REACT to FILM
Through film, we inspire young people to engage in the real issues of today.
Leveraging the best issue-based filmmaking to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement, REACT to FILM is a platform of educational programs in high schools and colleges.
Our full-semester, for-credit REACT to FILM elective course is taught in high schools across the country.
The REACT to FILM network of college chapters aims to educate, inspire, and be a call to action for collegiate audiences on a monthly basis during the school year.
Every month, REACT to FILM hosts pre-theatrical screenings of the best issue-based films — at locations such as the Museum of Modern Art, Soho House (West Hollywood, New York and Miami), the Museum of the Moving Image, and Capitol Hill — to start a dialogue to arm the audience with the requisite information to REACT positively to each film/issue, and help encourage them to share REACTions across social networks to drive for broader change on the issue.
REACT to FILM received its 501c3 nonprofit status in October 2010.
RTF Film Advisory Board member, Avanti, was part of the inspiration behind RTF, when as part of the inaugural Artivist Film Festival, she introduced Dennis to Zana Briski. Inspired equally by the quality of Zana’s film “Born into Brothels” and her intention to use the film as a means to raise funds for her nonprofit Kids with Cameras to break the cycle of prostitution for the children of Calcutta’s red light district, Dennis and Coralie found a new passion for social issue documentaries, which eventually led to the formation of RTF years later, when the nonprofit was formed to organize the premiere screening of “Food Inc” which was being produced by friend (and now RTF board member) Eric Schlosser.
Board of Directors
- Coralie Paul, PresidentCoralie Charriol Paulis the co-founder and president of REACT to FILM. In her day job she is a Creative Director of CHARRIOL, a Swiss watchmaker and jeweler based in Geneva. She is graduate of Tufts University.
- Dennis Paul, ChairmanDennis Paulis the co-founder and chairman of REACT to FILM. In his day job, Dennis is the co-founder of the THYRA Global Technology Fund. He is a Trustee of the Museum of the Moving Image, also serving on the Audit and Executive committees. He received his BA from Columbia College.
- Nik Apostolides, SecretaryNik Apostolidesis the Associate Director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, whose mission is to inspire visitors from around the world by illuminating the American experience through powerful images that connect people and their stories.
- Henry BodmerHenry Bodmerreceived a B.A. from the University of Richmond Business School and now works at Starr Principal Holdings, Inc. focused on its global merchant banking activities
- Helene ComfortHelene Comfortworked at Helix Associates raising money for private equity funds in London and before that for various institutions including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley selling financial products. She earned a Master degree from the European Business School.
- Colter van Domelen, TreasurerColter van DomelenColter van Domelen, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, has worked as a Junior Associate at Morgan Stanley and currently works as an Investment Management Analyst for Tiger Global Management.
- Richard FarleyRichard Farleyis a partner in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Farley has extensive experience in complex syndicated loan and high-yield debt financings.
- Tiffany ListonTiffany Listonis the Managing Director of Strategy and Development and Counsel at Public Preparatory Network, a nonprofit organization that equips students with the knowledge and foundation for future educational success. In conjunction with outside counsel, she also provides all legal services and advice in connection with the schools.
- Lily Johnson WhiteLily Johnson WhiteWhite employs her creativity as a Writer and Creator at The American Artisan Project, the Design and Branding Consultant at City Lillies LLC, and an Ambassador for the CoutureLab. In the past year, aside from raising her two sons, she has sat on the Grants Advisory Committee for The New York Women’s Foundation, worked with the American Ballet Theater’s Junior Council and is working on publishing a book on American artisans.
Film Advisory Board
- AvantiAvantiAvanti was instrumental in the formation of RTF, by introducing Dennis to Zana Briski and her film “Born into Brothels”. She has held various roles as part of the management of RTF. Currently an independent producer in Los Angeles, she has previously worked in programming at Capture Film International, producing the forums/panels of the Artivist Film Festival, feature film production at 20th Century Fox Studios, and in MP-Lit at the United Talent Agency.
- Zana BriskiZana Briskiis the filmmaker behind the Academy award-winning Born into Brothels. Her experience while filming the documentary feature inspired her to found Kids with Cameras, a non-profit that empowers marginalized children through learning the art of photography.
- Dan CoganDan Coganis the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Impact Partners, a fund and advisory service for investors and philanthropists who seek to promote social change through film.
- Marshall CurryMarshall Currygot his start shooting, directing, and editing the documentary STREET FIGHT, which followed Cory Booker’s first run for mayor of Newark, NJ. Curry’s newest documentary, IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT was nominated for an Academy Award and aired on PBS’s documentary series, POV. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College.
- Danfung DennisDanfung Dennisis a war correspondent, whose photographs have been published in Newsweek, TIME, and The New York Times, among others, and whose documentary film, Hell and Back Again, garnered awards at the Sundance Film Festival. He founded the immersive video startup Condition ONE.
- Josh FoxJosh Foxis a writer, director, and producer of the two feature films, Memorial Day and Gasland, and over twenty works for the stage. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the International WOW Company, he has created an international network of professionals in theater and film.
- Mimi Polk GitlinMimi Polk Gitlinis an accomplished producer and film executive who is equally passionate about youth education and social issues, she is best known for having produced films such as “Thelma and Louise”, “White Squall”, and “1492: The Conquest of Paradise.
- Lee HirschLee Hirschfounded the Local Voices for Obama project, a series of ads featuring Obama supporters in small towns of swing states, and he continues to direct and produce documentary films, some of which are in conjunction with the History Channel or Discovery Channel. He latest film, The Bully Project has received international recognition.
- Jo InfantolinoJo Infantolinois one of the major creative forces behind the foundation of Soho House New York, which provides special pre-release, art-house, and documentary screenings.
- Brian NewmanBrian Newmanis the founder and CEO of Crowd Play, LLC a recently funded start-up launching a mobile application called Flicklist in 2013. He is also acquisitions and marketing consultant to Brainstorm Media, acquiring twelve feature docs a year for the Something to Talk About series on DirecTV. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, president of Renew Media and executive director of IMAGE Film & Video.
- Susan NorgetSusan Norgetfounded Susan Norget Film Promotion, a film publicity and marketing agency that specializes in bringing the best in independent cinema to broader audiences and acclaim.
- David RedmonDavid Redmonis a producer, director, editor and photographer of six feature documentaries with Ashley Sabin, Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), Girl Model (2011) and Downeast (2012). Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. In 2010/2011 he was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.
- David de RothschildDavid de Rothschildis the founder of Adventure Ecology, an organization that harnesses the power of dreams, adventures and stories in order to inspire educate and activate individuals, communities and business’s to start moving towards a smarter more sustainable planet 2.0 way of living and acting.
- Ashley SabinAshley Sabinis a producer, director, editor and photographer of six feature documentaries with David Redmon, Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), Girl Model (2011) and Downeast (2012). Sabin received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute.
- Madeleine SacklerMadeleine Sackleris the director of The Lottery, a critically acclaimed documentary film about the shortcomings of the U.S. public education system, and she currently has her second feature-length documentary, Unstable Elements, in the works.
- Eric SchlosserEric Schlosserhas been a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly since 1996 and has authored bestsellers, such as Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal and Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market.
- Charles ThompsonCharles Thompsonteaches at Duke University in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and the Department of Religion. Having produced and directed three documentary films, he also leads the Undergraduate Program at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies as its Director.
- Mark UrmanMark Urmanis the president and CEO of Paladin, a distribution company he formed in 2009, and has also served as co-president of Lionsgate Releasing from 1997-2001 and was co-founder and head of the theatrical division of THINKFilm from 2001-2008.
- Lucy WalkerLucy Walkeran award-winning documentary filmmaker, created Waste Land, Countdown to Zero, and the Devil’s Playground, which grant unique and enlightening access into closed worlds.
Education Advisory Board
- Natalie ByrneNatalie Byrne is the Principal at KIPP NYC College Prep in the South Bronx.
- Elsa HepnerElsa Hepneris a graduate of Trinity College and has a M.Ed. She recently moved to New York, after teaching for the past two years in South Carolina. She is now teaching Latin at Grace Church School.
- Peter SaundersPeter Saunderscurrently at the Breck School in Minneapolis, Peter spent many years teaching acting, directing and filmmaking at St. Albans School in Washington, DC. Peter studied communications at St. Lawrence University, and earned an MFA in Directing from the University of Portland. Peter has also taught at The Hotchkiss School and the City University of New York, and has spent many years working as a freelance actor and director.
- Howard WeinbergHoward Weinbergis a professor at Columbia University, independent documentary filmmaker, and television journalist. He co-founded The Documentary Project at the Columbia Journalism School, where he also runs a documentary screening series and mentors students who make half-hour documentaries.