Catherine Gund, Senior Director
Catherine Gund, the Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. Her films - which include Aggie (in progress), Chavela, Dispatches From Cleveland, America, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance - have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Sundance Channel. Gund’s most recent projects include: Dispatches from Cleveland (CIFF, MSPIFF), a five chapter documentary that looks at the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and shows how people joined together to vote out the prosecutor who didn’t have their backs; Chavela (Berlinale, Hot Docs, Ambulante) a documentary about the life of the iconic Latin-American gender-bending diva, Chavela Vargas; and Born to Fly (SXSW, Full Frame, PBS), a documentary that pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight. Gund currently serves on several boards including Art For Justice, Art Matters, Baldwin for the Arts, and The George Gund Foundation. She co-founded the Third Wave Foundation which supports young women and transgender youth, and DIVA TV, an affinity group of ACT UP/NY. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She was on the founding boards of Bard Early Colleges, Iris House, Working Films, Reality Dance Company, and The Sister Fund and has also served for MediaRights.org, The Robeson Fund of the Funding Exchange, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, and the Astraea Foundation. An alumnus of Brown University and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she lives in NYC with her four children.
Producer: AGGIE, Born to Fly & What's on Your Plate? Production Consultant: Chavela
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. In addition to Aubin Pictures, she is a producer for Planned Parenthood, GLAMOUR Women of the Year, and The Shed. She is also a team member of the 50 State Initiative/For Freedoms and, with Laurie Anderson and Laura Michalchyshyn, a Co-Founder of The Federation.
Tanya has worked with the Ms. Foundation, Third Wave Fund, World Health Organization, The DO School, and the NGO Forum on Women/UN World Conference on Women. She is the author of THE BIG LIE: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock; and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, CNN, and McSweeney’s.
With Aubin Pictures, Tanya has worked on What’s On Your Plate?, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, Chavela, and the forthcoming film AGGIE. She has produced projects by Gabri Christa, Chiara Clemente, Lisa Cortés, Liz Garbus, Catherine Gund, Le Tigre and Laura Parnes, Tiffany Shlain, Mickalene Thomas, Lucy Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jed Weintrob, among others. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, and Tribeca; and played on HBO, IFC, PBS, Starz, and the Sundance Channel.
Learn more about Tanya’s work at www.tanyaturnsup.com