Sonya Childress: Harnessing the Power of Film (Webinar)
Art is a powerful tool to change hearts and minds, and there are few art forms as powerful as film. Veteran cultural strategist, Sonya Childress, will reflect on her twenty-year career as a social impact producer and share lessons about the catalytic power of documentary film to spark change in beliefs, actions, relationships, and institutions. Sonya's presentation will be followed by moderated Q&A. About Sonya Childress Sonya Childress is a Senior Fellow with the Perspective Fund, a philanthropic resource for documentary film and impact campaigns, where she conducts field-building research, writing and initiatives. Sonya previously served as the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for Firelight Media, where she led impact campaigns for acclaimed director Stanley Nelson’s films, including Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Sonya has worked with leading film organizations, and has advised hundreds of filmmakers on their impact strategies; including Yance Ford (Strong Island), Peter Bratt (Dolores), Steve James (The Interrupters), Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera (The Infiltrators), Byron Hurt (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes) and Jeff Zimbalist (Favela Rising). She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a board member of The Whitman Institute and the Center for Cultural Power.