Five professionals from the fields of filmmaking, finance, social entrepreneurship, technology and philanthropy have joined the advisory board of Chicken & Egg Pictures, ahead of the women-focused nonprofit film fund’s 10th anniversary.
Established in 2005, the organization – which is dedicated to supporting female documentary directors - has supported more than 160 film projects through US$3.3 million in grants and 5,000 hours of mentorship.
The new advisory board members include Michelle Byrd, a non-profit strategic consultant; Laura Dierks, board president of the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn; Roswitha Mueller-Agarwal, a member of the finance committee on the board of the directors for Friends of the Highline; Dawn Porter, director of docs such as Gideon’s Army and Spies of Mississippi; and Alexandra Shiva, a filmmaker and founder of the Manhattan-based doc prodco Gidalya Pictures.
The board’s existing members are New York attorney Dominique Bravo; grant specialist Angela Jones; and the president of Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, Amy Richards.
“Earlier this year we set a number of aggressive new goals ahead of our 10th anniversary in 2015 focused on increasing our leadership, capacity and infrastructure,” said Jenni Wolfson, executive director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, in a statement.
“This has included expanding our advisory board committed to development, communication, successful governance and operations, hiring new professional staff, as well as a commitment to build greater impact campaigns around documentary films,” she added. “This year we also have a new, special focus, designed to make sure women are both behind and in front of the camera.”