Imagine Science Films Team
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
Lauren is the producer at the Imagine Science Film Festival and a scientific animator. While obtaining a bachelors degree in chemistry at Harvard, Lauren created visualizations in order to explain scientific concepts and to aid researchers with their visualization tasks. Ultimately she created science animations for clients at institutions across the world including the American Museum of Natural History, IBM, ETH Zurich, MIT, Berkeley, University of Vienna, University of Cincinnati 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 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 and e-book publisher She currently works as the Project Manager for the Akkasah: Center for Photography at the New York University Abu Dhabi.

Charlotte Salvatico
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.
Christina Lu
Imagine Science Films Fellow
Christina is an Imagine Science Fellow and contributing writer at Labocine. She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration 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 found a new habitat among documentary filmmakers but continues in her attempt to carve out her own place in the world. In the privacy of her New York apartment, she likes to practice animation and design elaborate Halloween costumes. Her favorite Imagine Science discovery to date has been the work of Michele Lemieux.
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