Our accomplished consultants represent six key industry areas:
Funding, Editing, Festivals, Distribution, Press/PR, and Impact
Founder & Advisor
Iyabo Boyd is an independent film producer, writer/director, and the founder of Feedback Loop. She's a 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow and a 2016 Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow, and is currently producing the feature documentary For Ahkeem by Emmy winning directors Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest. Iyabo previously held positions at filmmaker support institutions Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, Hamptons Film Festival, and IFP. She has served on juries for DOC NYC, the IDA Awards, Cinema Eye Honors, and SXSW. Iyabo previously produced the fiction feature film Sun Belt Express which had its international premiere in Paris at the Champs-Elysée Film Festival in 2014 and is now available on VOD. In 2015, Iyabo started the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a collective for women filmmakers of color. Originally from Denver, she graduated from NYU’s Tisch School with a BA in Film & Television, and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, producer and engagement campaign specialist. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-round resource for artists seeking U.S. funding having raised $2 million for her own projects from a mix of government funders, private foundations and individuals. Clients include Women Make Movies, Active Voice, European Documentary Network, DocNomads and the Made in NY Media Center. Tracie leads workshops in the U.S. and abroad, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. Tracie is the co-producer/director/writer of Joe Papp in Five Acts, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at more than 40 festivals internationally. She is currently producing Mudflow, a feature documentary set in Indonesia, co-directed by Academy Award-winner Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander, Executive Producer, Abigail Disney.
Adella Ladjevardi is an independent producer and an industry professional. She produced the short documentary Just a Dog by Andrea B. Scott, premiering at HotDocs 2016, and co-produced the fiction feature Icaros: a vision by Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi, which premiered at Tribeca 2016. As head of the Grants Program at Cinereach from 2009 – 2014, Adella supported the development, production, and distribution of dozens of award-winning documentary and fiction films. She has been a reviewer on several documentary funding panels including the PBS series P.O.V, ITVS Open Call, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Catapult Film Fund. Adella also consults as a screener and programmer of documentaries at the Tribeca, Rooftop and Los Angeles Film Festivals and has served on the juries of the DocNYC and SilverDocs (now AFI Docs) film festivals.
Jeff Reichert is a filmmaker, critic and distributor who lives in Brooklyn, NY. His fifteen years working in independent theatrical distribution includes stints at Shooting Gallery, Cowboy Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films and Cinedigm Entertainment. His work involves release campaigns for some of the most theatrically successful documentaries of the past decade including the Academy Award nominees Capturing the Friedmans, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Jesus Camp, The Invisible War and No End in Sight, the Academy Award-winningMan on Wire and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work among many other fiction and nonfiction features. In 2005 he released the very first "day-and-date" film, Steven Soderbergh's Bubble, which helped set the template for a sea change in how independent films are released and marketed. As an independent consultant, he most recently distributed Abigail E. Disney's The Armor of Light and Dawn Porter'sTrapped.
Sky Sitney is the former Festival Director of SilverDocs (now AFI Docs), and is recognized as one of the key contributors in helping it become one of the leading documentary festivals in the United States. Sky has held previous programming positions for the Newport International Film Festival and the New York Underground Film Festival, and has also held industry positions at C-Hundred Film Corp. and Fine Line Features. She is the co-director of Double Exposure, a film festival and forum that explores the intersection between documentary film and investigative journalism, taking place in Washington, DC and she teaches in the Film and Media Studies program at Georgetown University. Sky also serves as a consultant for a variety of film and media organizations, including (past and present) the MacArthur Foundation, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
Eseel Borlasa & Tracy Nguyen-Chung, After Bruce
press, pr, and marketing consultants
Eseel has over a decade of outreach and PR experience in film and music. Her work reflects an intersection of community engagement, crafted social media presence, and in-depth press coverage. Eseel’s areas of expertise include: festival campaigns, event management, and media tracking. Eseel has executed film festival campaigns at Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, LAFF, and more. She also specializes in theatrical and broadcast premieres, including PR efforts for documentary programming on PBS’s POV.
With a multi-faceted background in behavioral analysis, social justice, and branding strategy, Tracy brings a unique marketing acumen to her work. In addition to awards campaigns, she specializes in brand development, audience engagement, and theatrical releases. She received a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College.
Mary Manhardt is a documentary film editor and consultant, specializing in vérité. Her work has been screened at Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Hot Docs, SXSW, Tribeca, and IDFA, and broadcast on HBO, PBS, MTV, ABC, and A&E. Among her credits: The Farm, The Execution of Wanda Jean, girlhood, Farmingville, Street Fight, American Teen, Racing Dreams, Mystic Ball, Monica & David, Love, Etc., Wham! Bam! Islam!, A Son's Sacrifice, Bronx Princess, Camp Victory, Afghanistan, Pelotero, American Promise, Medora, Tough Love, Do You Dream in Color?, The Babushkas of Chernobyl, and Tig, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She recently finished co-editing multiple episodes ofMaking a Murderer, the 10 part doc series for Netflix. Mary won an Emmy award in 1999 for Picture Editing for The Farm, and was nominated again in 2015 for co-editing American Promise which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2013.
Jennifer MacArthur is a multi-platform communications, distribution and engagement strategist with a focus on social issue documentary. Her background spans nearly 20 years working in film and television, radio, digital media and publishing. Jennifer has advised on numerous film projects including Sundance award-winner 3 ½ Minutes (HBO, 2015); BRITDOC Impact Award winner American Promise (POV, 2014); Oscar® nominated Dirty Wars (IFC, 2014); and Emmy® nominated Valentine Road (HBO, 2013). As a sought-after expert on media engagement Jennifer has been an invited industry guest at the TFI New Media Fund grantee retreat; Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket and Cross Market Forum; CPH:DOX’s F:ACT Award jury, SWIM and Film Forums; BFI Power to the Pixel; Ambulante Film Festival & Interactive Conference; Good Pitch NY Campaign Development Workshop; BRITDOC Impact Award peer review committee; and the MIT Open Doc Lab Summit.