Nadine Goellner, Executive Director
A strategic and collaborative arts leader, Nadine Goellner brings over fifteen years of experience in the New York cultural sector to her new role as Executive Director of Rooftop Films. She is a skilled team builder and a seasoned executive producer who specializes in presenting innovative new work that deeply engages audiences and communities. Most recently, Nadine served as part of the inaugural senior leadership team at The Shed, where she was an integral part of building infrastructure and resources necessary for the successful launch of the organization. She produced The Shed’s opening program Soundtrack of America with Steve McQueen and Quincy Jones, as well as new works by luminaries Claudia Rankine, Björk, William Forsythe, and Jonas Mekas, among others. Prior to The Shed, Nadine was Managing Director for THE OFFICE performing arts + film, where she programmed cultural events in ongoing partnerships with the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival and MASS MoCA. With THE OFFICE, Nadine also developed and produced new works by renowned artists Carrie Mae Weems, William Kentridge, Olafur Eliasson, Hal Willner, and others, at New York venues including BAM, Park Avenue Armory, Lincoln Center, and the Guggenheim Museum, and internationally at Southbank Centre (London), Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Athens), Baxter Theater Centre (Cape Town), the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad Festival, and along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. Nadine has also worked as an advocate for artists at Bang on a Can, The American Music Center, BRIC, and Bernstein Artists. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from UMass Dartmouth.
Dan Nuxoll, President
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 and was named President in 2020. 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 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, BAM Cinematek, MoMA, SXSW Film Festival, and he was instrumental in creating the Queens Drive-In and Brooklyn Drive-In in 2020 and in bringing the New York Film Festival to both of those venues. Dan also works as a writer, director, producer, composer and sound designer for films and theater, including work on the feature documentaries Kiss My Snake and Narrrowsburg and co-writing the off-broadway play Eat the Devil in 2019. 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.
Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Founder & Director Emeritus
Born and raised in New York City, Mark received his B.A. 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.
Dominic Davis, Senior Programmer
Dominic has a degree in mass media studies and political science from the University of Kentucky. In 2011, he took a job with the film office of the Sundance Film Festival, where he discovered film programming as a profession. He has previously programmed for the American Museum of Natural History and the Tribeca Film Festival. He has served on advisory panels and grant and film juries across the globe. When not watching movies, he goes for very long runs.
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.
Maria Rhodes, Programmer and Operations Coordinator
Maria moved to New York and joined the Rooftop team in 2014 as an intern! Over the years, she’s spent a predominant amount of her time watching, studying, and just plain thinking about cinema; ultimately, she came to the conclusion that independent film is her passion, and subsequently decided to spread the gospel of said passion as far as she possibly could. Originally from Illinois, she received her Master’s in Film Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2017. Nine times out of ten, you can find her in a dark movie theatre, watching an obscure silent era gem.
Kelley Rand, Communications Manager
Kelley has a B.A. in Entertainment (a combination of music, acting, dance, and writing for stage & screen) from NYU’s Gallatin School, where she wanted to squeeze out as much knowledge as she possibly could during her time there (considering the preposterous amount of student debt she was racking up to afford it). She came to Rooftop post a broad career in the industry, spanning time at W Magazine, Out Magazine, and within the company of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. She’s definitely better at Britney Spears trivia than you and loves rom-coms of the late ’90s/early 2000s more than almost anything else, cinematically.
John Rossi, Technical Manager
John has a BA in English, which he has never regretted. When he isn’t designing and running shows for Rooftop, he enjoys writing, reading, and wowing his friends with his prowess at the NY Times Crossword. A veteran technician with Rooftop and a decade-long event hand, John comes to the Technical Manager role with years of experience and the ability to appreciate the sunsets & slight showers that always add a bit of charm to our wonderful outdoor series.
Sarah Suzuki, Finance Manager
Sarah is an actor and administrator from Littleton, CO. She graduated from Barnard College in 2016 with a BA in theater. Before coming to Rooftop, Sarah was a finance administrator for Pentacle, Lezlie Hall Associates, and Target Margin Theater. She has performed with Target Margin Theater, the American Shakespeare Center, Red Bull Theater Company, and Dixon Place. Sarah enjoys reading, crocheting, and eating chocolate, and has an identical twin.
Lila Becker, Development Associate
Lila is a theatre director and administrator from Washington, DC. She lived in Maine, Kentucky, Madrid, Cape Town, and Iowa before finally settling in Brooklyn. Before Rooftop, she worked with The Door, University Settlement, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Big Dance Theater, and Playing on Air. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and can be found directing new work and Chekhov plays when there’s no pandemic. Her background in theatre has given her a unique appreciation of film, especially when characters have superpowers. Outside of work, she lovingly tends to her sourdough starter Jed, bikes around Brooklyn, and searches for new growth on her many plants.
Tae Catalina Markey, Associate Programmer
Tae is from Bogotá, Colombia. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in documentary film at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and works on the representation of drug trafficking in Hollywood films. She is interested in Latin American cinema, found footage films, and telenovelas. She loves watching movies outside of her apartment and likes to go dancing.
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
Jess Jacobs, Board Chair
Filmmaker/Producer, Invisible Pictures
Teresa Lee, Board Vice Chair/Treasurer
Research Analyst, Jane Street Capital
Casimir Nozkowski, Board Secretary
Steven C. Beer
Lawyer, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
Head of Content, Utopia
Producer, Tangerine Entertainment
Vice President & Client Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Founder & Director Emeritus, Rooftop Films
Partner, Archer Gray
Managing Director, Piper Sandler
CEO, Candy Factory Films