THE TEAM

Mark Sternberg

Founder

Mark Sternberg

Co-founder of REVRIE Immersive Works, a cinematic virtual reality production company dedicated to telling compelling narratives, and Cinematic VR NYC, a Meetup group dedicated to helping filmmakers transition into this new medium has joined the NYC Indie Film Festival as Curator, Virtual Reality. Before entering the VR landscape, Mark worked in a creative capacity producing a feature film that received festival recognition, as well as taking on a variety of roles to produce several shorts films and web series. He is also an entertainment attorney representing independent film, television and new media producers, creative talent, production companies and distributors.

Maria Akay

Director, Founder

Maria Akay

Maria has a unique love for film with a background in communications. In the past, Maria has worked on the theatrical release of a Canadian documentary in New York City. A native New Yorker living in Queens, she became involved with the NYC Independent Film Festival in 2015 and fell in love with the film community. Maria works on assisting all aspects in marketing and public relations as well as managing the festival's social media team, making sure the voice of the independent filmmaker is heard. Maria became the festival's Director and Narrative Feature Curator in 2016. She is currently the production coordinator for the documentary projects, Beyond Moscow and Lost at Sea.

Kevin H Gordon

3D Artist, Environment Artist, Game Designer

Kevin H Gordon

Currently pursuing his MFA in Interactive Media & Game Design from SCAD, Kevin is a rising 3D Artist and Game Designer with a penchant for VR Development. He has several 3D game and VR projects under his belt including a project featured in the Cross Video Days Film Festival “Paper Origami”. After obtaining his BFA degree from Mercy College with a focus in 3D Design and Computer Arts for film, he ventured on to follow his passion for game design and VR Development. Through the years he has been an instructor of 3D Design, Game Design, and VR design at various educational institutions such as iD Tech Camp and The Dalton School. To this event, he brings with him the culmination of knowledge he’s gained over the years working in the field. He also brings a couple of tips and tricks he wishes he knew when beginning his VR and Game Design journey.

John Andrucci

LUCKY UNCLE Founder John Joseph Andrucci

John has a slate of films in a development: LAS VOCES DEL CORAZON with Randy Valdes; MY FATHER THE NUDIST with Tim Driscoll; STAY, an LGBT Punk Noir flick with Brandon Zuck; and two creature features. He's the author of six childrens' books, and recently became enchanted by the Realities: VR, AR, and Mixed Media.