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Executive Director

Marco Ursino 

Director of Development

Susan E. Mackell


Emilia Ferreira - Feature Narrative Programmer
Emilia FerreiraFeature Narrative ProgrammerEmilia Ferreira is a Brazilian-born-turned-New-Yorker-made-on-Earth filmmaker. Pragmatic about details and romantic about goals, her debut feature film, The Unattainable Story, premiered at the New Directors Competition at the Mostra – São Paulo International Film Festival in October 2016, where it was acquired by Europa Films for Brazilian distribution. The film is currently showing in the United States and international festival circuits. In 2015, Ferreira received the National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Woman of the Year award for outstanding excellence and dedication to her profession and the achievement of women. Besides feature films, Ferreira has directed a variety of purpose-driven content projects. Highlights include work for the Siddhartha School in India, commissioned by Go Campaign and featuring the Dalai Lama; Trip Transformadores, which includes nine Documentary-style short films for one of Brazil’s most influential pop magazines, TRIP; and Grey Advertising’s mission film for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a $12.8-billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise. She was the feature programmer for the narrative section of the 20th Brooklyn Film Festival (2017) and an advocate for women in film as the co-founder of WIFT/Brazil. Ferreira is also passionate about preserving our oceans and is an ambassador for Project Zero, an ocean conservation nonprofit organization.

Brandon Harrison - Feature Documentary Programmer
Brandon HarrisonFeature Documentary ProgrammerBrandon Harrison's search for the great stories in life has taken him around the country and the world. After stints in Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles, his story has brought him back to New York. A graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television, Brandon values the technical intricacies of filmmaking but ultimately finds himself drawn to the underlying truths of life exposed on screen. Follow him @_brandonallen.

Natalie Gee - Short Narrative Programmer
Natalie GeeShort Narrative ProgrammerNatalie Gee - BFF 2020 will be Natalie's 5th year at the Brooklyn Film Festival as the Short Film Programmer. Natalie also curates shorts for the UnLonely Film Festival and recently curated a feminist film night at the Brooklyn Museum and a local NY short series for New Cinema Club. She's been on the Oscar qualifying short film jury for the Bermuda International Film Festival, where she programmed a short's retrospective for BIFF's 20th anniversary. In addition, she's been on the screening committees for Telluride, Hamptons, Montclair & Tribeca Film Festival and her short films have screened around the world.
Mara Bresnahan - Short Documentary Programmer
Mara BresnahanShort Documentary ProgrammerMara Bresnahan most recently served as the Accessibility Consultant for the Netflix documentary Crip Camp. In addition, she was the Festival Director for the Boston ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival from 2015-2019 and co-lead programmer for the 2018 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Currently, she is the Short Documentary Programmer for the Brooklyn Film Festival and the Senior Manager, Artist Development for the Points North Institute.

Sarah Bex Rice - Experimental Programmer
Sarah Bex RiceExperimental ProgrammerSarah Bex Rice is a media archivist, writer and video artist that has worked in many different capacities with filmmakers and festivals both local and worldwide, including the Edinburgh Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and Indie Street Film Festival. She has screened work at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Passionate about the preservation of media, Sarah has also worked hands-on within several archives, including the Moving Image Research Collections, Ralph Lauren, Viacom and currently as a Film/Video Librarian for NBC News. She holds an advanced degree in Film, Exhibition and Curation and is interested in the future of both archival and experimental practices in programming.

Julia Cowle - Animation Programmer
Julia CowleAnimation ProgrammerJulia Cowle is an Independent Filmmaker, Illustrator, and Comedy Writer based in New York City. She pursued her undergraduate Film and Television studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and studied at The Rhode Island School of Design. Her Animation work has screened throughout the US and Internationally, and her Illustrations have appeared in various magazines and exhibits. In addition to her animated films, Julia directs live action; her most recent production, 'Winfield Historical Times… And Other Oddities'. Julia interned at Columbia Records in the 'Video Production and Visual Development' department where she designed company-wide concert blasts for Columbia Records artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Little Mix, Russ and Leon and for concerts featuring Columbia artists including 'BET Hip Hop Awards' and 'CMT Crossroads.' Additionally Julia has worked in a wide range of curating capacities, as a jury member for the 'Scholastic Art Awards', Internationally as a Jury member for the 'CreActive International Open Film Festival' in Bangladesh and as a screener for 'Nantucket Film Festival'. She has also worked in literary curating as a staff reader for 'Spark: a Creative Anthology' and its two sister publications. Julia has programmed the Brooklyn Film Festival's Animation lineup for the past four festivals.

Santiago Nino – Programming Assistant (Feature Narrative)


Galen Bremer – Production Manager
Alessandra Cronin – Production Coordinator
Troy Runge – Production Assistant

Public Relations

Lisa King – Public Relations Manager
Demetra Nikolakakis – PR Assistant

Digital Media

Allyson Morgan – Manager


Claudia Murdoch – Marketing and Industry Coordinator
Olivia Ana Robertson
– Marketing Coordinator

Print Traffic

Rachel Mary Cox – Print Traffic Manager
Derek Klevitz – Quality Control Assistant


Julia Cowle – Director


Alessandro Bragaglia – Developer
Mario Pego – Consultant
Don Rainwater – Production


Taylor Edelle Stuart
Michael Barringer
Natalie Johnson
Aden Paris
Silvia Chen
Soheil Rezayazdi
Whitney Harris
Christopher Piccione
Amanda Rich
Eva Williams
Savannah Magruder
Rebecca Halfon
JP Olsen
Kate Lemberg
Azia Egbe
John Gallen
Shayna Warner
Madelyn Cardarelli
Solomon Peck
Fahim Hamid