Gabrielle A. Hanna
Gabrielle A. Hanna has been with the Festival, first as Director of Development then as Executive Director, since 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, and a Masters at Columbia University, and has worked in the development field for more than twenty years. Prior to her work with PIFF, she was the President of GAH Consulting, a New York-based fundraising and special events company focusing on not-for-profit organizations. She also was Executive Director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, Director of Development of Body Positive, a New York City HIV/AIDS service organization, Director of Institutional Advancement for The Hewitt School, and began her career at Barnard College as Associate Director of Alumnae Affairs.
Connie White has been active in the independent film business for twenty years, initially as an innovative film programmer for the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. There, she served as co-owner, operator and film programmer/booker from 1987-2001. Since 1996, she has also been programming and booking art and independent films for the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass., and, more recently, for the Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, Mass., the New Art Cinemas in Provincetown, Mass., the Amherst Cinema Arts Center in Amherst, Mass., and the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A co-founder of the Boston International Festival of Women’s Cinema, Connie is also the Artistic Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival in Provincetown, Mass., which, under her direction, has hosted and honored such acclaimed independent filmmakers as Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Mira Nair, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes, and Jim Jarmusch.
Connie created Balcony Releasing in 2002, which designs and implements theatrical distribution strategies for independently produced documentary features. Balcony’s first release, Daughter From Danang, went on to win an Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary, alongside Bowling for Columbine, Spellbound and Winged Migration. Other Balcony Releasing films include the acclaimed documentaries The Same River Twice, Love and Diane, Al Franken: God Spoke, So Much So Fast, and Wrestling with Angels:Playwright Tony Kushner.
Ms. White was awarded The 2000 “Image Award for Vision and Excellence” from Women in Film and Video, New England. She served on the jury for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and is a consultant for the Sundance Institute’s current “Art House Project” Initiative.