Abby Ginzberg, a Peabody award-winning director, has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 35 years. Her most recent film, Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power is an intimate, compelling film about Rep. Barbara Lee, who is best known for her lone NO vote against the use of military force following the 9/11 attacks and has spent the last 23 years in Congress fighting for peace, justice and equality. It is available on Amazon Prime and will be broadcast on STARZ in Feb, 2022. Waging Change (2019), a documentary about the challenges faced by tipped servers, forced to rely on their tips and the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 per hour was broadcast on public television in February and March, 2021. And Then They Came for Us (2017), about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the current Muslim travel ban was broadcast on public television in May, 2019 and 2020. She co-produced and co-directed Agents of Change (2016; with Frank Dawson), about the Black student movement of the late 1960’s on college campuses. Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa won a 2015 Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world, winning four audience awards. Abby was the Consulting Producer on The Barber of Birmingham, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Doc category and was directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin.
Sundance Institute Documentary Film & Artist Programs
Carrie Lozano joined the Sundance Institute in 2020 as Director of the Documentary Film Program and is currently Director of the Documentary Film and Artist Programs, where she works to elevate and support nonfiction filmmakers worldwide at all stages of creating and distributing new cinematic work. Lozano is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and former lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the Institute from the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary Fund, where she co-founded and oversaw the program that supported dozens of filmmakers through robust partnerships with an emphasis on journalistic rigor, diversity, and inclusion.
Prior to the IDA, Lozano led the Bay Area Video Coalition’s National MediaMaker Fellowship and was an executive and senior producer at Al Jazeera America. Films that she has directed or produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and serves on several boards including the Graduate School of Journalism’s and PBS Frontline’s Advisory Boards and Kartemquin Films.
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Paola Mottura is the Film Fund Director for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP). The Sundance Documentary Fund awards up to $2 million dollars per year to artists from around the world with a distinct voice and vision, and a meaningful connection to the work they create. We are especially keen to raise historically neglected and traditionally marginalized voices in the service of building a more equitable, free, and open society. Prior to joining Sundance in 2018, Paola worked for The Gotham (formerly IFP), where she managed all non-fiction programs and Cinereach, where she supported grant-making and in-house productions. Paola started her career in London, working in both festival programming and documentary production. She is currently an advisor for DocLands Documentary Film Festival (CFI).
Mill Valley Film Group
Producer and director Will Parrinello, has been making award winning documentaries on cultural, social, and environmental topics for almost three decades. For the past 17 years, he has produced The New Environmentalists, an Emmy Award-winning series featuring portraits of grassroots environmental activists. Parrinello’s other films include Little Italy; Dreaming of Tibet; Emile Norman – By His Own Design; Mustang – Journey of Transformation;and Summer ’82 – When Zappa Came to Sicily. His current film, Water For Life, tells the stories of three Indigenous water keepers in Central and South America, fighting to protect their ancestral lands against the interests of the state, foreign governments, and multinational corporations. Water For Life illuminates a growing recognition of Indigenous rights and a rising demand for corporate responsibility and environmental justice that’s being seen around the world. It is a story that begins and ends with water.
JOELY PROUDFIT, Ph.D. (Luiseño/Payómkawichum)
California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center
Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. is currently the Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, and Department Chair of American Indian Studies at CSU San Marcos. A full professor, Dr. Proudfit has been tenured three times in the CSU system. In addition to her academic positions, in 2016 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE). She continues to serve on NACIE. Additionally, in 2021 she was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsome to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She is the lead author and researcher on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 groundbreaking annual reports on the State of American Indian and Alaskan Native Education in California. She is the series editor of ten (10) books addressing American Indian education throughout the U.S.: On Indian Ground: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge—Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education. She is author of the book Beyond the American Indian Stereotype: There’s More to Me Than What You See. Dr. Proudfit is also the founder and Executive Director of the California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF), which is the largest AIAN film festival in the U.S. Proudfit owns Native Media Strategies, LLC a consulting company providing full-service media consulting and is the owner of Naqmayam Communications, an independent, full-service, California Indian owned and operated public relations agency. Dr. Proudfit holds positions on numerous boards and committees, such as: Vice chair for the Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, board member of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, board chair for Vision Maker Media, and executive director of the California Indian Professors Association.