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THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Abigail E. Disney (executive producer) is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, the acclaimed “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country’s fourteen-year civil war. She is currently Executive Producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series “Women, War & Peace”, the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict. Her work in philanthropy, women’s engagement and leadership, and conflict resolution has been recognized through the Epic Award from the White House Project, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. In addition, Abigail holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.

Dan Cogan (executive producer) is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Impact Partners, a fund and advisory service for investors and philanthropists who seek to promote social change through film. Since its inception less than three years ago, IP has been involved in the financing of over 25 films, including: THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; FREEHELD, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film; THE GARDEN, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009; and THE GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, which won the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary Special. Mr. Cogan has spoken on documentary film finance at film festivals and conferences around the world, including the The Sundance Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The Silverdocs Film Festival, the IFP’s Independent Film Week, and Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum. Mr. Cogan received his B.A. from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude, and attended the Film Division at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts.

Geralyn Dreyfous (executive producer) Geralyn Dreyfous is the co-founder of Impact Partners and has a wide background in the arts, long experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector, and is active on many boards and initiatives. She worked at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities and also taught Documentary and Narrative Writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. Geralyn is also the Founder/ Board Chair of the Utah Film Center and a charter member of the Utah Coalition for Film and Media. Geralyn’s executive producing and producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day My God Died; and multiple film festival winners such as Kick Like a GirlIn A DreamDhamma BrothersProject KashmirMiss RepresentationConnectedand The Invisible War.

Jenny Raskin (co-executive producer) Jenny is a documentary producer, director and writer. Her work has been broadcast on PBS, The National Geographic Channel, The Sundance Channel and The Discovery Channel. Her feature documentary ON HOSTILE GROUND was released theatrically to critical acclaim and broadcast on The Sundance Channel. She produced the feature documentary MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN for PBS/Independent Lens. Most recently, she wrote and produced SAVING MICHAEL VICK’S DOGS, a special for The National Geographic Channel. She has also worked as a story consultant and writer for several documentary films and television series. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and a masters degree from the Culture and Media Program at New York University.

Photos by Diana Whitten and Cedric Zoenen
Poster art by Empty the Sunrise

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