Staff


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J. Andrew Greenblatt

Executive Director

A Philadelphia native, Andrew has served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Film Society since 2008. Prior to joining the Film Society, he worked in the entertainment industry as an entertainment attorney, as president of business and legal affairs for an independent film production company, as well as an independent feature film producer.

Andrew’s credits as Producer include one short film, A Funny Thing Happened At The Quick Mart, four feature-length documentaries, including The Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat and Beers, Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, The Boy Who Loved Hearses, and Last Cup: The Road to the World Series of Beer Pong, and four narrative features, including: Explicit Ills, Twelve, Café, and Everything Must Go.


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Parinda Patel

Managing Director

Parinda is a native of Philadelphia and graduate of Temple University with a BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising. She has been a key member of the Philadelphia Film Society’s Operations Staff since January of 2005. Parinda currently oversees the areas of operations, media relations and marketing for the organization, as well as the annual Philadelphia Film Festival.

She serves on the Planning Committee and Jury of the Greenfield Youth Film Festival as well as the Planning Committee of the ReelAbilities: Philadelphia Disabilities Film Festival.

Prior to working at PFS, Parinda has held many freelance and volunteer positions in different areas of the entertainment industry, including assisting music and concert promoters at the legendary Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, California.


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Michael Lerman

Artistic Director

Michael is a veteran programmer of film festivals, currently curating for Fantastic Fest. He is also an Acquisitions Consultant for The Film Sales Company, a New York City based film sales agency, as well as a frequent contributor to several acclaimed independent film publications including indieWIRE, Spout and Hammer to Nail. Coming from a diverse film industry background, he has worn many hats including one as the co- director/co-producer/co-writer of the 2008 SXSW premiere Natural Causes and the co-founder of the production company Tiger Industry Films. A native of Philadelphia, He has worked for the Film Society for several years, serving as an Associate Programmer for the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2007 and 2008, and as Director of Programming for the Film Society in 2009.


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Rebecca Cain

Development Director

Rebecca is a recent transplant from the Midwest. She is an alumni of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, The Theatre School at DePaul University Chicago, and Lincoln College in Lincoln Illinois. Rebecca has been in the Development field for a number of years serving the University YMCA at the University of Illinois and as Director of The Virginia Theatre, also in Champaign Illinois. Rebecca attended the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana-Perdue University for her professional training. Married for 16 years and mother of 3; Rebecca looks forward to the next chapter for PFS and its future home, the Roxy Theater.


Allison Koehler

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Born and raised in New Jersey, Allison relocated to Philadelphia from Brooklyn in the summer of 2013.  She graduated magna cum laude as the Communication Department Student of the Year from the University of Tampa (2008) with a BA in Communication, Film & Media Arts.

Allison joins PFS after five years with the Sarasota Film Festival as their Director of Education & Outreach and youthFEST Programmer. With the goals to inspire, educate, and entertain while promoting critical thinking skills through visual and media literacy, Allison is currently developing year-round accessible education and community programming for PFS intended for families and students of all ages. Allison’s additional experience as a Senior Account Executive with Auster Agency and freelance work in digital media, writing, and event production has provided her with a varied skill set to share with the film society.


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Mariah Weiler

Marketing Coordinator

Mariah is a Philadelphia native and graduate of Temple University holding a B.A. in Public Relations and minor in English. During her time at Temple, Mariah lived abroad in Rome studying Roman Literature, Ceramics and Art History. Before joining PFS in July of 2012, Mariah interned and worked for Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia magazine and Tierney Communications.


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Alyssa Kaminski

Membership Coordinator

Alyssa Kaminski started at the Film Society as a Festival Intern in 2012 and quickly joined the team as the Membership Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Delaware in December 2011 with a Degree in Fine Arts Photography and Video. Alyssa has been a part of the Philadelphia arts community since 2011, when she worked at the Northern Liberties Crane Arts Building. Prior to working for PFS, she was involved with the monthly curation of short videos for Wilmington’s First Friday Art Loop. Alyssa is responsible for building and representing the Membership Base of the PFS.


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Alex Gibson

Operations Manager

Alex has been a part of the Philadelphia Film Society since 2011. She started as an intern and returned as Volunteer Coordinator for the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival. She graduated from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater in May 2012 and recently moved back to Philadelphia to return to the Film Society. Alex has previously worked on independent films and produced a video for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office in Spring 2012. Alex is currently the Operations Manager for PFS.