Frequently asked questions

Nancy DeLucia - Treasurer & Secretary

Nancy DeLucia is a retired arts administrator, business owner and economist. Most recently, she was the Director of Policy & Community Engagement at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Executive Director of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation. Previously, she worked for the Council on Wage & Price Stability during the Carter administration, the New Jersey Department of Health and co- owned a multi-use fitness club. DeLucia has served on the boards of the Monroe County Arts Council, Worthington Hall Foundation, Hedgerow Theatre, Be A Part of the Conversation and the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts. She volunteers for VOSH-PA and the James Michener Art Museum. DeLucia graduated from the University of Delaware and received an MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen Buerkle

Stephen Buerkle is an entrepreneurial technologist with a record of successes in the fields of immersive technologies (Virtual/Augmented Reality), computer software, digital content and Internet infrastructure technologies. Buerkle has founded, managed and grown multiple technology companies over the past 30+ years. He has also served in a senior capacity within two venture capital/investment banking firms, executing multiple early stage technology investments. In addition, Buerkle served as a Board member and Board President of the Federation of Neighborhood Centers, a capacity-building non- profit, serving communities in-need within Philadelphia. He has an BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MBA in Finance with concentrations in Investment Theory and Computer Science.

Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories. His other works include a book of nonfiction, The Book of My Lives; The Making of Zombie Wars, a novel; journalism, screenplays, and content for the Netflix original show Sense8. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Hemon has taught at Northwestern University and New York University and is currently part of the Creative Writing Faculty at Princeton University.

Claire Elaine - Executive Director & Charter Member

Claire Elaine has been the Executive Director at PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival since 2018 after joining as a creative consultant in 2017. Since taking over the Executive position, she has helped to establish sponsorships and most importantly, gain the acceptance and support of key figures within the Priceton and filmmaking communities in addition to growing the volunteer staff. She is now grateful to be joined by the other members of PRINDIE's distinguished board to continue to drive the success of the festival.

Ryan McDonald - Programming Director & Charter Member

Ryan McDonald is a diversified professional with experience in entertainment, business, management and entrepreneurship, with a scholarly obsession of film and literature to boot. His sensibilities for quality filmmaking are essential to the festival - you can thank him for all the amazing movies you get to see!

Sara McDermott - Special Projects Director & Founder

Sara McDermott is an award-winning screenwriter and director who fulfilled a life-long dream when she founded Prindie in 2015. Her aim is to promote diversity in film, and part of PRINDIE's mission is to showcase female and minority filmmakers. She recently sold her feature-length screenplay Left to the production company Gaddis Visuals; the finished film is now available on Amazon Prime.

Dominique Carroll

Dominique is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with experience representing clients in state and federal courts across multiple jurisdictions and a practice focused on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Dominique also serves as outside general counsel to privately held businesses and he provides strategic representation to small, medium and large businesses in the manufacturing, retail, media and other industries in a broad range of matters. A graduate of Rutgers University, Dominique went on to earn J.D. and MBA degrees in a joint business and law curriculum at the University of Illinois, receiving several awards for earning top marks and serving as an editor on the Illinois Business Law Journal. He resides in Princeton.