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 Chavela, Dispatches From Cleveland, American Rhapsody (in progress), 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.
Tanya Selvaratnam, Producer: Born to Fly & What's on Your Plate? Production Consultant: Chavela
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, actor, activist, and Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. She is Executive Video Producer and Director of GLAMOUR Women of the Year. With Laurie Anderson and Laura Michalchyshyn, she is the Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of The Federation, a new coalition of artists and organizations committed to keeping cultural borders open (wearethefederation.org). In 2016, she was the Founder and Producer of Filmmakers for Hillary, a collective of more than 100 artists around the country that generated dozens of videos and artworks.
With Aubin Pictures, Tanya has worked on What’s On Your Plate?, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, and Chavela. In addition, she has produced projects by Gabri Christa, Chiara Clemente, Liz Garbus, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jed Weintrob. As an activist, she has worked with the Ms. Foundation, Third Wave Fund, World Health Organization, EMILY’s List, ACLU, Gays Against Guns, 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. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, CNN News, Bust, The Stranger, and Art Basel Magazine. www.tanyaturnsup.com