For nearly two decades, Working Films has positioned documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection. We work with grassroots groups and NGOs to enhance their programs, extend their reach, and move their missions forward. And we train and consult filmmakers to strengthen their community engagement. Together, we are using documentaries to reach critical audiences and move the dial toward meaningful progress on the biggest issues of our time.

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STAFF & BOARD

Andy Myers
Senior Campaign Coordinator

Andy Myers

Andy Myers joined Working Films in 2011 and now serves as Senior Campaign Coordinator. A longtime proponent of connecting film with activism, he has led the development and implementation of Working Films state based organizing with film, including the Coal Ash Stories, Fracking Stories, You Are Here, and Shore Stories campaigns. Andy facilitates dozens of partnerships between local, state, regional, and national partners using documentary to advance their goals for social and environmental justice. He also appreciates music's revolutionary role throughout history and currently plays saxophone in the Asheville-based radical marching band Brass Your Heart.
Hannah Hearn
Impact Coordinator

Hannah Hearn

Hannah Hearn is the Impact Coordinator for Working Films. She holds a B.A in Film Studies and a Minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Most recently, she was the Managing Director of Visions Film Festival & Conference and the Sound Mixer for the feature-length documentary “Dead in the Water” - a film that exposes the harmful practices of factory farms in eastern NC. In her current role, she is dedicated to coordinating impactful documentary film campaigns both locally and nationally in order to mobilize communities to create a healthy, fair, and equitable world.
Gerry Leonard
Impact Coordinator

Gerry Leonard

Gerry (he/him/his) is the Impact Coordinator for Working Films. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and raised in Richmond, VA, he has called many places his home before moving to Asheville, NC. As a community organizer and activist, he blends a framework of grassroots organizing and policy advocacy within movement building, towards collective liberation. He is the current co-chair of the Racial Justice Coalition in Asheville, that focuses on police accountability and criminal justice reform. He serves on the boards of Building Bridges of Asheville, WNC Chapter of the ACLU and Just Economics, and volunteers for 103.3 Asheville FM, a community radio station, as a News Team Correspondent for the News Hour and hosts a weekly freeform music show called Sound Hive. Prior to joining the Working Films team, Gerry has organized and campaigned on issues around food access, animal welfare, voting rights, living wage and racial profiling.
Natalie Bullock Brown
StoryShift Strategist

Natalie Bullock Brown

Natalie Bullock Brown is the lead strategist of StoryShift, a program of Working Films committed to shifting the way stories are told to ensure accountable and authentic representation of the people and the places featured. She is currently directing a documentary exploring beauty standards and their impact on black women and girls. She is also a producer for award- winning filmmaker Byron Hurt’s upcoming PBS documentary, HAZING. Natalie is a contributor and guest for the monthly program #BackChannel, for which she provides pop culture critique along with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University, on WUNC radio’s The State of Things, hosted by Frank Stasio. Natalie was an assistant professor in film and broadcast media at Saint Augustine’s University for nearly 12 years, has produced multi-part DVD series documenting the Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference, and the Student Non- Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC ) 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference. For more than a decade, Natalie served as host of Black Issues Forum, a public affairs program on UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network. Prior to joining Saint Augustine's University, Natalie maintained a freelance career, providing production, research, and rights clearance consultation for clients including Jazz at Lincoln Center, filmmaker Ken Burns and Florentine Films, media companies Jazz Video Networks and Dreamtime Entertainment, award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand, and others. Before going freelance, Natalie served as a producer and reporter for UNC-TV. Before that, she worked for filmmaker Ken Burns in his New York production office, serving as an associate producer on Burns’ 10 part PBS series Jazz, and as a production coordinator on Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s Frank Lloyd Wright. Natalie holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northwestern University. She began her work in film as an apprentice editor at National Geographic Television. Natalie is a founding board member of Working Films, and joins our staff team after serving for more than a decade in that capacity.
Stephanie Avery Taylor
Operations and Finance Administrator

Stephanie Avery Taylor

Stephanie Avery Taylor is Working Films’ Operations and Finance Administrator.

Stephanie has an extensive background in racial justice and environmental education. She was a 2009 honoree of the National Women's History Project for the Leave No Trace Master Educator training and Eco-Camps she started, which inspire children to become good stewards of the land. Stephanie has served as a board member of the Cucalorus Film Festival and co-hosted the community Racial Rewind film series which focused on racial tensions throughout history and sparked involvement from participants to be active members of society for improved race relations. As the former Racial Justice director at the YWCA she worked with other local organizers to bring an inventive education series, The History of Wilmington in Black and White. Her previous experience as a business office manager gives her a unique and valuable skill set for managing Working Films’ administrative needs.
Sara Zia Ebrahimi
Development Manager

Sara Zia Ebrahimi

Sara Zia Ebrahimi is Working Films' Development Manager. She is a cultural worker based out of Philadelphia with almost 20 years of experience in film and video production, curation and event production, and supporting artists in community-based projects. Her previous positions have included working as the Program Director at the Leeway Foundation, a Community Engagement Coordinator for Independent Television Service's (ITVS) Community Cinema program and as the Development and Communications Director at Bread & Roses Community Fund. She describes her cultural heritage as kebab + grits + kale: born in Iran and raised in the US South by hippies. When not working, she can be found reading and watching science fiction stories or battling dragons with her partner and a young warrior princess.
Alyce Myatt
Docs In Action Advisor

Alyce Myatt

Alyce Myatt advises Working Films' Docs In Action fund.

Alyce Myatt’s career reflects the intersection of media, art, and philanthropy. She has been the director of Media Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts and was the founding Executive Director of the funder affinity group, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media. She also served as a Program Officer for Media at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and as Director of Children’s Programming and later Vice President of Programming at PBS.

Now a consultant, she counts among her recent clients the University of Baltimore, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Among her past clients are the Annie E. Casey and Skillman Foundations, Council on Foundations, National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, TVE Brasil, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, WGBH, WNET, WNYC Radio, and Voqal.

Alyce began her career producing for both adults and children with projects ranging from investigative reports to a children’s science series. Her production credits include the Smithsonian Institution, Nickelodeon, “3-2-1 Contact!,” and ABC's "20/20."

Alyce Myatt has served as a board director or advisor to Arts Engine, Auburn Media at the Center for Multi-faith Education, the Center for Rural Strategies, the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, the Council on Foundations Technology Task Force, the Emerson College Alumni Association, Grantmakers in the Arts: Art & Social Change Working Group, the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture and WITNESS.
Anna Lee
Co-Director

Anna Lee

Anna Lee serves as the co-director of Working Films. Since joining Working Films in 2005, Anna has developed and coordinated audience engagement campaigns for numerous high profile films, consulted with hundreds of filmmakers, and presented trainings to nonprofits leaders, increasing their capacity to use film as a tool to movie the dial on critical issues. In her current role Anna leads the operations and financial management of Working Films and raises funds, while continuing to manage a small number of film campaigns.

Anna brings previous experience as an educator to Working Films, using her background in curriculum design to enhance Working Films' trainings for filmmakers and nonprofits. She directed the development and outreach of Working Films’ multi-media curriculum project, New Faces: Latinos in North Carolina.

Prior to joining Working Films, Anna was the Program Director at Amigos Internacional, a Latino advocacy and education center in Wilmington, NC. Anna. She taught first grade in a bilingual program in Phoenix, AZ for two years and spent a year living in Latin America, where she studied Spanish and taught English as a foreign language. Anna earned a Master of Education from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Sociology from Wake Forest University. Together with her husband Johnny, she’s raising two young sons.

Molly Murphy
Co-Director

Molly Murphy

Molly Murphy co-directs Working Films, a nonprofit that uses documentary film to advance social and environmental justice and sustainability. In her sixteen year tenure, she has planned and directed national media engagement campaigns, facilitated partnerships and coordinated coalitions centered on the use of documentaries to enhance communication, reach beyond the choir, and make an impact. Molly has designed and led dozens of trainings for filmmakers, grassroots organizations, and NGOs focused on using film and online media to effect change. She directs the Reel Engagement initiative, which positions documentary media in target states throughout the U.S. to strengthen organizing for clean energy solutions, racial and economic justice, and democracy.
Keryl McCord
Chair

Keryl McCord

Keryl’s primary responsibility for Alternate ROOTS is fundraising through various efforts, including grant writing, individual donor development, and management of special events. She has been on staff since May 2009.
It has been a lively and quick time since Keryl relocated to the Atlanta area after nine years in New Jersey. A native New Yorker with deep roots in both the North and South, this is her first time living in the South. It is different, and she is still trying to figure it all out, but at least she is not getting lost as much as in the early days!
A veteran arts management professional, stage manager, and director, her career now spans decades, and thousands of miles as she has lived and worked on both coasts, spending ten years in the Bay Area, working as Managing Director of Oakland Ensemble Theater, and serving as a board member for Theater Bay Area, a theater service organization for non-profit theater companies.
A brief stint as Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theaters led her to Washington, DC as Director of Theater Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts. Finally, the call came to serve as Managing Director of Crossroads Theater Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was in NJ that she spent six years working with the African Grove Institute for the Arts, (AGIA) founded by the late August Wilson, Dr. Victor Walker, and Professor William Cook.
A think tank and service organization, AGIA was born out of the historic National Black Theater Summit on Golden Pond, convened by Mr. Wilson. Keryl was Director of Institutional Development for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra when her life again took an unexpected turn as her husband came to GA to head up a health care firm.
It feels like home now to be working at Alternate ROOTS, an organization that has always been near and dear to her heart.

Hooray and thank you,
Kathie D.
Felix Endara
Vice Chair

Felix Endara

Ecuadorian filmmaker Felix Endara claims a long and consistent track record of producing innovative, thought-provoking media that has screened at prestigious film festivals such as Berlinale, DOC NYC, and Mill Valley. Topics he has covered have ranged from the preservation of LGBT historical spaces to portrayals of activists who challenge prejudice and violence. His work as an independent programmer and arts administrator draw on his values to champion art that functions as a catalyst for social change.
Omisade Burney Scott
Board Member

Omisade Burney Scott

Omisade is a black, southern, feminist, mother and healer with decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, and social justice. Grounded in an analysis of systems of oppression; she has trained extensively in identity politics, intersectionality and liberatory organizing practices. Omisade sees herself as an Organizational Development Midwife, facilitating major transitions that social justice nonprofits, groups, marginalized communities must make in order to remain relevant, responsive, intentional, healthy and sustainable. As a healer and a skilled facilitator, she is particularly skilled in creating brave and open spaces that facilitate people to dig down deep into their own power and create their own solutions. She was formally the Director of Strategics Partnerships and Advocacy for SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice collective.

Omisade is a New Bern, NC native and a 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel and is a member of the 1999-01 class of the William C. Friday Fellows for Human Relations and a 2003 Southeastern Council on Foundation’s Hull Fellow. She is a founding tribe member of SpiritHouse and a board member of The Beautiful Project, Village of Wisdom, and Working Films. Omi resides in Durham and is the proud mother of two sons, Che and Taj.
Ellen Bollinger
Board Member

Ellen Bollinger

Ellen Bollinger is the Media Sales Manager at Mother Jones where she works to underwrite the cost of their award-winning investigative journalism. She has created a premium ad network, Progressive News Group to deliver much-needed revenue to other reality-respecting news organization while offering brand safety, transparency and scale to their advertisers.

Undergraduate work at New College in Sarasota, FL resulted in a degree in Psychological Anthropology with a Theater Minor. An entry level job with a theatrical PR firm in the Sardi’s building on West 44th Street gave her a good understanding of ‘earned’ media and a permanent love for the theater and media crowd who convened at the second-floor bar. Those contacts soon resulted in her sales position with The NYT where, over the span of a decade, she went on to win two Publishers Award for new business development and MVP trophies for their Co-Ed softball championship team.

During sixteen later years with The Nation, Ellen worked with documentary filmmakers and distributors to build awareness and attendance for their films, often attending Sundance, Woodstock Film Festival and Docs NYC.

Additionally, Ellen serves on the Board of a friends group of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area to support the National Park Service in conservation of endangered species, environmental protections and cultural awareness of historic sites in northeastern Monmouth County, NJ as well as Communications Director of a local chapter of Indivisible.

Her husband is a writer and creator of healthy cocktails and their son works for AmeriCorps at the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
Malaika Mose
Board Member

Malaika Mose

Malaika (Paquiot) Mose splits her times between her 2 loves: film and tech. To this end, she is a Digital Strategist with ARRAY, formerly known as African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), founded by the director of the Oscar-nominated film SELMA: Ava DuVernay. Malaika's led a group of 60 volunteers in the digital promotion of 13 out of ARRAY's 14 releases and will be working on their 15th acquisition: NAMOUR.

Vice-President of Product Management at a Wilmington, NC-based cloud banking startup, she has been in the software industry for 14 years during which time she has won the National Women of Color Technology Award.

She merges the tech and film worlds by writing on online film distribution and crowdfunding and has done so for Focal Press' Mastering Film blog, Filmmaker Magazine's blog and her own blog Beyond the Box Office. Up since 2009, it focuses on innovative ways for filmmakers to distribute their films, including set-top boxes, streaming services and mobile apps.

An authority on online film distribution, Malaika has been invited to cover industry events like National Association of Broadcasters, and has covered events like NewTeeVee Live, The Conversation, IFP and Power to the Pixel’s CrossMedia Forum NYC, DIY Days and SXSW. When last she checked, she was listed 84 times on Twitter in such categories as filmmaking, film-video, IPTV, new movie distribution and her personal favorite: Awesomocity.

She is currently a member of the Sundance Institute and a former board member of the San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild.

Having got to know Working Films co-founder Robert West briefly in the year before his diagnosis, it is her great honor to lend her skills to advancing the mission of the organization through membership on its board.
Betty Yu
Board Member

Betty Yu

Betty Yu is a Chinese-American NYC based filmmaker, multi-media artist, media educator and longtime social justice organizer. Her documentary “Resilience” about her garment worker mother fighting against sweatshop conditions, screened at national and international film festivals including the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. Ms. Yu’s interactive multi-media installation, “The Garment Worker” was part of a 5 week art exhibit in Chinatown in 2013, and featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive 2014. Betty was a 2012 Public Artist-in-Resident with the Laundromat Project and is a 2015 Cultural Agent with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) a people-powered network. Ms. Yu is currently on the Board of Directors of Deep Dish TV and Third World Newsreel, two progressive media arts centers that distributes and exhibits social issue films. She served on the board of Working Films from 2000-2006, Ms. Yu's work has been exhibited, screened and featured at the International Center of Photography, The Directors Guild of America, Brooklyn Museum, The Eastman Kodak Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. In addition, Betty has more than 15 years of community, media justice and labor organizing in NYC’s Chinatown. Ms. Yu's organizing recognitions include being a semi-finalist of the National Brick “Do Something” Award for community leadership and the recipient of the Union Square Award for grassroots activism.
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Board Member

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff is co-founder of Catapult Film Fund. Lisa founded Catapult Film Fund, along with filmmaker Bonni Cohen, in order to fill a gap in the documentary funding landscape for development support and to enable important and moving documentary films to get off the ground. Lisa is an investor and philanthropist, with a passion for early venture support. She has a long history of involvement in education and the arts, as well as health and poverty issues.

In addition to her involvement with Catapult films, Lisa is a Co-Executive Producer of FRUITVALE STATION, and an Executive Producer of the documentary WATCHERS OF THE SKY.
Lisa has a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and practiced law in San Francisco and with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. After leaving law practice, Lisa received a master’s degree in Museum Studies and worked with museums in the San Francisco bay area, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, designing exhibitions and education programs.

Lisa assists several non-profits in an advisory capacity, and serves on the boards of Working Films and the San Francisco Film Society.

Lisa has three children and lives in San Francisco with her husband Matt.
Caty Borum Chattoo
Board Member

Caty Borum Chatoo

Caty Borum Chattoo is Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), an innovation lab and research center at American University that creates, showcases and studies media designed for social change; and Executive in Residence at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning communication strategist and documentary film/TV producer working at the intersection of social-change communication, research, documentary and entertainment storytelling.

Borum Chattoo’s social-change storytelling, strategy and research work has been featured in USA Today, NPR, Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and PBS MediaShift, and her social justice documentaries have aired internationally and nationally on Netflix, the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), PBS World, Link TV, KCET, DirectTV and theatrically. She has produced two documentary feature films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and The After Party), a TV documentary and transmedia series (Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj from “The Daily Show”), a multi-part documentary TV series focused on global poverty (ViewChange), a seven-part environmental justice documentary TV series (Sierra Club Chronicles), and PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to climate change to HIV. At CMSI, her current research, creative and strategy work focuses on audience effects of documentary storytelling, nonfiction industry race and gender diversity, audience effects of entertainment storytelling across platforms, and the role of comedy in social justice.

Previously, she was senior vice president in the social marketing practice group at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C., focused on social-change programs. In Los Angeles, she was a longtime collaborator with legendary TV producer and philanthropist/activist Norman Lear as a founding director of Declare Yourself, a national youth civic engagement organization; and special projects director & senior producer at the USC Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy center that examines the social impact of entertainment on society. She also served as the program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program; project director at the Center for Media Education; and fellow in civic journalism at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Borum Chattoo holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania (The Annenberg School for Communication), and a B.A. in Communication Studies (summa cum laude, In Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Virginia Tech.
Will Jenkins
Board Member

Will Jenkins

Will Jenkins has more than a decade of communications and policy experience at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, Congress and international nonprofit organizations. Over the years, he has also worked with many filmmakers and media producers on stories that engage policy issues.

During his time in the federal government, Will served as a spokesperson to local, national and foreign news outlets on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, drug policy, immigration, public health and education. At the White House, he worked with filmmakers to plan interviews and events with the President and senior officials for documentaries airing on PBS/Frontline, MTV, Showtime and other outlets. He has planned high profile events and policy rollouts featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA TODAY and The Washington Post and managed appearances for government officials on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, 60 Minutes and The Colbert Report. As a legislative aide in Congress, he guided from introduction to enactment the first legislation to protect American military members from the health effects of toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been called this generation's Agent Orange.

As part of his work with media producers, he was Policy Director for the Impact Film Festival at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, where he coordinated screening discussions with politicians, filmmakers, celebrities and reporters. In 2013, he developed the American Film Institute's first Political Bootcamp for Filmmakers. He has spoken about film and policymaking at South by Southwest, the Tribeca Film Festival, Good Pitch and the International Documentary Association. He is co-author of a report series on films and policymaking that published through American University in 2017 (http://cmsimpact.org/report/movies-go-washington-documentary-films-public-policy-united-states-vol-1/).
Peter Miller
Board Member

Peter Miller

Peter Miller's award-winning documentaries include the theatrically-released AKA Doc Pomus (about the legendary songwriter), Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (narrated by Dustin Hoffman), and Sacco and Vanzetti (winner of the American Historical Association's best film award). With Carlos Sandoval, he directed and produced A Class Apart (PBS American Experience, Imagen Award). His musical film The Internationale was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination. His documentary Projections of America, about a little-known American WWII propaganda film unit, premiered on PBS stations in the fall of 2016. With Renée Silverman, he produced, directed and shot Sosua: Make a Better World (shown on PBS stations nationwide) and Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World. He most recently co-directed Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices, about the celebrated conductor, and is currently collaborating with filmmakers Peggy Stern and Justin Schein on a new film about the Palliative Care movement in medicine.

Peter has been a producer on numerous documentaries by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, including the PBS series The War and Jazz, as well as the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright. He's served in various producing roles on films including The Uprising of ’34, Passin' It On (winner of twenty film festival prizes), the Academy Award-winning American Dream, and many other celebrated documentaries. He works regularly as a script consultant, writer, and music supervisor.

IN MEMORIAM

For nearly two decades, Working Films has positioned documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection. We work with grassroots groups and NGOs to enhance their programs, extend their reach, and move their missions forward. And we train and consult filmmakers to strengthen their community engagement. Together, we are using documentaries to reach critical audiences and move the dial toward meaningful progress on the biggest issues of our time.