ASPIRE

Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment

 

Peter Samuelson, MA, President

peter.samuelson@aspirelab.org

 

Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA

andyrice@ucla.edu

 

The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

Geralyn Dreyfous

Geralyn Dreyfous has a wide background in the arts, long experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector, and is active on many boards and initiatives. She worked at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities, and also taught Documentary and Narrative writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. Geralyn is the Founder/ Board Chair of the Utah Film Center and a charter member of the Utah Coalition for Film and Media. In 2007, she co- founded Impact Partners Film Fund with Dan Cogan. Impact Partners (IP) brings together financiers and filmmakers so that, together, they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite social change. Since its inception, IP has been involved in the financing of over 30 films, including: The Cove, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; The Garden, which was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; Freeheld, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film; The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, which won the 2007 Emmy Award for Best Documentary Special; and Hell and Back Again, which was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. They had 4 films at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 American Promise, The Crash Reel, Pandora’s Promise, and Who is Dayani Cristal?

Geralyn's executive producing and producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day My God Died; and multiple film festivals winners such as Kick Like a Girl, In A Dream, Dhamma Brothers, Project Kashmir, Miss Representation, Connected and The Invisible War. Her works in production include: Wait for Me, Currency of Power, One In A Billion, In Football We Trust, Barney Frank’s Last Year, and Sugar Babies. Three of her films, Anita, The Crash Reel, and The Square, were in the Sundance Film Festival 2013. Geralyn received the International Documentary Association’s Amicus Award in December 2013 for her significant contribution to documentary filmmaking.