Social Entrepreneurship in Focus Through Documentary

2013 Convenings

2013 Convenings

January 22-25, 2013 - Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah

The 2013 marks the sixth year of Stories of Change Convenings at the Sundance Film Festival. Convenings are designed as a bridge to create a new network of professional exchange between documentary filmmakers and social entrepreneurs, and discover new pathways for exploring independent documentary film’s role in advancing knowledge about social entrepreneurship.

Organization Participants

INJAZ Al-Arab mission is to make a difference in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region by instilling Arab youth with a sense of self-motivation, confidence, empowerment, and a mindset that anything is possible, while fostering among business leaders a passionate spirit of mentoring and investing their resources to help youth make the leap from school to the work place.

FAIR TRADE USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.

GOOD WEAVE works to end child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in Nepal, India and Afghanistan.

LANDESA works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people– those 2.47 billion* chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa partners with developing country governments to design and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.

Convening Media Advisors

Patrick Creadon was born in Chicago and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Cinematography at the American Film Institute.  Creadon began his career as one of the youngest cameramen in the history of PBS, shooting and producing cinema-verite style stories for the critically acclaimed series The 90's.  In 2006, his directorial debut Wordplay was a breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival.  Wordplay went on to become the second highest-grossing documentary of 2006, and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Award and a National Board of Review award.  His follow-up film, I.O.U.S.A., also premiered at Sundance and eventually was named by Roger Ebert as one of the "Top 5 Documentaries of 2008".  He has served on several film festival and award juries, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the International Documentary Association. 

Mona Eldaief is a director, director of photography, and editor on documentary film and television projects around the world. Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in the United States, she graduated from New York University with a degree in political science and photography. Her documentary feature credits include Control Room,  A Wedding in Ramallah, and Her Name Is Zelda.  Television credits include programs for PBS Frontline World , Discovery Networks, Travel Channel, ABC News, and MTV News and Docs.   Mona is currently directing and shooting Barefoot Engineers, a documentary feature about a Bedouin woman from the northeastern desert in Jordan who is struggling against the Patriarchal rules of her society to get an education as a solar engineer in India and put the women of her village to work to help alleviate poverty.

Kirsten Johnson works as a director and cinematographer. She shared the 2010 Sundance Documentary Competition Cinematography Award with Laura Poitras for "The Oath". She shot the 2012 Sundance Audience Prize, The Invisible War and the TribecaFilm Festival 2008 Documentary winner, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Most recently, as supervising cinematographer for Gini Reticker and Abby Disney’s 4-part WNET series, Women, War and Peace, Kirsten spent the summer of 2010 shooting in Colombia, Afghanistan and Bosnia. She has worked with directors such as Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Kirby Dick, and Raoul Peck. Her cinematography is featured in Fahrenheit 9/11, Academy Award-nominated Aslyum, Emmy-winning Ladies First, and Sundance premiere documentaries, This Film is Not Yet Rated, American Standoff, and Derrida. Her feature film script My Habibi was selected for the 2006 Sundance Writer’s Lab and Director’s Lab and is the recipient of an Annenberg grant. Her previous documentary as a director, Deadline, (co-directed with Katy Chevigny),premiered at Sundance in 2004, was broadcast on primetime NBC, and won the Thurgood Marshall Award.

Cori Stern divides her time between international NGO work and producing film. Her credits include The Arizona Project for Miramax, based on true events in 1970’s Arizona, which lead to 19 indictments of major crime figures and shut down mob activity in Goldwater’s Arizona. Cori is also executive producing Warm Bodies for Summit, written and directed by Jonathan Levine. Additionally, Cori is known for her work as a social entrepreneur and innovative strategist for poverty alleviation.  Her projects have been featured on BBC, NPR, and Oprah. She was named by ABC World News as “Person of the Week” and O Magazine as “Good Guy of the Month.”