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Impact Producers Group

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The Impact Producers Group is an international network of independent service providers who design and implement social impact campaigns with film and other media. It is a peer support group that provides members with resources and professional development whether they are entry-level or experts in the field. The Impact Producers Group is inspired by the BRITDOC Foundation's 2012 Impact Producers Retreat held on Osea Island in the UK. Interested in getting involved? Contact us.

The Impact Producers Group was established by Borderline Media and Civic Bakery.

In May 2013 we brought together 10 independent practitioners for an initial gathering at POV; out of that convening the Impact Producers Group was born. Scroll down below for more about our producers and their work.

Curious about what an impact producer does? Read our guest editorial at POV's Documentary Blog.

 

 

 

Impact Highlights

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Our campaign work influences policy and legislation, trains educators and youth, reforms institutional practices, builds coalitions, empowers communities and changes lives. Click on the images below to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer Bios

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Our producers come to this work from many different disciplines; we're activists, filmmakers, developers, educators, audio producers, writers, publicists, lawyers, sociologists, historians, media strategists, theater producers and cultural organizers.

Monifa BandeleMONIFA BANDELE

Monifa is a blogger, human rights activist and community engagement consultant. She currently serves as the Food and Economic Security Campaign Director for MomsRising.org, an organization of more than one million members, and the senior training advisor for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP). She is a Co-Founder and Coordinator for 10 years of the Black August Hip Hop Project, an international activist/artist alliance with ties in Cuba, South Africa, Tanzania, Venezuela and Brazil, which produces the Black August Film Festival and concert series...

 

 

elizabeth benjaminELIZABETH BENJAMIN

Elizabeth is a UK-based publicist with over 10 years experience in the industry, having worked at the British Film Institute and as a freelancer. She directed PR for titles including The Kid with a Bike (2011) and This is England (2006), the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties, and film festivals including Birds Eye View, Open City London documentary film festival and The East End film festival. Elizabeth established Beady Eyed Films in 2013, expanding into social impact campaign consulting for projects that include Ping Pong, One Mile Away, Project Wild Thing, No Fire Zone and the UK release of Dirty Wars...

 

 

stephanie bleyerSTEPHANIE BLEYER

Through her firm, Six Foot Chipmunk, Stephanie helps artists across disciplines create strategic plans, raise funds, and reach and mobilize new audiences. Her career in social activism has taken many forms including managing tsunami displacement camps in Sri Lanka, and working with refugees in Nairobi. Over the last seven years, Stephanie has helped develop engagement campaigns for 25 documentary films. Her clients include Oscar nominated The Square (Sundance, 2013), Inequality for All (Sundance 2013), Escape Fire (Sundance 2012) and Oscar nominated Gasland (Sundance 2010)...

 

 

BRENDA COUGHLIbrenda coughlinN

Brenda is President of the non-profit media company Civic Bakery, and a co-conspirator on the Impact Producers Group and Impact Socials. She is a producer of the Oscar nominated documentary feature film Dirty Wars (2013), and The People Speak (2009) documentary project, with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, Anthony Arnove, and Matt Damon. For the last 15 years, Brenda has worked with non-profits and U.S. foundations supporting progressive causes and has been part of social justice movements in a range of areas, from prison abolition to antiwar organizing...

 

 

RACHEL FALCOrachel falconeNE

Rachel is a NY-based multimedia producer, educator and storytelling strategist. She is Co-Creator and Co-Director of the transmedia storytelling project Housing is a Human Right, and the Co-founder and Executive Producer of the award-winning transmedia project Sandy Storyline. Previously, she worked with EarSay, Inc., None On Record and the Peabody award-winning national oral history project StoryCorps. She has also been an organizer for social movement organizations, including Occupy Our Homes and Organizing for Occupation (O4O)...

 

 

Patricia FinneranTRICIA FINNERAN

Tricia is the Principal of Story Matters. Her work advances the use of film and video as a powerful tool to reach, engage and influence audiences. Over the past two decades she has held senior positions at Sundance Institute, American Film Institute and IFP New York. She continues to consult for Sundance Documentary Program and the Good Pitch. Recent projects include the engagement campaign for Oscar nominated How To Survive A Plague (2012) and The Revolutionary Optimists (2013). She also directed strategy and launched the educational outreach campaign for the Weinstein Company release, Bully (2011)...

 

 

Brianna HynemanBRIANNA HYNEMAN

Brianna is the Outreach and Public Engagement Consultant for Borderline Media. She has produced media events, independent films and national film tours for over 15 years, including the Urbanworld Film Festival, Simmons Lathan Media Group, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Universal Records, Children’s Defense Fund, the Emmy nominated documentary Traces of the Trade (2008) and Arab American Stories (2012-13). Since 1993 she has been a freelance journalist for Vibe, The Source, Interview, Honey and Tyra.com. Brianna has traveled to Kenya, South Africa and the US southeast, documenting the diverse stories of the African Diaspora...

 

 

alex kellyALEX KELLY

Alex makes art and media, she loves adventure and people, and most of the time she is based in Alice Springs, Central Australia. Since 2004 she has worked with the arts and social change company Big hART where she is now National Producer. She is also currently an impact producer for the The Message, a multiplatform documentary project based on Naomi Klein's forthcoming book. In 2012 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to research social change documentary impact and outreach campaigns...

 

 

ANDREW LOWEandrew lowenthalNTHAL

Andrew is Co-Founder and Executive Director of EngageMedia, an Asia-Pacific human rights and environmental non-profit exploring the intersection of video, technology and social change. He is currently a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Fellow at MIT's Open Documentary Lab. Andrew was active in the Indymedia network from 2000-2006, and from 2006-08 he worked with the UK based Tactical Technology Collective, producing a series of open source media toolkits for activists...

 

 

Jennifer MacArthurJENNIFER MACARTHUR

Jennifer is the Founder and Principal of Borderline Media. Her strategic design work for film campaigns includes Gideon's Army (HBO, 2013) and Traces of the Trade (POV, 2008); she also has advised on Dirty Wars (IFC, 2013), Valentine Road (HBO, 2013) and American Promise (POV, 2014). She is currently producing the social impact campaign for 3 1/2 Minutes, directed by Marc Silver and executive produced by Orlando Bagwell. Jennifer is also deeply committed to field-building for social impact film and media campaigns. She is the Founder of the Impact Producers Group and Impact Socials. Previously, she was a consultant to the PBS system, advising on engagement, transmedia, distribution, and impact assessment...

 

 

Joanna NatasegaraJOANNA NATASEGARA

Joanna Natasegara is a director/producer and founder of Violet Films / Ultra Violet Consultancy, currently the only company in the UK combining social impact strategy and film production. Ultra Violet has recently worked on some of the world’s most impactful feature docs including No Fire Zone (2013), The Dark Matter of Love (2013) and The House I Live In (2012). Previously, Joanna directed and produced documentaries covering social justice and politics for varied broadcasters including the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Guardian online...

 

 

Michael PremoMICHAEL PREMO

Michael is a multidisciplinary artist, theater producer and cultural organizer who has worked with the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, EarSay, Inc., and The Civilians, among many others. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Network of Ensemble Theaters. As an activist and sometime organizer he has worked with the Occupy movement. Building upon his organizing work with Occupy Sandy, he co-produces the award-winning transmedia project Sandy Storyline. He is also currently an impact producer for the The Message, a multiplatform documentary project based on Naomi Klein's forthcoming book...

 

 

Nancy SchwartzmanNANCY SCHWARTZMAN

Nancy is a filmmaker, media strategist, and sought-after speaker who believes storytelling and technology can create safer communities for women and girls. She is the Director/Producer of The Line (2009) and xoxosms (2011), and the CEO of Tech 4 Good, LLC. Her Circle of 6 App won the Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge, a national competition launched by Vice President Joe Biden and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. As a campaign builder and new media consultant, Nancy has worked with All of Me (2013), the Oscar nominated The Invisible War (2012) and Girl Model (2011)...

 

 

LINA SRIVLina SrivastavaASTAVA

Lina combines media, technology, art, and storytelling to amplify social impact in human rights and global development. As the founder of a social innovation consultancy in New York and the creator of the Transmedia Activism framework, Lina has consulted on project design for a range of social impact organizations, including UNESCO, the World Bank, UNICEF. She has also worked on film campaigns, including the Oscar-winning Born into Brothels (2004), Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback (2007), Oscar-winning Inocente (2012), and Sundance award-winning Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013)...

 

 

 

 

Press & Publicity Portfolio

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Our producers help shape public discourse with branding, marketing and communications support for high profile media appearances and social media campaigns. They also provide thought leadership for the field through speaking engagements, workshops and panels, and written commentary. Click through the text and images below for select clips.