(clockwise from left) Dan Nuxoll, Artistic Director; Dominic Davis, Programmer; Tamar Lopez, Box Office Coordinator; Maria Rhodes, Programming and Festival Coordinator; Gabrielle Gatto, Volunteer Coordinator; Matt Knudsen, Print Traffic Coordinator; Genevieve Hsiao-Yung DeLaurier, Managing Director; Deanna Nairns, Technical Manager; Amanda Barrafato, Technical Coordinator; Kate Gellene, Operations Manager; Meredith Lane, Venue Manager; Kelley Rand, Communications Manager; Sabrina Kissack, Festival Assistant
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 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 B.A. 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.
Deanna Nairns, Technical Manager
Deanna graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Film and Media Theory, and went on to complete a Master’s in Film Studies from Universiteit van Amsterdam. With a long history in Event Production, she joined the Rooftop staff first as a volunteer back in 2016, and moved on as an on-site Lead Technician for the Summer Series in 2018 – now taking the reigns as Tech Manager. In her down time she moonlights as an Internet radio DJ, where she helped co-found the former Radio Bel-Air. She has now moved on to 8Ball Radio, where you can experience her alter identity under the moniker “soundsdisastrous.”
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.
Kelley Rand, Communications Manager
Kelley has a B.A. in Entertainment (yes, you read that correctly; it’s a combination of music, acting, dance, and writing for stage & screen) from NYU’s Gallatin School, where she wanted to squeeze out as much knowledge as she possibly could during her time there (considering the preposterous amount of student debt she was racking up to afford it). She came to Rooftop post a broad career in the industry, spanning time at W Magazine, Out Magazine, and within the company of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. She’s definitely better at Britney Spears trivia than you, and loves romantic comedies of the late ’90s/early 2000s more than almost anything else, cinematically.
Maria Rhodes, Programming and Festival Coordinator
Maria joined Rooftop Films in 2014 as an intern and has since been promoted to Programming and Festival Coordinator. Originally from Illinois, she received her Master’s in Film Studies from CUNY Graduate Center in 2017. In her free time, you can probably find her in a dark movie theater watching an obscure silent era gem.
Amanda Barrafato, Technical Coordinator
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Amanda graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Technology from New York University. She comes to Rooftop after extensive experience touring with bands and freelancing as an audio engineer. In her free-time, she can be found trying new restaurants, going to shows, exploring parks, or playing lead guitar in her riot grrl band.
Meredith Lane, Venue Manager
Meredith was born and raised in Plymouth, MA, but has recently moved to NYC after a long stint working at film festivals such as Telluride, Sundance, and Tribeca. She has a film/video BFA from MassArt, and pursues painting/creative projects in her spare time.
Sabrina Kissack, Festival Assistant
Sabrina started out at Rooftop Films in 2015 as a summer intern. Since then she has worked for Rooftop as an Assistant Venue Manager, before becoming the Festival Assistant for the 2019 Summer Series. Sabrina graduated from Bard College with a BFA in Film and Electronic Arts. She is usually suppressing laughter or watching YouTube videos or on the way to the movies (all three?).
Matt Knudsen, Print Traffic Coordinator
Matt is a lifelong cinephile and filmmaker from Seattle who splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. He received a B.A. in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University, an M.F.A. from UCLA in Film Directing, and a M.A. from Columbia University in Film and Media Studies. He joined Rooftop Films in the summer of 2018 as Print Traffic Coordinator and found that his experience in production, post, and festival submission qualified him for the logistical and technical challenges of the multifaceted position. When not prepping films for screening he’s usually working on a script, a video essay, or the weekly podcast he co-hosts.
Gabrielle Gatto, Volunteer Coordinator
Gabrielle hails from Long Island but, in true Italian fashion, left for the South like her cousin Vinny to attend Loyola University New Orleans. There, she had a six year stint at the New Orleans Film Festival before returning to NY to join the Rooftop Films Summer Series team. Her father is a Plumber.
Tamar Lopez, Box Office Coordinator
Tamar is a native New Yorker, born in the South Bronx and raised in the Lower East Side. She graduated from The City College of New York with a B.A. in Psychology and Theater Arts. In addition to coordinating box office, Tamar is also an experienced actor, stage manager, and tarot reader. In her spare time, you’ll probably find her at your local bookstore in the New Age section.
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
Vinay Singh, Board Chair
Partner, Archer Gray
Teresa Lee, Board Vice Chair/Treasurer
Research Analyst, Jane Street Capital
Casimir Nozkowski, Board Secretary
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
Producer, Tangerine Entertainment
Producer, Invisible Pictures
Evan List, Board Chair
Vice President & Client Advisor, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Founder & Director Emeritus, Rooftop Films
Managing Director, Stifel Financial
CEO, Candy Factory Films