The Sundance Institute has announced five new members are joining the Board of Trustees: Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Gigi Pritzker and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña. Under the guidance of president and founder Robert Redford and in close collaboration with executive director Keri Putnam and board chair Pat Mitchell, the new trustees add to a board that already includes high profile names such as Kenneth Cole and Ava DuVernay.
“As Sundance Institute’s programs continue to respond to the evolving needs of independent artists, we are grateful to these five new trustees for joining us,” said Mitchell in a statement. “Together, the board is poised to identify new and strengthened ways to champion independent storytellers.”
Check below for more information on the new members courtesy of the Sundance Institute.
A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, and a senior leader of IDEO’s New York office, he is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation. He advises a range of new and old media companies on confronting massive shifts in the competitive landscape. He collaborates closely with nonprofit and philanthropic foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies to create new frameworks for engaging with stakeholders to improve the impact of their programs. He spent eight years working in the art world with major organizations and independent artists.
Founded and currently directs the film foundation and not-for-profit production company Cinereach, which offers adaptive financial and creative support for independent filmmakers, with supported projects including “Citizen Four,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Pariah” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Philipp additionally serves as CEO of Cinereach Films, a private film financing and investment firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Synergos, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating global poverty and social injustice by changing the systems that keep people in poverty. He also serves on the Founders Board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich, as well as on the boards of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and Artists Public Domain.
Ms. Fake was co-founder of Flickr, the seminal social photo sharing site; and Hunch, which created the “taste graph of the internet.” They were acquired by Yahoo and eBay respectively. She is founder and CEO of Findery, a mobile app about places for social and local sharing. For eight years she served as Director and Chairman of the Board of Etsy, the marketplace of unique goods. She was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and received the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership. Ms. Fake is a Founder Partner at Founder Collective, advises startups and new businesses, and has served on the Boards of Directors of many non-profits and startups, including Creative Commons and Creative Live, as well as on the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley School of Information.
As CEO of film production and financing company OddLot Entertainment, Pritzker produced Academy Award-nominated “Rabbit Hole,” starring Nicole Kidman, as well as “The Way, Way Back” and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, “Rosewater.” Pritzker has expanded OLE’s footprint in the global motion picture business to create the foreign sales company Sierra/Affinity and is part of a consortium that recently launched the next generation film studio STX. Pritzker also develops and produces live stage productions through her company Relevant Theatricals. Recent productions include the Broadway hit “Million Dollar Quartet.” Pritzker’s active philanthropic roles include Founder & Vice Chair of Project& and member of the Board of the Goodman Theatre of Chicago.
Chief Executive Officer of Cinépolis, the largest film exhibition company in Latin America, with presence in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Central America, India and the United States. He served as Mexico’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and as Technical Secretary of the Social Cabinet of the Government of Mexico. He has worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme in the areas of poverty and human development. He co-authored “Poverty, Human Development and Indigenous People in Latin America”, is Chairman of the Morelia International Film Festival and co-founded “Ambulante,” a documentary film festival in Mexico.