Our jury is comprised of 9 individuals spanning the global arts and environmental communities. They spend countless hours screening hundreds of submissions from all over the world to decide official selections. They also select the award-winning films. We’re grateful to our jurors who offer their vast expertise and valuable time to honor this process.
Head Juror, Alexandra Drobac Diagne worked in the film industry in Los Angeles for 15 years. She helped James Cameron launch Lightstorm Entertainment and worked on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, and research on Titanic and Avatar. She also worked on the feature A Time of Destiny, produced the documentary Sistuhs, and was director of international multimedia production for Pantheon Studios. Prior to the film industry, Alexandra worked as a curator and art historian at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. She also currently serves as a juror for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s annual “Set In Philadelphia” screenwriting competition.
Katherine Butler graduated from Harvard with a degree in Fine Arts and has a Certificate in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Kate spent 25 years working on feature films with Mira Nair, Jim Jarmush, David Lynch, Tyler Perry, Stephen Frears and Quentin Tarantino. She currently works for a local landscape design firm specializing in ecological restoration and films their projects as well as affiliate events.
Niki Ciccotelli Stewart is the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University where she oversees the exhibitions, education, public programming, visitor services, and volunteer departments. She has been working in museum education, exhibitions, and senior administration for 12 years. Prior to museum work, Niki was an art educator in Florida public schools, for grades K-12. She also worked for the Walt Disney Company in the areas of entertainment, the Disney Institute, Disney Cruise Line, and Disney Design Group. She holds a degree in Illustration and Photography and is an accomplished artist.
Rosa Esquenazi-Broid holds a degree in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. For the past 4 decades, she has been deeply involved in the arts in various capacities. She strongly believes in building, growing and understanding communities through art education, art creation and the sharing of art. Rosa also works with an organization promoting civic engagement through education and public participation.
Alex Geisinger and Jane Scarpellino are reviewing as a team. Alex is a public-interest environmental lawyer and law professor at the Kline School of Law at Drexel University. His practice and scholarship focus on issues of environmental injustice. Before becoming a lawyer Alex worked as an art historian at a variety of institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jane is an education lawyer, amateur birdwatcher, Board of Education member and literacy advocate. Together the two have written on social construction of the concept of nature and how it effects peoples’ willingness to protect the environment.
Darcie Goldberg is a professional photographer with over 40 years of experience and holds a Masters in the Creative Arts from Hahnemann University. She was the Executive Director of the Chester County Art Association for 18 years. She believes that the arts will tell our story for generations to come.
Al Jaeger has produced and developed award winning documentary films for public television and cable networks. His films include biographical studies of the lives and works of notable writers, artists, dancers and advocacy media for impacting public policy. Al has also managed public radio and television broadcast stations. He studied film and television focusing on the neuroscience of audience reception of information relating to learning and retention. The emphasis of his Master from Harvard was on forming future policy for retaining independence of public media systems.
Emanuelle A. Kihm left Switzerland for studies in England and has graduate degrees in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York, as well as in Art Education from Florida State University. After living in Rome, she was the Founding and Executive Director of The Open Classroom Collaborative, a non-profit Arts in Education organization that focused on affirming multicultural perspectives in the arts within the New York City Public School System. She believes the environmental challenges that confront us today must be solved locally, along with an international perspective and concern for the well-being of the entire planet.
Brian Wade has three degrees in Science and Engineering and has been an amateur wildlife photographer for 25 years. Since 2000, he has been coordinator of “Set in Philadelphia’ – the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s annual screenplay competition and has moderated industry panels, taught screenwriting at the University of the Arts and has served on juries for competitions and film festivals. He does not believe in climate silence and is a strong advocate of the environment.