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Chiara Tilesi is an Italian film producer with a philanthropic outlook. She is the founder of the nonprofit film production organization “We Do It Together”, whose purpose is to finance, and produce films, documentaries, and other media forms dedicated to the empowerment of women and minorities, by telling their stories. We Do It Together will establish a new cultural paradigm, promoting gender equality in the film industry, and shift the prevailing imbalance until society will embrace and adopt a gender blind approach.
We Do It Together’s first feature presentation will follow the model Chiara implemented in her first feature film “All the Invisible Children”, which was produced in favor of the United Nations’ agencies UNICEF, and World Food Programme. The movie, released in 120 countries, was directed by eight internationally acclaimed directors (Spike Lee, Ridley and Jordan Scott, Emir Kusturica, John Woo, Stefano Veneruso, Katia Lund, Mehdi Charef). She also produced the music video of the movie’s theme song, “Teach me again”, performed by Elisa and Tina Turner.
In her early years poetry was the highlight of her activities. She wrote a book of poetry which earned her the Fiorino D’Oro Award. At the age of eighteen Chiara moved to the United States to attend Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California, where she graduated Cum Laude in Liberal Arts. Since then, production became the focus of her activities, and she went on to produce several films, and consulted for several production companies while continuing her charitable work.
Her philanthropic efforts earned her the position of Event Vice Chair of Rock the Kasbah, a nonprofit foundations of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. She is a member of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative Advisory board, as well as of the board of directors of the nonprofit organization Children Mending Hearts.
Chiara also is the founder of Globunity, a global cultural event and digital media platform whose mission is to inspire creative people in their personal life, and in the cultural evolution of our planet. This venture has earned the Patronages of UNESCO, as well as that of the President, and the Prime Minister of the Italian Republic.
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Dana Archer is a Partner and President at DDA Public Relations, the leading worldwide entertainment PR consultancy with offices in London and Los Angeles. The company offers a bespoke service and truly global reach for producers, distributors, sales agents, financiers and brands. In her capacity, Archer is responsible for all aspects of the agency alongside partners Lawrence Atkinson and John Stannard.
Archer was named by The Hollywood Reporter as the “Next Gen Class of 2011,” in their annual issue which lists “35 men and women, age 35 and under, poised to become the industry’s future leaders.”
Archer is hands on with a roster of corporate client including: Saban Films, BLOOM, AG Studios, Film House Germany, IFTA, Foresight Unlimited, MadRiver Pictures, Lotus Entertainment, and the Dubai International Film Festival. Archer also handles both domestic and international film campaigns including festival work at Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto – often seeing projects from announcement stage through production and release in every major territory. Archer’s recent projects include: Drake Doremus’ “Equals,” Tom Tykwer’s “A Hologram for the King,” Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling,” Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” and George C. Wolfe’s “You’re Not You.”
After graduating with a BA in Political Science and English, Archer enrolled in Southwestern University School of Law but soon after embarked on her career in Los Angeles with veteran publicist Warren Cowan at Warren Cowan & Associates. Since then she has had stints at B/W/R Public Relations, SWPR Group and Weber Shandwick.
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Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1993. Their producing
credits include King of the Hill, Election, Cold Mountain, Little Children, Little Miss
Sunshine, Ruby Sparks and Nebraska.
Berger’s executive producing credits include the award-winning documentary Crumb, the
Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart and the Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health. Berger and Yerxa are also co-executive producers on the current HBO series The Leftovers.
Bona Fide’s most recent film Louder Than Bombs starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert and directed by Joachim Trier premiered in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and will open in theaters in March. Their upcoming projects include The Only Living Boy in New York to be directed by Marc Webb and Juliet, Naked, based on the Nick Hornby novel, which they are producing with Judd Apatow.
After graduating from Tufts University, Albert Berger returned to his native Chicago where he owned and managed the Sandburg Theatre, a revival showcase for obscure and classic films. He attended Columbia University film school before moving to Los Angeles to write scripts for Paramount, TriStar, MGM, Orion, and producer Roger Corman. Berger went on to serve as Vice President of Development for Marvin Worth Productions where he worked on several projects, including Malcolm X.
Berger has served on the board of The Oaks School for 9 years, including as the head of the board. He is also a board member at Cinefamily, a governor for the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences, and a member of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship Committee, Grants Committee and the Educational and Outreach Committee.
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Sandra Lucchesi’s love of the written word was cemented with a degree from UC Berkeley in English with a focus on creative writing. She found her perfect niche in the film business as a literary agent at Gersh, representing writers and directors. Her strengths include discovering new voices, developing stories, engineering elements to build prestigious projects. She has been involved in such notable films as ONE FALSE MOVE, CAPOTE, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, WHIPLASH. Her clients include Academy Award winners and nominees such as Andrea Arnold (FISH TANK), Rivele & Wilkinson (NIXON, ALI), Lucy Alibar (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD), Paul Franklin (INCEPTION, INTERSTELLAR), John Dykstra (SPIDER-MAN, STAR WARS).
Sandra is a home grown San Franciscan. Her parents were influential in guiding her to her passion for telling great stories. Her mother is a lover and writer of poetry who taught Sandra great lessons from poems like Edward A Guest’s “Somebody said that it couldn’t be done”…a poem that to this day, keeps her motivated! Sandra’s father, too, is a wonderful, naturalistic storyteller dealing with all things serious and often funny including his time in the Army Air Force during World War 2.
Additionally, Sandra is proud to be a part of The Hollywood Reporter’s association with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has mentored her little sister, Lupe, who is a straight A freshman at UCLA!
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Paul Nelson’s love of film led him to Los Angeles, where he began his career at the William Morris Agency. He soon moved into managing actors, writers and directors at Mosaic where he now guides the careers of some of Hollywood’s most gifted talents: Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain (THE HELP, ZERO DARK THIRTY) and Whit Stillman (writer-director METROPOLITAN, LAST DAY OF DISCO); BAFTA winners Amma Asante (writer-director – BELLE, WAY OF LIFE), Peter Kosminsky (director – “Wolf Hall”, WHITE OLEANDER) and Craig Pearce (writer – MOULIN ROUGE), Golden Globe nominees Romola Garai (“The Hour”, “Crimson Petal and the White”) and Robert Luketic (LEGALLY BLONDE, 21); Marcello Mastroianni best actor winner Tye Sheridan (JOE, MUD); Emmy winner Barry Sonnenfeld (MEN IN BLACK, ADAM’S FAMILY, “Pushing Daisies”); Emmy nominees January Jones (“Mad Men”), Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men”, “Bloodline”, AVENGERS), Amy Brennemen (“The Leftovers”, “Judging Amy”), and Dee Rees (writer-director “Bessie”); Cannes Golden Camera nominee Liza Johnson (writer-director RETURN); Tea Leoni (“Madam Secretary”), Hanna Weg (writer – SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ), and Conrad Vernon (director MONSTERS VS ALIENS, SHREK 2).
Paul currently serves on the Board for Visual Impact Now, a charitable group that serves visually impaired children in lower income neighborhoods.
Paul was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated with a degree in International Business from American University in Washington, D.C.
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Carol Polakoff studied at the University of Pennsylvania and began her career as a photojournalist in Jerusalem before studying film at the London International Film School. Returning to Israel, she began working as a television journalist for ABC before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in motion pictures. Her award winning documentaries as producer/writer/director include: CUBA: IN THE SHADOW OF DOUBT (winner of the Golden Hugo at the Chicago film festival) and THE CLOSING DOOR: AN INVESTIGATION OF U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY, both which were broadcast on PBS. She developed and made two TV movies for ABC, “HELD HOSTAGE: THE SIS AND JERRY LEVIN STORY” and “SEXUAL ADVANCES.” She has won two Director’s Guild Awards and was nominated for three Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows category.
She moved to Paris in 1994 and while developing screenplays, worked extensively with pro-peace Palestinian-Israeli groups, and was an U.N.election observer in the first Palestinian elections- after which she shot an award winning photo series about the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza.
Polakoff started a New York based company, Carol Polakoff Productions in 2009, with a slate of projects including: an English remake of the award winning Danish Oscar contender “TERRIBLY HAPPY;” an original screenplay set in modern day Tehran, “SECRET SKY;” an adaptation of “ON BEAUTY” by Zadie Smith; and an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning book “AMERICAN PROMETHIUS” based on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Her screenwriting includes the adaptation of the book Love and Terror called “THE LAST NIGHT.”
In 2013, she expanded her banner to create Viewfinder Pictures, based in Paris and Los Angeles to pursue internationally based and themed feature film and TV development. Her current TV slate includes four upcoming series, two of which are set up at Fox/FX: an adaption of a series of seven French novels entitled “The Iron King” and “Alec Station” about the group of women called The Sisterhood, who identified and tracked Bin Laden for 17 years. “Hef”, based on the book Mr. Playboy about the life and times of Hugh Hefner, and “Beating Back the Devil”, based on a book about the E.I.S. (the epidemic Intelligence service), set up at CBS as an event miniseries.
She divides her time between Paris and Los Angeles, pursuing professional and philanthropic projects, and sits on the board of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
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Shelby Stone won a 2015 Emmy Award as an executive producer of the HBO film Bessie, named Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Ten years earlier, she had been nominated in the same category for Lackawanna Blues.
Since 2009, Shelby has served as President of Production for Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, where she has developed and executive-produced programming for numerous networks. In addition to Bessie, major projects have included the telefilms Steel Magnolias and Let the Church Say Amen, series Single Ladies and Let’s Stay Together, and the upcoming half-hour comedy series Twenties, premiering on Hulu in the spring of 2016.
Previously, Shelby spent three years as Senior Vice President and executive producer at Foxx/King Entertainment, where she oversaw film and television production and development, including the critically acclaimed television movie Life Support. She headed her own independent company, Shelby Stone Productions, from 2003 to 2006, executive-producing the telefilms Lumumba, The Middle Passage and the Peabody Award-winning Boycott in addition to Golden Globe and Spirit Award Nominee Lackawanna Blues.
Shelby won the Trail Blazer Award from the Black Women’s Film Network in 2007, and in November 2015 is being recognized by the annual BronzeLens Film Festival’s Women’s Superstars Luncheon with the “Behind the Lens Superstar” Award.
Shelby attributes her love of words, sounds, and images to her father, whose work for the U.S. Foreign Service took the family all over the world. Most of the locales, ironically, did not have television, so Shelby read books and watched movies, fostering her love of storytelling. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Television Academy, and the Black Filmmakers Foundation. She served on the board of Women in Film from 2007–2014 and taught and mentored at Film Independent’s Producing Lab. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Mills College.