- Natalie Difford
- Fellowship Manager
Natalie comes to Cinereach after spending four years spearheading the non-profit film fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures. Her film experience ranges from development (This is That, IFP), to production (independent films The New Twenty, Wedding Bros), to festivals (London Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival), to distribution (Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros). Natalie has worked on cable TV productions for A&E, Comedy Central, IFC, MTV Productions and VH1. In recent years, she has emerged as an independent producer in her own right with the interactive award-winning documentary 11/4/08 and the SXSW Grand Jury Narrative Prize Winner Gimme the Loot, which was also a Cannes 2012 Official Selection (Un Certain Regard) and will be distributed by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. In June 2012, she was featured as one of the “Jezebel 25 Amazing and Kick-Ass Women.” Natalie continues to work with Tribeca Film Festival as a programming assistant. She graduated from The University of Sussex with a B.A. in English and Media Studies.
- Philipp Engelhorn
- Founder & Executive Director
Philipp founded Cinereach in 2006 with the goal of stimulating global unity and cross-cultural dialogue through supporting and creating socially conscious films. Originally from Germany, he came to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Phil is a member of the Founders Board of the Patrons of the Pinakothek in Munich and serves on the Board of Directors of Synergos Institute, a collaborative organization mobilizing resources and bridging social and economic divides to reduce poverty and increase equity around the world. He executive produced Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Cameron Yates’ The Canal Street Madam, and Ryan Wong’s The Road Ahead: The First Green Long March.
- Leah Giblin
- Grants Associate
Before joining the Cinereach team, Leah worked within the artist programs at Tribeca Film Institute, including the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund and Tribeca All Access. Her additional previous experience includes administering the Rockefeller Foundation’s Media Arts Fellowships through Renew Media, and assisting the Tribeca Film Festival’s programming team. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.
- Reva Goldberg
- Communications Manager
Reva has an extensive background in film and TV production and audience building. Before joining the Cinereach team, she was a producer and director at Pureland Pictures where she produced the documentary All of Us. The film aired on Showtime in connection with World Aids Day in December ’08. Goldberg co-produced Pureland’s Toe to Toe, a narrative feature that premiered at Sundance ’09, as well as producing Pureland’s advertising work. Reva directed and produced several promotional short docs for nonprofit organizations including Girls Quest, the Cooke Center for Learning and Development, EMpower and many others. In 2004, Goldberg was Associate Producer of an Emmy-nominated History Channel documentary on the 9/11 Commission (produced by CBS). She has worked with TLC, UPN, Discovery, The Travel Channel, Washington Square Films/Arts, Cronkite Productions and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Goldberg is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.
- Andrew Goldman
- Head of Production
Prior to joining Cinereach, Andrew worked alongside producer Paul Mezey at the independent production company Journeyman Pictures. His recent producing credits include: Tom Gilroy’s The Cold Lands, Jeremy Kipp Walker and John Mitchell’s The History of Future Folk, and the Bill Callahan tour film Apocalypse. Other production credits include: Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood, David Riker’s The Girl, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Sugar and Cory McAbee’s Stingray Sam. He has also directed several short films, which have played at festivals across the country, including: SXSW, Rooftop Films and the Maryland Film Festival. Andrew is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
- Adella Ladjevardi
- Grants Manager
Prior to joining Cinereach, Adella worked in both production and distribution of independent documentary film. She was most recently the Associate Producer for My Neighbor, My Killer, a documentary by Emmy-award winner Anne Aghion. She was also Associate Producer for acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox’s documentary My Reincarnation and the four-hour cut of Fox’s documentary mini-series Flying: Confessions Of A Free Woman, broadcast on the BBC and SBS. Prior to working with Fox at Zohe Films, Adella worked in marketing and publicity at Icarus Films, an established documentary film distributor specializing in the educational and semi-theatrical markets. She was also Associate Producer of Tanaz Eshaghian’s short I Call Myself Persian: Iranians In America, broadcast on PBS and screened at MOMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Adella received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.
- Paul Mezey
- Producer in Residence
Paul Mezey is an award winning Producer and Executive Producer who has collaborated with Cinereach productions on such projects as Benh Zeitlin’s four-time Academy Award nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood (winner of the Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale), and Tom Gilroy’s The Cold Lands (premiering at the 2013 Berlinale). In his current role as Producer In Residence, he supports development, production and distribution of all Cinereach productions and helps guide grant-making and other activities. As a New York based independent producer and Founder of Journeyman Pictures, Paul has produced many acclaimed films including Maria Full of Grace, which received a 2005 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress, Half Nelson, which received a 2007 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor, Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Sugar, Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls, Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man, and Jim Mckay’s Everyday People, and Our Song.
- Michael Raisler
- Creative Director
As Creative Director since Cinereach’s inception in 2006, Michael has collaborated with Founder & Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn to define the programmatic and philosophical foundation of the organization. He shapes Cinereach’s artistic direction and manages the development and production of Cinereach’s in-house films, including Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood, and The Road Ahead: The First Green Long March. Michael is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
- Margaret Shafer
- Associate Director
Margaret graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Creative Writing. The following year she completed a year-long social service program working for a women and children’s homeless shelter in Washington State. Prior to joining Cinereach, Margaret worked for the organization FilmAid International.
- John Van Wyck
- Assistant to Executive Director
John joined Cinereach with a background in politics and communications. After working on a congressional primary campaign in 2006 he joined the Los Angeles office of the Abernathy MacGregor Group, a PR firm that specializes in corporate, financial, and crisis communications. He then studied political rhetoric as a research assistant in Portland, OR, before earning an M.A. in American government from Georgetown University. In 2010 he moved to New York to pursue his passion for film, and soon landed at Cinereach. John received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.