A Documentary Feature Film About the Most Diverse Square Mile
Katie Couric is an award winning journalist, producer, New York Times bestselling author, cancer advocate, podcast host and documentary filmmaker. She was co-anchor of the Today Show on NBC for 15 years before going to CBS and becoming the first woman anchor of a nightly news broadcast. After CBS, Katie moved to serve as the Global News Anchor at Yahoo News, where she interviewed prominent political and cultural figures as well as covering breaking news.
From his start in life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has come through a huge number of struggles during his life to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador. In 2008, a feature documentary on his life was released, titled WARCHILD winning 12 prestigious film festival awards worldwide. His autobiography of the same name was published the same year. Emmanuel has released five award-nominated studio albums, and has collaborated and performed alongside artists such as Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Alicia Keys. Emmanuel co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the film THE GOOD LIE, which tells the story about the journey of four young Sudanese refugees who win a lottery for relocation to the United States. Emmanuel also appeared as the adult lead in AFRICA UNITED. Jal has received numerous awards for his peace efforts in South Sudan, including recognition from Ban Ki Moon at the UN.
Sabrina Merage Foundation
Sabrina Merage founded the Sabrina Merage Foundation in 2008 with the intention of building bridges between diverse societies through educational programs for young people. She is passionate about the issues of religious, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity and promoting tolerance of these issues in schools and college campuses throughout the world. Sabrina focuses much of her philanthropic efforts on uniting communities and paving the way for individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect, teach, and learn from one another. She spends much of her time doing community work and sits on numerous committees and boards with the hope of affecting change through education.
Mary Beth Minnis
A friend’s story brought Mary Beth into the world of documentary filmmaking. What started with a desire to tell her friend’s story, became a true passion for Mary Beth. Striving to bring individual stories of redemption, hope, and truth to the world, she has produced a number of documentary films. Mary Beth is currently an Executive Producer on JUMP SHOT: The Kenny Sailors Story (featuring Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Stephen Curry). She also served as an Executive Producer on TOWER, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and won the Critics Choice Award for “Most Innovative Documentary;” TOWER is also short-listed for this year’s Academy Awards. In 2016, Mary Beth was an Associate Producer for MAMA RWANDA, directed by Laura Waters Hinson. In 2015, she Associate Produced IMBA MEANS SING which is now available on Netflix Worldwide, and in 2014, she produced RETURN TO MOGADISHU: REMEMBERING BLACK HAWK DOWN, a documentary short featuring Army Best Ranger Jeff Struecker.
Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, with a special emphasis on the representation of women’s voices and stories.
The first woman president and CEO of PBS, she most recently served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media; she is now a senior adviser to the organization. Mitchell is also the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced hundreds of hours of documentaries and specials, which received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards.
More Partnerships is a creative production agency that focuses on feature films, documentaries, staged performances, concerts & graphic novels that are catalysts for conversation. Mark Rodgers has served as an Executive Producer for films such as THE TICKET starring Dan Stevens & WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME starring Willie Nelson, as well as the off-Broadway production of Babette’s Feast. His firm was invested in Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE. Mandi Hart is a filmmaker and attorney with a background in screenwriting & documentary production. Together, they have launched a new graphic novel & comic startup called Cave Pictures Publishing.
Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. His Producer credits include THE SESSIONS (Sundance 2012 Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award nomination for Helen Hunt), C.O.G. (Sundance 2013), FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, WHAT WE DO IS SECRET, SNAKE AND MONGOOSE, RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH and SPACEMAN. He is developing the New York Times bestselling book CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN as a television series with George Clooney and Smokehouse and is in pre-production on the Robert Johnson biopic, LOVE IN VAIN, and on both Hunter S. Thompson’s THE CURSE OF LONO and THE BATTLE OF ASPEN. Nemeth’s documentary credits include DOGTOWN AND Z BOYS (Sundance 2001 Audience Award), WARDANCE (2008 Academy Award nomination), FUEL (Sundance 2008 Audience Award), FLOW (Sundance 2008), PUMP, the follow-up to FLOW, CLIMATE REFUGEES (Sundance 2010), ROBERT WILLIAMS MR. BITCHIN’, PATRIOCRACY, RIDE WITH LARRY, UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY, BEISBOL, PICK UP THE MIC, THE THREE HIKERS, EDUCATION INC, and the upcoming CRUTCH, THE PEACEMAKER, T24, OVERLOAD: AMERICA’S TOXIC LOVE STORY, LOGAN’S SYNDROME, MAGNIFICENT BURDEN and LIFE IS A MOVIE. He serves on the boards of Friends of the Earth, the International Documentary Association, the STAR Ecostation, the EarthX enviromental film festival in Dallas, the Carmel Film Festival, Wheels For Humanity, Children Uniting Nations, and on the advisory board of the Full Frame Documentary Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, Children Mending Hearts and OneVoice. He is an advisor to the Zurich Film Festival and on the dean’s board of UC Santa Cruz’s School for the Arts. While on the board for Artists for Amnesty, he developed numerous human rights related features and documentaries. Nemeth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the 2013 Global Action Awar the 2009 Vision Award for Documentary Producer and the 2009 Artivist Award for his advocacy and production of socially conscious films. Prior to forming Rhino Films, Nemeth worked as an independent producer and as a motion picture agent at the William Morris Agency. He is a graduate of UCLA and is both an American and British citizen.
Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney whose law practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, and television industries. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan, obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and obtained a certificate in Business and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Brenda is a proud associate member of The Recording Academy and is on the board of the Grammy Music Education Coalition. Brenda is also an active philanthropist in the arts and entertainment community. She is a Patron of the Arts Circle of Film Independent and currently sits on the boards of Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Representation Project and the International Documentary Association (IDA). She is a member of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council and is a founding advisory board member of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Brenda was most recently an equity investor on the Academy Award®-winning documentary Icarus as well as Won’t You Be My Neighbor and is currently an executive producer on numerous projects including United Skates, alongside executive producer John Legend; The Great American Lie, by director Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailers Story, alongside executive producer Steph Curry; and Clarkston: Mother of Exiles, alongside executive producer Katie Couric.
Caroline Tucker has a professional background in Agency Marketing and Advertising and Magazine Publishing Sales. After settling in Atlanta to raise her family, Caroline shifted her focus to community service and advocacy by serving on numerous advisory boards in the arts arena (The MC Carlos Museum at Emory, the Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Shakespeare), and more recently, in the youth advocacy areas through her work with GCAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential). As a theater and music enthusiast, Caroline looks to art and media as a means to raising awareness and action to create and promote change. She has experience in fundraising, and importantly, in bringing together passionate advocates to promote projects that make a difference.
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. 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.