Transcendence Global Media, NFP, Parent Company of POEFF

Transcendence Global Media (TGM) NFP (est. 2009) is a 501 (c) 3, whose primary mission is to expand the Peace On Earth Film Festival, along with other projects that advance the understanding, enterprise and sustainability of a culture of peace for all humanity.

TGM’s mission is to foster a change in public discourse by building alternatives to violence, while demonstrating progressive steps toward social justice and an eco-balanced world. The POEFF fulfils that mission by presenting films, discussion panels, and outreach programming which highlight such efforts both locally and worldwide.

A cornerstone of TGM philosophy is taken from a quote of President John F. Kennedy: “Peace is…a process of gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, and quietly building new structures”.

Transcendence Global Media Board of Directors

TGM Executive Director:

Nick Angotti
Former film and television actor and Founder/Executive Director of the POEFF.


TGM Board of Trustees:

Milissa Pacelli, President

Timothy Hari, Treasurer
A CPA for over twenty years, working in both public accounting and executive financial management roles within the legal services industry.

Gail Galivan, Secretary
A healing arts professional and research consultant for hospitals, wellness centers and fitness centers in the field of Integrative Medicine.

John D. Hancock, Trustee
Oscar nominated director; a screenwriter, producer, musician, and Owner of FILMACRES Production Company.

Paul A. Kakuris, Trustee
President, Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society; and an environmental professional and a coastal consultant since 1974.

Doreen Bartoni, Trustee
Professor of Cinema Art & Science at Columbia College Chicago, where she served as Founding Dean of the School of Media Arts (2001-2011). As an independent producer: most recently served as producer for John Hancock’s The Looking Glass (2015). Her films have been screened at national and international film festivals.

Joel Henning, Trustee
Consultant and writer; Principal, Joel Henning & Associates, consults with law firms and corporate law departments throughout the world. Mr. Henning is a writer for the Wall Street Journal Leisure and Arts pages. He is currently at work on a play and a novel.


TGM Advisory Council:

Robert C. Koehler
Award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, former editor at Tribune Media Services and a nationally syndicated writer. Mr. Koehler also writes his own weekly internet column Common Wonders, which also appears on our blog.

Diane G. Kelliher
Real Estate Investor.

Mary Jeanne Larrabee, Ph.D.
Director of the DePaul University Peace/Conflict Resolution/Social Justice Studies Program.

Leonard Iaquinta
Academic Administrator, Writer, Consultant, Not-For-Profit Fundraiser.


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The Peace On Earth Film Festival is neither affiliated nor sponsored by Universal Studios