KRISZTINA DANKA, PH.D.
Krisztina is a filmmaker, scholar, teacher, activist, and cultural diplomat. She possesses a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies and Indian Aesthetics from the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest, Hungary, a Certificate in Screenwriting from New York University, and a Certificate in Documentary Film Producing from the New York Film Academy. She has taught literature, communications, visual arts, design and filmmaking in various educational institutions.
She is the writer-producer of over 50 documentaries, short films, and videos, author of three books, and dozens of academic papers and articles. Her films related to environmental, humanitarian, human rights, religious and minority issues, interfaith dialogue, spirituality and culture, have won several awards, and been distributed in movie theaters and broadcast on international television channels.
As an activist and media spokesperson, she has led international campaigns against religious and minority discrimination. She has helped to run humanitarian campaigns on behalf of the Hungarian Government and the Food For Life Global Foundation, including a charity program feeding 20,000 tsunami victims daily in Sri Lanka, in early 2005. As a cultural diplomat she has organized several conferences, film festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other inter-cultural and educational events in Europe, New York and Washington, DC.
MARK J. DEGASPERI
Mark has been a writer, script doctor, manager, lecturer and professional story analyst in New York for many years. He has read and scouted screenplays, stage plays and fiction and non-fiction books for film and TV adaptation -- currently for Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, Tribeca Productions, and independent producers. Previously, he has covered material for Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, the William Morris Agency (WME), Miramax, and others.
He teaches Advanced Television Writing and Advanced Screenwriting at New York University. He has received an NYU-SPS Award for Service.
He was also involved in the non-profit theatre world and contributed to the Off-Off and Off-Broadway community in New York.