Avi Lewis is a filmmaker and TV host with a 25 year history of pushing the boundaries of mainstream media. He is the director of the feature documentary This Changes Everything, inspired by the bestselling book by Naomi Klein. His first documentary, The Take (2004), followed Argentina’s legendary movement of worker- run businesses. It premiered at the Venice Biennale and was released theatrically around the world. He co-created and hosted both Al Jazeera English Television’s acclaimed documentary series Fault Lines, and the groundbreaking The Big Picture on CBC Television.
Author, This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). Her books have been translated into over 30 languages. In 2004, Naomi Klein wrote The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories co-produced with director Avi Lewis. Naomi Klein is a columnist for The Nation magazine and the Guardian and a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and sits on the board of directors for 350.org, the global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.
Nick Hector is a DGC, CCE, HotDocs and multi-Gemini Award winning film editor. Nick has cut more than 20 feature and 100 TV documentaries. Some of his numerous credits include Allan King’s Criterion Collection films Dying at Grace and Memory, Sturla Gunnarsson’s TIFF People’s Choice Documentary Award winner Force of Nature, David York’s Wiebo’s War and Yvan Patry’s Chronique d’un génocide. This Changes Everything is his tenth film screened at TIFF.
Mary Lampson is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and editor. Lampson co-edited the Academy Award–winning documentary Harlan County, USA and acted as an editor on many other independently produced documentary features. She also produced and directed Until She Talks, a 40-minute dramatic film produced independently. Lampson has produced more than 25 short live-action films for Sesame Street and teaches filmmaking to children as an artist- in-residence in public schools. Mary has been both a fellow and advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Editing and Story Lab and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Mark Ó Fearghaíl
Director of Photography
As director and cinematographer, Mark has spent the last 15 years traveling to over 50 countries to shoot fiction and documentary for theatrical release. Credits include The Take by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (AFI Best Feature Documentary), Yung Chang’s Fruit Hunters, Big Sugar (Prix Gemeaux for best documentary) – going undercover to shoot Haitian plantation workers under conditions of slavery, Empz 4 Life (Allan King’s final film – nominated for Best Cinematography and the Donald Brittain Award – Gemini Awards of 2007), and A Promise To The Dead (winner of the Gemini award for Best Documentary, shortlisted for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary).
Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the award-winning films she has executive produced or produced since co-founding Louverture Films with actor Danny Glover are Bamako, Trouble the Water, Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975, The House I Live In, and Concerning Violence. She associate produced Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains, and the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Most recently, she co-produced Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour, and the forthcoming Zama by Lucrecia Martel. She is currently producing This Changes Everything for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, Shadow World for Johan Grimonprez, and Aquarela for Victor Kossakovsky.
Anadil Hossain, founder of Dillywood Inc., is a New York based producer specializing in international co-productions and globally filmed projects. She has worked with many Oscar-nominated directors, cast, and crew, from the US and abroad. In addition to fiction and non-fiction content, she is committed to non-profit endeavors, and has also produced advertisements for top agencies and clients. She is a nexus in India-US entertainment industry collaborations, and consults for major studios, film commissions, and festivals. Anadil serves as co-chair of the Diversity Committee for the Producers Guild of America – East, and sits on the advisory board of SAMMA.
Co-producer / Archival Producer
Mridu Chandra is a New York based producer of award-winning documentaries and independent feature films. Her films have premiered at the Sundance, SXSW & Hot Docs Film Festivals, aired on PBS & HBO, screened for members of US Congress & the United Nations, and showcased at Museums & film festivals worldwide. Documentary credits include producing Out In The Night, The Canal Street Madam, and Let the Church Say Amen, co-producing Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, A Good Job, and serving as coordinating producer for the 2011 PBS series Women, War & Peace. She is an alum of the CPB/WGBH Producers Academy and the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program.
Driss Benyaklef is co-founder of Dillywood, a New York based film production company specializing in international co-productions, with experience working with award-winning filmmakers in over 30 countries. He most recently co-produced the documentaries This Changes Everything and Shadow World, and the Scott Free feature film Equals.
Engagement Lead / Co-producer
Katie McKenna is an award-winning documentary producer and impact strategist. She co-produced Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s 2004 documentary The Take, and in 2005 directed The Year Before for Canada’s National Film Board. Prior to joining This Changes Everything as Engagement Lead in 2011, she produced award-winning digital content for Inside Disaster Haiti, developed TV Ontario’s online content for the international Why Poverty? project, and completed an MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics. She is a former Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and serves on multiple advisory boards for media and charitable projects.
Distribution Strategist & Impact Producer
Alex Kelly is an artist, filmmaker and activist committed to social justice. She worked for ten years with leading Australian social change arts company Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014. Alex has worked on a range of roles on documentary films including; producing Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert. In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA. Alongside working on This Changes Everything Alex is producing a tv series on social movements in Australia and plans to launch a documentary film festival in home town of Alice Springs, Australia in 2016.
Director, screenwriter, producer and editor Alfonso Cuarón is best known for his dramas Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and the science fiction thrillers Children of Men and Gravity. Praised by both audiences and critics, his work has been nominated for six Oscars®, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film editing. For Gravity, Cuarón won major accolades for direction, including the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award, the DGA Award, a shared Academy Award for Best Film Editing, and the Best Director Academy Award. In 2007, he produced a documentary short based on Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and looks forward to continuing the collaboration as an Executive Producer of This Changes Everything.
In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 30 years from Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series and the award-winning To Sleep with Anger, Danny Glover has also executive produced numerous award-winning projects for film, television and theatre. The co-founder of Louverture Films, Glover is the recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
Seth MacFarlane has created some of the most popular content on television and film while expanding his career in the worlds of music, literature, and philanthropy. He created the series Family Guy and American Dad! while recently executive producing the 21st century version of the Emmy-winning Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey. MacFarlane made his film directorial debut in 2012 with the record- breaking comedy, Ted. He has since gone on to write, direct and produce A Million Ways To Die In The West and Ted 2. Additionally, MacFarlane’s premiere and holiday albums have both debuted on iTunes charts at #1. He’s performed with world- renowned orchestras and to sold-out shows. Up next, MacFarlane is executive producing Starz’ new comedy, Blunk Talk.
Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. The foundation champions those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. It envisions a society where stories come from many different voices, where law is used as a tool for justice and where business delivers positive social impact The foundation works with a network of people whom it believes can change the world – activists working with storytellers and lawyers. While powerful on their own, the foundation also looks for opportunities for leaders to collaborate across portfolios.
Jodie Evans is co-founder of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for over forty years. She has traveled to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign. She has published two books, Stop the Next War Now and Twilight of Empire, and executive produced several documentary films, including Oscar-nominees The Most Dangerous Man in America and The Square. Jodie is the board chair of 826LA and sits on the board of Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies and seven others.
Over the past decade, Matthew Palevsky has worked as a social and political activist, organizing large-scale civic engagement on issues ranging from climate change and political corruption to drug policy reform and workers’ rights. He served as the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and co-founded unPAC with famed ethicist Lawrence Lessig, which brought together Americans from across the country and both sides of the aisle during the 2012 presidential election to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics. He recently partnered with Airbnb, Lyft, Purpose and others to launch Peers, a global platform for organizing workers and users within the sharing economy. He currently serves as Chairman of Ethical Electric, which delivers renewable energy to thousands of families in the United States.
Fine-art photographer Lekha Singh’s work offers insight into the human condition around the world. She contributed photographs to National Geographic’s The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, and her photography books include Call to Love: In the Rose Garden with Rumi, Bhutan, and Pop-Up Pianos. She also executively produced the documentary The Square, which won three Emmys and was nominated for an Academy Award. Singh made her directorial debut with the documentary film Beyond Right & Wrong.
Alysha helps dream up creative ways for teams to work together and play to their strengths. In her role as Strategic Director of Operations and Marketing at Beyond Right and Wrong, Alysha makes sure that all parts of promotion (distribution, outreach, marketing materials, etc.) are being taken care of by the right people in the right way. She has enjoyed her role as executive producer with This Changes Everything.
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, S.C. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. While at R.I.S.D. he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama. Fairey created the first of his iconic works in 1989, making 2014 the 25 year mark of his career.