Meet Our Team

We're a group of driven students dedicated to making meaningful change in our community through our passion for filmmaking and creative expression.

We're a group of driven high-school students dedicated to making meaningful change in our community through our passion for filmmaking and creative expression.

Mark Leschinsky holding his children's filmmaking book.
📌   New Jersey

Mark L.

Founder,
Executive Director

An award-winning student
filmmaker whose films have been
selected by and screened at 30+
film festivals in over 10 countries.
Barbara Leschinsky
📌   New Jersey

Barbara L.

Director
of Blog & Writing

A prodigiously talented writer
who is incredibly passionate
about the intersection of
filmmaking and journalism.
A photo of Christian Lee
📌   California

Christian L.

Global Director of Public Relations & Communication

An accomplished filmmaker,
New York Times-Published
Photographer, and a student
journalist for the LA Times.
A photo of Michelle Tang
📌   New Jersey

Michelle T.

Student Board Member

An award-winning filmmaker and
founder of her own production
organization that has been
producing films since 2018.
A photo of Skylar Herman
📌   New Jersey

Skylar H.

Instructor (Glen Rock, NJ)

 A talented vocal and musical
performer who is also a student
filmmaker specializing in stop
motion and animation films.
📌   California

Kayla R.

"Filmmaking for All" Club Founder (Los Angeles, CA)

"I am a freshman at the Harvard-Westlake school! I have been a filmmaker since middle school and have absolutely fallen in love with the art form. Filmmaking and having tangible evidence of your hard work is an amazing thing and is an outlet for me and for anyone who tries it."
Asher A.
📌   Maryland

Asher A.

Instructor (Bethesda, MD)

A high-school student in Maryland
who is the director of award-
winning micro-documentaries and
public-service announcements.
📌   Kenya

Fidele W.

Student Volunteer

An accomplished filmmaker,
New York Times-Published
Photographer, and a student
journalist for the LA Times.
📌   Nigeria

Abednego Y.

Student Volunteer

An accomplished filmmaker,
New York Times-Published
Photographer, and a student
journalist for the LA Times.
Hannah Shinder
📌   New Jersey

Hannah S.

Student Volunteer

A high school student skilled
in visual & performing arts who
is passionate about making
filmmaking accessible for all.
A photo of Jan Derick Esguerra
📌   Philippines

Jan D.

Student Volunteer

As a student graduate from Far Eastern University in Philippines. Jan organizes local creative workshops in the Philippines to empower youth.
📌   India

Achal P.

Student Volunteer

A student graduate from
college in India, Achal is passionate about video editing, production, and filmmaking in the digital age.
A photo of Jonathan Plavnik
📌   New Jersey

Jonathan P.

Student Volunteer

A high school student at the
Bergen Academies and a leader in
his local community who engages
in tutoring and community service.
A photo of Shivangi Aggarwal
📌   Canada

Shivangi A.

Student Volunteer

A high-school student in Ontario,
Canada, and a proud advocate
for women globally in the STEM
and creative arts fields.
A photo of Amelia Settembre
📌   Massachusetts

Amelia Settembre

Director of
Community Outreach

A passionate writer for Medium;
Amelia loves to explore the many
ways that one can express
themselves through creativity.

Adult Advisors

A photo of Nuntiya Smith
📌   Nevada

Nuntiya Smith

Strategic Advisor
& Mentor

As a Program Manager at the
Davidson Institute for Talent
Development, Nuntiya advises
many student-led nonprofits.
A photo of Marvin Baum
📌   New York

Marvin Baum

Strategic Advisor
& Mentor

As the founder of the largest
chocolate expo event in the US,
Marvin has 18 years of expertise in
event planning and coordination.
A photo of Dr. Bernice Dvorina
📌   New Jersey

Bernice Dvorina

Strategic Advisor
& Mentor

A leader in her local community;
Bernice is dedicated to spreading
awareness about creative
expression and filmmaking.