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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 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, Los Angeles, and San Francisco 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 documentary filmmaker and producer living in (and from) New York. She's currently a visual journalist at Left Field, a new experimental documentary studio from 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

BOARD MEMBER

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

BOARD MEMBER

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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STEPHANIE STRAUSS

DIRECTOR OF GATHERINGS, VCNY

Stephanie V. Strauss is a video journalist and documentary photographer with a deep interest in telling stories about health, gender, and what makes people tick. She is currently 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. 

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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!

BRITTANY WASHINGTON

DIRECTOR OF 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 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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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.

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SARA NEWENS

DIRECTOR, VCLA (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.

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COLIN WEATHERBY

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, VCLA

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.

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MYRNA PEREZ

DIRECTOR, VCSF (San Francisco/Bay Area)

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.

FRANK POSILLICO

DIRECTOR, SOCIAL

Frank Posillico is a video journalist living in Brooklyn. He’s currently a senior editor 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 studied in Cuba and Kenya. 

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GABRIELLA GARCIA-PARDO

DIRECTOR, VCDC (Washington, DC)

Gabriella Garcia-PardoGabriella Garcia-Pardo is a documentary cinematographer, editor, and visual journalist in Washington, D.C. Focused on conservation, women's voices, and artists, she has produced award-winning short-form documentaries on staff at National Geographic, filmed over 150 musicians on NPR’s music team, and designed an intensive summer film program for high school students at Yale. Gabriella has contributed to projects on Showtime, The Atlantic, and The Dodo, among others. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and led horseback treks in Chile before moving to D.C. in 2013. Gabriella founded the Consortium's DC chapter in January 2018.

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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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ALEXANDRA MANGUM

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS

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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Nathan FITCH

BOARD MEMBER

Nathan is a filmmaker and visual journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. He's just completed 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.

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KRISTINE STOLAKIS

DIRECTOR OF WORKSHOPS, VCSF

Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director and producer. She is currently directing PRAY AWAY, a feature documentary on the history and ramifications of the conversion therapy or "pray the gay away" movement. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs and Doc NYC, and have been distributed by The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, and Mother Jones, among others. Her producing work has been supported by ITVS, Vision Maker Media, and the Hartley Film Foundation. Kristine currently teaches at University of San Francisco and Stanford University. 

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 various outlets, from the Food Network to PBS to The Guardian. With a degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, Ilie began his journalismcareer with a Master's Degree from CUNY's journalism program. He hails from Portland, Oregon, where he was, for a stint, embedded in the city's startup scene.

BIANCA CONSUNJI

BOARD MEMBER

Bianca is a video producer and journalist. She's the Executive Producer of 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 OF 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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EMILY SEN

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Emily Sen is a researcher working in video and documentaries. She is currently the Production Assistant for the NBC News Digital Video team, and was previously the researcher for NBC Left Field. Before this, she worked in development and production at The Documentary Group and Jigsaw Productions, and she graduated with a history degree from Cornell University. In her downtime, she’s producing a podcast about historical media.

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JAVIER BRIONES

CURATOR, VCSF

Javier Briones is a Guatemalan filmmaker and curator primarily working in non-fiction cinema. His works include El Soñador, The Color of Time, and The Earth Did Not Speak, which was nominated for a 2016 International Documentary Association Award. Javier’s work focuses on hidden histories told through a lyrical, non-conventional documentary style. Some of his most notable recognitions include the JustFilms Princess Grace Award, The Presidents Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Delphic Art Movie Award. He is the co-founder of 32K Productions, a full scale film production company based in San Francisco.