Leadership

 

Thane Rosenbaum

Creative Director & Founder

Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist, and Distinguished Fellow at NYU School of Law where he directs the Forum on Life, Culture & Society (“FOLCS”). He is the author of the widely praised novels, How Sweet It Is!, The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and the novel-in-stories, Elijah Visible.  His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Slate, Salon, Haaretz, Huffington Post, and Daily Beast, among other national publications. He moderates an annual series of discussions on politics and culture at the 92nd Street Y called The Talk Show.

He serves as the national legal analyst for CBS News Radio. He is the author of Payback: The Case for Revenge and The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What’s Right. He is the editor of the anthology, Law Lit, from Atticus Finch to “The Practice”: A Collection of Great Writings about the Law. His forthcoming book is entitled The High Cost of Free Speech: Rethinking the First Amendment.

Sara Gajic

Managing Director        

Sara Gajic holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws with Distinction from The University of Sydney. Sara was previously at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fulcrum Media Finance, a specialist film financing company in Australia where she worked on feature films and television productions including Lion, Top of the Lake: China Girl and Mary Magdalene.

In 2016, Sara was elected vice-president of Women in Film and Television NSW, advocating for female filmmakers. Passionate about social justice, Sara has worked with the Public Interest Clearing House and Voiceless, the animal protection institute. Sara’s involvement in various philanthropic initiatives lead to her nomination for Young Woman of the Year in 2017.

Sara moved to New York in 2018 and joined the Forum on Life, Culture & Society.

 

                                                                                                

Shervin Abachi

Producer, Director of the International Short Film Competition (ISFC)

Shervin Abachi is a Producer and the Director of the International Short Film Competition (ISFC) at the Forum on Life, Culture & Society at NYU School of Law, where he gathers short film entries on legal, social justice, and human rights issues from filmmakers all around the world. At the end of the competition, he produces the annual FOLCS Awards Night, a red-carpet event dedicated to showcasing finalist shorts and emerging filmmakers. Prior to his role as the Director of ISFC, Shervin served as Manager of Legal Research & Digital Marketing and Assistant Producer at FOLCS.

While working at FOLCS, Shervin is simultaneously seeking his J.D. degree as an evening law student at Rutgers University School of Law, and he works as a Legal Assistant at Sethi & Mazaheri Law Firm in New York City. In addition, Shervin has significant experience in civil rights advocacy and community building. He has been an active member, co-founder, and co-organizer of the Iranian Community of the Northeast (ICON) in early 2017, seeking justice for the underrepresented Iranian community in New York City.