Meet the Staff
Christy Park, Executive Director
For the last ten years, Christy Park has been rising in the ranks working in the film and television industry in various capacities. After graduating from James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design, she spent two years directing and producing various arts television programs as an AmeriCorps volunteer with non-profit media organizations, HOME, Inc. and Somerville Community Access Television.
She has worked as an artistic director for Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival, and as a producer for the KINODANCE festival and Plum TV. She worked for Film-Truth Productions producing A HOME FOR US ALL, a documentary feature, which explores the housing crisis on Martha’s Vineyard and helped raise over $530,000 toward the Island Affordable Housing Fund.
She has worked with director Emily Abt of Pureland Pictures as Outreach Coordinator for ALL OF US (Showtime Networks) and with Murphy PR for the film’s 2008 US theatrical release. She also produced branded content for Cooking Channel, Food Network, and HGTV and acted as Associate Producer for TOE TO TOE (Strand Releasing), a 2009 Official Sundance Film Festival Selection, and for SPERM DONOR X directed by Dierdre Fischel.
Combining her passion for dance and her producing experience, in May 2011, Park was hired as the Executive Director at Dance Films Association (DFA) to grow DFA as an organization and expand its programming.”My vision is focused on generating movement with the organization itself, subsequently broadening the reach of dance on camera and growing the appeal of the dance film genre. I am thrilled to join DFA as Executive Director.”
Liz Wolff, 2013-2014 Dance on Camera Festival Curator
Liz Wolff has over 15 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 Company and the Paul Taylor 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, Liz became an assistant film buyer for The Film Group theater chain’s locations up and down the east coast. Liz currently runs her own consulting business for independent film distribution.
Liz graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BFA in Dance. She is currently serving on the Board of Young Variety, part of Variety the Children’s Charity of New York.
Brighid Greene, Communications Associate
Brighid Greene, a native to the golden state, is now in New York to facilitate the exhibition and creation of dance film from the perspective of a dance artist. She’s danced in music videos for Zola Jesus and Friend Roulette, been on stage at Incubator Arts Project, La MaMa, and in Performa 11, and works with choreographers Katie Rose McLaughlin and Dan O’Neil, Benn Rasmussen, and Alissa Horowitz among others. She champions for dance by serving on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and presented at the 2012 Dance USA Conference in San Francisco on developing a blueprint for implementing similar peer-governed committees. Brighid came to New York by way of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a BFA in Dance and a double major in Religious Studies and graduated with the J.S. Seidman Award.
Amy Meharg, Development Associate
Amy Meharg is an independent business consultant, has served as production manager, comptroller, and production accountant for a wide range of film and television projects. In 1993 Amy received an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Business and the Arts. Prior to obtaining her M.B.A., Amy organized numerous events and conferences with the Vice President of the nonprofit Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, as well as co-editing some of their publications.
Melissa Silvestri, Archival Associate
Melissa Silvestri studied English and History at Baruch College, and was previously an Assistant Editor for Filmmaker Magazine, where she was deeply entrenched in the world of independent film. She interviewed filmmakers, wrote and edited the weekly online newsletter, and contributed articles and news items to the magazine, both print and online. She is also a freelance writer, with her work being seen in The Village Voice, Women & Hollywood, IONCinema, Cinespect, and Venus Magazine. She enjoys attending dance performances, writing about film, going to museums, and exploring her neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. She feels that Dance Films Association is a wonderful organization that is truly dedicated to the artistic collaborations between dance and film, and sees archiving films as a valuable way of preserving the past and present for future audiences worldwide.
Become an Intern
DFA is growing like the Fibonacci Sequence- 0, 1, 1, 2
Please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com
- Recent college graduate or currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Attention to detail and discrepancy.
- Ability to multi-task.
- Interest in dance film.
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Commitment to 10hrs/week.
The Technical Intern will work closely with the DFA Staff to digitize our dance film collection, regulate print traffic for various events, implement DFA’s branding and marketing campaign through digital content, and develop an efficient work flows. The intern will be responsible for creating single video files for programs that may have short films with various files in various formats so they must have experience with file formats, codecs and aspect ratios. He/She will be expected generate promo videos and design fliers and branded material for DFA events. He/she will also log footage and assemble relevant metadata for each film in DFA’s catalogue. In addition, they will be requested to document DFA events and programs on occasion.
- Working with DFA to establish optimum video digitization workflow and organization.
- Researching and creating metadata for the films and videos.
- Learning about the collection.
- Learning to digitize a variety of video formats.
- Digitize DFA’s dance film archive and cataloguing digital film storage and backup.
- Working with video logging software for creating clips and logging metadata.
- Log and capture footage from filmed DFA events.
- A little physical labor including moving and shelving films.
Communications Intern (NEW!)
The Communications Intern will work closely with DFA Staff to monitor website projects, maintain database maintenance, and develop targeted outreach. Within the website, duties include systemizing SEO tactics, minimal web page management, and data entry. Proficiency in WordPress and simple coding skills are a requirement. Other duties include maximizing the use of outside social media platforms such as Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter. The position also will include archival work and require communication with other archive collections. For the Dance on Camera Festival, the Communications Intern will work on developing the submission process with DFA Staff as it relates to use of the website.
- Working with DFA to establish data entry workflow.
- Familiarity with website and weekly tidying.
- Entering data for various archive collections.
- Posting on Facebook/Twitter and engaging social media audience.
- Staying on top of current dance film trends.
- Attending events to assist DFA staff.
Yuki Akiyama, Technical Intern
Yuki Akiyama is a native of Kawagoe, Japan. After studying in Australia for two years, she came to New York where she first saw contemporary dance performances which moved her deeply with its power. She studied film/video art at Mass college of Art and Design, graduating with Departmental Honor Award. Yuki has been collaborating with contemporary dancers creating dance films and video installations since her college period. She has moved back to New York getting involved in experimental film and video community to further pursue her love of film/video art, media, and dance.
Jeremie Gluckman, Development Intern
Jeremie Gluckman is a Junior at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. He has been studying dance since early childhood and learned a variety of forms over the years ranging from Ballet to Indian Classical as well as Modern Dance, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. In addition to his intern position at the Dance Films Association, Jeremie is currently studying economics and finance accompanied by film and dance in university.