Alexis Gambis

Founder / Executive Director

Alexis 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 at New York University in Abu Dhabi at the intersect of neuroscience and film and is currently directing his second feature film.
Lauren Aleza Kaye
Managing Director
Lauren joined the Imagine Science Film Festival as its producer after working with research labs around the world as a scientific animator. Lauren obtained her bachelors degree in chemistry at Harvard and while doing so, created molecular animations using CG tools from Hollywood to aid researchers there with visualization tasks. Ultimately she created these science-driven animations for clients at institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, IBM, ETH Zurich, MIT, Berkeley, University of Vienna, Princeton and the Angiogenesis Foundation. Her work has been used towards many ends including at exhibitions at the Rubin Museum in NYC, in publications by IBM, the Department of Energy and labs worldwide, as tutorials showcasing new surgical methodologies, as explainer videos for startups, and directly in scientific research. Lauren has been thrilled to work on the Imagine Science Film Festival in order to broaden public interest in science.

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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.

Christina Lu
Program Manager
Christina is an Imagine Science Fellow and contributing writer at Labocine. She earned her Bachelors at New York University's Stern School of Business and comes from a professional background in marketing and customer development. Since migrating out of the corporate world, she has worked in post-production on the documentary, Resistance at Tule Lake (about acts of protest during Japanese-American wartime incarceration) and had a stint in TV production before joining Imagine.

In the privacy of her New York apartment, she likes to read and practice animation on her too-small Wacom tablet. Her favorite ISF discovery to date has been the work of Michele Lemieux.
Shemeeka Greaves
Creative Program Manager
Shemeeka joined Imagine Science Films during their decennial film festival in New York City. Starting off as a volunteer, she immediately grew into an ongoing creative strategy role. With a passion for helping organizations run more efficiently, years of transferable management skills from various industries and a bachelors degree in psychology from Seton Hall University with a focus in industrial organizational psychology, Shemeeka helped fill this gap and provide that additional support Imagine Science needed. She previously worked as a program manager at NJOY, a project manager at DXC Technology and an associate project manager at Misys. The fascination about the intersection of science and filmmaking and passion to learn more about through a creative lens is what makes Shemeeka happy to continue to help Imagine Science Films grow and develop.
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 and e-book publisher She currently works as the Project Manager for the Akkasah: Center for Photography at the New York University Abu Dhabi.

ISFF New York 2018 Team
Miriam Kabore, Festival Intern
Merritt Ver Steeg, Communications Intern
Ani Ventocilla King, New School Course Lead

Diana Klatt, New York University Liaison
Saumitra Tiwari, NYU Engineering (Tandon) Liaison

2017/2018 Community Team
Marin Devine, Charlotte Salvatico, Edward Shepard, Maya Edelman, Ani Ventocilla King, Roland Folkmayer, Saumitra Tiwari, Dhruvi Joshi, Saleh Ismail, Erich Eberhard, Gabriella Kashi
ISFF Abu Dhabi 2018 Volunteers
Roland Folkmayer, Catherine Palmer, Lujain Ibrahim, Cece Kim, Nathalie Launder, Adele Bea Cipste, Roudha AlShehhi, Alia Al Jallaf, Maryam AlFardan, Yagmur Unal, Maha Al Qumzi, Khalbinur Zhuman, Fatima Alaydaroos, Mickalia Forrester- Ewen, Mingu Cho, Maitha Alqumzi, Amna Al Ameri
ISFF New York 2017 Volunteers
Affea Henriques, Ali Chirumbolo, Ani Ventocilla, Colette Messina, Jamie Blackband, John Park, Lisa Polak, Matthew Beaver, Rachel Dickert, Willa Sieradski, Margaret Maughan, Agnessa Elman, Amanda Hammett, Andrew Schmidt, Ashlee Maldonado, Brittany Joseph, Chelsea Moreira, Emily Ho, Emma Appel, Ilana Cohen, Jesse Hochstadtt, Jonathan Paredes, Matthew Caminiti, Maya Seidler, Michelle Zatta, Nova Alexis Joseph, Peter Lawton, Sara Rodrigues, Sarah Jane McIntyre, Ted Scovell, Tyler Padilla, Vanity Rodriguez, Winson Thai, Xavier Johnson, Yingting Cui
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