Advisory Board

Mark Valley

Sarah E. Johnson 

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Sarah Johnson is an executive producer on several notable recent films including Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015; James Gray’s period drama, The Immigrant; Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller Blood Ties; Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller Devil’s Knot; David Gordon Green’s drama Joe; and Eli Roth’s horror thriller The Green Inferno. Her social issue documentaries include the Academy Award nominated The SquareChasing Ice and The Invisible War, as well as the critically acclaimed The Hunting Ground and Living In Emergency: Stories Of Doctors Without Borders. 

Johnson is also an activist for environmental, educational, and gender issues. A former Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton, she is active on the boards of St. Lawrence University, Mission Markets, Conservation South Africa, and Chairs the board at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She holds a B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University.

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Originally from Ogdensburg, New York, Mark has amassed a diverse body of work collaborating with some of the most iconic writer/producers in Hollywood. He has been a television regular for a decade on series like Boston Legal, Harry’s Law, Human Target, Keen Eddie, Body of Proof, Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce and now shooting the film 'Salty' a Simon West comedy with Antonio Banderas. Mark is an Army veteran who served in the first Gulf War and is active with several veteran’s advocacy groups including Volunteers of America, Veterans in Film and Television, and the GI Film Festival Advisory Board. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. 

Drea Clark

AARON WOOLF

Aaron Woolf is the producer/director of the hit documentary King Corn and the filmmaker behind the acclaimed PBS specials Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City, Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling, and Greener
Grass: Cuba, Baseball, and the United States. Other work has appeared on the Sundance and Discovery Channels and on numerous networks abroad. His films have won Rockie, Logie, and Peabody Awards. 

Woolf has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN and NPR, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post. He serves on the board of the Adirondack Council. 

An experienced event producer, Drea Clark currently works for the LA Film Festival as a Programmer and the head of Filmmaker Relations, and has led the feature programming team for the Slamdance Film Festival since 2002. Additionally, she served as the Executive Director and Festival Producer for Slamdance from 2006-2009. 

Clark continues to hold a position at USC’s School of Cinema, teaching Music Video Production, and has been the producer of IndieCade, the international festival of gaming, since 2010. 

Clark has produced two independent feature films and has produced for the American Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and the Golden Globes since 2009. 

Gloria Campbell

Gloria Campbell has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of the performing and film arts. Her background includes work in public radio, managing a modern dance company, a film festival and the fine arts booking on a university campus with programs ranging from string quartets to stadium rock concerts.
Gloria spent nearly a decade working in the Denver Mayor’s Office, where she produced the state’s largest free performing arts festival, two Super Bowl victory rallies/parades for 500,000+ fans and worked with President Clinton’s Summit of the Eight. 

Since moving to Los Angeles, she started as the Managing Director of The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, was the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival for five years and continues to work on Film Independent's Spirit Awards. Gloria continued her long-standing relationship with the Denver Film Society by serving as the Shorts Curator and producer of the red carpet premieres for the annual film festival that just celebrated its 37th year.

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Lenore VanderZee is the Executive Director for University Relations at SUNY Canton, working in the President’s Office on public relations, government relations, and economic development. She is passionate Canton and the North Country, and is a strong supporter of arts, culture, and development in the region. In addition to her day job, she is the Coordinator of the Remington Arts Festival in Canton and sits on multiple boards, including the Canton Community Fund, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the and the Advisory Board of American Red Cross – St. Lawrence County. Occasionally, she can be heard performing with her folk-Americana band, Uprooted, in and around Canton. 

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Brian Hauser

Brian Hauser teaches film at Clarkson University. He has published on cinematic adaptation and D.I.Y., and he is co-editor of The Journal of Short Film. In addition, he is a screenwriter and filmmaker. His first feature, Nontraditional, debuted in 2013.

After studying mathematics and European history, Roy Caldwell completed a PhD in Comparative Literature. At St. Lawrence University he is Professor of French and Film Studies, and has served as chair of two departments: Modern Languages and Film Studies. His nomadic scholarly career has produced articles on the American writers Robert Coover and Paul Auster, on Flaubert, Diderot, Robbe-Grillet, Vargas-Llosa, Sterne, Kafka, Zola, and the Martinicans Chamoiseau and Confiant. His writing on film includes articles on Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires (1915-1916) , Marcel L'Herbier's Au Bonheur des dames (1928), and Agnès Varda's Sans toit ni loi (1985).  Most recently he has studied cinema of the Great War; his essay on Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory will soon appear. The film of his life is Fellini Satyricon, which he saw at 19, and forever changed his life.  

Trevor J. Blank

BOB PENSKI

Judy and Bob Penski have enjoyed 40 years in the North Country, raising a family, building a house and gardens, founding and expanding a staffing service business (www.penski.com), and connecting with a wide array of friends and acquaintances in diverse walks of life. Bob hopes that the St. Lawrence International Film Festival can broaden cultural connections and interactions within the North Country and across the St. Lawrence River to neighbors in Ontario and Ottawa, making the region an even better place to live and work. 

Trevor J. Blank, Ph.D., is a folklorist and assistant professor of communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Currently, he serves as editor to the journal Children's Folklore Review. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, Angelina, and their dogs, Penny and Clyde.

 

Scott Alan Smith

Scott is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University where he directs and teaches.  He serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Road Theatre Company and has been the Festival Director of the theater’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival (the largest new play staged reading series in the nation) since it began in 2010.  Scott trained at Arena Stage and the Studio Theater before earning his MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Actor's Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, and is also a proud alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab West (Gold Medal Class of '05).