LESFF WAS CREATED BY Roxy Hunt, Shannon Walker, DAMON CARDASIS, and Tony Castle.
Roxy is a Co-Owner of BFD Productions, a video production company based in New York City, founded with partner, and fellow fest director, Tony Castle in 2009 that produces films, television, branded content, web-series, commercials, and music videos. She is currently directing a new docu-series with Executive Producer MORGAN SPURLOCK and Maker Studios, hosted by MTV's JILLIAN ROSE REED, as well as going into her 6th year as Co-Director of the Lower East Side Film Festival.
Shannon Walker is a writer, producer, and (sometimes) actor living in New York City. She is a two time Writer’s Guild Award nominee, co-executive producer of The Writer's Guild East Awards Show, and co-founder of The Lower East Side Film Festival.
Tony Castle is a producer based in New York City. As Co-Founder of BFD Productions, which has producing work for brands like CNN, Refinery 29, Airbnb, H&M, Chevrolet, Intel, Adobe, and The Guardian, among others, and produced and edited the feature documentary The Entrepreneur with executive producer MORGAN SPURLOCK.
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
Damon Cardasis is a two time Writer’s Guild Award nominee and together with writer/director Rebecca Miller runs their production company Round Films. Cardasis produced the upcoming film Maggie's Plan (starring GRETA GERWIG, ETHAN HAWKE and JULIANNE MOORE), set for release by Sony Pictures Classics in May, and is currently in post production on a documentary with HBO.
On Broadway, Cardasis produced the ARTHUR MILLER CENTENNIAL and is the co-founder of The Lower East Side Film Festival.
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS
At the tender age of 5, Monica’s mother hosted an awesome beach bash for her birthday…that only 4 people attended. As you can imagine, this was a very traumatic experience. She has since made it her mission in life to create events so epic that no one would dare to miss them! Throughout her career she has planned events for Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios, NBC and Viacom. In addition she has worked on numerous VIP programs for today’s hottest concert tours including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and New Kids On The Block to name a few. She is excited to be on board with the LESFF for the third year and can’t wait to help audiences and filmmakers create some unforgettable moments.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Kelly Rockwell is a comedian, writer, engineer, and co-founder of Secret Story Film and Video, a Brooklyn based production company. She comes at film with an eye for technology, as she needs to use her MIT engineering degree for something.
Josh is an actor, writer and improviser living in New York City. He is also a professional athlete ranked 11th in the world for this crazy sport called slacklining... seriously check out his website.
Enjoying international recognition for her remarkable work as an editor, writer and film critic for many of the world’s most renowned publications, such as ELLE (Russia), Harper’s Bazaar (Russia), Interview (Russia), L’Officiel (Russia) and Vogue (Russia), among others, Ms. Prisyazhnaya has established herself as an expert in film, art, fashion and culture. Since relocating to New York, Ms. Prisyazhnaya has further cemented her elite standing within the film industry, regularly interviewing Hollywood’s most distinguished directors and actors for prestigious publications and broadcast networks.
The LESFF Programming Committee is made up of Josh Greenwood, Siri Betts-Sonstegard, Kelly Rockwell, Brittany Willson, Jeanne Prisyazhaya and the following:
William Cusick is a writer, director and designer. His feature films include Pop Meets the Void and Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road). Cusick has directed a variety of short films and music videos, and has designed video projections for international productions of theater, music and dance. Recent commercial clients include Tiffany & Co., Jose Cuervo, 1800 Tequila, KettleBrand, and Barnes & Noble. Cusick is on faculty at The New School in NYC.
Cheyenne Britt is a recent Hofstra University graduate in TV/Business. There she produced a show about student films on campus called Director’s Cut, and is now making her move to the Big Apple!
Jeff is a writer, projectionist, DCP encoder, and all-around digital media inspector. A Colorado native, he has spent his last three years on the film festival circuit working in a variety of capacities for a number of fests, including: Telluride, True/False, Palm Springs, Seattle, Ashland, TCM, and Denver Film Festival. He is an avid film-goer and fierce proponent for the making and exhibition of independent cinema, and is thrilled to have been brought on this year as a member of LESFF's programming committee.
Brittany Wilson is an actor, writer and aspiring filmmaker based in New York City. She's currently in preproduction on a short film that she co-wrote and will be shooting this summer in her home state of Maryland. When she's not watching movies, you can find her downing iced-coffee, tearing up a dance floor or reciting lines from Jurassic Park (the original obviously).
Rachel is an actor, singer, development professional, and general hyphenate based in New York City. Career highlights include playing a goat, rapping about calculus, and development roles at RKO, The Public Theater, and other non-profits in New York. For more information, click here (www.rachel-newman.com)!
Benjamin is a Director and Cinematographer of feature and short films, commercials, music videos, web series, and branded video content. With a technical mind, a human heart (as opposed to a frog heart... who writes these things?), and an explorative eye, he strives to tell great stories and create beautiful images.
Harvey runs New York’s best private Screening Room at The Crosby Street Hotel. He watches movies all day with the people that make them, months, sometimes years before they hit theaters. He won’t tell us who, what and when, (non-disclosure agreements are as common as confetti at weddings), but you can bet in any given day it could be works in progress by Ang, Marty, Sophia or Baz...
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Ashley Brenner
- Adam Norbury