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.

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 strongly believes in the power of film to engage New Yorkers in exploration, conservation and environmental advocacy, hence the founding of the New York WILD Film Festival.

She is an active member of the Explorers Club, Co-Chairing the Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD) in 2016. She joined a flagged expedition to Papua New Guinea for a documentary film project, HeadHunt Revisited. Nancy is also a proud Trustee of Egan Maritime Institute in Nantucket, MA.

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.

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.”

Charlotte Cailliarec

Festival Manager

Charlotte Cailliarec is thrilled to be a part of New York WILD which combines her love of the environment, wildlife, travel and film. Since graduating from McGill University where she earned a degree in Political Science and additional concentrations in Environment and English Cultural Studies, Charlotte has worked extensively in commercial film production in NYC.

Previously, while living in Montreal, she coordinated programs for TEDxMontrealWomen, an independent TEDx event that empowers and inspires audiences to create meaningful change in their lives. Charlotte is excited by the opportunity at the New York WILD Film Festival to inspire audiences to explore, discover and protect the planet through the presentation of impactful WILD films. 

Special Thanks to our WILD Volunteers 2019

Nick Converse

Emily Day

Lilly Ferris

Carrie Gonzales

Mabel Harriman-Smith

Allison Hanes

Adele Liu Kramber

Dash Luessenhop

Michelle Sanders

Kari Sorensen

Samantha Walsh

Cella Wright