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Claire Aguilar, President
Senior Vice President of Programming,
Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Nicole Page, Chair

Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP
Head of Business Affairs, Engel Entertainment, Inc.

 

Caroline Libresco, Vice President
Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

 

Michelle Materre, Secretary
Professor of Media Studies and Film,
The New School for Public Engagement

Film Programmer, MIST Harlem

 

Tina DiFeliciantonio, Treasurer

Director/Producer, Naked Eye Productions, Ltd.

 


 

Board
Nancy E. Friedland, Librarian, Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts 

 

Nicole Guillemet, Director, OffCenter Films

 

Neyda Martinez, Producer & Engagement/Communications Strategist

 

Esther Robinson, Filmmaker and Producer

 

Amy Villarejo,  Professor, Cornell University
Department of Performing and Media Arts

 

Tania Yuki, Founder of wimLink

 

Barrie Pribyl, Emerita, Organizational Development Consultant

 

Debra Zimmerman, Ex Officio
Executive Director, Women Make Movies

 

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Claire Aguilar
Senior Vice President of Programming, Independent Television Service (ITVS)
 
CLAIRE AGUILAR is Executive Content Advisor at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), which funds, promotes and distributes independently produced programming to public media.   At ITVS, she oversees programming strategy and advises on content recommendations and the international funding initiative.  She has commissioned programming from the global community of independent producers and is curator of Independent Lens, the PBS prime-time series of independently produced programming.  She came to ITVS from public television station KCET/Los Angeles, where she programmed the station’s schedule and managed programming acquisitions. Prior to that she was a film programmer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, one of the leading exhibition venues for international documentary and classic Hollywood films.  She has served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and many other media and funding organizations.  She has led and participated in film juries for IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Silverdocs and Visions du Réel.  A second-generation Filipina American, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies from UCLA.

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Tina DiFeliciantonio, Treasurer
Director/Producer, Naked Eye Productions, Ltd.

From cinema vérité to impressionistic documentaries, Tina DiFeliciantonio’s critically acclaimed work has been screened and broadcast in countries throughout the world. Along with her partner Jane C. Wagner, she has tackled a wide range of subjects—social justice, human rights, teenage sexuality, child abuse, sustainable energy, art, science and ethics—garnering dozens of top honors, such as two National Emmy Awards and two Sundance Film Festival Awards, including the Grand Jury Prize.

DiFeliciantonio began her professional career after graduating from Stanford University’s Master’s Film Program, where she made her directing debut with the student Academy Award-winning LIVING WITH AIDS, which was the first film on the subject to be broadcast on PBS. Over the years, her intellectual and creative collaboration partnership with Wagner has matured into a dynamic partnership that is sustained by a shared vision and passion for storytelling. Having worked in countries throughout the world, including Senegal, Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh, India, Japan, China and Turkey, their films have been aired on P.O.V., Sundance Channel, Showtime, HBO, TLC, MTV, SyFy, USA Networks and foreign television.

Support for their work has come from organizations that include the MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, NEA, NEH, ITVS, AFI, and Sundance. In addition to serving on the board of directors of media non-profits, DiFeliciantonio enjoys jurying film festivals, participating on funding panels and guest lecturing. She is actively involved in community service in New York City and is the co-parent of an active ten-year-old boy named Luca.

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Nancy E. Friedland Librarian, Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts 

Nancy Friedland received her MA from New York University and MLS from Rutgers University. She has been working for Columbia University Libraries since 1995. As the Librarian for Butler Media, Film Studies and Performing Arts, she played a central role in establishing the media collections and related services and serves as the primary selector for all formats in film, theater, dance, television, media, and performance art. She also serves as liaison to the students and faculty in the School of the Arts. In 2013, she was elected President of Theatre Library Association. As Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt, she teaches a graduate course in Film and Media Collections and recently developed a new course entitled Researching Local HIstory: Cities and Towns. She also teaches Digital Humanities at the Palmer School for Information and Library Science. She served as contributor and editor of Documenting Costume Design published in 2010. She is the faculty partner for Columbia University's online resource The Film Language Glossary.

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Nicole Guillemett, Director, OffCenter Films

Guillemet has worked in key positions in the film industry for twenty-five years.  For over fifteen years she served as Vice President of the Sundance Institute and Co-Director of the Sundance Film Festival.   At the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, she launched and directed the Documentary Film Program and its ” House of Docs” to provide support to documentary filmmakers.  She also initiated the Gen-Y Studio, a program designed to nurture student filmmakers.   In 2002, she founded the Utah Film Center bringing the world of film to local audience, emphasizing social content and artistic excellence.  From 2002 - 2007, Guillemet was the Director of the Miami International Film Festival, showcasing the most important selection of Ibero-American Cinema in North America.  She led the Festival through an astounding five-year period of growth including the creation of the Miami Encuentros, a program to help emerging Ibero-American producers.  In the last six years Guillemet has worked as an executive consultant for various international festivals including the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, the Costa Rica International Film Festival as Program Director, and the Middle East International Film Festival, the Bahamas International Film Festival, and ESAV, the Marrakech School of Film and Design supporting new Arabic cinema. Over the years Guillemet has assisted many documentary filmmakers during their creative process and in the production of their films, as well as in their distribution strategies.Throughout her career, Guillemet has been a dedicated arts activist.   She serves on national boards of a number of arts organizations.  She has also served on funding panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rolex Foundation, and as a juror and panelist for international festivals. In 2005 she received the decoration, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture.

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Caroline Libresco, Vice President
Senior Programmer,
Sundance Film Festival

Since 2001, Caroline Libresco has been Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where she selects features in all sections, focusing on documentary and international, and acts as conduit between artists and industry. She serves on the leadership team for Sundance’s new Creative Producing Initiative. Previously, she was an executive at ITVS, the San Francisco Film Festival, and the SF Jewish Film Festival. She produced the award-winning documentary, SUNSET STORY; the featurette BARRIER DEVICE; associate-produced the HBO documentary CAT DANCERS; and was developing producer on THE GRACE LEE PROJECT. She co-wrote and produced FANCI’S PERSUASION, directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld. Caroline founded “Planet Cinema,” annually presenting an environmental sidebar at the Seattle Film Festival. She serves as consultant to Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and U.S. Delegate for the Zurich Film Festival. Caroline holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. in History of Religion from Harvard, and an M.F.A. from UCLA Film School.

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Neyda Martinez, Producer & Engagement/Communications Strategist

Neyda Martinez is a producer and independent strategic communications and cultural consultant with over 15 years of experience.  While working full-time she completed graduate studies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs earning an MPA in 2008. She’s served clients such as Hachette Book Group USA, NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Adult Education, and Pernod-Ricard, a former sponsor of the Latin Grammy’s who sought her expertise in strategy, marketing and communications.  Most recently, she concluded her tenure as Director of National Engagement for PBS’ documentary special, LATINO AMERICANS.  In 2004, she conceived the music and humanities project, HABANA/HARLEM®. Five years later, Neyda created The New Audience Project™ to engage Latina women as cultural ambassadors and participate as consultants and micro-entrepreneurs in the cultural economy. The initiative garnered a highly coveted Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund Award for the pilot’s host organization, Teatro Circulo.  She is also the producer of the independent film, LUCKY, www.luckythedocumentary.com.  She volunteers on committees for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Uprose and serves on the national board of directors for The Association of American Cultures, as well as for the Bronx-based dance company, Pepatian. An active cultural advocate and leader, she nurtures the next generation with hands-on mentoring. Her contributions have been recognized by El Diario-La Prensa’s Mujer Destacada campaign (2002); BeingLatino.com (2012); Senator Peralta and the Latin American Intercultural Alliance (2013); and Ford Motor Company’s Mujer Legendaria campaign. (2013). 

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Michelle Materre
Professor of Media Studies and Film, The New School for Public Engagementt
Film Programmer, MIST Harlem

Ms. Materre’s professional background spans more than 25 years experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer and college professor. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, and Associate Dean of The New School for Public Engagement School of Undergraduate Studies. Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, featuring work by and about people and women of color, is now in its 17th year. In Fall 2012 the series will premiere at its new location, My Image Studios (MIST) Cinemas in Harlem. Ms. Materre is also an independent media consultant, advising filmmakers and organizations on fundraising, distribution, marketing, and exhibition strategies. Selected client list includes: Julie Dash, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Channel Thirteen, Stanley Nelson, Thomas Allen Harris, Barbara Rick, Kim Longinotto, and Third World Newsreel, to name a few. Ms. Materre is a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television, and a recipient of The Pen and Brush Society, Accomplished Women in the Arts Award.

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Nicole Page, Chair
Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLPP
Head of Business Affairs, Engle Entertainment, Inc.

Nicole is a Partner at Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP where she specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and employment law.  Nicole is also Head of Business Affairs at Engel Entertainment, Inc., a New York City based film and television production company. Nicole counsels filmmakers, producers and feature film and television production companies in connection with issues ranging from film financing, rights acquisition, production agreements, exploitation of ancillary rights, content licensing, clearance, distribution and an array of related matters. Nicole serves as production counsel and negotiates theatrical, broadcast and home video distribution deals for many film and television productions. She also represents commercial photographers as well as directors, performers, writers and others in the arts and entertainment industries. Nicole regularly lectures and writes on legal issues in the arts and media. She has appeared on panels at SXSW, Slamdance, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, Napa Valley Film Festival, IFP and RealScreen, among other festivals and conferences. Nicole works with WMM and other organizations (like NYWIFT) to provide relevant and topical information to filmmakers and counsels and supports filmmakers in the WMM fiscal sponsorship and distribution programs, and has participated in workshops sponsored by WMM for its filmmakers.

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Esther Robinson, Filmmaker and Producer

Esther Robinson is an award winning filmmaker and producer.  Her critically acclaimed directorial debut "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory"  took top prizes at The Berlin, Tribeca and Chicago film festivals and is currently in international theatrical release. Other producing projects include the film Home Page (by acclaimed filmmaker Doug Block), the digital satellite release of The Last Broadcast to 5 cities,  the award winning PBS series Alive From Off Center and serving as the Director of Film/Video and Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation (1999-2006). Additionally, Esther has a philanthropy consulting practice (clients include The Ford Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures and The Fledgling Fund), is a technical advisor on the "Shifting Sands – Art, Culture and Neighborhood Change" initiative (this initiative recognizes neighborhood-based arts and cultural organizations as unique stakeholders in poor neighborhoods experiencing economic and demographic shifts and is funded by the Ford Foundation and managed by Partners for Livable Communities) and she is the founder of ArtHome a non-profit business that helps artists and their communities build assets and equity through financial literacy and home-ownership.  Esther has a film and television degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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Amy Villarejo, Professor, Cornell University, Department of Performing and Media Arts

Amy Villarejo joined the Cornell faculty in 1997, after receiving her AB from Bryn Mawr and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. During graduate school, she published her first book, a monograph on the 1933 film Queen Christina (British Film Institute Publishing, 1995, co-authored with Marcia Landy). At Cornell, she holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance (of which she is currently chair) and the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program (which she directed from 2004-2007). She has published widely, including a book on film and cultural studies (Keyframes, Routledge, 2001), on queer documentary (Lesbian Rule, Duke University Press, 2003), and an introduction to the discipline of cinema and media studies, Film Studies: The Basics (Routledge, 2007), currently being revised for its second edition. More recently, she is co-editor of a special issue of GLQ, "Queer Marxism," and author of a forthcoming monograph on television, Ethereal Queer (Duke University Press).

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Tania Yuki, Founder of wimLink

Tania is a digital media specialist who began her career as a filmmaker and media attorney, and specialized in film finance and development as well as documentary and feature film productions. After working in film for several years however, she was seduced by digital and went on to run an online video content network as head of acquisitions and has also lead product management for comScore's Video Metrix, the world's leading online video ratings service. Currently, she runs the Ad Solutions group with TV ad targeting company Visible World, and advises small to mid-sized companies on their social media strategy.

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Debra Zimmerman, Ex Officio, Executive Director, Women Make Movies

Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY based film organization that supports women filmmakers, since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. WMM’s internationally recognized Production Assistance Program has helped hundreds of women get their films made. Films from WMM programs have been nominated or won Academy Awards for the last eight years.

She is in great demand around the world as a speaker on independent film distribution, marketing and financing as well as on women's film. She has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDOC and Reel Screen as well as film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Zimmerman has been closely affiliated with the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) as the co-host of the Talk of the Day and as a tutor for their Summer Film Academy. She has been on the juries of festivals around the world including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), and the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has mentored filmmakers at the Ex-Oriente Film Workshop in Vienna, the Sheffield DocuFest and for many years at the National Alliance of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Academy. She sits on the Board of Directors of Cinema Tropical, a resource for Latino independent filmmakers and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Social Media at American University. She is the recipient of New York Women in Film and Television’s Loreen Arbus Award and Hot Doc’s 2013 Doc Mogul Award, given to those who "over the course of their career has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in his or her country or abroad."

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