The LESFF Directors are Roxy Hunt, Shannon Walker, DAMON CARDASIS, and Tony Castle. In addition to running the festival every year, they also create independent content together.

Most recently, WGA Nominated original comedy series, Vicky & Lysander.

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FESTIVAL DIRECTORS

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ROXY HUNT

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.

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DAMON CARDASIS

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. 

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SHANNON WALKER

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. 

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TONY CASTLE

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. 


DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

KELLY ROCKWELL
 

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.


PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

JOSH GREENWOOD

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


PUBLICIty

Jeanne Prisyazhnaya

Ex-culture columnist (observer) for ELLE, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar Russia relocated to New York as Extraordinary Abilities Alien and now she is not only interviewing A-listers for magazines, but also working on a career of unit publicist. Her film interests range from independent pictures to Marvel blockbusters – the result of Russian culture diversity probably.


PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

The LESFF Programming Committee is made up of Josh Greenwood, Siri Betts-Sonstegard, Kelly Rockwell, Brittany Willson and the following:

HALDANE MCFALL

Haldane has several years experience as a DP, director and editor in New York, and was educated in filmmaking at Ithaca College before co-founding Secret Story Film and Video. He grew up in Oxford, England to a British father and a Texan mother. 

CHEYENNE BRITT

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 GABEL

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.


BOX OFFICE MANAGER

Brittany Wilson

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). 


DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS

MONICA TRIM

 

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.


VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

RACHEL NEWMAN

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 working in development at The Public Theater and other nonprofits in New York.

For more information, click here (www.rachel-newman.com)! 


VIDEO NINJA-COWBOY

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BENJAMIN GARST

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.


TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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HARVEY SOMERFIELD

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
  • Ed Litvak

  • John Maybee

  • Adam Norbury
  • Traven Rice

  • Alex Tonetta