I’m happy to report that Brenda Robinson, the leisure legal professional, producer, and devoted philanthropist from Chicago who has served as Vice-Chair of Movie Impartial’s Board of Administrators, might be succeeding Mary Sweeney as the brand new Chair, and can proceed to work carefully with the Government Committee. I’ve been a longtime supporter of Movie Impartial, the nonprofit arts group that produces the Movie Impartial Spirit Awards and serves to champion artistic independence in visible storytelling. And I stay up for proceed working with Ms. Robinson and the group as they assist a group of artists who embody range, innovation, and uniqueness of imagination and prescient.
Movie Impartial additionally introduced three new members becoming a member of the Board: Matthew Greenfield, President of Searchlight Photos; Rhys Ernst, producer and director (“Clear,” “Adam”); and Edward Rada, nonprofit monetary government, approaching as a member of the Government Committee to function Treasurer.
“We’re thrilled to have Brenda Robinson as the brand new Chair of Movie Impartial’s Board of Administrators,” mentioned Movie Impartial President Josh Welsh in an announcement. “Along with her unparalleled ardor and advocacy for the humanities and artists, Brenda is uniquely certified to assist lead Movie Impartial. And I’d additionally like to increase a heartfelt welcome to our three new Board members. We’re so grateful and appreciative for Mary’s unimaginable management throughout her tenure.”
“Movie Impartial has been on the forefront of supporting and amplifying unbiased visible storytelling for over thirty years,” mentioned Robinson. “As a Board member and Arts Circle member, I’ve seen firsthand its ardor and dedication to the humanities and leisure group and I’m excited and honored to steer the group ahead in its continued mission.”
“It has been an honor to function Movie Impartial’s Chair these previous 9 years and past,” mentioned Mary Sweeney. “I’ve witnessed first-hand Brenda’s management and dedication to Movie Impartial’s mission to assist artistic independence and variety. I move the baton to her, assured that she might be an impressive chief of the Board, as Movie Impartial strikes into a brand new, hybrid future.”
I can attest that Brenda is a really devoted philanthropist and producer and I do know she might be an important asset to Movie Impartial. I’ve seen her work tirelessly to assist girls filmmakers and filmmakers of shade in a number of totally different organizations. I used to be happy to affix her, Nina Yang Bongiovi, and Forest Whitaker as Government Producers of the extremely acclaimed movie “Passing,” that introduced Rebecca Corridor’s directorial debut, and likewise to affix as Government Producers of the upcoming movie, “The Empire of Ebony,” directed by Lisa Cortes and produced by Roger Ross Williams. She championed movies at Sundance by way of the Catalyst Discussion board that allowed for extra inclusivity. And when The Roger and Chaz Ebert Basis Fellowship supported unbiased filmmakers by way of Movie Impartial’s Undertaking Contain program (with such vibrant luminaries as Lulu Wang, Melissa Hazlip, and Sue-Ellen Chitunya), Brenda was a giant supporter of these efforts.
However, her resume extends far past. She is at present a companion at Gamechanger Movies, and a member of Influence Companions, each organization with a mission to advance storytelling. Brenda was a financier on the Academy Award-winning documentary “Icarus,” in addition to “Received’t You Be My Neighbor” and “Step.” She is a Government Producer on quite a few initiatives along with “Passing” and “Empire of Ebony,” together with: “United Skates,” alongside government producer John Legend; “The Nice American Lie” by director Jennifer Siebel Newsom; “Bounce Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story,” alongside government producer Steph Curry; and the upcoming “Marian Anderson: The Complete World In Her Palms,” directed by Rita Coburn for PBS’ “American Masters” collection.
Along with most not too long ago serving on Movie Impartial’s Board as Vice-Chair, Robinson additionally serves on the Board of The Illustration Undertaking, based by California First Accomplice Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Moreover, she serves as an advisor to The Redford Middle, is a Board member of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago Worldwide Movie Competition, and is at present the Board Chair of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. She is a member of The Recording Academy and the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Present board members of Movie Impartial embody Len Amato, Randy Barbato, Adriene Bowles, Mathew Cullen, Vondie Curtis Corridor, Eric d’Arbeloff, Rhys Ernst, Javier Fuentes-León, Brenda Gilbert, Matthew Greenfield, Michael Helfant, Laura Kim, Sue Kroll, Karyn Kusama, Kasi Lemmons, David Linde, Mynette Louie, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Ted Mundorff, Gail Mutrux, Sue Naegle, Col Needham, Catherine Park, Edward Rada, Alan Poul, Brenda Robinson, Andrea Sperling, and Cathy Schulman.