BIFF Board of Trustees
|Kelley Ryan Vickery, Festival Founder
Kelley Vickery founded the Berkshire International Film Festival in May 2006 in Great Barrington, MA. A native of Colorado and graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Vickery moved to Washington D.C. to pursue her passion for the arts. She worked for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for nearly five years as the press manager for the dance and ballet programs. She spent the next 10 years overseas where she raised her three children and created jobs as a docent for art museums, a photographer, and a gallery owner in Germany and Asia.
Vickery received the 2010 Moxie Award, the 2015 Berkshire Trendsetter Award and the 2016 Berkshire Magazine 25 Most Influential People Award. She is an active member in her community and has served on various boards and committees including Jacob’s Pillow, Tanglewood, Shakespeare and Company, IS183, Austen Riggs and Construct, Inc.
|Pat Fili-Krushel, Board Chair
Pat’s uniquely diverse career in media and digital in both the creative and business arenas has proven her agility and versatility to add value in different roles and functions. She is recognized as a trusted advisor, a consensus builder and influential change agent, and a skilled manager.
Pat served as Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group. Prior to NBCUniversal, Pat was Executive Vice President at Time Warner Inc. Before joining Time Warner, Pat was the CEO of WebMD, President of the ABC Television Network, President of ABC Daytime, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production of Lifetime Television, and she has held senior positions with Home Box Office, culminating her tenure as Vice President of Business Affairs and Production.
Pat has been named multiple of times to Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women” list and received numerous awards including New York Women in Communications’ prestigious Matrix Awards. She was named to Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on Women's Issues.
She is committed to her non-profit board’s leadership: The Estee Lauder Foundation Board, The Public Theater where she is Vice Chair, Berkshire Film Festival where she is Chair and The Center for Talent Innovation where she is a board member and serving as interim CEO. She is a senior mentor in W.O.M.E.N. In America and a member of The Women’s Forum of New York, a by invitation community of preeminent New York women leaders.
|Ronald Frohne, Board Vice-Chair
Ronald's started his career in 1965 as a bank manager in Munich and Toronto. From 1968 through 1972 he pursued a law degree in Paris and Munich and received his doctorate in 1972. Between 1972 and 1974 he was an Assistant Lecturer of Law at the University of Augsburg.
In 1975 Ronald Frohne was admitted to the German Bar and joined the international law firm Nörr, Stiefenhofer & Lutz in 1977, where he became a partner in 1980. Being resident in the Berlin and Munich offices of the law firm he specializes in national and international corporate and media law. On leave from 1984 to 1987 he held the position of a Managing Director at the KirchGroup, a major German entertainment company. In 1988 he was admitted as CPA („Wirtschaftsprüfer“). In 1991 Ronald Frohne was appointed Deputy Chairman at the East German radio and television broadcasting stations. He held this post until the end of 1992 when the East German radio and television broadcasting stations were amalgamated into the West German radio and television system. Since March 1997 Ronald Frohne has taught media law as an honorary professor at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen „Konrad Wolf“ in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He acted as Co-Chairman of Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz from 1998-2004 and presently resides in New York as head of Nörr`s NY office. He sits on the board of several national and international companies.
|Richard Stanley, Treasurer|
|Fern Portnoy, Secretary|
Karen Allen was inspired to become an actor after seeing Jerzy Grotowski’s Polish Theatre Laboratory in a performance of Apolcalypsis Cum Figuris in 1972. She attended George Washington University and studied and performed in numerous theatre productions with the Washington Theatre Laboratory in Washington DC. She co-produced performances by international theatre companies at the Washington Project for the Arts for four years before moving to New York City to work in the theatre.
In NY she portrayed Helen Keller in William Gibson’s “The Monday After the Miracle” directed by Arthur Penn at the Actor’s Studio,the Spoleto Festival, the Kennedy Center in Wash DC and on Broadway. Her performance won a Theatre World Award. Other theatre performances in NY include William Mastrosimones’ Extremities, Strinberg’s Miss Julie, productions of The Country Girl, The Miracle Worker, and Speaking in Tongues at the Roundabout Theatre, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, and Beautiful Bodies by Laura Cunningham. She has worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Longwharf, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Co. and the Westport Country Playhouse. In the Fall of 2012 she starred in the US premiere of Norwegian playwright Jon Fosses’ A Summer Day with Rattlestick Theatre at the Cherry Lane in NY.
As a director in the theatre she has done two productions of Michael Weller’s Moonchildren, Joan Ackermann’s “The Batting Cage” and an award winning production of Mastrisimone’s Extremities at BTF. Most recently she directed Lucy Thurber’s world premiere of Ashville for Rattlestick Theatre in NY which won an Obie Award in 2014 and Terrance McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune at BTF in 2015. She is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, has taught acting and directing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in association with NYU, and is a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio.
Her films include Animal House, The Wanderers, A Small Circle of Friends, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shoot the Moon, Cruising, Until September, Starman, Animal Behavior, The Glass Menagerie, Backfire, The End of the Line, Scrooged, The Sandlot, King of the Hill, Falling Sky, The Perfect Storm, The Basket, In the Bedroom, Malcolm X, Poster Boy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, White Irish Drinkers and Bad Hurt. Her most recent film is based on Joan Anderson’s memoir “A Year By the Sea” and has won numerous awards at film festivals in 2016. It will be released in 2017.
In June of 2016 she wrote and directed her first film, based on Carson McCullers’ short story, A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud. It will be seen at film festivals in 2017 including the BIFF in June of 2017 and in Columbus, GA, NYC, Nyack, NY and Rome, Italy as part of a celebration of Carson McCuller’s 100th birthday in February of 2017.
On television she has been seen as Abra in the mini-series of Steinbeck’s East of Eden, as Christa Macauliffe in The Challenger, and in Secret Weapon, Voyage, All the Winter’s That Have Been, My Horrible Year, Rapture, November Christmas, Law and Order, and Bluebloods.
Karen studied textile and clothing design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC when she was 17. In 2010 she received an honorary doctorate from FIT and the State University of NY for her design work with her company Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington, MA where she presently has a design studio and store that represents dozens of textile and clothing designers from around the world that she admires.
Karen divides her time between western MA and NYC and between her work as an actor and director. She is an active Board member of the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Amazon Conservation Team. She has a 26 year old son, Nicholas, who is a professional chef.
After graduating with a BFA in Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in 1977, Harper began his movie career at Kaleidoscope Films in Hollywood where he eventually became Vice President and General Manager before joining 20th Century Fox in 1984. Over the next 30 years he performed in a wide variety of roles for Fox contributing in various ways to over 400 major motion picture productions and releases. His early jobs included Vice President of Creative Advertising, Vice President of Production and President of World Wide Marketing. In 1991, he ventured into independent production with his Fox based Featherstone Productions where he developed and produced the 1993 summer hit ROOKIE OF THE YEAR.
In 1995, Harper rejoined the executive ranks at 20th Century Fox as President of Marketing and managed the campaigns for such films as INDEPENDENCE DAY, WAITING TO EXHALE, DR. DOOLITTLE and THE STAR WARS TRILOGY SPECIAL EDITION. He was named Vice Chairman of the studio in 2000 and then in 2004 was promoted to Vice Chairman of parent company, Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he had global strategic, creative and managerial responsibilities for all the Fox film divisions which included 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Atomic and 20th Century Fox Animation. Some of the films released during this time period include, STAR WARS EPISODE III, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE.
In 2007 he was named CEO and Chairman of the Fox partnered independent studio New Regency Productions (a production entity that has made and owns over 100 titles including such high profile Fox releases as FIGHT CLUB, ENTRAPMENT, MAN ON FIRE, DAREDEVIL and MR. AND MRS. SMITH). While there he contributed to the development, production and worldwide release of such films as ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, MARLEY AND ME, BRIDE WARS and KNIGHT AND DAY. After leaving New Regency in 2011, he remained on the Fox lot for 4 years and executive produced IN TIME, WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER, and DARKEST HOUR while continuing to provide strategic input to the office of the Chairman. His Featherstone Productions is currently in development on a feature film at 20th Century Fox. Harper serves on the Advisory Boards of the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as the Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation. He has previously served as Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Chapter of the National MS Society. As a former board member of World Neighbors he remains an active contributor and fund raiser for this Oklahoma based non-profit organization dedicated to helping third-world communities find lasting solutions to hunger, poverty and disease. He has been a member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences for more than 30 years.
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Mary Mott began her twenty-five year career in advertising in New York and then San Francisco. She eventually moved on to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she continued her passion for writing through a weekly column and radio show. She also spearheaded the area's first year-round performance theater and Shakespeare festival.
Ten years ago, she and husband Gordon fell in love with an old farmhouse and created a home in the Berkshires. Continuing her passion for writing, Mary moved into performing her words. She has done two one-woman shows in the Berkshires and Sun Valley. "From Where I Sit" in 2013 and "Butter to the Edges" in 2016.
Mary lives in Stockbridge with her husband Gordon, and dogs, Rosie and Lola.
Since 1994 Kevin Sprague and the team at Studio Two have been creating bold brands for institutions in the Northeast and around the nation. Studio Two focuses on an analytical design process that builds strong, growth-oriented brand strategies for institutions and businesses. Studio Two specializes in managing the full spectrum of design and marketing for cultural non-profits, with long-standing, successful relationships with leading regional arts organizations. Currently Studio Two hosts a staff of six full-time designers, web programmers, branding specialists and SEO/SEM managers.
Studio Two Principal Kevin Sprague is a strategic marketing consultant who works with organizations to create compelling methods of communicating, defining, and expressing their core values and products. His work is driven by a passion for creating opportunities and expansion through his deep interest in beautiful imagery, transparent language, and fundamental design. Kevin’s portfolio encompasses internet culture, photographic expression and systems, digital media production, artistic direction and institutional creative process development.
Logical, well considered architecture is at the root of Kevin’s process-driven development when developing brand systems, internet strategies, and communications plans. Informing this architecture is the creative spark—the element of intuition, experience and skill developed over a lifetime of creative output. Kevin draws no boundaries between his personal, commercial and artistic spaces—they each inform the other seamlessly. An outgoing advocate of creative process development, Kevin believes that any individual or organization can learn, develop and master the skill of bringing creativity to bear on the task at hand in effective, measurable ways.
After completing a BA in French literature at William Smith and a Master’s Degree in Russian literature at Harvard, Tania Walker went on to work with thousands of Russian emigres in NYC as an educational and cultural advisor for 15 years. A transplant to the US herself, having grown up in Iran in a Russian/Armenian household, she has a great appreciation for diverse cultures. Tania has also pursued her interest in nature photography and has found New Marlborough an inspiration for her work. She has a passion for jazz, gardening and traveling around the globe.