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Chicken & Egg Pictures expands advisory board

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.
July 7, 2014

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.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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