Recognizing the power of stories to inspire and transform, Working Films builds partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, educators and advocates to advance social justice and environmental sustainability, and support community-based change. We work with grassroots groups and NGOs to use documentaries to enhance their programs, extend their reach, and move their missions forward. We train and consult filmmakers to strengthen their community engagement. Together with issue leaders, national and state level partner organizations, we are using documentary film and visual art to reach critical audiences and move the dial toward meaningful change and impact.



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OUR APPROACHOUR BACKSTORY

STAFF & BOARD

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.
Andy Myers
Campaign Coordinator

Andy Myers

Andy Myers is the Campaign Coordinator for Working Films, he holds a B.A in film studies and a B.A in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A longtime proponent of connecting film with activism, he has coordinated various national campaigns which leverage the narrative in social issue documentaries to advance the efforts of organizations with shared goals.
Jayeesha Dutta
Just Transition Media Strategist

Just Transition Media Strategist

Jayeesha Dutta advises Working Films' Just Transition Media Project. She is a tri-coastal artivist and scholar currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of New Orleans researching the intersection of the creative third space, relationship building and social change in a cross-cultural geographic context. She co-founded the Radical Arts and Healing Collective, an intersectional arts-based direct action and healing support movement space in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans. She also serves as cultural organizing coordinator for the Gulf Future Coalition bringing together over 80 organizations across the Gulf Coast to restore, protect and defend communities, cultures and ecosystems galvanized in the wake of the BP oil drilling disaster. Most recently, she has been coordinating the efforts of Another Gulf Is Possible, a national collaborative for a just transition in the Gulf. Jayeesha is the board chair of Big Class and co-chair of the Alternate ROOTS Visual Arts Innovation Ensemble. Jayeesha's artistic mediums include photography, painting, Theater of the Oppressed and social praxis. She is an avid traveler, home chef and lover of live music.
Paris Hatcher
Reproductive Justice Media Strategist

Paris Hatcher

Paris Hatcher is a Black, queer feminist from Greensboro, North Carolina. With over 10 years of experience on the local, national, and international level, Paris has been working with leading organizations to amplify the leadership of marginalized communities, win public policy campaigns, and advance reproductive and sexual health and justice, gender justice and queer liberation.

Notably, she co-founded and was the Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, one of the leading reproductive health and justice organizations in the Southeast.

Paris completed her Masters of Arts in Africana Women’s Studies at Clark Atlanta University with a research focus on Caribbean women’s activism and social movements. Paris was a Board member of Southerners On New Ground (2008-2014); a founding Board member for the Groundswell Fund (2007-2012). She recently worked for Race Forward, the Center for Racial Justice Innovation as the Network Strategies Manager.

Currently she is Principal at Rhombus Consulting Group, rabble rouser extraordinaire at Black Feminist Future, and co-founder of Black Freedom Outfitters.

Paris advises Working Films' reproductive justice efforts, including Reel Reproductive Justice (2013) and the Across The Line campaign.
Ellen Bollinger
Board Member

Ellen Bollinger

Ellen's undergraduate degree in Psychological Anthropology from New College in Sarasota, Florida was earned while acting with the Asolo State Repertory Company.

She has worked in media marketing and sales since discovering these studies were not her paths to a sustainable future and moved to Manhattan where she wisely decided to try the view from the audience.

Ellen has worked for The New York Times, Time Warner Cable's NY1 news network, the New York Post and The Asbury Park Press.

She has been at The Nation magazine for fifteen years. During this time she has channeled her enthusiasm for people, multiculturalism and film to connect documentary filmmakers to The Nation's community of policymakers and compassionate activists in order to mitigate the wrongs that these films illuminate.

As a consultant in the early 90s she produced The First Annual Yankee Fan Festival at Madison Square Garden and a Sports Legend fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis at Mickey Mantle's restaurant.

Ellen has served on the Board of the Sandy Hook Foundation, a friends group of the National Park Service, for 17 years.

She lives on NJ's Bayshore with her husband, John, and their son, Wes, an undergraduate at Tulane University and is a championship winning co-ed softball pitcher.

She is excited to help the Board further its great work in creating replicable models for social change and environmental stewardship.
Maida Brankman
Board Member

Maida Brankman

Maida Brankman was happily swept up in the momentum of the mid-1990s dotcom boom after graduating with a BA in English from Occidental College. After working at Wired Magazine and CNET, she left multimedia marketing in 1999 and followed her dream to become a high school English teacher. Nine years in the classroom included jobs in Ecuador (at the Colegio Americano de Quito), two San Francisco public charter schools (Leadership High School and Life Learning Academy) and her alma mater, Lick-Wilmerding. Maida transitioned in 2008 from teaching to reforming public education as a program officer at the Stupski Foundation, a private operating foundation created by her father, Larry, and his wife, Joyce, in 1996. Maida's tenure at the foundation ended when it ceased operation in September of 2012. Maida also proudly served for nine years on the Board of Directors of First Graduate, a San Francisco non-profit that helps students finish high school and graduate from college ready for meaningful careers.

Maida is enjoying the open space of Lucas Valley after 30 years of San Francisco living. She shares her home with her husband, Josh, the Executive Director of Outward Bound California (and also former educator). Maida enjoys balancing work with spending time outdoors (biking, hiking, and playing tennis), reading, writing, and caring for her epileptic dog and deaf cat. She has also developed a dangerous passion for home renovation and recently completed a remodel of the family Eichler home in Lucas Valley.
Jessica Brackman
Board Member

Jessica Brackman

Jessica Brackman was CEO of FPG International, a leading stock photography agency recognized for its creative innovation, commitment to social issues and unique corporate culture. During her tenure there, she became involved with the Social Venture Network (SVN) and served on the board of the Aperture Foundation, a not-for-profit photography institute and book publisher. After selling FPG, Jessica co-produced a film documentary about the spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, entitled Fierce Grace.
She serves on the board of the Tibet Fund, an organization founded under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that supports health, education, cultural preservation and economic development in the Tibetan refugee community. She has worked on a number of publishing projects that deal with environmental, social and spiritual themes, including Al Gore’s book, An Inconvenient Truth and, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan diaspora, she produced, Thank You Tibet.

She now works in the area of social and environmental impact documentary film. She is on the board of Working Films and is the founder of the New Economy Film Festival which launched in NYC in 2013.
Natalie Bullock Brown
Board Member

Natalie Bullock Brown

Natalie Bullock Brown is an award winning and Emmy nominated producer and consultant, and is chair of and an assistant professor in the Department of Film & Interactive Media at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more than a decade, Natalie served as co-host of Black Issues Forum, a public affairs program on UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network. Natalie was an associate producer on Burns’ 10 part PBS series, Jazz, and recently produced multi-part DVD series documenting the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference of Freedom Summer (2014), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC ) 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference (2010). Natalie is in the development phase of a documentary about black women and beauty. She
holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northwestern University.
Omisade Burney Scott
Board Member

Omisade Burney Scott

Omisade Burney-Scott, SiOP Core Committee Member, is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and a 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Founder and Principal of Ananse Consulting and sees herself as an “Organizational Belayer” or “one who secures the rope, enabling the climber to ascend safely to new heights.” Omisade’s professional career spans higher education, non-profit leadership, philanthropy and organizational coaching. In addition to Ananse Consulting which provides organizational capacity building, coaching, program design, philanthropic leadership development, and board development, Omisade has worked as the Director of Community Partnerships and Learning for the Southern Rural Development Initiative (SRDI) and as a Program Director with both the Warner Foundation, a small private family foundation in North Carolina and Public Allies North Carolina, a national AmeriCorps leadership program.

Omisade is a founding member of a Triangle Area African American Giving Circle called NGAAP, The Next Generation of African American Philanthropist that directly addresses the “supply/demand” paradigm inherent in philanthropy that is connected to issues of power and privilege. She has served on various non profit boards including stone circles and the Fund for Southern Communities. She currently serves on the board for The Beautiful Project and SpiritHouse. In addition, Omisade was selected to be a member of the Core Faculty for the Leadership Practice. The Leadership Practice is a collaborative partnership between the Asset-based Community Development Institute of Northwestern University and the national office of Public Allies which provides Asset-based Community Develop (ABCD) technical assistance to AmeriCorps programs nationwide.Omisade believes in the interconnectedness of spirituality and activism and the mighty and righteous work of indigenous leaders tethered to local communities and small organizations. She resides in Durham, NC with her amazing sons Che and Taj.
Rachel Chanoff
Engagement Consultant

Rachel Chanoff

Rachel has been working in performing arts and film for 25 years and is the founder and director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film, a NewYork City-based consulting, programming, and production company. She is the Curator of Performing Arts and Film for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Director of Programming for the ’62 Center Series at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College, Chairman of the New York Jewish Film Festival selection committee, Consultant to the Feature Film Program for the Sundance Institute, Curator of Family Programs at Symphony Space, and 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 the 52nd Street Project, The Jewish Fund for Justice, The Builders Association, and Working Films. She has also, for the past five years, participated in the Theater Development Fund’s Open Doors program, which introduces underserved high school students to the theater.
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.
Wendy Ettinger
Board Member

Wendy Ettinger

Wendy Ettinger is an award winning producer, director and casting director. Her first documentary, THE WAR ROOM, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker was nominated for an Academy Award, and their second collaboration, Moon Over Broaddway, was cited as Best Documentary of '98. Her first feature film, Eye of God, directed by Tim Blake Nelson, premiered at Sundance. Baby I’m Yours, her directorial debut which follows the lives of three first time mothers led to an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, "What Your Mother Never Told You About Motherhood." Wendy served as Consulting Producer on Al Franken: God Spoke, directed by Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob, (EP) D.A. Pennebaker which will debut theatrically in 2006. Wendy is currently collaborating with director Douglas Keeve (Unzipped) on a feature length documentary, The Gramercy Park Hotel, that interlaces the tragic 50 year family history of the owners with adventurous tales of rockers that stayed there.
Wendy co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures. In addition to serving on the board of Working Films, she also serves on the Board of the 52nd Street Project, a non-profit organization that brings theater professionals together with inner city children, and the Educational Foundation of America. She is a recipient of the 2006 Mendelsohn award.
Kyle Harris
Board Member

Kyle Harris

Kyle Harris is an independent filmmaker, curator, writer, and instructor at the Colorado Film School, a program of Regis University and The Community College of Aurora. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His award-winning videos have been exhibited on television, in galleries and museums, and in film festivals including The Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Athens International Film Festival, The International Festival of New Film in Split, Croatia, and at Anthology Film Archives.

Serving as a Board Member, Acquisitions Manager and Interim Programming Director at Free Speech TV, he curated and produced documentaries and news series and programs. His writings about film and video have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Film and Philosophy, Clamor Magazine, and Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority. He has served on the board of Public Communicators Incorporated and The Colorado Anti-Violence Program. He has facilitated film and video workshops and classes at Columbia College, Video Machete, Chicago’s After-School Matters, and spoken on panels at ImagineNative, Frameline, Allied Media Conference, and The United States Social Forum. Since 2000, he has collaborated with Independent Media Centers in Chicago, New York, Denver, Atlanta, and Miami and in 2001 co-founded and curated Discount Cinema, a Chicago-based, nomadic microcinema.

He is currently in production on a documentary about the Underground Syringe Exchange of Denver and developing a documentary about the land-rights struggles of acequia farmers in the San Luis Valley.
Cathy Howell
Board Member

Cathy Howell

Cathy Howell retired from the AFL-CIO in 2011 after fourteen years as both a field organizer in the Southern Region and the leadership development coordinator in the Washington, DC headquarters. Before joining the AFL-CIO, she spent over 20 years as a community and issue organizer in Oregon and in the southern USA – mainly in North Carolina and South Carolina. She grew up in a small Quaker State Refinery town in western Pennsylvania. She is passionate about social and economic justice and organizing people to fight for fairness. She divides her time between Salem, Oregon and San Salvaddor, El Salvador, where she is a volunteer at the Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad. She teaches English to Salvadorans working in social movements and helped organize delegations of international observers for the February 2014 Presidential Election and the 2015 Congressional and Mayoral elections in El Salvador. She is studying Spanish in an effort to strengthen her ability to work more effectively. Cathy has been connected to Working Films since its inception. She met Judith Helfand during the creation of “Uprising of 34”. She loves documentary films and uses them as tools in her teaching and organizing work.
Keryl McCord
Board Member

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.
Reggie Shuford
Board Member

Reggie Shuford

Reggie Shuford joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in September 2011. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, he served as the director of law and policy at the Equal Justice Society (EJS), a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. From 1995-2010, Reggie served as senior staff counsel in the national ACLU's Racial Justice Program. During his tenure there, he helped to pioneer legal challenges to racial profiling practices nationwide. He was the ACLU's chief litigator in challenges to racial profiling, leading national litigation efforts and consulting with ACLU state affiliates and others in cases of "driving while black or brown," airport profiling, and profiling related to the war on terror. Reggie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he was his graduating class president and the recent recipient of the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a former Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and recently received the 2014 Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the William Way LGBT Community Center. In February 2015, he was selected as a 2015 CBSPhilly GameChanger and, in April, a 2015 Diverse Attorney of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer. (Philadelphia)
Neil Creque Williams
Board Member

Neil Creque Williams

NEIL CREQUE WILLIAMS is a film director who has directed original content for 20th Century Fox, Duke University and USC Athletics. As an undergraduate, he attended Duke University, where his short film, “Super Size Me and Copyright Law”, was a finalist in the International Duke Law/FullFrame Documentary Festival’s Moving Image Contest. Neil later directed a documentary on Durham’s Black Wall Street, “The Silver Rights Movement”, that screened at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. This film received a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Grant, The John Hope FranklinAward and the Edward H. Benenson Art Award. As a graduate student at USC School of Cinematic arts, Neil edited a documentary, “Polar Opposites” (on pole dancing and feminism), that was screened on the Documentary Channel. He also produced a short narrative film, “Red”, that has received various awards, including a Jury Award at the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards. Neil most recently wrote and directed “David’s Reverie”, a short film about a jazz musician struggling to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging career. The film features Brandon Fobbs (“The Wire”, “Pride”, “The Walking Dead”) and is a narrative film with heavy use of jazz and jazz-inspired dance numbers. “David’s Reverie” is currently on the film festival circuit and has been the recipient of several awards and nominations. It is a Panavision New Filmmakers Grant recipient, Best Narrative Short Nominee at the Pan African Film Festival, Best Narrative Short (3rd Place) at the North Carolina Black Film Festival, Indiewire “Project of the Month” (June 2014) and Nominee for IndieWire “Project of the Year” in 2014. Neil is currently developing a feature film based on “David’s Reverie”. He is proud to be a board member of Working Films. He is a native of Winston­ Salem, NorthCarolina.
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.
Judith Helfand
Co-Founder

Judith Helfand

Building on years of creating strategic distribution efforts with her own documentaries, Judith co-founded Working Films with Robert West in 1999. Judith defines herself as a filmmaker/organizer and has worked as a documentary producer and educator for the past ten years. She co-produced and co-directed The Uprising of 34 with veteran documentarian, George Stoney. The feature labor documentary was broadcast nationally on the acclaimed PBS series P.O.V. in 1995 and voted one of that year’s ten best documentaries by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Judith used a more personal, humorous and ironic style with A Healthy Baby Girl, a Diethylstilbestrol (DES) daughter's diary about "wonder drugs" and rude awakenings. It was in competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, had its television premiere on P.O.V. and received a Peabody Award for Excellence in Journalism and Public Education.

Blue Vinyl, the 2002 crowd pleaser of a "toxic comedy" co-directed and co-produced with Daniel Gold, is a sequel of sorts that picks up right in front of her parents blue vinyl house and was broadcast nationally on HBO's premiere series "American Undercover". Accolades include the 2002 Excellence in Cinematography Award, an IDA nomination for "Best Documentary", a "Nice Modernist" award from Dwell Magazine, the 2002 Environmental Messenger of the Year from the Environmental Grantmakers Association, a 2002 EPIC Award from the Whitehouse Project and two recent Emmy Nominations for "Best Research and "Best Documentary.”

Judith’s latest film with Dan Gold is Everything’s Cool, a feature documentary about global warming which premiered at Sundance 2007, activist release in November 2007, and a broadcast on the Sundance Channel in January 2008. Judith is the co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures, a fund that supports women filmmakers who are working to address the social justice, equity and human rights issues of our time.
Robert West
Co-Founder

Robert West

In fall 2012, Working Films’ Co-founder and Executive Director Robert West was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), an aggressive and terminal brain cancer. This news came as a shock to our board, staff, and the entire Working Films community. Robert embraced it with immense courage, grace, and honesty. He remained passionate about Working Films but, in order to focus on his health and well-being, in early 2013 he decided to step down from his role as Executive Director. In late Spring 2013, Robert passed away. Robert shared his story at the Caring Bridge Site.

Robert West is Co-founder of Working Films with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and organizer Judith Helfand.

West, as curator of film and video at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte NC, from 1985 - 1999, directed a well known and highly respected media program that included a national independent film festival and national touring film programs, including Conflict & Peace: Recent Israeli and Palestinian Film. West was curator of Recollections: Lumbee Heritage; a unique traveling exhibit on NC Native Americans, that continues to tour the Southeast.

West has been a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina, at Duke University, at New York University and at the NC School of the Arts. West was a board member of the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, a funder of progressive social justice media, for four years; and a member for 2 years of the nominating committee for the Rockefeller Media Fellowships. He was a panel member of Visions: University of North Carolina Center for Public Television; and a panel member of the Media Arts Fellowship Program of the NEA, Creative Capital, the NC Arts Council, the Radziwell Documentary Fund and The Independent Television Service, a production arm of PBS. In 2004, West was a juror at the Full Frame Film Festival. He is a board member of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC).

In 2006, West was a panel member at the Sundance Film Festival, From the Multiplex to the Living Room: Marketing on the New Documentary Landscape, and the moderator for Making Your Documentary Matter: Public Engagement Strategies that Work at the Center for Social Media in 2006 and 2007.

IN MEMORIAM

“He has shown us how to live your death, build community every step of the way,
be awake, loving and present and maintain dignity”

– Judith Helfand, Co-Founder Working Films

In fall 2012, Working Films’ Co-founder and Executive Director Robert West was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), an aggressive and terminal brain cancer. This news came as a shock to our board, staff, and the entire Working Films community. Robert embraced it with immense courage, grace, and honesty. In late Spring 2013, Robert passed away.

If you would like to make your donation in honor of Robert West, Working Films’ co-founder and longtime executive director who passed away in June 2013 please donate directly here to the Robert West Reel Engagement Fund. Like Robert, the work supported by the Fund will be creative and responsive to the needs and opportunities for social change.

 

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