Meet the New Wave Steering Committee

Mike Audet, Co-Chair

Mike Audet has loved movies for as long as he can remember. Mike first discovered FLC in 2010, shortly after moving to NYC: he knew he had found the right city when he walked into Walter Reade to see Boyfriends and Girlfriends on the big screen as part of a Rohmer retrospective. And in recent years, NYFF has become his favorite event in New York.

For his day job, Mike has worked in private equity at Blackstone since 2010, making investments in fintech, financial services, and industrial companies. He grew up in New Hampshire, studied math at Dartmouth and got an MBA from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, he enjoys watching movies, exploring NYC’s restaurants/bars and traveling.

It’s nearly impossible for him to list his favorite films, but he’d probably start the discussion around Yiyi, the Before trilogy and the collected works of Hong Sang-soo.

Brian Gemino, Co-Chair 

Brian F. Gemino is a partner and Senior Vice President at Silvercrest Asset Management Group, where he has been a Portfolio Manager since 2010.  He holds an MBA from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary as well as a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Media Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.  He grew up in Rockville Centre, New York, and attended Chaminade High School. When he is not seen attending Film at Lincoln Center, he can be found supporting and volunteering with other non-profit organizations throughout the state.

Soleil Nathwani, Co-Chair

Soleil Nathwani is a New York-based writer, magazine editor and former film executive and hedge fund COO with over two decades of experience across media and finance.

Soleil’s Features, Op-Eds and Interviews have been published in magazines including Rolling Stone, L’Officiel, MW, House Magazine and Honeysuckle Magazine. She has profiled Oscar,  Pulitzer, Grammy and CFDA winners and Michelin Star Chefs and elevated rising artists. A longtime Culture Columnist for Rolling Stone India, Soleil covers Arts, Socio-politics, Food, Gender, Media and Tech.

Soleil’s prior film projects have received acclaim at festivals including Sundance and the Berlinale. With a focus on amplifying social impact through film, she ran Distribution and Partnerships for Girl Rising and was a consultant to Gathr Films.

Soleil received her B.A. at Harvard College and began her career at Goldman Sachs where she was a Vice President and co-founded the Capital Introduction Group. She went on to work in Business Development at Third Point Capital and as COO at Alson Capital and Lodge Hill Capital.

In addition to the New Wave Steering Committee, Soleil is also an Ambassador for Magic Bus, a sports-based education program for at risk children.

Soleil grew up in London and Mumbai. Satyajit Ray, Agnes Varda and Pedro Almodovar are amongst her favorite filmmakers. She loves storytelling in all its forms and is working on her first novel.

Julia Ridilla, Co-Chair

Originally from Pennsylvania, Julia Ridilla is a creative producer who found her first job as a New Yorker here at Film Linc. She graduated with a dual degree from Pace University and studied additionally with The Juilliard School. After finding a community in festival programming, she went on to focus on development and production.

While at Tribeca Productions she worked on projects such as The Irishman and When They See Us and was also an enthusiastic supporter of their Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program and AT&T Untold Stories Lab. She later joined the team at Hello Sunshine to develop stories with a focus on empowering the next generation of women. She most recently wrapped on a show with HBO. Along with a passion for mentorship initiatives and elevating new voices, Julia is thrilled to be celebrating a decade of being involved with Film at Lincoln Center in 2022!

Jono Abrams

A graduate of Cornell University, Jono has been active in the film, theater, and music industries. He is an avid tennis player, lover of fine dining and not so fine dining, and likes staying up really late. His love of cinema has been life long, and he appreciates the fresh perspective that the New Wave program brings to the conversation on film. He truly believes that the New York Film Festival is New York City’s preeminent cultural event showcasing international filmmakers, their films and the human condition. Favorite directors include Preston Sturges, Bong Joon Ho, Martin Scorsese, Alexander Mackendrick, Sidney Lumet, Orson Welles, Yorgos Lanthimos, Jean-Luc Godard, the list goes on and on… His favorite films of last year include Uncut GemsYoung AhmedParasiteDiane, and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Learn more about Jono in our Member Spotlight!

Gyason Copeland

Gyason Copeland is a Business Analyst at First Eagle Investment Management. He graduated from Pace University in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked in various tech roles within the financial industry. He is a founding father of the Tau Delta chapter of Kappa Sigma at Pace University. Gyason is a musician and audio engineer when not working. He has been a member of the New Wave Steering Committee for Film at Lincoln Center since 2019 and his favorite film is An Elephant Sitting Still.

Ramona Czernek

Originally from NY, Ramona Czernek spent most of her life in LA and has recently returned to her hometown. From majoring in Screenwriting, performing Improv Comedy to working currently as a VIP / PR Director in the Fashion Industry she continues to be a multi hyphenated personality. You can usually find her at the movies, at a concert or hanging with her cat. 

Dominic-Madori Davis

Dominic-Madori Davis hails from sunny Florida and loves all things Audrey Hepburn. After studying narratives at the University of Southern California, she moved to the Big Apple and sought to connect with fellow film lovers, subsequently finding New Wave in the process. Her favorite films include Cinema Paradiso, Mulholland Drive, and A Clockwork Orange. In her spare time, she’s a business and technology journalist who avidly binges The Golden Girls.

Meg Larson

Meg Larson joined New Wave in 2013 when looking to find some fellow film-lovers in the city. Originally from Connecticut, she grew up going to the movies with her family. She can proudly say her very first movie theater experience was also a selection at NYFF (Beauty and the Beast). She currently works in advertising and when she’s not at the movies or listening to various movie podcasts, you can find her acing the pop culture questions on her weekly trivia team or plotting her next trip.


Paola Piaggio

Born and raised in Italy, Paola is a Corporate Development manager with international experience in scouting new business opportunities, executing special projects, and coordinating cross functional teams.

While she has always enjoyed playing tennis and travelling, it was only after she moved to Chicago in 2014 that Paola discovered her love for films and storytelling. Since then, she has embraced her new passion in different ways: from reading screenplays to learning as much as possible about the actors and filmmakers she admires the most; from getting involved with the Telluride Film Festival and Sundance, to producing a short film.

Now a New Yorker, Paola has made Film at Lincoln Center her second home and she considers volunteering in the Talent Liaison Team of the NYFF one of the best experiences of her life.

Mimi Rich

Mimi Rich has been going to film festivals since she was 15 years old, so it was not a surprise when she immediately found the wonderful New York Film Festival upon her move to New York 8 years ago. She’s currently pursuing her MFA in Film Production at Columbia University. Her favorite movies from recent years (many which she first saw at NYFF) include: Her Smell, Only Lovers Left Alive, Toni Erdmann, Tangerine, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, The Descendants, and Uncut Gems…. but her guilty pleasure film is John Wick.

Sarah Schottenstein

Sarah Schottenstein has a deep appreciation for the arts and her passion for cinema can be traced back to her childhood years. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and earned a B.A. in Communication Arts. She further completed a specialized training program in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Sarah has worked in Film/TV Development and Acquisitions, and she has evaluated screenplays for top production companies. An engaged New Wave member for years, Sarah proudly joined the New Wave Steering Committee in February 2022.

One of her fondest NYFF memories is attending the opening night of No Country for Old Men and having the privilege to discuss Javier Bardem’s character evolution with the Miramax Films President.

Some of Sarah’s all-time favorite films (in no particular order) include: Goodfellas, Citizen Kane, Back to the Future, Good Will Hunting, Trading Places, and My Fair Lady. NYFF57 was an epic year for Sarah with the release of The Irishman reuniting Martin Scorsese and several cast members of Goodfellas. Additionally some of her 2021 favorites are: The Power of the Dog, tick, tick…BOOM!, Drive My Car, and Azor.

Sarah has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit Lupus Research Alliance. She has been an active member of their Young Leaders Board for over a decade and was appointed to the Leadership Committee in 2020. Sarah loves Italian food, binge watching new programs, seeing Broadway shows, and connecting with New Wave members.

Logan Skole

Logan Skole was born and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She attended UMass Amherst and a university in Paris where she studied French, Gastronomy, and Art History. Two years ago, Logan moved to New York to pursue acting and is currently enrolled at the William Esper Studio. Logan’s favorite new wave movie is Pierrot le Fou!

Additional Steering Committee Members
Ella Sahlman 
Ivan Simic