About Us

The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is comprised of a team of dedicated volunteers who include professional artists, educators, business leaders and community organizers. We are a volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to increase access to and bring contemporary art, music and film to Atlantic Highlands and the Bayshore region. For more information about us, check out our website at www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.com


Festival Co-Directors

FilmOneFest 2012/2013 Committee:

Terri Barbagallo – Submissions Committee and Teen Arts Festival Evaluator

Juergen Berkessel and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel are Co-Founders of Polymash Inc., a local Atlantic Highlands-based creative agency, specializing in app and mobile web design. Juergen and Robyn designed and developed the FilmOneFest iPad app.  They also serve on the Submissions Committee.

Robert Bond, the Arts Council’s Treasurer, is a lawyer and the Broker of Record and Business Manager at Better Homes Realty.

Troy Burbank – a local filmmaker and artist, Troy assist with operations during the festival.

Jon Crowley – in addition to serving as one of our judges, Jon has been involved with FilmOneFest from its inception.  His knowledge in media production has been invaluable to the development of the festival.  Jon also serves on our Submissions Committee.

Joan Ellis – also one of our judges, Joan has also been a supporter and mentor to the festival team since its beginning.  She brings her vast knowledge of film making and writing to the festival.  Joan also serves on our Submissions Committee.

Julie Gartenberg, founding FilmOneFest Co-Director and former president of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.  Julie coordinates with our performers and volunteer staff and serves on our Submissions Committee.

Brenda Hodgkis - assists with publicity and distribution.

Mary Lynn Hughes – Benefit Dinner, Hospitality and Awards Reception Coordinator.

Wanda Kelly - festival production assistant,Wanda coordinates the design and production of FilmOneFest tshirts.

Stephanie Ladiano –  festival production assistant, Stephanie works with Wanda in the design and production of FilmOneFest tshirts.

Randi LeGrice – Benefit Dinner and Hospitality Coordinator

Richard Lerner – Sponsorship Coordinator.

Kathleen Ligon -  FilmOneFest’s publicist and artists’ coordinator.

Barbara Lipton – Grant writing and festival evaluation.

Ginger Lollos - Speech coach and MC, she also assists with hospitality.

Anne & Bob Milling – Volunteer Coordinators

Maggi Moro – AHAC President and ADA Coordinator

Sherilyn Przelomski – Administrative Assistant, Fundraising and Publicity

Mike Scherfen - a 27 year veteran NYC Senior Art Director, now a freelance designer and Watercolor artist.  Mike is responsible for graphics for the festival as well as the printed Event Program and serves on our Submissions Committee.

Corinna Thuss – Benefit Dinner and Sponsorship Coordinator

Victor Zak – a contributing editor at the Arts & Leisure News Service, based in Manhattan, journalist and former movie critic and travel editor for the Asbury Park Press and Gannett’s New Jersey newspapers and Web site. He is the festival’s Editor and Food Donations Coordinator with the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry and Non-Profit Organization Coordinator. He has also served on the Selectin Committee.

From left to right: Mary Lynn Hughes, Linda Lucas, Randi LeGrice: 
FilmOneFest 2012 Judges and Co-Directors (left to right: Joan Ellis, Carol Cuddy, Jon Crowley, Susan Littenberg, Victor Zak.  Kneeling: Julie Gartenberg and Robert O’Connor)