About Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry.

Since 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $4.5 million in grants and more than 5,300 hours of creative mentorship to over 210 films. Films supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures have won numerous awards, including Academy and Emmy Awards, but more importantly, they have resulted in change for the issues they address.

OUR STORY

At Chicken & Egg Pictures, powerful stories come first.

Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand founded the organization in 2005, inspired by a shared belief in the power of women storytellers. They set out to create a space where women could learn from one another, test their limits, challenge the status quo, and break new ground both as artists and activists.

Over the past eleven years, we have grown organically, film by film and festival by festival. We take an intuitive approach to each project, working in sync with industry timelines. The films Chicken & Egg Pictures has supported have gone on to win Emmy Awards, Academy Awards, Peabody Awards, and The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, among others. They have gone on to change hearts, minds, and policy. And along the way, Chicken & Egg Pictures has grown as a community of artists, mentors, activists, and friends.

As we continue to seek and support new voices and important projects, we will stay true to our roots: Powerful stories come first.

Chicken & Egg Pictures has been featured most recently in The Hollywood Reporter,DeadlineVariety, and on NY1.

Team

JENNI WOLFSON

Executive Director

about_pic2As the Executive Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, Jenni sets the overall vision of the organization and ensures the achievement of its mission. Jenni builds and leads a talented team in implementing Chicken & Egg Pictures’s strategic plan, building financial sustainability, and engaging the film and human rights communities of which Chicken & Egg Pictures is a dedicated member. Before joining Chicken & Egg Pictures, Jenni was the Managing Director of WITNESS, the international human rights video advocacy organization co-founded by musician Peter Gabriel. Jenni has worked for UNICEF, protecting the rights of children affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters, and has served in numerous posts around the world for the United Nations, including the UN International Civilian Mission in Haiti and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda. Jenni wrote and still performs a solo play, RASH, about her experiences as a human rights activist. She has an MA in Human Rights and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.

JULIE PARKER BENELLO

Co-Founder

about_pic1Julie’s work has always been driven by a shared belief in the power of women storytellers to build and sustain movements for justice, equity, and health. She is Founder and Managing Director of Gamechanger Films, a newly launched equity fund that is actively investing in a slate of independent narrative films by women directors. Julie previously served as Executive Producer on a host of award-winning and critically acclaimed films, including Jill Soloway’s 2013 Sundance award-winning debut feature, Afternoon Delight, Dee Rees’s feature Pariah, and Leigh Janiak’s debut horror film Honeymoon. She also co-produced the 2002 Sundance award-winning documentary, Blue Vinyl, directed by Judith Helfand. Early in her career, she served as a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films and as an archival researcher for the Discovery Channel series “Cronkite Remembers.” Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women, the San Francisco Film Society, and the Gruber Family Foundation.

WENDY ETTINGER

Co-Founder

WendyAn award-winning producer and director, Wendy Ettinger co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures and Gamechanger Films, an equity fund dedicated to financing feature films directed by women. Through Gamechanger, she was the Executive Producer of Land Ho; through Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was the Executive Producer of Pariah,directed by Dee ReesWendy was also the Executive Producer for The War Room, the Academy Award®-nominated documentary directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. She produced Eye of God (Sundance Film Festival, 1997) and Hotel Gramercy Park (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008), and produced and directed Baby I’m Yours (Tribeca Film Festival, 2003). As a casting director, she worked with Ken Loach, Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, and James Lapine. An ardent activist and philanthropist, Wendy believes deeply in the power of change through media, education, and the arts. She focuses her efforts on the rights of women and girls, education, and the revitalization of cities through the arts. She serves on the board of Working Films, The Educational Foundation of America, Imagine Science, and the 52nd Street Project.

JUDITH HELFAND

Co-Founder

JudithPeabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take on the dark and cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior, and environmental injustice and make them personal, resonant, and even entertaining. Three of her award-winning films had world premieres at Sundance, and all have been nationally broadcast on PBS, HBO, and The Sundance Channel and linked to rigorous engagement. Her films include the The Uprising of ’34 (co-directed with esteemed veteran George Stoney), her groundbreaking personal film A Healthy Baby Girl, its Sundance award-winning sequel Blue Vinyl, followed by Everything’s Cool(both co-directed with Daniel B. Gold)She has taught the art of documentary film at New York University, New School, and was the Filmmaker-in-Residence at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in 2007 and 2009. As much an educator and field-builder as she is a filmmaker, Judith co-founded Working Films and sits on the boards of Great Small Works and The Lower East Side Girls Club. Her latest film in progress is Cooked, a feature documentary about the politics of disaster for which she was awarded a MacArthur grant.

YVONNE WELBON

Creative Producer

Yvonne Welbon is an award-winning independent filmmaker, producer, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant. She has successfully produced and distributed over 20 films including Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @100, winner of ten best documentary awards and Sisters in Cinema, a documentary on the history of black women feature film directors. Her films have been shown on PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel, BET, HBO, and in over 100 film festivals around the world. As a consultant for independent filmmakers, her focus is distribution and niche marketing, employing new media and social networking techniques. Welbon has taught at University of Chicago, Northwestern University and chaired the Journalism and Media Studies Department at Bennett College for Women  as a tenured Associate Professor. Welbon received a B.A in History from Vassar College. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree in film and video at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.

LUCILA MOCTEZUMA

Program Director

SabineAs Program Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, Lucila oversees the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs in support of women non-fiction filmmakers.Originally from Mexico City, Lucila has collaborated with New York’s independent film community since 1996. Prior to joining Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was executive producing director at the internationally renowned UnionDocs, a center for documentary art in Brooklyn. Formerly, she was Manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, a program that provides support to women filmmakers in the development of their projects. She was Director of the Media Arts Fellowships for the Rockefeller Foundation, a highly prestigious program that supported media artists in the U.S. and Latin America, and she is Founder and was Coordinator of the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund for the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucila sits on the founding Executive Board of Cine Qua Non Lab, a residency for international filmmakers based in Michoacán, Mexico, was Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of The Flaherty and is part of the documentary selection committee of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. Her work as associate producer includes the documentary series “The New Americans” for Kartemquin Films, and Shocking and Awful for Deep Dish TV, which was part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

SARAH ANDERSON

Operations Manager

SarahSarah joins Chicken & Egg Pictures after five years with the human rights and accountability organization, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), where she managed the Program Office and the media initiative Pivot Pictures. At ICTJ, she served as Associate Producer on La Toma,which screened at the Cartagena and Human Rights Watch International Film Festivals, as U.S. Manager for Growing Back the Roots, and collaborated on the outreach program for The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court.  Previously, with Butter Lamp Films, she supported outreach for The Sari Soldiers. Sarah holds a Diplôme du Programme International from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and a BA from the University of Michigan.

SABINE FAYOUX

Program Coordinator

SabineSabine comes to Chicken & Egg Pictures after navigating the world of documentary filmmaking for over five years. She has extensive experience working to support the documentary film industry, from Production Assistant and Field Researcher at Loki Films to Box Office Manager and Pre-Screener at the Margaret Mead Film Festival. She most recently completed a programming internship at PBS’ America ReFramed, where she was an integral part of the editorial team, responsible for building and managing the submission and programming database, and pitching weekly documentary films to executive producers. Sabine is French and Colombian, and holds a BA in Sociology from the Université Paris-Diderot, as well as a MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Barcelona.

Board of Directors

Members of our Advisory Board serve an official role for Chicken & Egg Pictures, offering constructive feedback, guidance, and independent oversight of our work.

 

JULIE PARKER BENELLO

Board President

Julie Parker BenelloJulie’s work has always been driven by a shared belief in the power of women storytellers to build and sustain movements for justice, equity, and health. She is Founder and Managing Director of Gamechanger Films, a newly launched equity fund that is actively investing in a slate of independent narrative films by women directors. Julie previously served as Executive Producer on a host of award-winning and critically acclaimed films, including Jill Soloway’s 2013 Sundance award-winning debut feature, Afternoon Delight, Dee Rees’s feature Pariah, and Leigh Janiak’s debut horror film Honeymoon. She also co-produced the 2002 Sundance award-winning documentary, Blue Vinyl, directed by Judith Helfand. Early in her career, she served as a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films and as an archival researcher for the Discovery Channel series “Cronkite Remembers.” Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women, the San Francisco Film Society, and the Gruber Family Foundation.

WENDY ETTINGER

Board Secretary

Wendy EttingerAn award-winning producer and director, Wendy Ettinger co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures and Gamechanger Films, an equity fund dedicated to financing feature films directed by women. Through Gamechanger, she was the Executive Producer of Land Ho; through Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was the Executive Producer of Pariah,directed by Dee ReesWendy was also the Executive Producer for The War Room, the Academy Award®-nominated documentary directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. She produced Eye of God (Sundance Film Festival, 1997) and Hotel Gramercy Park (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008), and produced and directed Baby I’m Yours (Tribeca Film Festival, 2003). As a casting director, she worked with Ken Loach, Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, and James Lapine. An ardent activist and philanthropist, Wendy believes deeply in the power of change through media, education, and the arts. She focuses her efforts on the rights of women and girls, education, and the revitalization of cities through the arts. She serves on the board of Working Films, The Educational Foundation of America, Imagine Science, and the 52nd Street Project.

ROSWITHA MUELLER-AGARWAL

Board Treasurer

RoswithaMuellerAgarwalRoswitha has over 25 years of financial analysis and investment management experience. From 1999 to 2003, she sat on the Board of Directors of Research Partners International, an investment and brokerage firm specializing in funds management, private placements, and financial advisory work, particularly in the emerging growth sector. In November of 2013, she joined the Finance Committee on the Board of Directors of Friends of the Highline. Roswitha holds an MA from the University of Basel in Switzerland, as well as an MBA from Dartmouth College. She is fluent in German, French, Spanish, and English.

SUSAN MARGOLIN

Board of Directors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASusan Margolin is President of Docurama and Special Acquisitions at Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). She oversees the Docurama Channel, as well as the Docurama brand of award-winning documentary films across all platforms including theatrical, home entertainment, and digital distribution. Through Docurama, Margolin has championed more than 400 award-winning non-fiction films, including the 2012 release of Kirby Dick’s Academy Award®-nominated The Invisible War. Other notable releases include Pussy Riot: A Punk PrayerGasland, Wasteland, and Joe Berlinger’s Paradise Lost trilogy.

With over 25 years’ experience in the global film and television distribution business, Margolin has built a reputation as a digital distribution pioneer and dedicated supporter of filmmakers. After spending a decade in international film sales, she launched New Video Group in 1991 with partner Steve Savage. Over the span of two decades, New Video became a leading home entertainment distributor and global digital aggregator, featuring film, TV, and online content. During that time, she partnered with over 500 content creators including A+E, the History Channel, Lifetime, Tribeca Films, the Sundance Institute, Major League Baseball, and Scholastic. In 2012, Margolin and Savage sold New Video to Cinedigm, the leading digital cinema company.

A graduate of Brown University, Margolin currently serves on the boards of BAFTA NY and Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, the advisory board of NYWIFT, and was honored by the PGA as one of the “Digital 25: Leaders in Emerging Entertainment.”

NION T. MCEVOY

Board of Directors

Nion McEvoy is the Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and of The McEvoy Group LLC. Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco, California is known for its excellence in design and the strong popular appeal of its titles, including such best-sellers as The Beatles AnthologyPress Here, and Plenty. Photo titles include David Maisel’s Library of Dust, Elinor Carucci’s Closer, Jim Marshall’s Proof, and Andrew Zuckerman’s Creature. Mr. McEvoy joined Chronicle Books in 1986, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the adult trade division. In 2000 he acquired the company through The McEvoy Group, which also includes  I See Me, Galison/Mudpuppy, and Princeton Architectural Press.

Mr. McEvoy worked previously in the business affairs departments of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills and of Wescom Productions. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and of UC Hastings College of the Law. He is currently Chairman of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s (SAAM) Board of Commissioners and serves on the boards of Aperture, San Francisco Film Society, SFMOMA, and the UCSF Foundation. He is also on the accessions committees at SFMOMA and SAAM. He has two sons and a daughter, and plays drums in two elusive bands, Rough Draft and Thinking in Pictures.

ALEXANDRA SHIVA

Board of Directors

Alexandra ShivaAlexandra is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Manhattan-based documentary production company Gidalya Pictures. She produced and directed the feature documentariesBombay Eunuch (2001) and Stagedoor (2006), and most recently, the award-winning HBO documentary How to Dance in Ohio, a feature film about teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum. Alexandra has served on the Board of the Public Theater since 1997, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of Turnaround For Children, a non-profit education reform organization, and is the President of the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation. Alexandra holds a BA from Vassar College.

EGGSPERTS

Our Eggsperts participate informally as friends and allies, helping to conceptualize our future course and promoting our growth, visibility, and impact for the long-term.

JOSLYN BARNES

Eggspert

JoslynBarnesJoslyn is a writer, producer, and Co-Founder of Louverture Films. She wrote the upcoming Indian feature The Cosmic Forest, and is the Writer and Associate Producer of the award-winning filmBàttu, directed by Cheikh Oumar Sissoko (Mali). Among the films Barnes has executive produced or produced are: the César-nominated Bamako, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Academy Award®-nominated Trouble the Water, the international hit Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The House I Live In, the award-winning Concerning Violence, and the forthcoming Narrow Frame of Midnight. She associate produced Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains and the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. She is currently producing This Changes Everything for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein andShadow World for Johan Grimonprez. Before co-founding Louverture, Barnes served as a Program Officer and Expert Consultant at the United Nations. She has lived and traveled widely in Africa and Asia and has written numerous articles and contributed to books on trade, international development, and other social issues.

MICHELLE BYRD

Eggspert

MichelleByrd_photo by Richard KoekMichelle is the principal of Run It By Byrd, a strategic consultancy working with public, private, and nonprofit media and entertainment entities. For three years she served as Co-President of Games for Change, where she produced the organization’s annual festival and served as an executive producer of the Half the Sky Movement games. Prior to that, for 12 years she served as Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, where she was honored with a Made in NY award from Mayor Bloomberg for her leadership. Michelle has served on numerous film festival juries and funding review panels, including Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition, USA Fellows, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, and on the Advisory Boards of cinelan and Culture Shed. In 2008, Chicken & Egg Pictures presented Michelle with the first ever Good Egg Award to celebrate her work in independent film.

RACHEL CHANOFF

Eggspert

RachelChanoff2010Rachel has been working in performing arts and film for 30 years. She is Founder and Director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film, a New York City-based programming, consulting, and production company. She is the Curator of Performing Arts and Film for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Director of Programming of the CenterSeries at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College, a Consultant to the Feature Film and Theater Programs for the Sundance Institute, a member of the New York Jewish Film Festival selection committee, and Curator of Music and Family programming at 92YTribeca. She is also the Artistic Director of Celebrate Brooklyn!, New York’s longest running free outdoor performing arts and film festival. Rachel is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the 52nd Street Project, the Jewish Fund for Justice, the Builders Association, and Working Films. She recently served as Associate Producer for Phil on Film: Shorts, a collaboration with composer Philip Glass and the filmmakers Shirin Neshat, Atom Egoyan, Michal Rovner, and Peter Greenaway. Rachel is also a long time participant in the Theater Development Fund’s Open Doors program, which introduces underserved high school students to the theater.

DR. HEIDI CULLEN

Eggspert

Heidi_Cullen_2013Heidi serves as Chief Climatologist for Climate Central — a non-profit science journalism organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University and the author of The Weather of the Future. Before joining Climate Central, Heidi served as The Weather Channel’s first on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television series focused on issues related to climate change and the environment. She formerly worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO; received the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship; and spent two years at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, working to apply long-range climate forecasts to the water resources sector in Brazil and Paraguay. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the Society of Environmental Journalists, as well as the NOAA Science Advisory Board and the AMS Council. She holds a PhD from Columbia University.

ANGELA JONES

Eggspert

Angela JonesAngela Jones is currently the Manager for Charles Schwab Foundation and a Manager of Community Services for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Formerly, Angela held the position of Program Specialist with Northern California Grantmakers, where she designed professional development seminars for grantmakers and programs on emerging issues in philanthropy. Prior to NCG, Angela worked as Program Associate in both the Family and Community Development and Conflict Resolution programs at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and previously served with the policy-advocacy group Urban Strategies Council. Angela received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!), and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Mills College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Oakland, CA.  She is a film enthusiast and is very connected to the film community in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to Chicken & Egg Pictures, Angela serves on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Video Coalition.

CARA MERTES

Eggspert

CaraMertesAs Director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative, Cara Mertes leads a global initiative that supports filmmakers and key organizations that sustain the art of contemporary-issue film and digital storytelling in the service of social justice goals. She was director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund from 2006-2013, annually supporting dozens of social issue films and designing Labs and creative support opportunities for more than 100 Sundance artists each year. While at Sundance, she spearheaded many global partnerships, including the Skoll Foundation Stories of Change partnership, the TED Prize Filmmaker Award and with BritDoc Foundation’s Good Pitch. Prior to Sundance, she was executive producer of the PBS “P.O.V.” documentary series from 1999-2006, where she received multiple Emmy awards, George Foster Peabody awards, duPont-Columbia awards and a Webby award. She has executive produced several Oscar-nominated films, including Street Fight; My Country, My Country; and The Betrayal – Nerakhoon. She served as executive director of American Documentary Inc., has produced and directed for PBS, produced “Independent Focus” for WNET/New York, and taught and written about independent documentary. A graduate of Vassar College and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she is completing a master’s degree in communications from Hunter College. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Owner/President Management Program and a member of WGA East and AMPAS.

LOURDES PORTILLO

Eggspert

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, Lourdes Portillo is an award-winning filmmaker known for her signature hybrid style as a visual artist, investigative journalist and activist. Since her first film in 1979, After the Earthquake/ Despues del Terremoto, she has produced and directed over a dozen works, including the Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo; La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead; Columbus on TrialThe Devil Never Sleeps; Corpus: A Home Movie for SelenaMy McQueen; and Al Más Allá. Her most recent feature-length film, Señorita Extraviada, a documentary about the disappearance and death of young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival, the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and an Ariel, the Mexican Academy of Film Award. Lourdes’ work has screened at premiere cultural institutions and events around the world, including the Venice Biennale, Toronto International Film Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the New Directors/New Films program presented by the Film Society at Lincoln Center and the New York Museum of Modern Art. She has been honored with eight mid-career retrospectives, including exhibitions at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, and in 2012 she was honored with a Retrospective of her films at NYMOMA.

AMY RICHARDS

Eggspert

AmyRichardsAmy is the president of Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out and the director of educational outreach for MAKERS: Women Who Make America. Amy is also a writer, best known for her books on contemporary feminist issues, including Manifesta, Grassroots and Opting In. She is the creator of Ask Amy, an online advice column, and a founder of the Third Wave Foundation. Amy has appeared in a range of media venues, including Charlie Rose and Oprah, and was a consulting producer on the HBO documentaryGloria Steinem: In Her Own Words. In addition to Chicken & Egg Pictures, she serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees of the Sadie Nash Leadership Program, Feminist.com, Ms. Magazine, and Fair Girls.

MARNI ROSEN

Eggspert

MarniRosenMarni Rosen is Executive Director of the Jenifer Altman Foundation (JAF).  Under Marni’s leadership, JAF has partnered with NGOs and other funders to create innovative funding vehicles that empower community leaders to participate in philanthropic decision-making. In 2005, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Marni co-founded the Gulf Coast Fund, which works toward sustainable and just recovery of the region. In partnership with the Global Greengrants Fund and four international NGO networks, she initiated the Global South + Program to support environmental health and justice work worldwide.  As part of her portfolio at JAF, Marni also manages the Barbara Smith Fund, a private foundation dedicated to health, healing, and the healing arts, and advises other foundations and individual donors on their environmental health and justice giving. Marni is Co-Founder and former Co-Chair of the Health and Environmental Funders Network, and former Chair for the Center for Environmental Health, where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Marni is also is a Board Member of Clean Production Action, and previously served on the boards of Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (now EDGE Funders Alliance), and the American Public Health Association (Environment Section Council), among others.

JILL SOLOWAY

Eggspert

Photo: Emily ShurJill Soloway is the creator of Amazon Studios’ Golden Globe-winning Transparent, a dark, deep, silly family series about boundaries, love, and secrets. Jill won the US Dramatic Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for her first feature, Afternoon Delight, which was released by Cinedigm/Film Arcade. She recently founded WIFEY.TV, a channel/brand for women. Jill is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work writing and producing Six Feet Under. She co-created the theater experiences Real Live Brady Bunch, Miss Vagina Pageant, Hollywood Hellhouse, and Sit N Spin, and co-founded the community organization East Side Jews. She lives with her family in Silver Lake.

THUY TRAN

Eggspert

ThuyTranThuy is Vice President of Global Strategy at Hudson Unlimited, an acquisition and development company specializing in international trade, finance, and entertainment. She was previously the Senior Program Officer and Deputy Director at United States Artists, where she managed a fellowship program that awarded $15 million to artists in the performing, film, literary, and visual arts. She is currently producing Cunningham, a 3D cinematic experience about the legendary American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, orchestrated through his iconic works and performed by the last generation of his dancers. Raised in Los Angeles and educated in London and Paris, Thuy has served as an advisor, mentor, and jury member for film festivals and non-profit organizations including the Sundance Institute, IFP, Tribeca Film Institute, and SXSW. She received her BA from Scripps College in Claremont and her MA from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.

JACKI ZEHNER

Eggspert

Jackie ZehnerAs President of the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, CEO of Women Moving Millions (WMM), and a Board Member at the Sundance Institute, Jackie dedicates her time and resources toward the advancement of women and girls.

In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs. After leaving the firm in 2002, Jacki became a founding partner of Circle Financial Group, a private wealth management firm. Jacki speaks, writes, and consults on issues relating to women, success in the workplace, and high-impact philanthropy, and has been a featured contributor for the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Bloomberg, and others, as well as a speaker at TEDxWomen 2012. In addition to the Sundance Institute, she has served on the advisory boards of a host of gender and film organizations, including the Women’s Funding Network, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Gamechanger, a feature film fund providing investment capital to female directors. An active investor in documentary films, she executive produced her first film, Ready to Fly, in 2012.In recognition of her leadership and philanthropic involvement, Jacki has received a number of awards and accolades, including most recently the Philanthropy Award from the Global Fund for Women.

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