Ciné was founded on the advice and cooperation of truly experienced professionals in the fields of film arts, film programming, projection and sound technology, and visual art in general.

Brigitta Hangartner

Questions of how people deal with each other and with their environment have always been a central interest for Brigitta Hangartner; whether it was as psychotherapist doing group therapy or later as environmental psychologist researching and designing public, urban spaces. In film—her oldest love—she is also most intrigued by the drama and dance of human relationships; how they play out in comedy and tragedy and in different cultures. Executive Director, 2007-2012

Gabe Wardell

Gabe Wardell brought two decades of first-hand experience as a projectionist, curator, writer, programmer, event producer and film festival director to CINÉ, including projecting 35mm films at Slamdance, producing AFI’s inaugural SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, and Executive Directing the Atlanta Film Festival earning him an Excellence Award as Best Festival Director at the International Film Festival Summit. Gabe has programmed films for the Baltimore Museum of Art, AFI Silver Theatre, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Cinema Sundays at the Charles and Fringe Atlanta. Gabe is co-producer of the Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project and co-founder of DecaturDocs, a celebration of the vitality of non-fiction film providing a platform for audiences to engage in provocative dialog about meaningful ideas in a creative and interactive film festival atmosphere. Gabe has contributed to panels at SXSW, IFP's Independent Film Week, and Slamdance; he has been a guest speaker at Atlanta's Cinema Club, the High Museum of Art, and the Chattanooga Film Society, he writes for Creative Loafing's Screen Grab Blog and Tweets @gabesmail.  Executive Director, 2012-2014

James Bond

As a practitioner of the motion picture projection arts,James Bond has worked with architects to construct theaters designed to serve the highest expectations of filmmakers and directors. His more notable conquests include Frank Gehry's REDCAT Theater at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. 

Richard Neupert PhD

Richard Neupert, a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of Film Studies, teaches cinema history and criticism at the University of Georgia. Author of THE END, A HISTORY OF THE FRENCH NEW WAVE CINEMA, and FRENCH ANIMATION HISTORY. Neupert hosts the annual French Film Festival and coordinates Film Studies at UGA.

Nate Kohn PhD

Nate Kohn is a scholar, educator, motion picture writer and producer, and festival director. He teaches screen writing, film production, and critical theory at the University of Georgia and is the Associate Director for the prestigious Peabody Awards, honoring the best in electronic media. Most recently he co-produced “Somebodies” with Pam Kohn. Kohn co-founded and directs Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival as well as the Classic Film Festival in Athens.

Pamela Kohn

Pamela Kohn has been involved in the marketing of motion pictures at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Toronto, and the American Film Market. As a producer, Kohn has worked on a number of acclaimed films including SOMEBODIES, the 2006 Sundance hit. Most recently she produced RAIN, the first indigenous Bahamian feature film. Currently she is working on film and television projects in varying stages of development, including projects in South Africa, where she was born. Kohn has also been the Director and Producer of Robert Osborne's annual Classic Film Festival in Athens, Georgia.

Richard Siegesmund PhD

Richard Siegesmund first encountered film at a drive-in double feature theater in a 55 Chevy accompanied by large bowls of homemade pop corn and iced down bottles of Nehi Orange soda. With this foundation he moved on to become a print maker and well known administrator in community-based arts organizations and is now Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Georgia and Brigitta Hangartner’s trophy husband.

Senain Kheshgi

Rockefeller Award Winner, Senain Kheshgi, is a Pakistani-American documentary filmmaker who has produced, written, and directed projects for CNN, ABC NEWS, Discovery, A&E, and MSNBC. She co-produced THE FIRST YEAR, which received the G. F. Peabody award, directed FAMILY RECIPE, a short film for the Queen's Museum of Art in New York, and collaborated with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes on HOOVER STREET REVIVAL, a BBC documentary. She is currently directing a feature documentary about the conflict in Kashmir; PROJECT KASHMIR, funded by Sundance Documentary Fund and ITVS.