ABOUT US

 

We think independent documentaries are one of the most powerful ways students learn about the world and engage with the most pressing issues of our time. That's why we champion creative documentary filmmakers who promote new ideas, social change and human rights. GOOD DOCS carefully selects films that are thought-provoking, entertaining, socially relevant and that contribute to classroom learning. We serve students, educators, and filmmakers.

 

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FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sarah Feinbloom is an award-winning director, producer and editor whose work includes documentaries, dramatic narratives and fundraising videos. She is also the founder and director of GOOD DOCS - an educational distribution company specializing in human rights and social issue documentaries. 

 

Her latest project, What Do You Believe Now? - The Spiritual Journeys of American Millennials (2019) premiering at the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival, is a new feature length follow up to her 2002 documentary What Do You Believe? - the Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (2002). In the 2019 "before and after" film a Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota and Buddhist offer their deeply personal faith journeys, life challenges, and evolving ideas about higher powers, life purpose, the nature of suffering, religious intolerance and death.

 

The 2002 documentary aired on PBS stations and screened internationally at venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Toronto Children’s Film Festival, the National Association of Multicultural Educators, and the American Academy of Religion. It was voted "One of Ten Best Videos for Young Adults in 2003" by the American Library Association, and has shown at over 2000 schools and colleges in the U.S. and internationally. She also created and led workshops nationally and internationally on interfaith dialogue and religious diversity. Sarah has been a featured speaker for the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogue Series, the Graduate Theological Union's conference Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century: Muslim Identities in the Diaspora and for the  Religions For Peace-USA Symposium: Beyond Bigotry: Recreating our Ethnic, Racial and Religious Harmony in a Post-September 11 World.

 

Her other projects include Earth Water Woman (2013) about Rastafarian women environmentalists in Trinidad, which premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and her documentary on LGBTQI activists in Jamaica called Many Loves, One Heart  (2017) premiered at Frameline Film Festival. Youth to Youth made in 1995 examines racism, rape, war, police brutality, and growing up with violence through the eyes of the youth. She has led national workshops on violence prevention for schools, non profits and public health organizations. Her film Daughters and Sons Preventing Child-Trafficking in the Golden Triangle (2005), profiles a program that saves children from sex-trafficking,  and was featured on NPR, won the award for best Short in Child Advocacy at the Artivist Film Festival, and helped raise over $250,000. In Search of the Heart of Chocolate (2008), premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and Which Way, Por Favor? an independent feature film was an indie festival favorite.

 

 Sarah has a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Education from Tufts University. She has taught high school social studies, ESL and youth filmmaking workshops. Sarah also coordinated social justice programs for organizations including the American Friends Service Committee and the San Francisco Volunteer Center. She was a member of New Day Films where worked on the marketing committee, and she has served as a juror for documentary film festival competitions including the Audience Awards Women's Film Challenge. She has received a California Council For The Humanities grant, a Paul Robeson Award For Independent Media grant, and the Pacific Pioneer Fund grant among others for her film work. 

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Rosie Pineda is a multi-passionate creative who knows the perspective-shifting power of documentary films. Documentaries have been and remain a vital source of her on-going education and is she excited to be a part of bringing GOOD DOCS and GOOD TALKS to students around the world. 

As a Sociology and Spanish double major at Loyola Marymount University, Rosie enriched her education by co-founding Nuestra Alma Latina to help support other Latina students who were the first in their families to attend college. She also studied abroad in Madrid and led an alternative break trip to Juarez, Mexico to meet and learn from the communities being affected by femicides and globalization. She holds an M.A. in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London where she wrote her dissertation and produced a photo essay on the Latin American population in London. 

During her professional career Rosie has supported various start-ups bringing her valuable skills in web and graphic design, operations, e-commerce, editing, customer service and outreach. She enjoys wearing many hats and being of service to librarians, professors, community leaders and independent filmmakers. 

In her own time she writes, creates art, enjoys yoga, dancing, meditation, reading and watching documentaries. 

DATABASE AND MARKETING MANAGER

Linda Lu is an ambitious first-generation immigrant who's no stranger to the fields of filmmaking and social change. She started out as an intern for GOOD DOCS in December 2017, and subsequently became the database marketing manager in March 2018. At GOOD DOCS she is responsible for generating targeted lists and crafts individualized outreach campaigns for GOOD DOCS films and working on special projects. 
 

Linda graduated magna cum laude from University of Southern California in May 2017 with a B.A. in Communication and minors in Screenwriting and Cinematic Arts. During her academic career, she interned at organizations including Revolve Impact, which focuses arts and culture as agents for social change. She has also worked on numerous film sets, ranging from narrative films to VR shorts.

 

In her free time, Linda likes to sing, dance, watch and make films, take photos, explore LA, and hang out with friends and family. 

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Kim Koltun is an engaged, young academic committed to sharing progressive, independent documentaries with students, campuses and communities where they can make an impact. She coordinates research, filmmaker interviews, requests and social media for GOOD DOCS.

 

Kim is a recent magna cum laude graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she studied Sociology and History. Kim has interdisciplinary interest in a variety of issues and has been published in The Forum: Journal of History.

 

In her free time she enjoys coaching lacrosse, swimming and hanging out with her dog Hazel.

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