In 2010, Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program was invited by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create six short films––working with independent documentary filmmakers––on several of the foundation's priority issue areas: global health; financial services for the poor; and improving US education. So began an exciting partnership designed to harness the power of documentary storytelling to create greater awareness around key global issues. Sundance DFP staff was fortunate to be able to call on the skills and commitment of many outstanding filmmakers already working in the topic areas. The resulting Sundance | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation collection of films, featured below, are global, presenting remarkable stories of challenges and solutions. Filmed in Bangladesh, India, Haiti, Kenya, Congo (DRC), Lesotho as well as the United States, the six films illustrate personal stories of communities leading vaccination drives; empowering the poor with safe and affordable means to manage their money, success at an urban American charter school and an intimate portrait of parenting while HIV positive. Each film is linked to a community of stakeholders, and represents the work of some of the leading documentarians working today. Join us in discovering more about the issues and the storytellers.
–– Cara Mertes, Director, Documentary Film Program
Three recent YouthBuild graduates share their personal education experiences and explain what works about this remarkable program for at-risk youth, and how they are beginning to consider postsecondary goals for the first time. YouthBuild educator and Director of Transition Services Marty Molloy outlines a new approach to continue to provide intensive academic and emotional support for its students once they graduate from YouthBuild.
Ricki Stern, Co-Director, Co-Producer
A director, producer, and writer whose films have shown on HBO and PBS. She is the co-director with Annie Sundberg and a producer of The Devil Came on Horseback, a 2007 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection which aired on National Geographic. Ricki recently co-directed and co-produced with Annie Sundberg the award-winning documentary The Trials of Darryl Hunt, about a man who spent 20 years in prison for a brutal rape/murder he did not commit. The Trials of Darryl Hunt (SFF 2006) was a 2007 Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best Documentary and has won more than 20 festival awards to date. Ricki directed and co-produced In My Corner, a documentary on the world of amateur boxing and the lives of the young men who train in the South Bronx. The film was nationally broadcast as part of PBS’ award-winning documentary series P.O.V. (Point of View). She founded Break Thru Films, inc. in 1990.
Annie Sundberg , Co-Director, Co-Producer
A director, producer, and writer for film and television. She is the co-director with Annie Sundberg and a producer of The Devil Came on Horseback, a 2007 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection which aired on National Geographic. Annie recently co-directed and co-produced with Ricki Stern the award-winning documentary The Trials of Darryl Hunt. She also produced the independent feature film Tully, nominated for four 2003 IFP Spirit Awards. Recent television directing credits include Trailer Fabulous for MTV and the pilot for the series Behind the Bash with Giada DeLaurentiis (Food Network). She was co-producer of In My Corner, a feature documentary film on the world of amateur boxing and the lives of young men who train in the South Bronx, which premiered nationally as part of PBS’ award winning P.O.V. series (1999). She is currently at work on her first screenplay.