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Girl Rising Team

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Tara Abrahams

President

Tara Abrahams is the President of Girl Rising, a global movement to educate and empower girls, at the center of which is an innovative feature film, Girl Rising. In her capacity as president, Tara currently leads Girl Rising’s expansion into India, Nigeria, and Democratic Republic of Congo, in order to raise broad awareness about the power of girls’ education and to create lasting change through targeted community interventions.

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Martha Adams

Creative Director, Senior Producer

Martha Adams is an award-winning documentary producer who has tackled a wide variety of real-life stories; be it fighting on the front lines in Iraq or trafficking along the US-Mexican border. Audiences can enjoy her work in more than 160 countries around the world on networks such as the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and NHK Japan.

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Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss

Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss

Vulcan Productions, Executive Producer

Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss oversees Vulcan Productions, partner and co-producer of 10×10.  Prior to joining Vulcan, she oversaw operations for the Walt Disney Company’s Disney Institute, and prior to that, oversaw public affairs programming at WNET.  Under her management, Vulcan Productions has produced documentaries on evolution, global health, the environment, music, education, mental health and space travel.  Programs have won numerous broadcast and journalism awards, including the Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Grammy Award, and the Wildscreen Panda Award. 

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Nishima Chudasama

Associate Producer

Nishima Chudasama brings a wide variety of experiences to the 10×10 team, including her previous work in international development, theater and media production, and in higher education. Before joining 10×10, she served as a Research Analyst in MIT’s Office of Resource Development and she was an assistant editor on the documentary in-progress, In Search of Bengali Harlem, directed by Vivek Bald.

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Alexandria Dionne

Production Manager

Alexandria Dionne comes to documentary film after having worked as a journalist and editor for 10 years at such publications as Rolling Stone, Village Voice, and Entertainment Weekly. Though originally from California, she worked in New York for over 13 years on a variety of long-format PBS documentary productions, including David Grubin’s Abraham Lincoln and Immigration films and Bill Moyers’ The Hudson River. Just prior to joining the 10×10 team, she produced radio pieces for KCRW’s Good Food. Alex now lives back in California with her husband and two kids.

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Holly Gordon

Founder & Executive Producer, Girl Rising

Holly Gordon is a Founder of Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World, a global movement for girls’ education. She is also an Executive Producer for the film of same name, at the center of the movement, Girl Rising.  Holly was selected by Fast Company as a member of the League of Extraordinary Women in 2012 and named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of 125 Women of Impact in 2012.

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Kayce Freed Jennings


Senior Producer, 10×10 / Executive Vice President, DocGroup

Kayce Freed Jennings has extensive experience in both television news and documentaries. Before co-founding DocGroup – and helping to start its predecessor, PJ Productions – she spent 20 years at ABC News, covering international and national news and producing for virtually every broadcast in the network news division. She was on the staffs of Nightline, World News Tonight, Day One and 20/20, and based in London, Atlanta and New York.

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Christina Lowery

Project Director and Supervising Producer

Christina Lowery brings broad experience as an independent documentary producer to DocGroup, having produced programs for PBS, ABC, CNN, A&E and The History Channel. Her feature film experience includes work as an archival footage consultant, most recently for Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones concert film for Paramount Classics and The Good Shepherd directed by Robert DeNiro for Universal Pictures. She has also produced short-form documentary videos for the Smithsonian Museum.

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Gillian McCarthy

Film Editor

Gillian McCarthy is an accomplished editor with a passion for filmmaking. With over 15 years of experience she has evolved a creative style that embraces compelling storytelling with a cinematic sensibility.  Her feature documentary credits include Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (a DocGroup film), The Hollywood Complex and Flesh.  Her television credits include work for ABC, Showtime, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel and OWN.

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Lauren Mitte

Lauren Mitte

Director of Global Engagement

Lauren Mitte began her career in film and television as a production supervisor for commercials and independent feature films. She made the transition to nonfiction film and television when she joined DocGroup in 2009, where she supported the producing team on the Emmy-nominated 20/20 ABC News Special Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil and was involved in coordinating shoots and booking talent for America in Primetime, a four part series for PBS.

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Justin Reeves

Director of NGO Partnerships

Justin Reeves joined DocGroup in 2010 after returning from six years working with grassroots NGO’s in Latin America.  He has worked both as a journalist and in communications for NGO’s throughout Ecuador, Argentina and Chile. While pursuing his Master’s degree in Chile, he focused his humanitarian work on women and children living with HIV/AIDS and his production work on women marginalized by mental illness.

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Richard Robbins

Director, 10×10 / Co-Founder, DocGroup

Richard E. Robbins is an award-winning writer, director, and producer whose work includes both fiction and non-fiction. His work has been honored by the International Documentary Association, the Directors Guild, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Columbia DuPont Awards, and many others. He is a founding partner of The Documentary Group.

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Hilary Sparrow

Vulcan Productions

Hilary Sparrow manages the production, outreach & impact initiatives and evaluation of Vulcan Productions’ film, television and multi-media projects.  Her most recent work includes the award-winning six-hour PBS series, This Emotional Life and the web-based toolkit for educators, Success at the CorePrior to joining Vulcan Productions in 2008, Hilary was Director of Production for a Washington, DC-based independent film company where she oversaw projects for clients including National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and The Smithsonian Channel. 

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Samantha Wright

Grassroots Campaign Director, Girl Rising

Samantha is passionate about the power of storytelling to create global change. A new transplant to New York City, Samantha was recently based in China as Managing Director of TEDxBeijing.

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Cassia Reynolds

Grassroots Community Manager

Cassia Reynolds is a recent graduate from New York University, where she pursued a degree in Journalism and Social Justice. Originally from South Carolina, she moved to New York to explore her love for storytelling and found her niche in video journalism.

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Samantha Adler

Grassroots Community Manager

Samantha joins the project with a passion for journalism, cinema, travel, and human rights advocacy. She recently graduated from New York University, where she studied journalism and cinema studies. Samantha has previously worked in non-profit communications at the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

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Tom Yellin

Executive Producer, Girl Rising/President, DocGroup

As executive producer Tom Yellin has overseen numerous critically-acclaimed DocGroup projects, including the recent America in Primetime, a premier series on PBS showcasing the creative minds behind the new golden age of television; the Peabody award-winning ABC News Special, To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports; and the Academy Award nominated documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.

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