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Kickstarter names doc director

Digital public-benefit corporation Kickstarter has promoted Liz Cook, formerly documentary outreach lead, to the post of director of documentary film. In the new role, Cook (pictured) will work with filmmakers and ...
December 9, 2016

Digital public-benefit corporation Kickstarter has promoted Liz Cook, formerly documentary outreach lead, to the post of director of documentary film.

In the new role, Cook (pictured) will work with filmmakers and content creators to build communities of support and bring projects to life via the funding platform.

In her previous role as documentary outreach lead, Cook advised on such successful campaigns as Stanley Nelson‘s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg‘s The Bill Nye Film, Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack‘s Maya Angelou And Still I Rise, and Alex Winter‘s Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa?. The latter film this year became the number one documentary project in Kickstarter history, raising more than US$1.12 million.

Cook also plays a key role in managing the film team’s partnerships with international organizations to mentor, advise and provide support strategy for filmmakers, including Sundance Institute, Berlinale Talents, and CPH:DOX.

Prior to joining Kickstarter in 2013, she served as an acquisitions manager at SnagFish Films. 

“Over the past year, our film team has worked really hard to grow the backer community that fosters and supports documentary film and video projects on Kickstarter — and so far, we’ve seen more than one million backers rally to help these documentaries come to life,” said Cook in a statement. “The documentary category is an incredible tapestry of our collective, shared history and our 2017 plan is to find new ways of providing tangible resources to filmmakers looking to tell their stories.”

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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