety of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. She has volunteered with numerous arts organizations including the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. In her free time Genevieve actually enjoys watching C-SPAN, going to live shows and reading rock biographies (Crazy From The Heat by David Lee Roth is amazing...seriously).

Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Founder & Artistic Director
Born and raised in New York City, Mark received his BA from Vassar College and began showing movies on his roof in 1997. Mark has overseen the growth of Rooftop Films into one of the most innovative film companies in the country.

Mark has published articles on filmmaking and programming, and been a guest lecturer at places such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Allied Media Conference and the University of Texas. Mark has served on grants panels for Cinereach, NYSCA, LMCC and Renew Media, and is on the Advisory Council for Fractured Atlas. Mark has programmed film screenings across the world, and was on the jury at numerous festivals including Sundance and SXSW.

As a curator and filmmaker in his own right, Mark's taste and work favor low-budget, personal cinema. Mark has shot, directed, and edited dozens of short films, and was a producer-editor on the Emmy Award-winning WNYE television show IMNY, where he taught video production to New York City public school students. Mark recently co-produced and directed a segment of Orbit(Film),an omnibus movie about our solar system, and is developing a feature-length multi-media story about a man on a one-way mission toward the unknown. The film, Ad Inexplorata, was recently selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and Mark has been awarded a grant from Creative Capital. 

Mark is an outfielder for the New York Giants amateur baseball team, a receiver on the nationally-traveling NYGFL flag football team, the proud father of a dog named Dizzy, and the husband of Stephanie Skaff, a musician and media activist. Mark is currently on sabbatical (mostly) for 2014 while working on other projects. 

Kate Gellene, Operations Manager
Kate joined the Rooftop Films team as an intern in the fall of 2011 and wore many hats before becoming Operations Manager in 2014 — including event management, fundraising & membership, and social media. Born and raised in New Jersey, Kate studied Cinema Studies with a minor in French at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. During the summer, Kate can (occasionally) be found making your drink at the after-party. Or at the beach.

 

Tristan Shepard, Technical Manager
Tristan Shepherd is the steward of Rooftop Films' technical equipment and staff. His deep knowledge of sound-reinforcement, computer programming, video projection, 20th century music theory, weimar-era philosophy/journalism, classic and outlaw country music, systems-theory, northern soul, marxism, italian cuisine, Jack Spicer and Jack the Ripper bely the fact that he has never seen the Godfather and really doesn't like Apocalypse Now. Outside of work, Tristan can be found crying in the shower, squandering his hard-earned "do-re-mi" at Dave and Buster's, playing pedal steel and perfecting his jump shot.


Holly Voges, Programmer
Hailing from Missouri, Holly is a festival programmer who discovered her passion for film while studying at DePaul University in Chicago. After receiving her BA in the Fine Arts, she moved to Columbia, Missouri where she worked with the True/False Film Fest. She also collaborated as a programmer for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, and later went on to work for the Sundance Film Festival. For the past few years she has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as abroad at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. In 2014 she collaborated on a short film project with Virtual Reality artist, Oscar Raby. Currently she is writing another short film, and is excited to be a part of the Rooftop team. She lives in Brooklyn and has a sweet dog named Elmer June.

Danielle Kourtesis, Music Coordinator
Danielle was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated Brown University with a degree in Urban Studies. She has been Rooftop Films'
Music Programmer since 2007 and is the co-founder of Pop Mondial (NYC/Germany). Along with booking music, Danielle is a performer, director, and theater educator.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Iddo I. Arad, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Iddo is a film, media, fine art and intellectual property partner at the law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, a full-service firm with a focus on media, entertainment, and advertising.  He represents renowned film companies, producers, distributors, writers, directors, musicians and fine artists.  Prior to private law practice, Iddo served as director of business affairs for Focus Features and Good Machine, supporting their international divisions.  He is a founding member of the music group VIOLENS and performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan.

Ellie Burrows, Writer

Anne Carey
Anne is an independent film producer based in New York City. Together with Ted Hope, Anthony Bregman and Diana Victor, Carey founded the New York City production company This is that, Inc. in 2002, based on the collaborative work they had begun at their previous company, Good Machine, Inc. Specializing in unique content and innovative storytelling, This is that produced 18 films in its eight-year existence. Carey currently has Anton Corbijn’s The American, written by Rowan Joffe and starring George Clooney in release through Focus Features. The film opened in the US on September 1st and internationally shortly thereafter. In 2008 Carey produced Adventureland, written and directed by Greg Mottola and starring Ryan Reynolds, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Adventurelandwas released through Miramax in April 2009.

Michael Clark
Michael is a Creative Exec at Big Beach Films, where he has worked on such projects as Little Miss Sunshine, Jack Goes Boating, and My Idiot Brother.

Samara Daly, Macro Sea/DBI-Director of Strategic Partnerships
Samara Daly is a Public Affairs Consultant to St. Ann’s Warehouse, Tobacco Warehouse; future and permanent theatrical home for St. Ann’s. In addition, Samara serves as a Public Affairs advisor for Macro Sea and DBI Construction Consultants. Samara most recent experience includes work on Macro Sea's New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, developing a high-tech manufacturing center, and the historic and iconic, Hotel Chelsea. Samara has over 14 years of experience in government and community relations; she has worked on a wide range of projects with government entities, cultural organizations and non-profit organizations. Samara currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rooftop Films and the Chairs Council of BRIC. Samara resides in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her husband Lewis and their son Jackson.

Brent Green, Filmmaker/Artist
Working in the Appalachian hills of rural Pennsylvania, Brent Green is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker. Green’s films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, in film and art settings alike at venues such as MoMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Hammer Museum, The Boston MFA, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Rotterdam Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and even extending to rooftops, warehouses and galleries throughout the globe. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installation are displayed alongside his animated films, most recently with solo exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, 21c/Art Without Walls, the Kohler and the Berkeley Art Museum. Green's work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute and the MAPfund. His work is in some fine permanent collections including the Progressive Collection, the Hammer Museum and MoMA.

Anne Hubbell, Tangerine Entertainment
Anne Hubbell is the co-founder of Tangerine Entertainment, a ground breaking production company & community builder focusing exclusively on films by women directors. She is also Kodak’s Regional Account Manager for Studio & Independent Film where she acts as a consultant on movies of all budgets, and is a liaison to the film community at large. She is a 20-year industry veteran and currently serves on the boards of New York Women in Film & Television, the New York Production Alliance and Rooftop Films, and is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America. As a freelance producer and consultant, she worked on film and TV productions and not-for-profit media and arts events. Her credits include award winning features, Gayby (2012) and Lipstick & Dynamite (2005), and two seasons of IFC’s Independent Focus and iFilm@IFC (2001-03). Via Tangerine, Hubbell produced three features in 2014 to be released in 2015.

Teresa Lee, Board Treasurer

Evan List, Vice President & Client Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Evan A. List is Vice President & Client Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Evan advises not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and high-net-worth families and institutions, as well as their respective trusts, estates, foundations, endowments and pension plans. His focus is on planning and investment management, and he works closely with his clients’ trusted tax and legal advisors on a wide range of matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions and the sale of privately held businesses. Evan holds degrees in economics and politics from Brandeis University.

Brian Newman, Board Chair
Brian Newman is the founder of Sub-Genre, a strategic consulting company focusing on business development projects in the entertainment and cultural industries. Brian is also the co-founder and CEO of Crowd Play, LLC a recently funded start-up launching a mobile application called Flicklist. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, president of Renew Media and executive director of IMAGE Film & Video. He blogs about film and new media at www.Sub-Genre.com.

Casimir Nozkowski, Secretary
Casimir Nozkowski is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been seen on TV, online, and in festivals around the world. He’s been interviewed on The Tonight Show, MSNBC, NPR and featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and on NBC and the Brian Lehrer Show. He wrote and produced the first ever trailer for AMC’s “Mad Men” and the very last trailer for AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and launched lots of their campaigns in-between. Recent movies include his sci-fi drama “Next Life” (2014 Phoenix Film Festival premiere) and short documentaries Childhood Sale” (winner 2013 Comic-Con’s Best Comics-Oriented film award) and “70 Hester Street” (2014 Tribeca Film Festival premiere). He co-founded and directs the “Internets Celebrities” – an injustice-exposing documentary group (currently making “The Food Warriors” web series) and has sat on Rooftop Films’ board of directors since 2006.

Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Filmmaker, Founder and Artistic Director of Rooftop Films

Vinay Singh, Cinetic Media
Vinay is an executive in the project finance and advisory divisions of Cinetic Media. Prior to joining Cinetic Media, Vinay co-founded Small Coup Films where he produced feature films that premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. He is currently producing Alison Bagnall’s FUNNY BUNNY.  Previously, Singh was an Executive at This Is That, working on all aspects of development, packaging and production for Anne Carey and Ted Hope’s iconic production company. He started his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in their New York and Sydney offices. Singh holds a B.S. in Finance and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

BOARD ADVISORS

David Belt
David is the Founder and Managing Principal of DBI, and the Executive Director and Founder of Macro Sea. He has become increasingly interested in transforming junk spaces and objects into fully utilized places of recreation and culture; he conceives and formulates each project's concept and vision and oversees each project's design and implementation. At present, he is working to debut a series of interim use projects; last summer he launched Macro Sea Pools 2009 where a scrap filled lot and dumpsters were turned into an urban, lo-fi swim and country club.

Jim Browne
Jim founded Argot Pictures in 2005, an independent film distribution company. He has been programming and producing film and video projects in New York City for the past 20 years. He is one of the producers of Fire Under the Snow, a documentary about Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who was imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese government for 33 years. He has been Associate Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival for the past 3 years.

Joshua Breitbart
One of Rooftop's founders, Joshua is now the Policy Director for People's Production House, which teaches immigrants and public school students in New York City to be journalists and media policy experts. He writes a monthly column about media and technology for Gotham Gazette and he is on the board of Allied Media Projects, which hosts the annual Allied Media Conference for organizations like Rooftop Films. Joshua speaks regularly at industry gatherings, official hearings, public events, and media conferences, often to explain what the people in each place don’t understand about the goings-on at the other places.

J. Tad Barnes
Tad was recently the Director of Outreach and Community Relations at The River Project. He received his B.A. in Sociolinguistics for Public Relations at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1996, and his Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University in 2006. Tad has an extensive background in management in the non-profit sector, working for such organizations as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Funders Concerned About Aids, and the NYS Dept. of Health AIDS Institute. Tad has worked in the area of events and promotion for many large corporations, including Diesel, Stussy, Astralwerks and Playboy. Tad sits on the board of the Young Professionals Committee for Big Brothers/Big Sisters New York, and actively promotes and raises funds for the Cooper Bark dog run. Tad helped to bring Rooftop Films to Pier 26 on the Hudson River in 2004-05.

Amy Dotson
Amy is the Deputy Director at IFP, a 30-year old not-for-profit membership and advocacy organization that supports and serves the independent film community. Dotson is on the programming & screening committees for Gen Art and Hamptons International Film Festival and has served on the juries of such film festivals as Slamdance, Ashland, Atlanta and Sidewalk. Amy enjoys eating Nutella straight out of the jar, collecting Tracy Morgan memorabilia, and producing her first feature documentary with director Brad Beesley (Fearless Freaks, Summercamp!) on the women of the Oklahoma State Prison Rodeo.

Bruce Levingston
Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of today's leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the country's most important composers have written works for him including Philip Glass and Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom, David Del Tredici, George Perle and Charles Wuorinen. His Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. The New Yorkerdescribes him as "elegant and engaging", "a poetic pianist who has a gift for inventive - and glamorous - programming" while The New York Timescalls his performances "graceful", "sensuous" and "hauntingly serene." Mr. Levingston is also Artistic Director of the Premiere Commission and sat on the board of Rooftop Films 2006-11. www.premierecommission.org  

 Catherine Martinez
Catherine was recently appointed the CFO of Downtown Community TV Center, a New York City Film and Video resource since 1972. She returns to DCTV after a 4-year stint as Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Orient-Express, a London-based luxury travel business. As CFO, Catherine oversees the financial operations for DCTV, as well as their production arm, Downtown Docs LLC. Catherine has also worked as a fashion designer, as a "cold-kitchen" Chef at an upscale restaurant in Stockholm, and as a tour guide in Paris. Catherine loves the short film format and has been attending Rooftop films events since 2001.

Lucila Moctezuma
Lucila was recently the director of the Media Arts Fellowships at the Tribeca Film Institute, a program founded and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation that supports media artists in the US and Latin America. She has collaborated with the Margaret Mead Film Festival in NY, the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico, the Huesca International Film Festival in Spain. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Flaherty Film Seminar and on the Advisory Boards for Forum Internacional de Cine de Monterrey and New Children/New York. Lucila has worked in different areas of production, including The New Americans, produced by Kartemquin Films for PBS, and Shocking and Awful produced by Deep Dish TV. Lucila has worked in New York's independent film community since 1996, including the IFP and the Latin American Video Archive.

Dana O’Keefe
Dana O'Keefe is a senior executive in the sales and management divisions at Cinetic Media. O'Keefe has worked as a representative for numerous producers and filmmakers over the course of his tenure at Cinetic. Currently, he works primarily as a manager, overseeing the careers of a roster of directors. Prior to Cinetic, Dana O'Keefe worked as a photojournalist and as an independent filmmaker. He graduated Wesleyan University with a degree in Government. His short film “The New Yorkist” screened at Rooftop in 2008.   

Josh Penn
Josh is a Producer for Court 13 International, with which he has produced the film Glory at Sea, which played in Rooftop's 2008 series. He has also produced several music videos for the band MGMT with Partizan and Columbia Records. He is currently producing the first features of two Rooftop alums, Matthew Lessner and Benh Zeitlin. When not producing movies, Josh runs Desolation Records and promotes concert and film events in Philadelphia.

Sarah Palmer
Sarah was the Festival Director, photographer, and image archivist of Rooftop Films (2001 - 2006), when she left the staff and joined the Board of Directors. In 2008, she received her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts. After two years as the Photo Editor of Metropolis, an architecture, design, and culture magazine, she was hired as full-time faculty in the Photography department of Parsons, The New School for Design. She divides her time between teaching and working as an artist, and has exhibited her work in the United States and in Europe. www.sarahpalmerphotography.com and www.yesinacircle.com

Philip Rosenberg 
Philip is a retired novelist and screenwriter. He has been involved with Rooftop Films since the very first screening, in part because of his commitment to independent cinema, in part because he is the father of Rooftop co-founder and Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their two dogs.

Molly Thompson
Molly launched and runs A&E IndieFilms, the network's feature documentary division. She executive produces the divisions original productions including: Jesus Camp, a film by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, which was nominated for an Academy Award; and American Teen, a film by Nanette Burstein which won best director at Sundance 2008 and will be released by Paramount Vantage this summer. Thompson also is EP on a film on Anna Wintour directed by RJ Cutler; and a film on Pat Tillman directed by Amir Bar Lev. Other A&E IndieFilms include the Oscar-nominated, Sundance Award-winner Murderball, and My Kid Could Paint That.

Nicole Tschampel
Nicole is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She received her Masters degree in Combined Media at Hunter College in the spring of 2005 and currently teaches there. Her sculptural works and videos have been included in the multiple national and international exhibitions most recently Feel Good, Feel Bad Boys and Girls, at Lange Gasse 28, in Augsburg, Germany, well-known treasures, a screening at Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York, and Painting 2008, at The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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