VIDIOTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patty Polinger, Vidiots Founder/Vice Board Chair, established Vidiots in 1985 with Cathy, her childhood friend, with a mission to open a different kind of video store; a cultural and community film hub offering a unique and diverse library.
Cathy Tauber, Vidiots Founder/Vice Board Chair, opened Vidiots in 1985, after she and her childhood friend Patty saw a need to make available for rent more interesting, independent, foreign, cult, and documentary films, which were not available anywhere at the time.
Maggie Mackay, Vidiots Board Chair/ED, developed her interest in film as a child at her local NYC video store. She has held high-level positions at the Sundance Institute, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Danièle Neuharth, Director of Development at RAND Corporation, has over fifteen years of experience in the arts, entertainment, environmental and higher education sectors. She has served in various development roles at USC, Art Center College of Design, the American Film Institute, and the Sundance Institute.
Rachel O’Connor is President of Film and Television at Pascal Pictures, based at Universal Pictures. O’Connor’s many credits include: Spider-Man: Homecoming, the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Academy Award-nominated The Post, Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Little Women, and the television adaptation of Nathaniel Popper’s Digital Gold.
Claudia Puig is President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and a nationally recognized entertainment journalist. Puig also serves as program director for the Mendocino Film Festival and FilmFest 919. Puig teaches a college course in Diversity in the Media and specializes in cultural analysis and diversity issues.
Mary Rohlich is a film, television and documentary film producer. She serves as an Executive Producer on the acclaimed Netflix series Atypical. Rohlich has produced hit comedies including Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses, and Identity Thief, and several notable and award-winning documentary features, including Gleason and Print the Legend.
VIDIOTS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Yemi Adegbonmire, Associate Principal Counsel, Disney
Stacey Anderson, KENT Woman
Caleb Bardgett, Art Director, Annapurna Pictures
Dilcia Barrera, Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Simon Barrett, Filmmaker
Winona Bechtel, Director of Development, Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Bret Berg, Theatrical Sales Director, AGFA
Emily Kelleher-Best, CEO & Founder, Seed & Spark
Ashley Byrd, VP Finance & Accounting, Annapurna Pictures
Keith Calder, Snoot Entertainment
Jess Wu Calder, Snoot Entertainment
Henry Cheung, Senior Project Designer, Bestor Architecture
Susan Garbett, General Manager, Live Nation
Shipra Gupta, Publicist
Kate Hagen, Director of Community, The Black List
Eric Allen Hatch, Programmer
Marcus Hunter, Chair of African American Studies, UCLA
Jenny Jacobi, Senior Director, Content/Sponsorship/Events, Alamo Drafthouse
Nicole Kelly, Programming Director, Women’s Center for Creative Work
Franklin Leonard, CEO & Founder, The Black List
Karina Longworth, Writer / Podcast Producer
Branden Miller, SVP In-Theatre Marketing + Distribution, United Artists Releasing
Nate Moore, VP Development and Production, Marvel
Jason Paul, Creative Technologist, JMPaul Development LLC
Abby Pucker, Director of Business Development, Madison Wells Media
Mark Putnam Jr., Brand Marketing Consultant
Dayna Richards, Entertainment Attorney
Rachel Rosen, Director of Programming, SFFILM
Michael Showalter, Filmmaker
C. Mason Wells, Director of Theatrical Sales, Kino Lorber
April Wolfe, Film Critic / Filmmaker