Nancy Rosenthal

Founder and CEO

Filmmaker, passionate conservationist, avid sailor and scuba diver, Nancy Rosenthal made a variety of award-winning films about the natural world for National Geographic before exploring contemporary issues and the performing arts as subjects. The independent feature film Last Dance Nancy worked on was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Nancy is a creative leader with New York Women in Film and Television, producing events with top filmmakers to educate and inspire members at all career levels. She is an active member of the Explorers Club and joined a flagged expedition to Papua New Guinea for a documentary film project, HeadHunt Revisited. Her talent for discovering films that tell powerful stories in new ways, combined with her keen eye for up-and-coming filmmakers, makes her a frequent juror for film festivals around the world. A kindred spirit with all adventurers, Nancy believes in the power of film to engage New Yorkers in exploration, conservation and environmental advocacy.

Constance Bruce

Executive Director

Bruce initially pursued her passion for wildlife conservation and storytelling through film at National Geographic where she lead program acquisitions to launch Nat Geo’s international channels in the 1990s and then went on to create and implement the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s strategy for collaborating with film & television producers and renowned artists, such as Maya Lin, who featured Lab research in their films and artworks. Most recently as Director, External & Academic Events at NYU Shanghai, Bruce produced special events featuring renowned scholars, world leaders and celebrities in the arts and sciences. Bruce co-founded the Wharton Studio Museum dedicated to the silent movie history of Ithaca, NY.

Jay Bauer

Branding and Marketing Advisor

A strategic leader and team player, Jay has had a successful career collaborating with many businesses, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, creating highly effective and visually powerful marketing communications, branding, website development, and interactive media. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to work in a variety of industries including, financial services, insurance, healthcare, technology, telecommunications and non-profit.

In 2004, Jay co-founded Hatch Design Group, an integrated graphic design and marketing communications firm. Hatch’s core competency is to help clients strengthen their marketing position by transforming key messages into creative communications solutions. While leading a multi-disciplined team, Jay collaborated with senior level executives to create a strategic vision and execute client initiatives from initial concept to production.

While not working, he has a passion for the outdoors, often hiking, skiing, sailing and playing tennis.

Darren Peterson

Audio Visual Manager

Darren Gunnar Peterson is a multimedia artist with a background in the study of life through sculpture. He brings his artistic background to film as a director and manager through animation and an eye for cinematography. His work has been featured in network commercials, YouTube campaigns that have garnered over 30 million views, and digital modeling and animation for major franchises that have earned industry accolades. Darren is an avid world traveler and lover of the outdoors. This is Darren’s third year managing AV for the festival. He created the New York WILD logo animation and the 5th anniversary video “Five WILD Years.”

Lindsay Hanig

Production Coordinator

Lindsay began her work with New York WILD this summer as the Production Coordinator. She was eager to join New York WILD, where her love for animals, nature, the environment and film all intersect.

Prior to New York WILD, Lindsay worked as a Production Assistant for SkyBridge Insights, the media arm of hedge fund SkyBridge Capital. While at SkyBridge, she worked on the revival of “Wall Street Week,” a weekly primetime half-hour television program which airs on Fox Business Network.

When not working, Lindsay enjoys hiking, traveling and playing soccer. She loves exploring the United States National Parks whenever she can. She traveled to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 17. Lindsay is an Illinois native and she has two (adorable) corgis.