Members of the Board of Directors

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Ron Honsa, President of Dance Films Association

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 Emmys and the prestigious DuPont Award for Broadcast Excellence. 

 

Throughout his career, Honsa has had a personal passion for directing performing arts for film and television. He produced and directed the award-winning The Men Who Danced and the feature documentary Never Stand Still, which was narrated by Bill T. Jones.  It was released theatrically and premiered on PBS’ Great Performances. It won Best Documentary at both Dance Camera West and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

 

As executive producer for Dance Films Association, he oversaw Between Yourself and Me, a film featuring the Bessie Award-winning company Third Rail Projects and collaborated with director Jonathan Demme on Another Telepathic Thing, choreographed by Annie-B Parson.   

 

Other dance projects include work for the choreographersPaul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell, Rasta Thomas, Joanna Haigood and Savion Glover. His films have been screened at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chelsea Film Festival, Jacob Burns Film Center, Sydney Opera House, Symphony Space, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gene Siskel Film Center, Lincoln Center Film Festival, International Film Festival of New York, Amsterdam’s Cinedans, Montreal International Festival of Films in Art, Chicago Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival and the Houston Film Festival.

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Shawn T Bible, Vice President, Committee Head – Education and Programming

Shawn T Bible received a BA from Michigan State University and an MFA from the University of Michigan.  His initial interest in technology arose from his experience as a former graphic designer for the Joe Boxer clothing brand and Kmart Corporation prior to graduate school.  After his studies in film/video technology and modern dance technique in Australia, New York, San Francisco and Chicago, Shawn’s dance and technology work was featured in “Bodies In Motion” — a collaboration with Kingston University (UK) and the Amsterdam Conservatoire — in which dancers manipulated their environment through Wii controllers. In “Vivaldi’s Four Season’s in Dance,” he utilized Kinect software in such a way that the dancers’ movements manipulated projections on a scrim in real-time.  Shawn is the artistic director of shawnbibledanceco, which presents work throughout NYC and the US, as well as internationally at such venues as the Lourdes Dance Festival in France and the Oaxaca Dance Festival in Mexico. He has set work on the Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Symphony, MOCA Detroit, Men Dance Michigan, Michigan Youth Arts Festival and Michigan Dance Day, among others. Shawn is a former Board Member of the ACDA (American College Dance Association) and the Michigan Dance Council. He has been on faculty at Idaho State University, Texas Tech University and Grand Valley State University where he received a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012. Shawn is currently Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Dance and Theatre at Manhattanville College. He joined the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association in March 2018 and was elected Vice President in February 2019.

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Donna Rubin, Treasurer

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. After 15 years absence from the dance world, Donna is excited to be active again as founder and co-owner of Bode NYC.  Capitalizing on the talented musical theater artists in the Bode yoga community, Donna has produced cabaret shows as fund-raisers for various organizations, including Dance Films Association. She is also the producer of An Improbable Dream, a documentary which illuminates the experience of dancers who leave their families to pursue rigorous professional training at an early age. The film was broadcast on Canadian television, winning the coveted Telly award, among others. Having served on the Board Directors of Dance Films Association for 2 years, Donna was delighted to assume the role of Interim Executive Director of DFA from October 2014 to 2016. Donna Rubin was elected treasurer of Dance Films Association in August 2018.

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Brian Christopher Cummings, Committee Head – Archives

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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Bianka Kortlan-Cox, Communications Committee, Head of Committee

Bianka Kortlan-Cox is a copyright attorney and executive with extensive international legislative, public policy and public relations experience. Bianka has represented film and music industries, working with governments, legislatures, media, corporate, and nonprofit institutions throughout Europe and in the US in adapting entertainment-business markets to global-cooperation realities through new legislation, marketing initiatives, and media advocacy. She has worked for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and International Phonographic Industry (IFPA), in the US, European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

 

Bianka is also an executive coach, specializing in building Emotional Intelligence skills through increased awareness and communications abilities. Currently, she is a Vice President of Legislation and Public Policy for the Connecticut Association for the Gifted, of which she is a Past President. She was instrumental in drafting and implementation of several copyright and gifted education legislative initiatives, as well as leading awareness campaigns in media and in target communities. Bianka is a life-long admirer of ballet and dance arts, keenly aware of the need to ensure preservation of choreographic legacy through proper protection, including notation and registration of dance works on visual media. Bianka joined Dance Films Association’s Board of Directors in January 2019.

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Maryalice Mazzara, Global Committee

Dr. Maryalice Mazzara is the Director of Educational Programs for the State University of New York’s Office of Global Affairs (SUNY System) where she directs international programs for SUNY campuses. As the President of The Geneva Group she designs and oversees the delivery of globally focused special events and projects. Dr. Mazzara previously worked for the Delegation General of Québec in New York, Global Film Initiative (which presented Global Lens in partnership with MoMA) and Columbia University’s East European, Eurasian and Russian National Resource Center. She has been an active board member of many dance organizations and is delighted to join the Board of Dance Films Association. Dr. Mazzara looks forward to supporting DFA Global and other international initiatives of DFA.

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Virginia Brooks, Historian

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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Michael Trusnovec

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” Michael Trusnovec grew up dancing on Long Island, inspired by his idols Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley.  He graduated from the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts, and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University.

 

For over two decades, Michael was a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, creating over 25 roles with, and appearing in more than 70 dances by Mr. Taylor.  He also premiered new works by Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, Lila York, Margie Gillis and Pam Tanowitz, and was featured in the company’s presentation of Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels. In addition, Trusnovec was Associate Rehearsal Director, was a Video Editor for the Repertory Preservation Project, was featured in the 2004 PBS Great Performances: Acts of Ardorand the 2013 Paul Taylor in Paris, and continues to serve as the Director of Worldwide Licensing and as a repetiteur of Mr. Taylor’s dances.

 

Among his many honors are the 2018 Dance Magazine Award, the “Positano Premia La Danza” Dancer of the Year 2016, a 2006 Bessie Award, and was a 1992 YoungArts awardee and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He is the co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival, serves on the Board of Directors for Austin, TX based Dancing into Science, is a 2019 Dance Panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, and was a national reviewer and mentor to the finalists of YoungArts 2019. Michael joined the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association in June 2019.

 

Programs and Curatorial

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Anna Mosby Coleman, Acting Executive Director, Dance on Camera Producer

Besides her work as a multimedia artist and teacher, Anna Mosby Coleman has contributed significantly to strengthening nonprofits as a development strategist, creative director, communications specialist, and program producer. In these capacities, Anna has led growth and communication endeavors for a variety of nonprofits. They include the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, New York University, Calvary St. George’s Parish, and ClientEarth. As a fine-artist, her original artist books have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and Columbia University’s Fine and Rare Book Collection. Her short films have won acclaim at various venues including Hallwalls and have received support from the AFI, NEA Mid-Atlantic Grants, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts among others. A design and fine arts graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Upon receiving her MFA from New York University, she was selected to be one of the original performers and grantees in Franklin Furnace’s launch of live-streaming webcasts: The History of the Future. In Caldas da Rainha, Portugal she taught filmmaking and video art. She is the founder of Cine Capellini, an intimate food and film festival event. Anna began working for Dance Films Association in the fall of 2017.

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Marty Buhler, Programs Manager/Technologist

Marty Buhler is a professional cinematographer, specializing in dance-related video. He attributes his unique perspective and style on filmmaking to his BFA in Modern Dance. His first project, Three on Four has won and been a finalist in several festivals, and has screened all over the world including: Finland, Greece, Mexico, Chile, San-Francisco, Ireland, New York, Brazil, Argentina, and Scotland. He was commissioned by Repertory Dance Theater to create a documentary, based on their 
experience in Bears Ears National Monument. Marty joined the staff of Dance Films Association in March of 2019 and became the DFA’s Programs Manager/Technologist. He helped to curate OUT ON FILM! in June 2019, co-presented by BAAD! and DFA. Marty Buhler is the official trailer editor for Dance on Camera 47.

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Talia Koylass, Operations Manager and Filmmaker Liaison, Dance on Camera Festival

Recently back to New York from Chicago, Talia Koylass is a NY-based dancer and dance filmmaker. Founder of Motion/Pictures Dance Project, a production company focused on activism through art, her films have screened at numerous US film festivals. In 2018, she was selected as the Going Dutch Festival Illinois Commissioned Artist, was a Co-MISSION Resident Artist at Links Hall Chicago and received grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and The Pollination Project. Her current project, “Bleeding Backwards” looks at the impact of the prison system in the United States. Talia has danced professionally with concert and commercial artists including among others Winifred Haun and Dancers. In May 2019, Talia began working with Dance Films Association as their Operations Manager and with the Dance on Camera Festival as the Filmmaker Liaison.

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Joanna Ney, Curatorial Advisor, Dance on Camera Festival

Joanna Ney serves as Curatorial Advisor to Dance Films Association and is curator of Dance on Camera’s program celebrating the Merce Cunningham Centennial. From 1996-2018 Joanna was co-curator of the Dance on Camera Festival which she introduced to the Film Society and which is marking its 23rd year at the Walter Reade Theater in July. Her long association with the Film Society began in 1984 when she was appointed its first in-house Public Relations Director. After the launch of the Walter Reade Theater she served as a film programmer specializing in dance related events and retrospectives of actors and directors. Prior to that, she was a motion picture public relations professional with both major films studios and independent distribution and PR companies, prominently MGM and Warner Bros., shepherding such films as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Barry Lyndon” for Stanley Kubrick. As a journalist, she contributed articles on dance and film for a variety of national and local magazines and newspapers. A longtime arts devotee, she studied acting at the Dramatic Workshop and dance at studios in New York City. On a personal note: Joanna thanks the Film Society and DFA for enabling her to pursue her passion for film and dance.

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Nolini Barretto, Co-Curator, Dance on Camera Festival

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 served on the Bessies Committee (New York Dance and Performance Awards) from 2007 to 2014; and as a member of Dance Films Association’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2018.

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Liz Wolff, Co-Curator, Dance on Camera Festival

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.