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Richard Peña is a Professor of the film study, Columbia University film school, Director Emeritus New York Film Festival. He finished his 25 years long career as Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He is a film curator and scholar whose wide-ranging knowledge of the medium includes a special expertise and interest in American, Latin American, Russian, Asian, Middle Eastern and Arab cinemas. He is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University's School of the Arts and a Chairman of Seagull Films’ Advisory Board. The Walter Reade Theater, which opened in 1991, reflects his strong international, comparative view of cinema.  In addition to programming the Walter Reade Theater, for 25 years he served as the Chairman of the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films, presented in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art.

Margaret Parsons is curator and founder of the film program at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, an exhibition program of independent and classic cinema, with an archival collection of films on art.She has served as trustee or board member for key organizations including the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and CINE, and has served on the editorial boards for The Moving Image and the Getty Trust’s Program for Art on Film. She is  on the advisory board for the Washington Environmental Film Festival, Women in Film and Video. In 2008 she received Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France’s Ministry of Culture.

Paolo Cherchi Usai, is a Head of George Eastman House – a leading US film and photography museum who’s goal is to preserve and develop a world-class collections related to photography and cinema. Paolo Cherichi Usai a pioneer in film preservation who has devoted his professional life to ensuring the survival of great works of art on film, is the 2005 recipient of the Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation, given by Heritage Preservation and the College Art Association. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to both the understanding and conservation of art.

John Akomfrah, Ghanian born, London educated , John Akomfrah is a filmmaker, an artist, lecturer as well as the  writer . His twenty-year body of work is among the most distinctive in the contemporary British art and cinema world,  his cultural influence continues internationally till today.( Ghana / UK ) 

Michael Atkinson is a stuff write for the film section of Village Voice since 1994 till present, stuff write for Sight and Sound and contributing editor of CINEAST. Known for his in depth critical writing / film analyses, Mr. Atkinson was  also an Adjunct Professor  at NYU Tish School of Art and Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Mr. Atkinson also made a contribution as advisor, selection and peer-review panels: The MacArthur Foundation (grant reviewing, 2007, 2014); Tribeca Film Festival (awards committee, 2006); CinemaEast Film Festival (awards committee, 2005); Stony Brook Film Festival (advisory panels, 2002-2004).