The Mask You Live In
Coming in 2014
Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?
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Meet the team behind The Mask You Live In:
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Writer, Director & Producer
Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation. In response to the film, Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org (now The Representation Project), a call-to-action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action and ultimately, transform culture. She is currently writing, directing, and producing two documentaries, The Mask You Live In and The Great American Lie, which explore how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large. Newsom is also an Executive Producer of the Academy Award nominated documentary The Invisible War, which exposes the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Newsom received both her B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their three young children.
Writer, Editor & Producer
Jessica Congdon co-wrote and edited Miss Representation. She co-directed and edited Race to Nowhere by Vicki Abeles. She edited Speed & Angels directed by Peyton Wilson, Motherland directed by Jennifer Steinman, the 2003 award-winning Sundance film Dopamine directed by Mark Decena, and the Columbia Tri-Star feature film Big Girls Don’t Cry directed by Maria von Heland. Congdon is a founding editor of Umlaut Films. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, and studied film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Congdon lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young children.
Jessica Anthony has over 15 years of experience producing award-winning content for studios such as Protozoa, Wild Brain, Mekanism, Teak Digital, Special Agent Productions, Claypoint Productions, and Plexipixel. She has a strong background in the non-profit sector where she managed the International Children’s Digital Library, a project of the Internet Archive. Most recently, Anthony managed the San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse program, a filmmaker residency program with a strong professional development component. She studied literature and film at Boston University and the University of Oregon. Anthony lives the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.
Dani Fishman has a breadth of experience in mental health, social justice, and the education space. She began her career by spearheading the development of a nationally recognized College Access and mentorship program serving low income, first generation, college-bound students. Fishman has worked as a counselor and case manager with marginalized youth and families through the San Francisco Unified School District and the City of Oakland. In addition to her work at The Representation Project, Dani provides advising services at San Quentin State Prison to help incarcerated individuals successfully reenter society. Fishman holds a BA in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Change from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, where her research focus was the impacts of poverty on educational achievement. Follow her on Twitter: @DaniFishman
Abigail Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist and activist based in New York City. She has pursued a wide array of activities in support of peace and non-violence particularly by advocating for the advancement of women’s roles in the public sphere. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peace building led her to producing films. She has executive produced films that address various social issues, including Family Affair, Playground, Sun Come Up (Academy Award® Nominee 2011, Best Documentary Short), Return, Invisible War (Academy Award® Nominee 2012, Best Documentary Feature), Open Heart (Academy Award® Nominee 2012, Best Documentary Short) and is involved in several more films in various stages of development and production.
Dreyfous has a wide background in the arts and philanthropy. Dreyfous executive produced the 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary Born Into Brothels. She is also an executive producer of Miss Representation and The Invisible War. She is the Board Chair of the SLC Film Center and Utah Coalition for Film and Media. In 2007, she co-founded IMPACT Partners Film Fund, which has financed over 25 films.
Sarah E. Johnson
Sarah is a philanthropist, conservationist, and an environmental and education activist. A former Portfolio and Operations Manager for Franklin Templeton, she is active on the boards of St. Lawrence University, The Aspen Science Center, and Conservation International. Her philanthropy has financed the Law Students for Reproductive Justice and charities throughout Africa and India. Her social issue documentaries include Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors without Borders and The Last Mountain. Sarah founded the children’s clothing business, Spike & Annie.
Wendy Schmidt is the President of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The foundation houses its grant-making operation in The 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 nonprofit organizations in program areas including climate and energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and our maritime connection.
Regina Kulik Scully
Kulik Scully is a 28-year communications veteran and founder of RPR Marketing Communications, a premier public relations firm representing clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Neutrogena, and Aveeno. Her work with young women in the beauty industry led her to found CareerPeeks, a non-profit focused on expanding career options for young women. She executive produced Miss Representation and the Academy Award nominated The Invisible War. She also produced Boyhood Shadows, a documentary about male survivors of child molestation. Kulik Scully received her BS in Foreign Languages and Theology from Georgetown University.