Biographies

Jill Burkhart, Festival Founder

Jill Burkhart is the Director of Documentary Programming and Acquisitions for Epix. She is the co­founder of the Nantucket Film Festival, which she also helmed, first as Artistic Director, then as Executive Director, from 1996­-2008. Jill was also the Executive Director of the Screenwriters Colony from 1999-­2001, a sister Nantucket organization created to enable screenwriting retreats and creative guidance. Previously, she worked with Madstone Films as a curator for its Very Indie Film Series. And a very long time ago, Jill was an actress. She attended New York University for Theatre and The New School for Film. Jill grew up on the island of Nantucket, is a proud graduate of NHS, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jonathan Burkhart, Festival Founder

A little too early in his career, Jonathan Burkhart worked as a cameraman on dozens of television shows, commercials and feature films, including Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Mountain View, A Better Tomorrow, Dazed and Confused, Roommates, and Reversal of Fortune. Having his fill in the camera department, Burkhart went on to produce independent film, television, and theater. He produced the award winning film Baby Steps, starring Kathy Bates. Recently Burkhart produced several feature films for BCDF Pictures, including Higher Ground, directed by Vera Farmiga and starring Farmiga, John Hawkes, Josh Leonard, and Norbert Leo Butz; Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, directed by Bruce Beresford, and starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Elizabeth Olsen; The Last Keepers, directed by Maggie Greenwald, and starring Aiden Quinn, Virginia Madsen, and Olympia Dukakis; and Rhymes with Banana, directed by Joe Muszynski and Peter Hutchings. In development are Jan Egleson’s Military Working Dog and Geoffrey Naufft’s Next Fall. Television projects include Ivy Dreams, a feature documentary for AZN, Must Do Disney for Disney World Theme Parks, Away We Go by Jonathan Larson, and the Tomorrow is Tonight Show starring Ben Stiller for Comedy Central. Burkhart has also produced commercials for Time Warner, NY1, Honda, HGTV, The Walt Disney Company, Bionorica Pharmaceutical, Chase Bank, Nintendo, American Express, Prudential Life, Verizon, and the Ford Motor Company. In theater, Burkhart produced the Tony­nominated Broadway production of Mario Cantone’s Laugh Whore, which he also produced as television special for The Showtime Networks. He also produced the award winning play Avow with Bill C. Davis, the 10th anniversary production of RENT on Broadway with the original cast, and In Search of Cleo, written by and starring Gina Gershon and featuring free drinks at the bar. After losing his dear friend, Jenifer Estess, to ALS, Burkhart joined Project ALS where he is most proud of his duties as event producer. But wait, there’s more: Burkhart is the co­founder and president of the Nantucket Film Festival.

Donick Cary

Emmy Award®­-winning writer and producer Donick Cary got his start writing for Late Night with David Letterman. He continued working with the show through its move to CBS, serving as both head writer and the “guy in the bear suit.” After five years in late night, Cary moved to The Simpsons, where he served as a co­executive producer for four seasons. He later spent a season in the same capacity on NBC’s Just Shoot Me and HBO’s Bored to Death. Cary has produced pilots for and developed with: Brillstein Grey, Sony Television, Happy Madison, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, FX, HBO, the WB, and Nickelodeon. In 2004, Cary created the animated series Lil’ Bush for Ampd mobile cell phones. The show was then picked up by Comedy Central and became the first mobi/web­series ever to move from cell phones to television. To handle the animation Cary founded Sugarshack Animation (Sugarshackanimation.com) with offices in Los Angeles, Miami, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently Cary is serving as a Co­EP on Fox’s New Girl and directing a feature documentary entitled Bad Trip (a comic exploration of tripping) for Red Hour Films. Cary grew up on Nantucket, graduating from Nantucket High School in 1986.

Nancy Dubuc

Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, bio.® , H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. She became A+E Networks’ third CEO in the company’s nearly 30-year history in June 2013. Dubuc was formerly President, Entertainment and Media, A+E Networks, a role she assumed in 2012. In this position she was responsible for all content creation, brand development and marketing for the entire A+E Networks’ portfolio. In addition, she oversaw A+E Networks’ International and Digital divisions. She was previously President and General Manager of HISTORY and Lifetime Networks. Under her stewardship, the A+E Networks’ portfolio has two of the top five entertainment brands – HISTORY and A&E—and two of the leading women’s brands in Lifetime and LMN. In 2013, A+E Networks lead all other cable groups with 10 of the top 25 shows in adults 25-54 and 19 of the top 50 shows in adults 25-54; including the #1 nonfiction show Duck Dynasty®, the #1 new drama series Vikings and the #1 miniseries The Bible, which was watched by over 95 million people. The portfolio of hit shows also includes HISTORY’s Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and American Pickers™; Lifetime’s Project Runway®, Dance Moms® and The Client List; and A&E’s Storage Wars® and Bates Motel™. Since 2007, HISTORY has secured its place as an unparalleled leader in the media marketplace with six consecutive years of unprecedented growth. With its slate of original programming, HISTORY is the #3 cable network in adults 25-54 and in the top five among all cable networks in adults 18-49, year-to-date. HISTORY has more hit series averaging over 1 million adults 25-54 impressions than any other network in cable. In May 2012, Dubuc oversaw the highest-rated miniseries in cable history, the multi-Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys™. Dubuc has also spearheaded the resurgence of Lifetime as a premier entertainment brand, introducing an iconic new look and tagline, “Your life. Your time.®”, while propelling its original programming to ratings success. Under Dubuc’s leadership, Lifetime has seen double-digit ratings and demo growth with the launch of new nonfiction and drama series. In addition, Lifetime is undergoing a renaissance in the original movie genre with A-list talent and powerhouse films such as Steel Magnolias, Drew Peterson: Untouchable and Prosecuting Casey Anthony. Among her many honors, Ms. Dubuc was named by Multichannel News and WICT (Women In Cable Telecommunications) as a 2007 Wonder Woman; The Hollywood Reporter annually names her to their Power 100: Top Women in Entertainment, and Variety featured her in their annual Women’s Impact Report. In 2007, she received the Preserve America Presidential Award, the highest national award for historic preservation achievement, for HISTORY’s Save Our History®initiative. Prior to her tenure at HISTORY, Ms. Dubuc was Senior Vice President, Programming for A&E Network. Ms. Dubuc began her career at A+E Networks as Director, Historical Programming for HISTORY.

Doug Gladstone

Doug Gladstone is the founder of the advertising and communications firm Brand Content, headquartered in Boston. His passion for driving inventive solutions for brands as well as fostering a creative, supportive atmosphere for work at the agency has resulted in year­ over ­year agency growth and long­term client relationships through two recessions in the agency’s ten­ year history. With a strong legacy of leading award­ winning teams and helping clients grow their businesses, Gladstone’s energy and commitment to the solutions that drive success continues to be the engine of the agency today. Previously, Gladstone was Senior Vice President/Creative Director at Hill Holliday in Boston and New York. Doug also serves as a director for the TriCity ValleyCats, a class A minor league baseball team in upstate NY. He is a graduate of Emerson College and holds a BFA in writing and observational sarcasm.

Mark Greenberg

Mark Greenberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Studio 3 Partners, the parent company of the new multiplatform premium entertainment cable channel EPIX, which is a joint venture between Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and MGM. Greenberg comes to this position with 30 successful years of cable industry experience, including HBO and Showtime. Prior to joining EPIX, Greenberg was Managing Director of MSGCI, a management and consulting company. Some of his clients included Blockbuster, Comcast, Participant Media, and Lionsgate. He spent over seven years at HBO in sales and marketing positions. When he left, he was Director of Direct Marketing. Greenberg then joined Showtime, where he worked for 17 years. He was Executive Vice President for Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), where he was responsible for Strategic Planning and Development, Digital Media, and previously headed Sales and Marketing. He also created and launched Showtime’s On­Demand and HDTV products and services. His most profitable enterprise was Showtime PPV with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis where he produced 4 of the 5 biggest pay­for­view events in cable history. All of this experience made him the obvious choice for the launching of EPIX. Greenberg and his family have a home in Nantucket, where he is one of the original board members for the Nantucket Film Festival.

Ginny Grenham

Ginny Grenham is President of Grenham Networks LLC, a communications and public affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C.  and New York.  For the past two decades, Grenham Networks helped clients develop innovative strategic partnerships with non-profit leaders, Capitol Hill, government agencies, and the private sector.   Ginny has been involved in several digital and traditional media companies, including iVillage (the first website for women), Revolution Health, Sparkpeople.com, Hearst Media, and others.   In addition, Ginny has focused on women’s health and mental health advocacy, and has represented a number of leading companies and non-profits in the health care arena. Grenham Networks is currently engaged in seeking legislation that would create tax incentives for film and television production in Washington, D.C.  She is a long-term Board Member of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and a founder of a scholarship fund at Harvard, which over the last 20 years, has supported dozens of Hispanic students at Harvard, who are interested in Hispanic language, history and culture.  Ginny’s interests in U.S. Hispanics grew out of the founding of Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE:EVC), a leading Spanish-language media company which reaches over 90% of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics (including Boston/Nantucket) through a combination of television, radio, and digital media. Ginny is also on the Board of the Pen Faulkner Foundation, with a focus on the Writers in Schools program – bringing the world’s best writers to underserved urban junior high and high school students.

cecelia joyce johnson

Cecelia Joyce Johnson, originally from the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia, received an Associate of Arts degree in Art History and a B.A. in English Literature from George Washington University. She later was accepted into the Graduate Writing Seminars at John Hopkins University and continued on to the New School in New York City where she studied directing and served as a dramaturg. Johnson was instrumental in bringing the Maryland Stage Company's production of three Beckett plays to the 2000 International Samuel Beckett Festival in Germany. In collaboration with the Australian Pianist Alan Kogosowski, she created and produced a series developed for public television on Chopin which was a TV Guide Critics Pick for three consecutive weeks. She produced two albums:  ‘Moonlight in the Garden', performed by Mr. Kogosowski; and 'Chris Gillespie Live at the Carlyle'. Johnson produced several off-Broadway plays beginning with Savannah Bay at Theater for the New City, followed by Fathers and Sons by Richard Hoehler at the Lion Theater on Theater Row.  She co-produced Theresa Rebeck’s Omnium Gatherum with Bob Cole, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Johnson created and produced three shows at Cafe Carlyle: Remembering Bobby Short, starring Clint Holmes; This Thing Called Love: Cole Porter and Paul Simon, winner of the Bistro Award and created in collaboration with Holmes; and, Stop This Train also in collaboration with Holmes and earned him BroadwayWorld.com’s award for Best Celebrity Male Vocalist.  All three were directed by Larry Moss and received critical acclaim. In addition to her production credits, Johnson has published two short stories, one translated into Dutch. She serves on numerous boards including the Martin E. Segal Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Johnson Atelier.

Jill Karp, Vice Chair

Jill Karp is the owner of Nantucket Island Resorts, whose luxury properties include The Wauwinet, the White Elephant, the White Elephant Village Residences & Inn, the Jared Coffin House, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, and the Nantucket Boat Basin. Karp is a Board Member and past President of the Children’s Hospital League, Children’s Hospital Boston Board of Overseers, and Children’s Hospital Boston Member. She also serves on the boards of the Nantucket Comedy Festival, the Theatre Workshop on Nantucket, and is a founding member of the Nantucket Project. Karp has also been friend and ambassador to Facing History & Ourselves for over twenty years. Karp’s passion for education began in the classroom as a schoolteacher, and she currently serves as the chair of Facing History’s New England Advisory Board, taking on numerous leadership roles including chairing the 2006 Annual New England Regional Benefit Dinner and serving as a member on the Board of Directors.

Tom Lassally

Tom Lassally is an Emmy-nominated manager/producer at 3 Arts Entertainment. He recently produced EDGE OF TOMORROW, which opened in June 2014 with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring. Among his other films, Mr. Lassally has produced THE TO DO LIST, which CBS Films released in summer 2013, EXTRACT, directed by Mike Judge, STAY, directed by Marc Forster, FIRST SNOW starring Guy Pierce, and HENRY POOLE IS HERE, which was acquired by Overture Films at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Currently he is in post-production on BLUE IGUANA, starring Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz, and in production on AN ACTOR PREPARES with Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, and Mammie Gummer starring. In television, Mr. Lassally produces SILICON VALLEY, which was nominated for both an Emmy and a Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series for each of its first two seasons, winning the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award. The first season was also nominated for best comedy series at the Golden Globes and won an AFI Award. The show is currently in production on its fourth season. Additionally, he recently produced STAN AGAINST EVIL with Dana Gould, which wrapped season one and is currently airing on IFC. Mr. Lassally previously produced the updated BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD for MTV and Mike Judge’s THE GOODE FAMILY, among others. He also produced pilots for ABC and NBC and the pilot SHADY NEIGHBORS for TRU TV. He has a number of other feature and television projects in various stages of development. Before working at 3 Arts, Mr. Lassally was a long-time executive at Warner Bros where he rose to Executive Vice President in 1995. During his eight year tenure, Mr. Lassally shepherded over twenty-five motion pictures to the screen including: DAVE, HEAT, A TIME TO KILL, BATMAN FOREVER, ANALYZE THIS, THE HUDSUCKER PROXY and ANY GIVEN SUNDAY. He began his career working for Bob Pittman at Warner Communications Inc., shortly after graduating from NYU’s Film School. 

Neil Marttila, Treasurer

Neil Marttila is a Senior Vice President, Market Executive at Nantucket Bank, a division of Blue Hills Bank. Neil is an experienced banking executive with over twenty years of experience in his field. Previously, Neil worked at Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank as a Vice President – Commercial Loan Officer and at Nantucket Bank as a Vice President of Commercial Lending. Neil has been a community banker since graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1988 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nantucket, Nantucket Hockey, and has been on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Access Nantucket from 1997 to present. Neil has lived on Nantucket since 1991 and is married to Lauren Marttila. Neil is an avid surfer and contributes a “surf blog” to the Nantucket blACKbook.

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is the host of Hardball on MSNBC and The Chris Matthews Show on NBC. Matthews has been following American politics since the first Eisenhower campaign. Hardly a decade later he was engaged in American politics professionally. Back home from the Peace Corps in Africa, he was working in the US Senate. Then came his tour in the White House as a presidential speechwriter, followed by his front­row seat as top aide to the legendary Speaker of the House, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. In the late 1980s, Chris switched to full­time journalism, serving as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner. In this capacity he covered some of the great historic events of the late 20th century, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first all­races election in South Africa. He began his career on television in 1994 as host of a two­hour nightly program on the NBC­owned America’s Talking network. Three years later, he launched Hardball, now on MSNBC, which was the title of his best­selling handbook on real­life politics published in 1988. He has been on the air every weekday night since. In 2002, NBC inaugurated Sunday morning’s The Chris Matthews Show. He is the author of six best­selling books, including Hardball. They are: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game; Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond our Grandest Notions; Life’s a Campaign; and Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

Kathleen Matthews

Kathleen Matthews is the chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International, the leading global hotel company with 3,800 properties in more than 70 countries. She is responsible for the company’s global brand public relations, corporate communications, social responsibility, and government affairs. She co-­chairs Marriott’s Executive Green Council and serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the Secretary of Commerce, as well as the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, the International Tourism Partnership, and the Economic Club of Washington. She is also Vice­Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Policy Council on Aviation, Travel and Tourism. Matthews is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University, and was a 2004 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to her career at Marriott, she was an award­winning news anchor at the ABC­TV affiliate in Washington, D.C., for 25 years, and hosted the nationally syndicated “Working Woman” television show. She has been awarded nine local Emmys® and other top honors during her journalism career.

Franci Neely

Franci Neely is a recovering trial lawyer, having been a partner at the law firm of Susman Godfrey in Houston for about twenty years. During her “lawyering” years, she was named by a Houston paper as one of the “women lawyers men fear.” Instead of working for money, she now works as an active community volunteer. In Houston, Neely sits on the boards of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Houston Grand Opera; the Menil Collection; and the Astros in Action Foundation, among others. Neely was appointed as the Houston Mayor’s Film Liaison in 2006. One of the outgrowths of this initiative was the creation of the nonprofit Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS). Neely is its founder and board chair. Among other things, HCAS produces annually a superb film and media arts festival with celebrated guests like Tilda Swinton, Shirley MacLaine, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Redford. Neely’s alma mater The University of Texas School of Law named her its 2007 Distinguished Alumnus for Community Service.

Alice Rogoff

Alice Rogoff is the publisher of AlaskaDispatch.com and founder of the Arctic Imperative Summit. In 2011, Rogoff hosted the summit, the first international policy gathering in Alaska focused on the issues and opportunities presented by the melting sea ice. Beginning in 1985, Rogoff was the chief financial officer of U.S News and World Report, a position she held for 12 years. She also worked at The Washington Post Co. as an assistant to publisher Donald Graham. Rogoff was the creator of the national weekly edition of The Washington Post. From 1978­ to 1980, Rogoff was the special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Carter administration. She has served on numerous boards, including those of the Carter Center in Atlanta, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Potomac School, the National Child Research Center, and the National Geographic Society’s Council of Advisors. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard.

Tom Scott, Board Chair

Tom Scott began his career as co­founder and CEO of Nantucket Nectars. The company reached national prominence, appearing on the “Inc. 500” list of fastest growing U.S. companies five years in a row. In 2002, Scott and his partner sold Nantucket Nectars to Cadbury Schweppes. Scott currently serves as Chairman of The Nantucket Project, which he co­founded in 2010. Scott’s vision for The Nantucket Project (TNP) is to energize the public dialogue by creating a venue in which individuals can engage innovative thinking from a fresh perspective. TNP participants include Eric Schmidt, Peter Thiel, Larry Lessig, Julie Taymor, Larry Summers, Dambisa Moyo, Dean Kamen, Rahm Emaunuel, and Craig Venter, among others. Scott is also a film and television creator/producer. His accomplishments in the field include the “double­double” he achieved in 2010 when his film Daddy Longlegs received the rare honor of selection to both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. The film also received the Independent Spirit Award. That same year, his television series, The Neistat Brothers, aired on HBO. Most recently, Scott produced the documentary film Apple Pushers with Ed Norton. Prior to TNP, Scott was founder and Chairman of Plum TV. He developed a national network of eight stations receiving more than 14 Emmy Awards® in total. Scott is currently enrolled at Yale University where he is a Master’s candidate in Divinity and Political Science.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is an actor, director, writer, and producer. He has directed and starred in Reality Bites, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder. His acting credits include There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, The Royal Tenenbaums, Flirting with Disaster, Night at the Museum, and Greenberg. He also co­created, with Judd Apatow, the Emmy Award®-­winning series, The Ben Stiller Show. In 2013, he directed and stared in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Rhoda H. Weinman, Secretary

Rhoda Weinman is an attorney on Nantucket where she has lived and practiced law for 28 years. Prior to moving to Nantucket, she was a Corporate Attorney at Polaroid Corporation. Weinman is President of the Nantucket Women’s Bar Association, which she co­founded in 1985. Along with three other members of the Nantucket Women’s Bar Association, she founded and served as President of A Safe Place which is an organization on Nantucket dealing with domestic violence and sexual abuse. She was President of the Nantucket AIDS Network for fourteen years, and chaired the Personnel Board for the Town of Nantucket for ten years. Her real passion is her five longhaired dachshunds, and she looks forward to watching her nationally ranked top dogs in shows across the country.