REACT to FILM – Our Team
Dennis charts the strategic direction of RtF, and oversees the team’s implementation of that vision. In his day job, Dennis runs Ancormax Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in the technology and real estate sectors. He is a Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image, where he serves on the Audit and Executive committees. He received his BA from Columbia College.
Coralie Charriol Paul
Coralie is in charge of managing the team, as well as key media partnerships. In her day job she is a Creative Director of CHARRIOL, a Swiss watchmaker and jeweler based in Geneva. She is a graduate of Tufts University.
Director of Educational Programs
Dahlia Graham is a Teach for America alumna with a B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University, and an M.A. in Teaching from Pace University. Dahlia currently runs both the Middle & High School Education Program and College Action Network for REACT to FILM. Dahlia is also the president and founder of Corazon de Dahlia, a non-profit organization that operates a center in Peru, with a mission to provide impoverished, marginalized Peruvian children and families the tools to change their own circumstances through education and community development. Dahlia grew up in Woodstock, New York, and has traveled extensively. Dahlia has spent time living in Israel, Peru, Spain, and New Zealand. She currently splits her time between the Hudson Valley and NYC.
Operations & Development Manager
Originally from NYC, Emily graduated from Smith College with a BA in Film Studies, where she focused on feminist and documentary film theory, and ever since has been exploring ways to meld her passion for social justice activism with film. As the Operations and Development Manager at REACT to FILM, Emily oversees all logistical operations and is integral in increasing organizational visibility and membership. She manages communications, events, development initiatives, and outreach for the organization. Emily has previously worked for REACT to FILM as the College Action Network Outreach Associate, sharing her love for documentary film with college students all over the country. Prior to REACT to FILM, Emily was the Marketing Coordinator for over 2 years at Women Make Movies, a leading distributor of films by and about women, and has also worked on independent film projects at Film Sprout, American Documentary|POV, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Media Education Foundation.
Educational Programs Associate
Tenijah Hamilton graduated from the University of West Georgia with a B.S. in Mass Communications, a minor in Creative Writing and a concentration in Film and Media Arts. With a predilection towards the nonprofit sector and the gift of communications savvy, Tenijah often undertakes projects that combine the two. Some of her most profound experiences include collaborating on an external communications campaign for a youth homeless charity in Hertfordshire, England, founding a charitable organization on her college campus and being tapped to join Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity. Her position at REACT to FILM as an Educational Programs Associate is the culmination of her passion and purpose where she works to support teachers and expand the reach of the organization.
Emily Chiariello is an educational consultant who specializes in culturally responsive standards-based education. Chiariello has nearly two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, professional developer, curriculum designer and education writer. She has worked in public, charter and alternative school settings, in Newark, NJ and Washington, DC and in non-profit organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund and The Southern Poverty Law Center. Emily is the chief architect of Teaching Tolerance’s award-winning K-12 curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America. A ’98 Teach for America corps member and graduate of Binghamton University, Chiariello holds a master’s degree in philosophy and social policy from American University in Washington, D.C and is certified in secondary social studies.
Carolyn Jacobs is a first year Ph.D. student in the departments of Film and Media Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Carolyn earned a Master’s degree in Film Studies from Columbia University. Her thesis looked at pedagogical uses of cinema in the 1920s. Carolyn is a research fellow at Columbia’s Women Film Pioneers Project, an online publication that highlights women’s contributions to film history. Carolyn is passionate about media literacy education and loves working on curriculum that encourages students to look critically at both moving images and important social issues. When not doing something film-related, Carolyn loves to read, run, cook, and travel.
Gil Garcia is a media arts instructor and documentary filmmaker with an extensive background working in broadcast production for advertising companies such as GSD&M and LatinWorks Marketing. A graduate of The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film Program, he is currently in his ninth year teaching video production and broadcast journalism at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas. Gil is also a media education consultant and curriculum writer for the Austin Independent School District as well as the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Project. Gil serves on the community advisory board for KLRU, the Austin PBS affiliate. A leader in the field of media arts education, Gil is currently finishing work on the textbook, “Television Production & Broadcast Journalism” for Goodheart-Willcox, slated to be published in the fall of 2015. Gil’s students have won top honors at the national level and have been recognized or featured by: The Obama Administration, The National Student Television Network, National Public Radio, Texas Monthly, The Austin American Statesman, The PBS NewsHour, The BBC, and many others.
Rebecca Antista is an education advocate with a solid belief in the power of youth voice and youth action. Rebecca taught Social Studies to middle and high school students for 13 years as a NYC public school teacher during which time she was also an advisory coach, professional development leader and teacher mentor. While teaching in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Rebecca won numerous awards from both administration and students including Teacher of the Year and the EBC High School for Public Service Essence Award. Rebecca’s focus is creating respectful and dynamic curriculum that calls attention to social justice issues and inspires activism. Rebecca believes that young people deserve to be inspired, and that discovery should be at the root of their education. Rebecca received her BA from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Education from Brooklyn College. Rebecca recently moved to the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains where she and her family marvel at the beauty of country life.
Genevieve’s experience as a Filmmaker and Digital Media Consultant encompasses living and working abroad in a variety of diverse communities, backpacking through tundras and jungles, and working for both Independent and Commercial studios. During her studies at New York University Gallatin, she received her Master’s of Arts while successfully defending her research thesis: Globalization, Digital Filmmaking, Citizen Journalism, Social Media and the Virtual World’s Impact on Individualism, Identity, and Constructs of Intimacy; and wrote, directed, produced, and edited nine films as part of her artistic component. Most recently she worked as a Technical Assistant at NYU Tisch Post-Production department and as a high school Digital Media teacher.
As a media strategist, digital storyteller, educator, and community organizer, Sarah Daggett is passionate about leveraging the power of media for social good. In addition to her work as a curriculum designer for REACT to FILM, Sarah works as a producer making feature length and short documentaries about education and environmental policy. She has previous experience designing youth video production workshops in both Mexico and the USA, as well as several years serving as a classroom teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah writes curriculum for REACT to FILM that teaches students how to make their own short documentary films that address important social issues in their communities.
Head of IT
Gabe Zimmer is the co-founder of All Good NYC, a creative design company based in New York City. Gabe graduated with a BFA in Photography from Bard College in 2008. He is also the co-author of The New York Pizza Project, a photography book that documents the culture of New York City pizzerias. Gabe has been part of the RtF team since 2011.