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THE MISSION

The Video Consortium is a 501(c)3-registered creative community that's dedicated to fueling, facilitating, and funding the creation of nonfiction films that awaken, transform, and inspire. As a network that brings together the world's leading nonfiction video makers, we seek to support both independent filmmakers and staff visual journalists to make their best work and, in the process, positively shift the zeitgeist.

 
 

 

OUR STORY

In early 2015, a handful of video journalists from a few of New York's oldest, most prestigious publications—and from few of its hottest new ones—crowded around a shabby wooden table in the far-back corner of an old East Village bar. The point of the meeting was to talk about video: its current state, how it was changing, what it was becoming. After all, these were the folks who were creating the stuff that millions of people consume every day; how could they network amongst themselves, and also work together, to push this medium to more ambitious, greater, inspiring heights? 

The next month, they convened again—same time, same place—and some more video journalists were brought along. The month after that, they moved to a larger space in Brooklyn—more VJs and some documentary filmmakers in tow—to hang, talk, drink. Some recently-published shorts were screened and discussed. Pizzas were ordered; the group talked shop late into the night.

These gatherings are an integral part of the Consortium's network. A monthly occurrence with a capped attendance (in an always-changing location), it's an I.R.L. place for members in New York and—now, also in—Los Angeles to come together to talk, watch, and chill with the city's online nonfiction video community, while good vibes abound. For those who don't live on either coast, or in the United States, the Consortium's online private forum is lively; our monthly newsletter keeps members informed.

 
 

THE TEAM

 

 
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SKY DYLAN-ROBBINS // EXECUTIVE DIRECTOr

Sky is a filmmaker and producer living (and born) in New York. She's currently working on a soon-to-launch project at NBC News. Previously, she was The New Yorker magazine's Senior Producer, Video. Before that, she was at Tumblr, overseeing and producing video stories for the blogging platform’s editorial digital magazine. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with degrees in Radio/TV/Film, Sociology, and Italian, and has lived and worked in Bologna and Rome.

She founded the Video Consortium in January, 2015.

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KENNY SULEIMANAGICH // DIRECTOR, WORKSHOPS

Kenny is a cinematographer and multimedia journalist living and working in New York, and at times, Los Angeles (where he grew up). He specializes in documentary, music video, and working with motion picture 16mm and 35mm film. In the digital age, where choices are infinite and screens are small, his focus is in aesthetic-driven narratives that use visual grammar to tell stories. His work has appeared variously at publications like Bustle, FADER, Spin, Pitchfork, The Forward, NBC News, United Nations TV, and Entrepreneur. 

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MANDI GORENSTEIN // ASST. DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING

Mandi has been working in documentary development and reality TV as a creative non-fiction producer for over ten years. Non-fiction storytelling has taken her to the Arctic Circle, across the Middle East, through rural Colombia, and inside NASA’s jet propulsion lab. From casting subjects to shaping storylines in the edit suite, Mandi's track record includes developing original documentary series for National Geographic and the History Channel. Her long form field producing work includes series for MTV, Animal Planet, Food Network, CBC, and VICELAND. In addition to the VC, Mandi is an active member in the WGA and Media Mavens.

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TOMASZ WERNER // BOARD MEMBER 

Tomasz Werner is a filmmaker and DP based in Brooklyn. Originally from Poland, and by way of The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, he earned a master's degree in filmmaking from the University of Texas. He has shot and directed films around the States with an emphasis on dynamic, personal, and arts-driven stories. His recent clients include MoMA, The Guardian, The New Yorker, UNHCR, National Geographic, Twitter, and Kickstarter.

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MAE RYAN  //  BOARD MEMBER

Mae is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker based in New York. She is currently a senior producer at The Front, a female-led documentary production company. For three years, Mae was a senior producer at The Guardian US where she covered a variety of topics including immigration, police brutality, and vaginas. Her clients have included The Guardian, The New York Times, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Fader, CNN, MTV, Architectural Record and Elle China.

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NICHOLAS GRAHAM PLATT  //  BOARD MEMBER

Nicholas is a digital media producer at Google's Jigsaw, telling stories about the technology that enables people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability, or repression. He began his career as a fixer in Paris, and, before joining the Jigsaw team, worked on documentaries for VICE on HBO and Vocativ's Showtime series. Nicholas created the popular Facebook page Cultural Facts of the Day, and is trilingual in Spanish and French. He graduated from the American University of Paris.

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GRANT SLATER // BOARD MEMBER

Grant is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, photographer and journalist. Originally from Oklahoma, he is based in Brooklyn. He specializes in serialized films for publications, online networks and brands. His character-driven narratives have been watched by millions and recognized with numerous awards. He holds a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University as well as bachelor's degrees in Russian and journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He also speaks Russian.

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EVAN ENGEL // BOARD MEMBER

Evan is a New York-based video producer and journalist. His work has appeared in a variety of media outlets, like VICE, Vocativ, and The Wall Street Journal. He's been a Consortium member since its inception, and loves welcoming new members. Get in touch with questions about new ways to get involved!

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JOE POSNER  // BOARD MEMBER

Joe leads Vox Video, a rapidly growing team of video creators and journalists making explanatory videos about things that fascinate us — both the news, and the corners of the world that hold surprising insight. He previously made freelance shorts for the internet and contributed design and animation to several documentary films, receiving an Emmy nomination for his animation on Point And Shoot.

BRITTANY WASHINGTON // DIRECTOR, ENGAGEMENT

Brittany is the multimedia producer and filmmaker for Open Society Foundations, which funds a range of civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media. As director of engagement, she works to find new voices and perspectives to grow the VC family. Brittany has a B.S. in Directing & Editing with a minor in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Brooklyn and works extensively across the globe, including recent journeys to Hungary, South Africa, Greece, Liberia, Algeria, Mexico City, and throughout the United States.

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COLIN WEATHERBY // DIRECTOR, FINANCE (V.C. LOS ANGELES)

Colin is a freelance video journalist and filmmaker. His work can be seen at Buzzfeed, Vox, Fast Company, Super Deluxe, and many other digital outlets. As a graduate of New York University and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, he loves the feeling of that warm Los Angeles breeze slowly melting away a decade of Brooklyn winters.

Tim MALONEY // DIRECTOR, PARTNERSHIPS (V.C. LOS ANGELES)

Tim is a freelance photographer, video journalist, and filmmaker. His work can be regularly found in Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Great Big Story, People, and TIME. He likes to explore themes of social justice, environmentalism, and definitions of masculinity, hybridity and glamour in the Information Age. Although he has an impeccable eye, most people know him by his luxurious head of hair. His happiest moments are on the road or off the grid.

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SARA NEWENS // DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS (V.C. LOS ANGELES)

Sara is a documentary filmmaker and editor for film and television. Her first feature film, TOP SPIN, was acquired by First Run Features and received rave reviews from the LA Times and Wall Street Journal during its festival run and limited theatrical release. A graduate of Stanford University's MFA Documentary Film Program, she is currently based in Los Angeles and continues to create non-fiction content through her production company, Wild Pair Films.

ERICA M. HART // DIRECTOR, EVENTS (V.C. LOS ANGELES)

Erica is a Los Angeles-based documentary director, shooter-producer, and editor working primarily in observational non-fiction. Her work often involves themes of social justice, feminism, sustainability, birth and motherhood, children, and family.  Erica has lived and worked in LA since graduating from Northwestern University's radio/television/film program in 2010. She likes to laugh loudly, drink beer, and read books in the bathtub. 

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BIANCA CONSUJI // BOARD MEMBER

Bianca is a video producer and journalist. She is currently supervising producer for news features and short documentaries at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at Bustle as Director of Video, and Mashable as a producer. She is originally from Manila, Philippines and graduated from the Columbia Journalism School. Her work has taken her from the Democratic Republic of Congo to report on conflict minerals to shoots with Sesame Street Muppets. 

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DANIEL HAYES // DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING

Daniel is a New York-based front-end engineer. He's currently full-time at The New Yorker magazine, developing newyorker.com. He wants Consortium members to have a digital space where they can connect and share ideas. He welcomes suggestions and feedback as he works on developing our online community!

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MYRNA PEREZ // DIRECTOR, V.C. San FRANCISCO

Myrna Perez is a Colombian video journalist and filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her work focuses mostly on issues pertaining to the environment, people of color and human conflict. Her work has taken her to France, Turkey, Romania, Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan and across the United States while covering the Trump campaign. She founded the Consortium's San Francisco/Bay Area chapter in July, 2017.

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Nathan FITCH // BOARD MEMBER

Nathan is a filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. He's currently completing his feature length documentary, Island Soldier. Nathan is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective; his award-winning work has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The National Film Board of Canada, to name a few. He holds an MFA in documentary storytelling from Hunter college, where he was the recipient of the prestigious James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Nathan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, and has an enduring fondness for Breadfruit.