Amy Hobby has 20 years of experience as an award-winning feature and documentary film producer. Her work spans feature-length dramas starring A-list Hollywood stars to documentaries, international features, television pilots and webisodes. Hobby personifies the fully diverse producer, with deep experience across a wide range of budgets and in various types of producing roles, and has a well-earned reputation for producing edgy, compelling features. She mentors emerging filmmakers worldwide and actively supports women directors through various initiatives launched through Tangerine Entertainment, which she co-founded. Her producing projects have included Secretary, Hamlet (with Ethan Hawke), Love, Marilyn and What Happened, Miss Simone?, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. She joined TFI as Vice President, Artist Programs in 2015.
David Earls re-joins TFI as Managing Director after four years as co-founder and managing partner of B.E. Capital Management, a private investment partnership in New York. He is in charge of TFI’s financial oversight, corporate governance, business affairs, fundraising and communications. After beginning his career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Earls led individual giving at TFI for nine years, its most successful period of financial growth. During this time, he co-founded TFI’s fundraising department, co-managed its first eight annual Benefits, and created and launched its Tribeca Film Festival VIP ticket package and concierge program. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Earls serves as a director of the Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts at the World Trade Center.
Molly O'Keefe is the Senior Director, Artist Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Prior to joining TFI, Molly was the Director of Development and Production at Sundance Productions where she developed series for CNN, FX, HBO, Ovation, EPIX, Sony and Paramount. Before returning to New York, she worked for Ben Stiller's Los-Angeles-based Red Hour Films and produced Roger Kumble's critically acclaimed play GIRLS TALK starring Brooke Shields and Constance Zimmer in West Hollywood. She's a graduate of Emerson College and happy to be back in her native New York.
José is the Director of Documentary Programs at TFI where he oversees the growth and funding for all of the documentary funds, and has led the TFI Latin America Fund’s Filmmaker Workshop series. A native of Puerto Rico, he grew up with a passion for movies that led him to Syracuse University, where he wrote a feature script and directed two shorts. After interning as an assistant to producer Amy Hobby, he settled in New York City and became a script/book reader for Overture Films while also working on commercials, short films and features (including Tze Chun’s Children of Invention and the documentary Poor Consuelo Conquers the World). Follow him on Twitter: @theJoFer
Zeina Abi Assy is a writer and media artist from Lebanon. She has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School, and a BFA in Graphic Design from The American University of Beirut. In her work, she explores the intricate intersection between the personal and the global manifestation of culture, art, and politics. She is obsessed with the feeling of Beirut. And she in one of three founders of an online publication, The Seventh Wave. Find her: @zeeabiassy
Derek Nguyen is a screenwriter, director, producer, and arts administrator. In addition to his work at TFI, Derek is the Director of Operations & Creative Affairs for Gamechanger Films, which finances narrative features directed by women. Derek has worked at several non-profit organizations including Apex for Youth, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (The International Emmy Awards), IFP/New York, and Arts at St. Ann’s. As filmmaker, he wrote and directed The Housemaid (HKFilm Vietnam & CJ Entertainment) which will be released in 2018 by IFC Films and has been sold to 19 different territories around the world. His short, The Potential Wives of Norman Mao (narrated by George Takei) screened at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Market as well as many festivals around the world. Derek was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow for the screenplay adaptation of his play, Monster. As a producer, he’s worked on several independent feature films including The Tale (directed by Jennifer Fox), Buster’s Mal Heart (directed by Sarah Adina Smith), Lovesong (directed by So Yong Kim), Addicted to Fresno (directed by Jamie Babbit), and The Long Dumb Road (directed by Hannah Fidell). He is currently producing I’m Not Down (directed by A. Sayeeda Moreno) and an American adaptation of his film The Housemaid.
Mridu Chandra is the Director of IF/Then- a new initiative developed by Tribeca Film Institute to stimulate the production and multi-platform distribution of short form documentary storytelling. She is a veteran producer of award-winning documentaries that explore topics of civil rights and peace, gender and sexuality, environmental justice, and the law. These films have premiered at Sundance and SXSW, aired on PBS and HBO, screened for members of the U.S. Congress & the United Nations, and showcased at Museums & film festivals worldwide. An alumna of the CPB/WGBH Producers Academy and the TFI’s All Access Program, credits include producing Ask the Sexpert (Hot Docs 2017), Out In The Night (LAFF/ POV) and The Canal Street Madam (SXSW); and co-producing Brother Outsider (Sundance/ POV), This Changes Everything (TIFF), A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY (HBO), and Electoral Dysfunction (WTTW / PBS). She mentors emerging and diverse filmmakers worldwide and has taught documentary research, development, and rights clearance courses at The New School, NYU’s School of Continuing Studies, and at The New York Film Academy.
Bryce is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre and Film programs. In addition to producing and writing a number of independent theater productions (including Off-Broadway’s “Triassic Parq”), she also co-founded the Brooklyn-based arts company UglyRhino. She has worked administratively at Chicago Shakespeare, The Second City, The Public Theater and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, as well as on a seriesof Off-Broadway productions.
Michelle is the Coordinator for Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Before joining TFI, she worked at SnagFilms programming and marketing the company’s site and platforms as well as working to build Indiewire’s video presence. Michelle studied film and literature at Soka University of America and went on to pursue her M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU. As a native of California, she dreams of foggy days on the beach with her dog, but loves her life in New York very much.
Hala is a digital strategist, graphic designer, and illustrator. She moved to New York from Dubai where she was working as a Lead Strategist for Mirum MEA, a digital agency. Her work focuses on design activism and she is interested in developing human-centered designs/innovations with social impact. Hala recently launched her personal illustration project under the name “@Randomiyyat” where she presents random ideas and experiences following the “rule of three” with images, videos and illustrations. At TFI Hala is working with the interactive department on the Immersive Films Program: VR Lab in partnership with Google's Daydream team as a digital strategist.
Tatiyana Jenkins is an emerging filmmaker whose work explores the intersectionality of race, gender, and class. She is a graduate of Lawrence University and a Posse Scholar, with a double major in Film Studies and Gender Studies. Tatiyana’s relationship with TFI dates back to 2012 when she joined the second annual cohort of Tribeca Film Fellows. Since then, she has worked on a series of short films including Triggering Wounds, a short film about gun violence in the Harlem community that was awarded Best Documentary in TFI’s Our City, My Story program at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2014, she worked alongside Hank Willis Thomas on the interactive media installation Truth Booth through TFI’s Power of Words program, which paired young storytellers with world-renowned filmmakers to interpret the words of Nelson Mandela. As TFI’s Education Program Associate, Tatiyana plans the logistics of TFI’s education initiatives including Tribeca Film Fellows and Tribeca Teaches, and Our City, My Story.
Dan Schoenbrun is the co-creator of the independent TV show The Eyeslicer, the first season of which features work by 50+ visionary directors including David Lowery, Amy Seimetz, Lauren Wolkstein, Shaka King, and many more. The Eyeslicer premiered earlier at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and has been called "one of the craziest TV shows you'll ever see" (Indiewire) and an "insane variety show puree" (Entertainment Weekly). Previously, Dan spearheaded and produced the anthology feature film collective:unconscious, in which five filmmakers adapted each other's dreams for the screen. collective:unconscious premiered in Competition at SXSW 2016, has been viewed over 300,000 times online. Dan previously worked as the Senior Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter and the Associate Director of Programming at IFP, writes the column Continue Watching for FILMMAKER Magazine, and is a Distribution Consultant at the Tribeca Film Institute. Dan's work as a writer and director has screened at festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, LAFF, BAMcinemafest, the Maryland Film Festival, and Cucalorus.
El-Sun is a formerly incarcerated person who has screened over 25 films in correctional spaces, creating both prescreening prompts and post screening workshops that promote media literacy. He is employed by TFI as a Restorative Justice Consultant. EL-Sun is also a curriculum writer, teaching artist, credible messenger and public speaker, making appearances at premieres, colleges, charter schools, grassroots organizations and churches.
Jill joined TFI in 2015 with nine years of experience in nonprofit development and communications. She manages TFI’s relationships with 20+ private foundations and government agencies and writes grants for TFI’s education, interactive, and artist programs. Prior to TFI, Jill spent four years at Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), a museum consortium founded by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. There she served as the head writer for all fundraising materials and helped to expand the organization’s digital and education programs, specifically related to the history of slavery in the colonial North. During her tenure at HHV, she helped to secure more than $1 million in competitive new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (one of seven grants awarded in the US), the Brooke Astor Fund for NYC Education in The New York Community Trust (one of 17 grants awarded), the New York State Council on the Arts, Wells Fargo Foundation, Green Mountain Energy Company, and others. Previously, she spent four years at Helen Keller International (HKI), where she wrote a high volume of grants and marketing materials for HKI’s eye health programs in the US, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Jill spent her early years in New York as a journalist, first interning at SPIN and forging a creative career as a freelance writer and a traveling wine buyer for a boutique in Brooklyn. Jill earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed graduate coursework in international human rights at NYU. When she’s not singing TFI’s high praises, Jill is bringing up the low end as a bassist for an Upstate trio.
A native of Virginia, Katelyn Bland-Clark has been living and working in New York for the past four years in various capacities of the non-profit sector. After completing an Americorps Teaching Fellowship with Citizen Schools, serving a middle school community in East Harlem, she worked in the development department at The Center, supporting all aspects of their fundraising efforts. She is excited to continue growing within the world of non-profit fundraising in her role as the Development Associate for TFI. Prior to moving to the city, Katelyn completed her Master’s in Theological Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she focused on gender and sexuality as they intersect with religious (and other) identities. Katelyn is also an avid traveler, having lived in both Seoul, during her master’s program, and Shanghai, directly following her undergrad tenure at Emory & Henry College. While at E&H, Katelyn majored in Religion and Mathematics and developed a love for everything outdoors. She recently completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (SoBo 2017) and is always down for new adventures.
David Driver is a Creative Services Professional who lives in New York, NY and Fosterdale, NY. His work includes performing, writing, designing, and directing. He has created visuals, packaging, identities and shortform content for clients like Estée Lauder, Johnson&Johnson, SundanceTV, and Discovery Network, has worked both on and Off-Broadway, and has released music and videos under his own name as well as with various other musical acts. He is married to Dr. Jason Tougaw.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Juan Mateo Menendez has always had a passion for the world of film. During his college years in Colorado, he worked with Emmy-Award winning producer Jerry Aronson, gaining extensive knowledge of the documentary filmmaking world. After moving to New York City he worked as a Production Coordinator for Tangerine Entertainment, a women-focused production company headed by Academy Award-nominated producer Amy Hobby. He has also been involved with HBO and Netflix headed projects with famed documentary director Amy Berg. His dream is to open a production company in Mexico City one day.
Colleen is a New Mexico-based consultant and producer, currently in post-production on her first feature.
Ana Catalá is a multifaceted filmmaker, producer and festival programmer. After finishing her film and photography studies in Spain and Switzerland, she moved to Berlin where she has worked on international film productions. Her career began with film credits including The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski and Hanna by Joe Wright. But her passion for arthouse independent cinema soon led her to work in documentary productions and author-generated films, such as Grind Reset Shine by Margarita Jimeno, and <3 by María Anton Cabot. Besides her work as a filmmaker, Ana Catalá is a member of the short film selection committee for the Cinema Jove International Film Festival in Valencia, the assistant programmer to Giorgio Gosetti, as well as the program coordinator and associate programmer for the Reykjavik International Film Festival. In October 2014, she curated the photographic project The European Dream - Selfies from Oranienplatz, which was featured in the annual European Month of Photography in Berlin. Eager to learn new ways of breaking boundaries within the visual sphere, she recently finished an M.A in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin and has co-founded moving mountains (www.movingm.com), a film production house based in Berlin for arthouse documentary projects that challenge contemporary societies worldwide. Her short film We Were All to be Queens, currently about to start its festival round, is the second project released by moving mountains after Roser Corella’s award-winning feature documentary film Grab and Run.
Daniel oversees web and technology initiatives of the organization. He oversaw several award winning websites (including a Webby Awards Official Honoree). After being at TFI for more than 10 years, he started Spiral Blueprint, focusing on web, apps, and IT infrastructure. He received a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College.