KRISZTINA DANKA, Ph.D. - Executive Director
Krisztina is a religious and literary studies scholar, an activist, cultural diplomat and filmmaker. She possesses a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies and Indian Aesthetics from the University of Budapest, a Certificate in Screenwriting from New York University, and a Certificate in Documentary Film Producing from the New York Film Academy. As a college lecturer she has been teaching Indian literature and media communications since 1998.
She is the writer-producer of over 30 documentaries and videos, author of 3 books, and dozens of articles. Her films related to environmental, humanitarian, human rights, religious and minority issues, interfaith dialogue, Indian spirituality and culture, have been broadcast on several international television channels.
As an activist and media spokesperson, she has led several international campaigns against religious and minority discrimination in Europe, Budapest, Brussels, London and New Delhi. 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 - Associate Director
Mark has been a manager, writer, script doctor, lecturer and professional story analyst in New York for twelve years. He has read and scouted screenplays, stage plays and books for film and TV adaptation, most recently for Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Robert DeNiro`s Tribeca Productions and Miramax Films. Previously, he has covered material for Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, the William Morris Agency, Jonathan Demme`s Clinica Estetico, Stanley Jaffe`s Jaffilms, Imagine Films and Polygram Films.
He teaches Advanced Screenwriting (Screenwriting III) at New York University/SCPS, and a Marketing Your Screenplay seminar at NYU. He has received an NYU/SCPS Award for Service.
He was also heavily involved in the non-profit theatre world and contributed to the Off-Off and Off-Broadway theatre community in New York.
Bhaktivedanta International School, London, UK
Bhaktivedanta Institute, USA
Bhaktivedanta Research Center, Kolkata, India
Chello Media Europe
Food For Life Foundation
Food For Life Vrindavan
International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Hungarian Cultural Center, New York
Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture
Hungarian National Television
Maan Mandir, Varsana, India
Mojo Media Europe Ltd.
Odyssey Networks, New York, USA
Sandipani Muni School, Vrindavan, India
The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur, India