BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ellen Bruno is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. With a background in international relief work, Ellen’s films have focused on issues at the forefront of human rights.
Ellen holds a master’s degree in documentary film from Stanford University. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, a Goldie Award for Outstanding Artist, an Alpert Award for the Arts, an Anonymous Was A Woman Award for the Arts, a Shenkin Fellowship from Yale University School of Art, and was an Artist-in- Residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Ellen serves on the Board of the Buddhist Film Festival, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and Ethical Traveler.Org. She is a strategic planning consultant with the Creative Capital Foundation’s Professional Development Workshops, working throughout the country to provide artists a cohesive structure to organize, plan and sustain creative careers.
Academy Award-nominated Ellen Kuras, one of the first women invited to join the ASC, is best known for her visually stunning work in films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blow, and Summer of Sam, among others. Her work spans both the independent and studio worlds and crosses genres from narrative to documentary to concert films.
She has collaborated with directors like Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Jonathan Demme, has received numerous Emmy and Independent Spirit award nominations, and is the unprecedented three-time winner of the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Laura Freebairn-Smith’s specialty is assisting leaders in realizing the full potential of their organizations through humanistic and analytical practices, while offering guidance in the redesign of infrastructure, the creation of strategic plans, and with organizational development.
She has worked with such distinguished organizations as the New York Times, Lemann Foundation, and ESPN. Laura served as Director of Yale’s Organizational Development and Learning Center, which she helped create.
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