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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.

 
 

Above: moments during a monthly gathering in New York, hosted by Vice, and captured by members Jake and Michelle

 

OUR STORY

In early 2015, a handful of video journalists from a few of New York's oldest, most prestigious publications—and from a few of its hottest new ones—crowded around a shabby wooden table in the far-back corner of an East Village bar. The point of the meeting was to talk about video: its current state, how it was changing, and 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, and 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—now occurring monthly in our chapter cities across America and Europe—are an integral part of the Consortium's network, which has since grown to span the globe. We’re working as hard as we can to unite the world’s top nonfiction fiction creators so that, together, we can shift the zeitgeist through truthful and compelling storytelling that inspires positive social change.

 
 

THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

See chapters, above, for city-based leadership.

 
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SKY DYLAN-ROBBINS

Founder, Executive Director

Sky is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist, currently on staff at NBC News’s experimental documentary studio, Left Field. Previously, she was the Senior Producer, Video at The New Yorker magazine. Before that, she was at Tumblr, overseeing and producing video stories for the blogging platform’s editorial digital magazine. In 2018, she was chosen as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 in Media. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, and has lived and worked in Bologna and Rome.

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BIANCA CONSUNJI

Board Member

Bianca is the Director of Video of Broadly, at VICE Media. Previously, she was the Executive Producer of Buzzfeed News, and Director of Video at Bustle. Before that, she was a producer at Mashable. Bianca 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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REBECCA PEELER

Director, Communications and Membership

Rebecca is a New York-based freelance journalist who has reported on issues addressing health, environmental, and social concerns. She is currently pursuing a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has allowed her to explore the idea of holistic remedies and how they serve and function in our society. Rebecca has a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and has worked for digital and broadcasting agencies in the U.S. producing short documentaries.

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STEPHANIE STRAUSS

Board Member and Director, VCNY

Stephanie is a video journalist and documentary photographer with a deep interest in telling stories about health, gender, and what makes people tick. She is the social media producer and editor at SELF and BRIDES magazines at Condé Nast. As the recipient of a  journalism fellowship in Prague, Stephanie examined the access to support that dyslexic students have in Czech schools. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

FRANK POSILLICO

Director, Social

Frank Posillico is a Brooklyn-based video journalist and the Senior Editor, Video at the New York Daily News where he works on daily video content and produces short documentaries. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Journalism, and has lived, worked, and studied in Cuba and Kenya. 

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ALEXANDRA MANGUM

Board Member and Co-Director, VCParis

Alexandra Mangum is a New York-based creative producer. She currently works as Executive Producer at CVLT Production, overseeing their commercial production operation. Prior to this, Alex spent six years in Paris, France where she worked for The New York Times in licensing and syndication, with a special focus on their photo and video content. During her last two years in Paris, Alex worked for a creative agency and production company where she created videos for companies such as Google, Lancome, Armani and more. Alex is fluent in French and studying Italian. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a degree in Dramatic Literature.

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EVAN ENGEL

Board Member

Evan is a New York-based video producer and journalist, currently heading up video at CoinDesk, a bitcoin and cryptocurrency news site. 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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ILIE MITARU

Board Member

Ilie Mitaru is an independent filmmaker and producer in New York. Previously, he produced short-form videos at the New York Post. His work has been featured in a variety of outlets, from the Food Network to PBS to The Guardian. With a degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, Ilie began his journalism career with a Master's Degree from the City University of New York’s journalism program. He hails from Portland, Oregon, where he was, for a stint, embedded in the city's startup scene.