NEWS: The Global Film Initiative Appoints Three New Members to Board of Directors

New appointments add depth in international relations, fundraising and business development as Initiative enters tenth year

San Francisco, CAFebruary 16, 2012 - The Global Film Initiative announced today the appointment of Michelle van Gilder, Theda Jackson-Mau and Matthew Tollin to its Board of Directors.

The new appointees join the current ten-member Board in advising the Initiative on ongoing programs and strategic initiatives, including a dynamic multi-channel expansion of the Global Lens distribution platform, and domestic and international exhibition partnerships that promote the Initiative’s global philanthropic mission.

New appointments to the Global Film Initiative Board of Directors:

Michelle van Gilder (Washington, D.C.) is founder and owner of New Insight Strategies LLC, a consultancy specializing in international strategic communications and marketing services to U.S. and foreign public and private sector organizations. Ms. Van Gilder was previously Vice President at the opinion research firm Zogby International, and also at Hollinger Digital, the new media and venture capital arm of Hollinger International. She is a graduate of William & Mary College, and a former aide in the foreign policy division of the American Enterprise Institute, and a former Senior Advisor to Business for Diplomatic Action.

Theda Jackson-Mau (New York, NY) is Assistant Director of Development for the Northside Center for Child Development. Ms. Jackson-Mau began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and has headed development programs at the Trust for Public Land northwest regional office, Pacific Northwest Ballet, ArtsFund/Corporate Council for the Arts and the ACLU of Washington.  Ms. Jackson-Mau most recently served as Deputy Director of Major Gifts at the national headquarters of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City, and is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development and a founding member of the Carol Pitchersky Fellowship Committee.

Matthew Tollin (New York, NY) is a founding member and current CEO of the documentary film and media company, Channel Production Films, and a founding partner and principal of The Solarium Group, a boutique international media and finance consultancy and advisory firm.  Mr. Tollin was previously General Counsel for NYC Media Group, and received two Emmys and three Tellys during his tenure with the Group.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, and former associate at the firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton LLP.

Current Global Film Initiative Board of Directors: Robert Byrne (Oakland, CA), Al Cattabiani, Treasurer (New York, NY), Susan Weeks Coulter, Board Chair (San Francisco, CA), Shaari Ergas (San Francisco, CA), Amy Hunter, Secretary (New York, NY), Miles Ito (San Francisco, CA), Igor Kirman (New York, NY), Konrad Ng (Washington D.C.), David Shevlin, Vice Chair (New York, NY), Daniel Zilberman (New York, NY).

The Global Film Initiative was founded in 2002 and since establishment, has supported almost 200 filmmakers from over 50 nations through its Granting Program and signature world cinema series, Global Lens. In 2012, the Initiative will launch a U.S. public libraries program in its continuing support of community arts and education, and celebrate its tenth anniversary by presenting more than 100 Global Lens film exhibitions in schools, theaters, festivals and arts institutions across the United States and Canada.

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