Staff

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Galen Bremer, Artistic Director
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Galen Bremer is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. His work focuses on experimentation using noise, modular synthesis, improvisation, and elements of performance art. Bremer’s original compositions have accompanied film and dance works in collaboration with artists such as Nancy Allison, Emma Hoette, Zoe Rabinowitz, and Anne Zuerner, at venues including the West End Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Hunter College, Invisible Dog Art Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City Center, Lincoln Center, and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, RI. Bremer studied jazz and contemporary music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Jazz Studies. He appears on FatCat Records with New York based art rock band, Forest Fire. His music has been described as “ominous” (The New York Times), “mesmerizing” (Off Off Off Dance), and “addictive, hypnotic” (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, MA and is a 2016 Marble House Project Resident in Dorset, VT. 

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Brighid Greene, Programs Director
brighid@dancefilms.org

Brighid Greene made her way from California to New York to attend Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in dance, a double major in Religious Studies, and as recipient of the J.S. Seidman Award. Brighid facilitates the exhibition and creation of dance film from the perspective of a dance artist with a focus on education through presentation. In her performance career, she’s performed in series such as Performa, Prelude NYC, Catch!, and Under the Radar and works with Katie Rose McLaughlin and ANIMALS Performance Group.

Currently she is in Then She Fell, the Bessie Award winning and critically acclaimed immersive dance theater production by Third Rail Projects and sings and dances with the band Friend Roulette. She championed for dance by serving on the Dance NYC Junior Committee from 2011- 2015.

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Liz Wolff, Co-Curator, Dance on Camera Festival
liz@dancefilms.org

Liz Wolff has over 20 years of professional experience in the performing arts, starting with a long performing career in dance. Originally from Boston, Liz moved to New York to train with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paul Taylor Dance Company as a scholarship student. She became a founding member of Cortez & Company [Contemporary Ballet], and moved to Cleveland to be a founding member and principal dancer with Verb Ballets, performing works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Heinz Poll. After retiring from performing she returned to New York and continued to work in the arts as Festival Coordinator and Administrative Director for White Wave / John Ryan Theater in DUMBO. She was in charge of festival planning and development including initial review and selection of artists, coordination of rehearsal and production schedules, and management of production staff for the organization’s three annual festivals. In 2007, Liz moved into the film business, first in domestic distribution at The Weinstein Company, and then in the position of Head of Theatrical Sales for Oscilloscope Laboratories. Moving to the exhibitor’s side of the film distribution business she currently works for Bow Tie Partners, parent company of Bow Tie Cinemas.

Liz became the co-curator for the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in the summer 2012, and is also co-founded and producer the Cape Dance Festival, an altruistic concert dance event in Provincetown, MA.

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Rebecca Hadley, Communications Associate
rebecca@dancefilms.org

Rebecca Hadley was born and raised in California, where she lived until attending Barnard College in 2008. There she performed in works by Jodi Melnick, Will Rawls, David Parker, and Ana Isabel Keilson. Since graduating in 2012 she has performed in works by Pat Catterson, Merce Cunningham, Garnet Henderson, David Parker, and Alex Rodabaugh. She’s worked with a number of artistic organizations administratively, including Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Dancing Camera, and now Dance Films Association.

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Paul Galando, President and Chair of Education

Paul Galando has been an innovator in collaborative digital film and media development in the arts community, educational institutions, and leading corporate and non-profit organizations. He is passionate about creating opportunities for dance and media artists. He is the head of the Dance and New Media Foundation, an organization that facilitates research and provides fellowships for dance students and artists to work in innovative and groundbreaking practices. He is a founding director of New York University’s Dance and New Media program, a department wide initiative and a MFA concentration designed to teach and encourage dancers’ involvement in all areas of digital media: filming stage works, creating film/dance and interactive work, multi-media collaborations, and internet-based art. He teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate divisions of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts covering academic and practical classes including: dance for the camera, dance and new media, streaming live media, and digital production. Paul Galando has created partnerships with leading organizations in the fields of dance; these include: New York City Ballet, The Merce Cunningham Trust, Lois Greenfield Studio, The Harkness Center for Dance at the 92Y, Martha Graham Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Center, Gibney Dance, and the Dance Films Association / Lincoln Center Film Society.

Paul Galando is the Director of Dance and Digital Media at the new Gibney Dance — residing in the historic 280 Broadway space. He is a partner in the firm Double Tour Media, a digital production company. His PR experience began in Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group and Nancy Seltzer & Associates. He was Creative Director at the strategic change management consulting firm Novations Group; there he led new media development. He is a recipient of awards and grants used to support fellow artists as well as faculty and students in the use of technology and media — within the dance community. As a producer, director, and editor; his works include films, commercials, music videos, and works for public broadcast. He is an expert in live filmmaking and streaming theatrical performances; he mentors his students in these processes through educational collaborations with leading dance organizations. Paul is a graduate of NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television and is a classically trained dancer.

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Greg Vander Veer, Vice President
Greg Vander Veer’s award winning film Keep Dancing was an official selection at over 25 international film festivals and was nominated for International Documentary Association’s 2010 Distinguished Documentary Award. His feature film film Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter screened in festivals worldwide and was released theatrically in early 2015.  In 2012, Greg was one of twelve filmmakers chosen as Independent Filmmaker Project’s Emerging Vision Fellow and was also selected to participate in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artists Academy.
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Anita Venkiteswaran, Treasurer

Anita Venkiteswaran is currently Vice President of Business Development and Relationship Management at Focus Financial Partners and has also worked as a private equity investment professional at CI Capital Partners in New York and at Audax Private Equity in Boston. She grew up in India where her love for dance started at the age of six, with lessons in Bharat Natyam, an Indian classical dance form in which she trained for ten years. She continued to perform and choreograph through high school in Kolkata, India and through college at I.I.T. Kharagpur in India. After graduating with a B. Tech in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering in 2006, she started her professional career in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, Inc., simultaneously studying Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. In 2012 Anita received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, during which time she choreographed the annual school musical as well as performing and choreographing for a number of other shows. Anita’s passion for dance led her to join the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association in December 2012.

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Nolini Barretto, Secretary

Nolini Barretto has long been part of the New York arts community. She worked at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance for thirteen years, the last few years as Administrative Director of the school. She was the Director of Marketing for Dance Theater Workshop in Chelsea, helping it transition into its new building, managing its rebranding efforts and launching its Inaugural season. Nolini was originally a classical dancer in India and received a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. A frequent panelist on site-specific performance, she has lectured widely on Public Art and continues to participate in Dance juries and grant evaluations. Nolini worked at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, where she founded the site-specific performance series, Sitelines, which she curated and produced for six years. Nolini has served on the Bessies Committee (New York Dance and Performance Awards) from 2007 to the present.

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Nancy Allison

Nancy Allison is an independent dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. Her choreography has been presented by Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, American History Museum in New York, Athens Festival in Greece, House of Composers in Moscow, Blossom Music Festival in Cleveland and the Baltimore Museum of Art among others. She has taught on faculty at NYU, SUNY Purchase and the Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS/NY) and as a guest artist throughout the U.S. and abroad including, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal and C’a Foscari (University of Venice), Laboratorio Danza Contemporanea and Centro Teatrale di Ricerca in Venice. She has received grants in support of her work from the NEA, NYSCA, Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation and Harkness Foundations for the Dance. Her first dance film, Hamadryad, co-produced and directed with filmmaker, Paul Allman, premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s and Dance Films Association’s 2015 Dance on Camera Festival, screened at the Mykonos Biennale (Greece) and Philadelphia DanceScreen Festival (Philadelphia, PA) and won awards from Honolulu Film Awards (Honolulu,HI) and IndieFEST (LaJolla, CA). Most recently, Allison collaborated with choreographer Laura Boato on two site specific dances filmed in the marble quarries of Versilia, Italy. These films, co-produced with Fondazione Arkad (Seravezza, Italy) and INDACO (Venice, Italy), are currently in post-production. Nancy joined Dance Films Associations Board of Directors in 2016.

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Virginia Brooks

Virginia Brooks is Professor Emerita of Film at Brooklyn College/CUNY, where she taught film production for 26 years. She received an MFA in film directing and a PhD in Theater/Film from Columbia University. From 1978 to 1981, while coordinator of the Jerome Robbins Film Archive of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library, she wrote her dissertation,The Art and Craft of Filming Dance as Documentary. Dr. Brooks is the author and the author of reviews and reports for Ballet Review, Dance Research Journal,Dance Magazine, the Millenium Film Journal, and IRIS. Since 1980 she has produced video archive material for the School of American Ballet, and since 1995 she has been video editor for the George Balanchine Foundations Interpreters Archive and Archive of Lost Choreography. She has directed several documentaries on dance subjects including, most recently, The Nutcracker Family – Behind the Magic(2006),and Felia Doubrovska Remembered (2008). She has been on the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association since 1978.

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Brian Christopher Cummings

Brian Christopher Cummings is a historian of American popular culture and recorded media. He is a certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA). His numerous research projects include serving as chief advisor to the estates and foundations of accomplished professionals in the performing arts and historic figures of diverse backgrounds.

 

After beginning his professional training at Sotheby’s auction house in 2000, Cummings served as consultant to the popular culture department at Christie’s auction house in New York. In November 2003, Christie’s published his research on the history and foundation of the motion picture industry.

 

In June 2005, he served as consulting East Coast Specialist for the sale of property from the estate of Marilyn Monroe in West Hollywood. In December 2012, he was credited as photograph researcher for Powerhouse Books “John Wayne: The Legend and the Man: An Exclusive Look Inside Duke’s Archive” by John Wayne Enterprises. In September 2013, his “Celebrity Material” connoisseurship and valuation chapter was published in “Appraising Art, The Definitive Guide to Appraising Fine and Decorative Art” published by the Appraisers Association of America. His documentary film screen credits include “Miss Hill Making Dance Matter” directed by Greg Vander Veer and “Gazelle The Love Issue” directed by Cesar Terranova. Cummings holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Humanities and Social Science at North Carolina State University in Communications and Art Studies.

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Ron Honsa

Ron Honsa is Executive Director of Moving Pictures, a production company based in Manhattan. Since founding the company, he has overseen hundreds of television and film projects for its diverse clientele. Under his leadership, Moving Pictures has distinguished itself as a creative studio for original programming, documentaries, and commercial projects. Its work has been recognized through the years by a wide range of industry awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award, a DuPont Award for Broadcast Excellence, and Emmy Awards.

Throughout his career, Honsa has had a personal passion for directing performing arts for film and television. He produced and directed the award-winning documentary The Men Who Danced and his recent documentary Never Stand Still, narrated by Bill T. Jones, won Best Documentary at the Dance Camera West Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well as the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Never Stand Still has been released theatrically, garnering critical acclaim and international press.

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Gabrielle Lansner

Gabrielle Lansner is an award winning filmmaker, whose work is influenced by her background in choreography and performing. Her fourth short film, “the birch grove”, is currently touring festivals worldwide. Her short film, “THE STRONGER”, has screened at over twenty international festivals and received Best Artistic Director Award from the Lady Filmmakers Festival in LA, the Award of Distinction from the Open Stage Festival in Poland, and was nominated for Best Experimental Film at the Female Eye Festival Canada and Best Cinematography at the VisionFest Festival in NYC. The film is currently being broadcast on SVT TV in Sweden.

For over 30 years, Lansner has explored artistic disciplines moving from pure dance works, to dance/theater, to film. She has always been interested in story and character: creating emotionally complex and layered works that delve into the heart and psyche.

Since 1997, she has been the Artistic Director of gabrielle lansner & company, a critically acclaimed dance/theater company based in New York City. Lansner has also choreographed episodes for Law & Order:SVU, and Law & Order:Criminal Intent, and many musical theater productions.

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Marta Renzi

Marta Renzi is a choreographer and dance filmmaker, and the recipient of 7 NEA Fellowships, a BESSIE, and the first Dancing in the Streets award as “a fearless explorer.” Her live and video works have been shown in the US and abroad, on PBS and in community centers. Renzi has served on the Board of Advisors for the New York Foundation for the Arts and as a consultant for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ program “Building Community Through Culture.” She joined the Board of Directors of DFA in September 2008.

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Louise Spain

Louise Spain is Professor Emerita at La Guardia Community College/City University of New York where she was Director of Media Services in the Library Media Resources Center. She is currently the Treasurer of the New York Film/Video Council. She edited Dance on Camera: A Guide to Dance Films and Videos, published by Scarecrow Press in 1998. She has been on the Board of DFA since 1980.

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Donna Rubin

Donna Rubin graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School and began her professional dance career at the San Antonio Ballet Company. Soon after she joined the National Ballet of Canada under the directorship of Erik Bruhn. As a performer in musical theater, she performed the role of Meg Giry in the original Canadian production of Phantom of the Opera. Donna first came to New York for the Lincoln Center production of Carousel where she performed in the entire New York run, as well as the national tour. Most recently, capitalizing on the talented musical theater artists in the Bikram Yoga NYC community, Donna has produced cabaret shows as fund-raisers for various organizations, including Dance Films Association.

Donna is also the producer of Curtain Up: Growing up in Dance, a feature-length documentary currently in post-production, which illuminates the experience of dancers who leave their families to pursue rigorous professional training at an early age.

Donna is very excited to be active in the dance world again after 15 years as founder and co-owner of Bikram Yoga NYC, the first Bikram Yoga Studio in Manhattan. Having served on the Board Directors of Dance Films Association for 2 years, she was delighted to assume the role of Interim Executive Director of DFA as of October 2014.

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Marvin Webb

Marvin Webb joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues as Office Manager in May 2010. He was promoted to Director of Operations and Member Services in January 2012. In his membership services capacity he works on strengthening and broadening the content and work of Funders for LGBTQ Issues by developing and implementing a range of collaborative projects and resources; responding to member requests for assistance and information; and directing Funders for LGBTQ Issues recruitment and retention strategies. In his operations capacity, he oversees the administrative and financial activities, human resources and operations of the organization.

 

Previously, Marvin completed his MBA practicum as an intern in Human Resources at the international human rights organization Witness, and before that as the HR & Business Manager of a public relations firm in New York City. Marvin moved to New York City in 1989 to begin his 17-year career as a professional modern dancer. He has danced the works of various choreographers, including Martha Graham, Doug Varone, Ralph Lemon, Ron Brown, and Liz Lerman.

 

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Marvin received his BA from Creighton University, and his MFA, in modern dance, from New York University. In 2011, Marvin received his MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from Baruch College. Marvin believes in making a big impact through smaller activities. He volunteers his time as a math tutor at Manhattan Day and Night School and as a kitchen worker at God’s Love We Deliver. He recently joined the board of Dance Films Association.