Staff

Alexis Gambis, Executive Director

Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan scientist-veered filmmaker who has been featured by The New York Times, TED, Nature, Science, Cell, The Village Voice, and WNYC. His films gravitate towards docu-fiction and embrace animal perspectives. He has written and directed over a dozen shorts that have played at festivals worldwide.  His first feature film THE FLY ROOM is based on the true story of the birth of modern genetics at the turn of the 20th century. He recently launched Labocine, a science video platform and magazine coined by reviewers as the “Science New Wave” which proposes a new way to experience science cinema. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University. He teaches part of the year courses at New York University in Abu Dhabi at the intersect of neuroscience and film.

Nate Dorr, Director of Programming

Nate is a photographer and neuroscientist, though not usually at the same time. During the eight years that he operated a rodent behavioral phenotyping lab at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he kept equally busy photographing concerts for Impose Magazine and exploring New York’s overlooked neighborhoods and architectural history. His photography often focuses on passed-over areas that fall unnoticed between the more recognized, an interest that applies equally to the liminal filmmaking spaces between science and art, and between documentary and narrative. He received his BA in Neuroscience from Middlebury College. He also spent two years as Short Film Programmer at the Brooklyn Film Festival and three as Experimental Film Programmer.

Allison Hanes, Operations Manager
Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Allison worked with the Schusterman Group: Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Laboratory 
at the Long Marine Laboratory, assisting set regulation standards on marine mammal noise pollution for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She completed her Master’s in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University in 2011. Working closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Conservation Through Public Health her independent research focused on disease transmission risks between humans and mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Following her MSc she directed the Rwanda based nonprofit Art of Conservation and launched local offshoot nonprofit Conservation Heritage-Turambe, using the arts and creative learning to teach children and their families about living healthy. She works with many nonprofits and professionals across the globe using conferences, events, publications, photography, film and digital media/marketing to share her experiences and knowledge. Between formal education, Allison has worked as a veterinary technician for over seven years and lived in five continents. She is passionate about the world, exploring new places and cultures, meeting unique and extraordinary people, learning, photography, film and would like to improve the health and livelihood of our planet through work as a conservationist, scientist and producer.
Lauren Aleza Kaye, Producer
Lauren is a freelance scientific animator making visualizations that explain the work of academics and medical professionals. With an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Harvard, her goals are to aid researchers with their visualization tasks and to reveal the mechanisms of nature through animated movies. Lauren is thrilled to join the Imagine Science Film Festival in order to broaden public interest in science.

Edward Shepard, Content Strategist

Edward Shepard focuses on content strategy, technology, human behavior, science, and storytelling. He is a partner at Superconductor Co, a digital audience accelerator for startups, brands and creative projects. This fall Edward is launching 8 BitFit, a mobile fitness gamification platform conceived and developed exclusively in Burlington, VT. Apparently Edward also loves buzzwords.

Özge Calafato, Programming Consultant

Özge Calafato studied Political Science in Istanbul and Journalism in London. Since 1999, she has worked as a journalist, editor and translator for several magazines focusing on photography, literature, contemporary art, film, jazz and travel. She has worked as an interpreter and reporter for several news publications and agencies, including the BBC World Service and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, she has authored five books and translated several others. Calafato has worked for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) as Programming Manager and served as a selection committee member for SANAD, ADFF’s Development and Post-Production Fund. She has also worked as a programmer and consultant for a number film festivals and institutions including Documentarist, Doha Film Institute, DokuFest, Oslo Arabian Film Days, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and Birds Eye View Film Festival. She is a co-founder and project director of the UAE National Film Library and Archive and a member of the publications committee for the online literary magazine altZine.net and e-book publisher altKitap.net. She currently works as the Project Manager for the Akkasah: Center for Photography at the New York University Abu Dhabi.

Charlotte Salvatico, Coordinator/Coordinatrice
Imagine Science Paris
Charlotte is a French scientist, filmmaker and painter. She worked for five years at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris), collaborating with physicists and chemists, to receive her PhD in Neuroscience, graduated by Pierre et Marie Curie university (Paris VI). In parallel, she created a short movie (L’Amour protéique: une comédie scientifique dansée) where the research thematic of her host PhD laboratory is the narrative framework. This project, supported by Paris Sciences et Lettres university (PSL) is a collaboration between ENS, students from the French film school Fémis and dancers from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP). The scenario highlights the similarity between humanity and the deep brain. Humans, while dancing, are embedded in the same dynamic as the molecules she studied during her PhD.

Angela Hin, Coordinator/Coordinatrice
Imagine Science Paris
ahin@imaginesciencefilms.org

Angela is a medical research scientist with a double degree in Genetics from Paris 7 – Diderot in France, and Milano-Bicocca in Italy, driven by medicine, science, innovation and biotechnology. A student member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and previously of the New York Academy of Sciences, she has worked in numerous hospitals and research institutions : NY, Toronto and Paris. Dedicated to the art of science, as she has spent time behind the microscopes, but also to the science of art, this time behind the camera lens and even some times in front of it. Having collaborated with artists from the Beaux-Arts de Paris, movie directors, actors and singers, her other half is immersed in the visual arts. She finds deep importance in turning medical science information into visually appealing and easy-to-understand pictures, paintings, videos messages and esthetic frames. Her desire : for all to « see » science. Currently completing a Specialized Master in Biopharmaceutical Management at ESCP Europe Business School in Paris and London to acquire marketing, finance and business development skills. She continues to discover new promising science-technology projects that aim to solve the world’s most pressing issues, and find the best creative means to communicate about them!

Pina Kingman, Animator

Pina Kingman is an award-winning animator and filmmaker. Originally from Vancouver Canada, she is now based in Bergen, Norway. Her work focuses on telling scientific stories through animation in order to disseminate complex research and promote public awareness of science and medicine. She received her MSc in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto and a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British ColumbiaPina has also been an animator for Imagine Science Films for several years. Her short film about DNA repair, Our Resilient Genome, has screened in Norway, Sweden, Vienna and France, and recently won the Scientific and Educational Award at the St. Tropez International Film Festival. Pina is also working to showcase important science research to the public through art exhibitions, talks and film screenings. Through art, film, and animation, Pina hopes to help make science-education a little less daunting and a bit more fun.

Amani Magid, Regional Researcher

Amani Magid has a degree in Integrative Biology and a minor in Arabic from UC Berkeley. In her career as a scientist, she has worked as a researcher in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and managed biology lab classes at a community college. She soon realized her passion was in finding and locating science information and earned her Masters in Library and Information Science at University of Pittsburgh while interning at Bayer Material Science Library. She worked in Qatar for over 5 years as a Medical Librarian before her present position as a Science and Engineering Librarian at NYU Abu Dhabi. Amani’s interests include using mobile apps and video for science information literacy.