Jennifer Christman BC ’84, (Committee Chair) is a Barnard alumna, parent and member of the Athena Center’s Leadership Council. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the Picture House, an art-house theatre in Pelham, NY.
Rene Bastian is the founder of Belladonna Productions. Together with producer Linda Moran, he has produced multiple films, including Sue, LIE, Transamerica, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and Funny Games US, which have won a Golden Globe and received several Academy Award® nominations.
Neskia Cooper, the co-founder of Northstar Pictures and producer of Pariah, is a 2008 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. She was the co-producer of the short films Orange Bow and Colonial Gods, and is currently completing the feature documentary La Muñeca Fea (the Ugly Doll), a Creative Promise Award winner from Tribeca in 2009.
Chris Hegedus, a partner in Pennebaker Hegedus Films, was nominated for an Academy Award® for The War Room, a behind-the-scenes film about President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. Hegedus is also the recipient of CINE’s Golden Eagle Award, an Emmy Award, and lifetime achievement awards from several organizations including the International Documentary Association.
Marian Masone is the Associate Director of Programming, Special Programs and Industry at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She also has worked at the Media Center for Children, showing children’s films and conducting seminars with teachers, writers, and artists on how to teach children about film.
Claudia Landsberger is the co-founder, and the executive at the European Film Promotion (EFP), the pan European Umbrella organization that today has 34 European members representing their national cinema. Since 1995 she has been the head of Holland Film, the marketing and promotion agency for Dutch films worldwide. In 2010, it merged with EYE Film Institute Netherlands to become EYE International.
Nancy Stephens’ acting career that began in the 1970s has included such films as Halloween, Halloween II & H20, The Mighty Ducks and American Dreamer as well as guest-starring roles in many television series from Charlie’s Angels to Ally McBeal to Boston Legal. An executive producer on three feature films, Mean Creek, Nearing Grace, and Kabluey, Stephens founded Whitewater Films in 2002 with her husband, producer/director Rick Rosenthal.
Ilya Tovbis is the Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. He has programming experience in both the Jewish and broader film worlds, having previously worked with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, The Picture House, The JCC of NY’s Israel Film Center and the Mill Valley Film Festival.