About Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction 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 $6.2 million in grants and thousands of hours of creative mentorship to 285 filmmakers. 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 thirteen 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

As 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’ 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.

LUCILA MOCTEZUMA

Director of Programs

As Director of Programs at Chicken & Egg Pictures, Lucila oversees the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs in support of women nonfiction 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, 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 is in the documentary selection committee of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, and sits on the founding Executive Board of Cine Qua Non Lab, a residency for international filmmakers based in Michoacán, Mexico; she was Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Flaherty and was the U.S. Delegate for the Huesca International Film Festival in Spain. 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. Lucila holds a degree in Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she taught until 1996.

SARAH ANDERSON

Director of Operations & Innovation

As Director of Operations & Innovation, Sarah ensures that Chicken & Egg Pictures’ internal systems effectively support its mission. Aiming to implement the best innovations in nonprofit practices, she oversees the achievement of goals for operational efficiency, personnel development, and financial performance. Sarah is also working on Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Impact & Innovation Initiative, which supports directors who are exploring and shaping new forms of nonfiction media that catalyze social change.

Before joining Chicken & Egg Pictures, Sarah worked for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), a human rights and accountability organization, where she managed the Program Office and the media initiative Pivot Pictures. At ICTJ, she was Associate Producer for the feature documentary La Toma, which screened at the Cartagena and Human Rights Watch International Film Festivals. Originally from Detroit, Sarah holds a BA in History from the University of Michigan and Diplôme du Programme International from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

SABINE FAYOUX

Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator at Chicken & Egg Pictures, Sabine ensures all programmatic activities are effectively run, including open calls, creative workshops, and direct support to filmmakers. Sabine comes to Chicken & Egg Pictures after navigating the world of documentary filmmaking for over six years. She has diverse 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 worked with the programming staff at America ReFramed/POV, 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. She is currently a pre-screener for POV. Sabine is Colombian and French, and holds a BA in Sociology from the Université Paris-Diderot, as well as a MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Barcelona.

CINDY CHOUNG

External Relations Manager

As External Relations Manager, Cindy Choung supports the Chicken & Egg Pictures team in its fundraising and communications efforts. Cindy came to Chicken & Egg Pictures from the world of oral history storytelling, arts, and social justice. As an oral historian and storytelling consultant, she has worked with numerous organizations to strengthen their institutional narrative and identity, including the Brooklyn Museum; Columbia University’s Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion; the US Campaign for Burma; the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; the Washington Peace Center; and 350.org. Cindy is a member of A-DOC: Asian American Documentary Network, Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, and the Asian American Oral History Collective. As the External Relations Manager, she is excited to develop and share Chicken & Egg Pictures’ inspirational narrative of supporting women nonfiction filmmakers to tell their own unique stories.

KATIE KITA

External Relations Coordinator

As External Relations Coordinator, Katie supports Chicken & Egg Pictures’ development team. Katie comes from over three years at Museum of the Moving Image, the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. There, in addition to growing and maintaining the museum’s membership base, she worked with colleagues and outside partners to develop programs to welcome new audiences and serve different communities, most notably for families on the autism spectrum. Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies with a focus in Film & Media from Hunter College.

JUDITH HELFAND

Co-Founder, Senior Creative Consultant

Peabody 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

Senior Creative Consultant

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.

JULIE PARKER BENELLO

Co-Founder

Julie is the Founder/Producer of Secret Sauce Media, her latest venture to Produce, Executive Produce and invest in select film and media projects. Julie co- founded Chicken & Egg Pictures, in 2005 with a shared belief that diverse women non fiction storytellers have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. Julie is also a Co- Founder of Gamechanger Films, the first for profit fund dedicated to financing narrative features by women directors.  She is currently producing Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar’s feature length documentary, Untitled Ohio Factory Film as well as Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk’s USA Gymnastics film, Athlete A. Julie is also producing longtime collaborator, Judith Helfand’s feature length documentary Love & Stuff. She has been developing a digital series, Fundamental with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on the rise of Fundamentalism and the effects on women rights in partnership with the Global Fund for Women. Earlier in her career, she co-produced the HBO environmental documentary Blue Vinyl, served as a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films and as an archival researcher for the Discovery Channel series Cronkite Remembers. She is on the Board of Directors of SFFILM and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Documentary Branch.

WENDY ETTINGER

Co-Founder

An 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.

TEREZA SIMIKOVA

International Program Consultant

Tereza SimikovaAs International Program Consultant, Tereza tailors the international strategy for participants of both the Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab and Breakthrough Filmmaker Award programs. She designs their individual program at both Sheffield Doc/Fest and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), helping to find internationally comprehensible and compelling language for their stories and facilitating a network of partnerships for the production, distribution, and financing strategy on both sides of the Atlantic. Tereza is also Head of CPH:FORUM, CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event. Prior to this role, Tereza served as Head of Industry at East Doc Platform, the largest co-production market and pitching forum focused on Central and Eastern Europe. From 2012 to 2016, she was Program Manager for the acclaimed international rough-cut workshop dok.incubator. Tereza is a filmmaker with a degree in documentary directing from FAMU, Prague.

Board of Directors

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

 

JULIE PARKER BENELLO

Board President

Julie’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

An 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.

DAVID LEE

Board of Directors

David is the founder and former Executive Director (2008-2015) of The Stinky Peace Project™. The project converts organic waste into usable cooking and heating fuel in the form of biomass briquettes in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously, David was a Special Advisor to the Ministry of Energy of Thailand, developing their biomass energy portfolio in Northern Thailand. David graduated from Georgetown University in 2011, where he studied Government and Political Theory, and he received a Masters in International Policy focused on International Political Economy from Stanford University in 2016. David is on the Board of To Educate All Children, and is a member of The Philanthropy Workshop. David is a social justice documentary film funder and his other philanthropic interests lie in hunger and homelessness and toxic stress issues.

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 nonfiction 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 T. McevoyNion 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.

PATTY QUILLIN

Board of Directors

Patty Quillin is the Director of Meadow Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Patty strongly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive in healthy, just and sustainable communities. This vision has guided her philanthropic work for the past 25 years in a broad range of fields, from the environment and sustainable food systems to criminal justice reform and empowering women and girls.

An avid attendee of the Sundance Film Festival, Patty is inspired by the passion of filmmakers in their mission to educate audiences and galvanize change. She is a patron of Sundance Institute and Chicken & Egg Pictures and is a member of Impact Partners. While documentary film is Patty’s primary focus, she also supports narrative features created by women. She is an executive producer on the films Bending the ArcThe JudgeRoll Red RollUnited SkatesTre Maison DasanThis is Home, and others.

Patty grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York where she climbed trees and explored nature before setting out for Cornell and receiving a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.  She received a Master’s in Environmental Education from Lesley University. Patty and her husband live on a small farm in Santa Cruz and have two young adult children.

BRENDA ROBINSON

Board of Directors

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney and Chicago native who currently serves as Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker LLP. Brenda’s prior law practice focused on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, and television industries. Throughout her career, Brenda has provided counsel to numerous recording artists, musicians and composers, actors and actresses, production companies, authors, arts organizations, athletes, entertainers, and social media influencers.

Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Brenda splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles. She is a proud associate member of The Recording Academy and a Patron of the Arts Circle of Film Independent where she is a voting member of the Spirit Awards. Brenda is also an active philanthropist in the arts and entertainment community. She is a member of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council and currently sits on the boards of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Representation Project. Brenda is also on the Advisory Board of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

ALEXANDRA SHIVA

Board of Directors

Alexandra 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 nonprofit 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.

COLLEEN KEEGAN

Eggspert

Eggspert Colleen Keegan

Colleen Keegan is a corporate strategic planner and arts activist. Keegan is the Creator of the Creative Capital Strategic Planning Program for Artists and the Executor of the Theo Westenberger Estate and grants for art and conservation. Keegan is the Art Business Advisor for the TED Fellows Program and the Co-Chair of the TED Fellows Arts Committee. She is a partner in Keegan Fowler Companies. Previously, Keegan served as President of Pacific Arts Video Production and Washington Video Services. She also worked as a producer for MTV Networks, WETA, and Showtime. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors and advisory boards including New York Live Arts, the American Refugee Committee, ARTHOME, The Artist Book Foundation, the Center for Creative Arts Berlin, EMILY’S List, I.D.E.A.S. 40203, One Million Bones, MoveOpolis!, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Legal Momentum, Show of Force, Picture Projects, and the Texas Film Commission. She lectures on art and new markets at California College of the Arts, CalArts, and the Wharton Business School, among others.

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.

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY

Eggspert

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have been awarded two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Since 2001, she has made over two dozen multi-award winning films in over sixteen countries around the world. Her films include Student Athlete, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Song of Lahore, Saving Face, A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers and Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret.

In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, the Pakistani Government awarded her with the highest civil honor “Hilal-e-Imtiaz,” or Crescent of Excellence. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the documentary film industry, and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award for exemplary commitment to improving the state of the world at their annual summit in Davos. In 2017, the International Center for Journalists awarded her the Knight International Journalism Award for her work that led to legislative change. In 2017, Sharmeen was the first artist to co-chair the “World Economic Forum” at Davos. Sharmeen holds a BA from Smith College and two MAs from Stanford University. In 2018, Smith College awarded her an honorary degree in Fine Arts.

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.

ZAINAB SALBI

Eggspert

Zainab Salbi has frequently been named as one of the women changing the world by leading publications ranging from Newsweek to People Magazine. Most recently,Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of “100 Leading Global Thinkers.” At the age of twenty-three, Zainab founded Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to women survivors of wars. Under her leadership (1993–2011), Women for Women International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to helping more than 420,000 women and distributing more than $100 million in aid.

Zainab is the author of several books, including the bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny; Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam (with Laurie Buckland); The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and HopeIf You Knew Me You Would Care (with photographs by Rennio Maifredi); and an upcoming new book Freedom Is an Inside Job. She is also the Executive Editor and Host of the #MeToo, Now What? series on PBS, The Zainab Salbi Project with Huffington Postand AOL, and The Nida’a Show with TLC Arabia. She is currently the Editor-at-Large for Tina Brown’s Women in the World.

JILL SOLOWAY

Eggspert

Eggspert Jill SolowayJill 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.

JACKI ZEHNER

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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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