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Stephanie Martino

Founder / President

Stephanie Martino is a veteran of the non-profit sector since 1989; she brings to the organization a depth of experience in the development and coordination of film programs, workshops, special events, grant writing, marketing and public relations. She has been responsible for developing new funding sources and expanding the programs over the past several years. Stephanie has also served as Executive Director from 1989 to 2004 for the Miami Film Festival and the Ad Fed of Greater Miami. During that time, she implemented and coordinated the logistics for their major annual events, developed fundraising, and membership programs. She also has also produced 6 annual Israel Film Festivals, in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Michelle Massanet

Producer / Vice President

Ms. Massanet has established herself as well as an international producer after founding NomNom Productions, in Montreal with her partners out of the UK and Moscow, for the sole purpose of making content creation more global and focusing on bringing markets together in whichever regions are most beneficial to the production. Since co-founding Garnet Productions in 2002, Ms. Massanet has been showing off the best parts of Miami as a Producer/Director for prime time and cable networks. While at the same time making sure that the independent spirit with which Garnet Productions was founded is fed yearly by collaborating on pro-social projects, narratives, and cause related initiative. Ms. Massanet has worked as an independent contractor for the following companies: MTV, VH-1, MTV Latino, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Columbia Pictures, Telemundo, Univision, CBS Production.

Tim Schwaegler

Secretary

Tim is a graduate from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism. He moved to Miami two years ago and began working as an associate producer at the Nightly Business Report, a nationally broadcast news program on PBS. He was in charge of all of their social media outlets including the management of their website. Currently he is freelancing for a local media production company as a videographer and editor.

Aliza Rockstead

Treasurer

Aliza Rockstead is the granddaughter of Harry E. Weiner, a former Columbia Pictures executive under Hollywood monarch Harry Cohn. Her love of film began at a very early age. By age 4 she was well known local television spot and voiceover talent in Philadelphia. Moving to Miami in 1974, she became a member of the Miami Beach Community Theater under the tutelage of Jay W. Jensen, and later as a member of the nationally acclaimed Miami Beach High School Rock Ensemble under Director Doug Burris through the 80’s. She professionally began her Non-Profit career in Finance and Operations at age 18, with the Film Society of Miami as the youngest General Manager of their movie theater and the assistant/liaison to the Film Society of Miami’s: Miami Film Festival. Currently, she assists the C.O.O. of Griffin Concierge Medical Practice, with day to day management of accounting, HR, IT, and compliance in Tampa, FL. Finance and Film being a primary focus throughout her life, she brings a unique background and sincere love of the craft, to the Board as our new Treasurer.

Carmen Flescher

Director

Carmen Flescher was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts just a few blocks away from the Coolidge Corner movie theater that plays foreign and independent movies.. Carmen's mother, then president of the local Brussels, Belgium Movie Fan Club, exposed her to movies of the 40's and 50's, imbuing in her an early love for the cinematic arts. Throughout her years living in New England, Los Angeles, and New York City, Carmen immersed herself in the worlds of art, film, fashion, and theatre. In 1987, Carmen moved to Miami and fell in love with the city's just-burgeoning cultural scene. She has remained passionately committed to the community and arts in Miami and is a devoted volunteer for many of the local film festivals and other art events. Carmen has also been a steadfast supporter of non-profit organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and worked in Community Relations at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for 14 years. She is the director of Professional Patient Solutions, where she teaches clinical skills to medical students.