|Benjamin Bertalan – Film Wrangler
Ben has always had an interest in film. He has gone from writing term papers on the history of the Academy Awards to writing film criticism for The Allentown Times. He has been on the film selection jury since the very first year. This librarian always enjoys hearing good book and music recommendations. It is always hard for Ben to choose his favorite movies, but here are some of his top picks: Ed Wood, Ghost World, The Girl on the Bridge, The Big Lebowski, Nights of Cabiria, The Guatemalan Handshake, The Lady Vanishes, Swingers, Double Indemnity, Shaun of the Dead, American Splendor, Sunrise and Two Family House.
Jenn is a native of the Pocono Mountains, but her career in healthcare brought her to the Lehigh Valley 14 years ago and she’s been enamored with it ever since. She enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining for family, coworkers and friends – her Oscar party is a must! Other hobbies include reading, swimming and going for hikes in local parks. The spare time she has is spent enjoying local festivals, restaurants, events and yes; seeing movies with friends. Jenn has been a member of the SouthSide Film Festivals jury and a volunteer for four years. 2017 is her first year as a board member. She enjoys all types of movies – drama, action, independent, even animated family films. favorites include JAWS, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, the original Star Wars Trilogy and the Princess Bride.
Katie Dyer is a retired elementary vocal music teacher, who became hooked on the festival at the Prequel and, two years later, became a participant in the Film Treks workshop. She enjoyed that experience so much that she had a second go-round the next year. She maintains a private piano studio, sings with the Camerata Singers and Lehigh University Choral Arts, and serves on the boards of directors of Camerata Singers and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, as well as the SouthSide Film Festival . Passions include travel, learning foreign languages, Golden Retrievers, opera and organizing chaos. Favorite films? The Gods Must Be Crazy, Harry Potter, and Doctor Zhivago.
|Carol J. Gilmore
SSFF Jury Committee and Board member Carol J. Gilmore is crazy about photography, museums and movies. As movies go, she’s especially fond of indie, foreign, and documentary films and loves visiting independent/art house cinemas throughout the region and New York City. A Lehigh Valley resident since the late 80’s, Carol has a soft spot for non-profit arts and social service organizations and has served on several other area boards including the former AIDS Services Center; Godfrey Daniels; and the Lehigh Valley Photography Club, where she has served as president for several years. Carol is employed as an editor for Cadient, a Malvern, PA-based ad agency.
|Pattie Giordani – Public Relations
Pattie is a freelance writer, editor and storyteller. Her most-recent articles have been published in Lehigh Valley Style and Bethlehem Press. Her former day jobs include associate editor at a national nonprofit association and assistant features editor at The Express-Times newspaper. She speaks at writers meetings and conferences on various topics. She wrote a short article about Baltimore movie locations for Baltimore magazine and a feature article about Lehigh Valley movie locations for The Express-Times. Some of her favorite films are Moonstruck, Avalon, the original Hairspray, Cinema Paradiso, Johnny Stecchino
—and videos of her grandsons.
|Ann Knerr – Board Secretary|
|Glenn Koehler – Director
Glenn is a Hellertown native and a lover of all things Lehigh Valley. In his spare time he visits various valley restaurants, festivals, and enjoys nightlife and concerts in the area. Glenn’s interest in film first began in high school after watching a series of documentaries and indie films at recommendation from his astrophysics teacher. Glenn is also a volunteer fireman, involved heavily in the Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol, and on the Disaster Action Team with the Red Cross. Some of his favorite films include School Ties, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream, Rushmore, Un Chien Andalou, and Blue Velvet.
|Gary Krall – Board Treasurer
Gary, a native of Bethlehem, is a management accountant having worked in the manufacturing sector for over 25 years in and around the Lehigh Valley. He enjoys a variety of musical genres such as rock, jazz and folk but is especially fond of progressive rock music pioneered by bands such as Yes, Genesis and King Crimson in the 1970’s. His music collection of cds, vinyl and concert videos numbers in the thousands and he estimates that he has attended over 200 concerts over the years. He is also a home theater enthusiast and enjoys science fiction and comedy films as well as his favorite sport ice hockey in his man cave. Among his favorite films are Blade Runner, Local Hero, Moonstruck, Star Trek First Contact, all of the Marx brothers films as well as the Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Gary holds degrees from Moravian College and Penn State and lives with his wife Pattie and their 3 cats Demi, Fletcher and Harold who are also film buffs.
|Lorraine M. Pasquali – Volunteer Coordinator
Lorraine has had an interest in film and photography since childhood. Her first camera was the Kodak X-15 Instamatic. (It’s still in her collection!) “I think I get it from my dad, he was always taking slides and movies.” Although she has mostly worked with still photography, she developed a renewed interest in film-making via the SouthSide Film Festival Documentary Workshop. Today, she rarely leaves the house without her digital camera, a point and shoot model with video capability. How any of that translates into BA in Political Science, nobody knows. Film fave raves: “I love what I call ‘Going to the movies’ movies. You grab a big bucket of popcorn, sit back and enjoy the ride.” Examples: LOTR series, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter. Her portfolio can be viewed here: www.lorrainepasquali.com
|John Saraceno – Board Vice President
John is a business owner with 20+ years of experience founding, developing and managing for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. His award-winning advertising agency, Saraceno Design, has thrived on Bethlehem’s South Side since 1983. John has spearheaded several economic and community development efforts, and volunteers for a variety of organizations. A founding member of the board of directors of the SouthSide Merchants Association, Rose Garden Children’s Festival, Touchstone Theatre, among others, he contributes his expertise in problem-solving, fundraising, marketing, and community-building.
|Jeff Vaclavik – Board President
Jeff has been the owner and operator of Deja Brew Coffeehouse and Deli in South Bethlehem since 1995. During his years in business, Jeff has been involved in many community events and committees. Jeff is an avid reader and music listener with a particular love of The Beatles. His primary hobby is following Penn State football. He’s also been known to watch a film or two. Three of his favorite ‘overlooked’ films are My Favorite Year, Wrestling With Ernest Hemingway and Nobody’s Fool. Jeff and his wife Georgeann welcomed a son, Brady, in October, 2004. “Out of all the events in which I’ve been involved, the SouthSide Film Festival has been, by far, the most work but the most rewarding.”