Dan Nuxoll, Artistic Director
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. Since then he has watched the film submissions rise to over 3,000 submissions a year. 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 Acadmemy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs, BAM Cinematek, MoMA, SXSW Film Festival, and dozens of acclaimed cultural institutions. Dan also works as a director, producer, composer and sound designer for films including the wildly entertaining feature documentary Kiss My Snake. He is currently Co-Directing a new documentary feature entitled about a mysterious figure who has been running scandal-plagued film festivals for decades. 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.
Genevieve Hsiao-Yung DeLaurier, Managing Director
In the summer of 2007 Genevieve joined Rooftop Films in the brand new position of Managing Director. Genevieve was raised in Ithaca, NY and attended SUNY Buffalo, graduating with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Dance. Prior to joining Rooftop Films, she worked in event and program development for a variety of nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. She has volunteered with numerous arts organizations including the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. Since joining Rooftop Films Genevieve has managed and overseen the organization’s healthy growth from a $400,000 budget company serving 25,000 audience members, to a $1.4 million budget organization serving 48,000 constituents.
Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Founder & Director Emeritus
Born and raised in New York City, Mark received his BA 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.
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.
Tristan Shepard, Technical Manager
Tristan Shepherd is the steward of Rooftop Films’ technical equipment and staff. His deep knowledge of sound-reinforcement, computer programming, video projection, 20th century music theory, weimar-era philosophy/journalism, classic and outlaw country music, systems-theory, northern soul, marxism, italian cuisine, Jack Spicer and Jack the Ripper bely the fact that he has never seen the Godfather and really doesn’t like Apocalypse Now. Outside of work, Tristan can be found crying in the shower, squandering his hard-earned “do-re-mi” at Dave and Buster’s, playing pedal steel and perfecting his jump shot.
Dominic Davis, 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.
Noah Koch, Communications Manager
Noah joined the Rooftop team from the marketing and outreach firm Film Presence. As the Outreach Coordinator, he worked on grassroots campaigns for films such as The Hunting Ground, National Gallery, The Overnighters, and Citizenfour. A Westchester brat, Noah majored in Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College and is a sucker for a quality documentary.
Maria Rhodes, Festival and Programming Coordinator
Maria joined Rooftop Films in 2014 as an intern and has since been promoted to Festival Assistant. Originally from Illinois, she is currently getting her Masters in Film Studies from CUNY Graduate Center. In her free time, you can probably find her in a dark movie theater watching an obscure silent era gem.
Sophie May, Venue Manager
Sophie joined the Rooftop Films team in spring 2017 as Venue Manager. With a Bachelor of Media and Communications, Sophie has worked with multiple non-profit and commercial arts organizations based in London, Sydney, Melbourne and New York. Experienced in tour management, institutional programming, business communications and multi-faceted event management, Sophie is excited to be part of the Rooftop team! When not on Rooftops, Sophie is enjoying ground level activities such as bike rides, floating in oceans and snoozing in parks.
Derrick Dover, Venue Manager
Derrick joined the Rooftop Films team in Spring 2016 as Venue Manager. He acquired a BBA in Business Management as well as a BFA in Film Studies from Rutgers University. For the past thirteen years, Derrick has gained experience working at film studios and film festivals around New York City area and beyond. He grew up part of his life on the sunny shores of Southern California, and the rest on the in vibrant New York City. That being said, in his free time, he loves hiking, running, food, cycling, soccer, long boarding, surfing and oh, FOOD! His mother being Spaniard and Native American, while his father English and Brazilian; It has given him a unique pallet for great food and drink. Slide him a glass of Cachaca (Brazilian Rum) and a good NY style slice to watch his day brighten up beyond belief.
Dave Nuss, Print Traffic Coordinator
An erstwhile peripatetic good times-enthusiast, Dave Nuss can now be found in the Rooftop Films offices where he works as the Print Traffic Coordinator for the Summer Series. When he’s not gauging the proper resolution for short film submissions, Dave finds time to publish art comics through his company, Revival House Press.
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
Evan List, Board Chair
Vice President & Client Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Vinay Singh, Board Vice Chair
Partner, Archer Gray
Casimir Nozkowski, Board Secretary
Teresa Lee, Board Treasurer
Research Analyst, Jane Street Capital
Iddo I. Arad
Lawyer, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Steven C. Beer
Lawyer, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
Partner, Beachside Films
VP of Film Acquisitions, The Orchard
Visual Artist and Filmmaker
Tangerine Entertainment, Producer
Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Founder, Artistic Director, Rooftop Films
CEO, Candy Factory Films