The PHILO Project Principals

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Gerald Kolpan

Founder & Creative Director


Gerald Kolpan got the idea for The PHILO Project back in December of 2012. Tim Whitaker, Executive Director of the youth program Mighty Writers, needed a video for the organization - and fast. 

Working through a miserable cold, Gerald produced the "Mighty Sportswriters" video in five days and was delighted to hear that it had brought donations in to Mighty Writers just as quickly. "Why aren't I doing this every day?" Gerald asked himself. "There must be hundreds of small non-profits in the Philadelphia area that need good video and can't afford it."


And so, The PHILO Project was born.

Gerald comes by his television credentials honestly. Formerly a commentator and reporter for NPR's All Things Considered, he spent 21 years as the Features Reporter for WTXF-TV 29 in Philadelphia; and his 

stories were seen nationally and worldwide on the FNC, CNN and Conus networks

Gerald has received numerous honors for his work, including eight Middle Atlantic Emmy Awards. He has also won awards from the Associated Press and The Radio and Television News Directors Assocation, as well as a Best of Philly award from Philadelphia 



Also a writer, Gerald's two novels, Etta (Random House, 2009), and Magic Words (Pegasus - W.W. Norton, 2012), have recieved critical acclaim from such diverse sources as Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, and OK! He is a graduate of the University of the Arts.


Thom Cardwell: Philadelphia Film Alliance


Erwin Carner: Principal, Post Acute Partners


Larry Ceisler: Principal, Ceisler Media


Dominic Colaizzo: National Chairman, Aon Insurance Risk Solutions Practice


Charles Hardy III, Ph.D.: Professor of History, West Chester University


Annette John-Hall: Writer and reporter for WHYY radio


Roger C. LaMay: General Manager, WXPN Radio, University of Pennsylvania


Ann Mintz: Arts consultant and fundraiser


Henry Nevison: Documentary Filmaker

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is the proud fiscal sponsor of The PHILO Project.


The GPFO is a film commission representing southeastern Pennsylvania that officially serves the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The Film Office was first established in 1985 as a part of Philadelphia city government. In 1992, GPFO became a regional economic development agency, incorporating as the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, in July, 2000. Since 1992, GPFO has had an enormous impact on the local economy with projects totalling more than 4 billion dollars. 

PHILO is pleased to be an approved project under GPFO’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, which allows eligible projects to apply for foundation grants available only to non profits and to offer individual donors a tax deduction for their donation to approved projects.   


This program is operated under the Film Office's Greater Philadelphia FilmmakersEstablished in 2001, Filmmakers is a natural extension of THE work that the Film Office has fostered throughout its tenure. In addition to attracting production to the region for the purpose of economic development, the  Film Office is committed to nurturing the local industry in every way possible. ‘Filmmakers’ is designed to meet the needs of local media artists and technicians with seminars, business and technical training that helps both aspiring and experienced film professionals:

Filmmakers seeks to create an environment that inspires and encourages ongoing dialogue and activities, and to survey and meet the needs of the local film & video community.



Nicole Cashman, Chair


Sharon Pinkenson, GPFO Executive Director

John Brazer

Karen Daroff

Preston Elliot

Sheila Hess

Peggy Kelly

Lori Landew

Henri Moore

Jonathan A. Seidel

Steve Thorne

Ukee Washington

Alan L. Zeiger


Cosmo DiNicola

Glenn Gitomer

Nancy Glass

David Haas

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Dear PHILO Project Clients, Friends and Supporters,


Effective May 1, 2019 The PHILO Project will be accepting no new applications.

That’s right. PHILO is shutting down.


The past six years have been great! I’ve enjoyed meeting wonderful, generous people in greater Philadelphia’s small nonprofit community; people who are doing many great things to make our region better - and shooting and editing what I consider to be some pretty good videos.

So why am I doing this? READ ON..