Director of Producing & Impact Strategy
Participates in 1 Session
Brenda Coughlin joined Sundance Institute in 2018 in a new position designed to drive the Institute’s artist-forward impact, engagement and advocacy programs, focused on producing compelling work across disciplines; deepening engagement with audiences through public programming and organizational partnerships; and, advocating for the rights and role of artists and independent media. Brenda’s projects as an independent producer include Academy Award-nominated Dirty Wars (2013) and Laura Poitras’ last two features, Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR (2014) and Cannes-premiere Risk (2016). She produced Poitras’ 2016 exhibition, Astro Noise, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Additional projects include Steve Maing’s 2018 Emmy-winner Crime + Punishment, Kirsten Johnson’s celebrated 2016 feature Cameraperson, and Nancy Schwartzman’s Roll Red Roll (2018). With historian Howard Zinn, she co-founded the performing arts group Voices of a People’s History, and is a producer of associated The People Speak dcoumentary broadcast series. She has worked as a consultant and program director with non-profits and foundations, including Bertha Foundation, Compton Foundation, Field of Vision, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Haymarket Books, and Wallace Global Fund. Brenda serves on the board of Lannan Foundation and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Sessions in which Brenda Coughlin participates