Our Team

John Swider

Executive Director

 

John is an award winning film director and producer in Louisiana who has worked with such talent as John Goodman, Eric Roberts, Tom Sizemore, and...

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John is an award winning film director and producer in Louisiana who has worked with such talent as John Goodman, Eric Roberts, Tom Sizemore, and John Schnieder.


John served in the military, and spent over a decade in Washington D.C. working as a political analysist and professional speaker.


Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director, John served on the Advisory Board of  The COOL Cooperative and was instrumental in creating successful film curriculum and Volunteer Programming.

 

His expertise and passion for local filmmaking has proven invaluable to COOL.

 

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Jamie                       Landry-Zimmer

Development                 Director


Hannah Gist

Program Coordinator

Hannah earned her degree in education from Louisiana State University. While attending LSU, she was member of VIPS (Volunteers in Public...

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Hannah earned her degree in education from Louisiana State University. While attending LSU, she was member of VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools),and LSU Student Government,  After graduation, Hannah traveled to South America to teach at a school in Concepcion, Chile.  Hannah currently lives in New Orleans and is working on post-graduate research involving children from 18 months to middle school. Her energy and enthusiasm in developing the educational support programs and curriculum for our program's young thinkers has proven invaluable.

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Alex Aaron

Program Administrator

A graduate of the University of New Orleans' nationally recognized Master's film program, Alex Aaron is an award-winning filmmaker and...

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A graduate of the University of New Orleans' nationally recognized Master's film program, Alex Aaron is an award-winning filmmaker and successful videographer. He is a founding member of Elysian Fields Independent Productions, and former Assistant Program Coordinator for the Film Mentorship Initiative of the Louisiana International Film Festival and Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

He assisted in the development of student film curriculum and instructed at the highly acclaimed  Isidore Newman in New Orleans, LA.

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Michael Garrett

Project Coordinator

A native of New Orleans, his love of film grew out of a love hate of zombie movies as a child. He is an alum of Tulane University where he earned a Communication/Digital Media Production degree with concentration in Film Studies. While at Tulane he formed a creative collective- GumboMonster (#wanderoutloud)-along with like minded artists ...

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A native of New Orleans, his love of film grew out of a love hate of zombie movies as a child. He is an alum of Tulane University where he earned a Communication/Digital Media Production degree with concentration in Film Studies. While at Tulane he formed a creative collective- GumboMonster (#wanderoutloud)-along with like minded artists who were interested in producing their own high quality film, written media, and music. 

Since 2008, he is a featured On-Air Personality for  WTUL New Orleans 91.5 show "Bassmentality," which is the longest running hip-hop show in NOLA. From 2012 to 2014, Mike taught film production to youth in New Orleans through Young Audiences of America. 

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