Chicken & Egg Pictures appoints first exec director

Jenni Wolfson joins the non-profit organization supporting women non-fiction filmmakers from human rights video advocacy group Witness, and from earlier posts with Unicef and the United Nations.
September 9, 2013

Chicken & Egg Pictures, a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of female non-fiction filmmakers, has appointed its first executive director.

Jenni Wolfson joins the group following a stint with Witness, the human rights video advocacy NGO founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel, where she served as managing director and acting executive director. Prior to that position, she served in leadership position at Unicef and at the United Nations.

“We are thrilled that Jenni Wolfson will be joining Chicken & Egg Pictures as executive director,” said Chicken & Egg Pictures co-founders Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand, in a statement. “Like many of the filmmakers we support, Jenni has served on the front-lines of critical human rights struggles and has seen the power of storytelling at work. Her years of service, on the ground in countries such as Rwanda and Haiti for the United Nations, and more recently at Witness, where she managed a multi-million dollar NGO, give her a unique set of skills we know will effectively grow the organization.”

Chicken & Egg Pictures was founded in 2005. It matches strategically timed grants with mentorship to help women non-fiction filmmakers leverage their work during critical production and distribution phases. Recent films that have received funding and mentorship support include Semper Fi: Always Faithful; Call Me Kuchu; Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Brooklyn Castle.

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