Michael Kleiman, Founder & Executive Director
Michael is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and public policy expert based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the director and producer of WEB (2013) which chronicles the experience of remote villages in the Andes Mountains and Amazon Jungle of Peru receiving Internet access for the first time. The film earned the Audience Award at the 2013 DOC NYC Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize in Documentary at the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. "Wiring the Amazon," a short documentary made alongside Web, was released by The New York Times as an "Op-Doc" in May 2014. Michael's first film, The Last Survivor, follows the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities. The Last Survivor premiered at the 2010 Oxford Film Festival where it was named Best Documentary and won the Audience Award for Best Film. It went on to play in over 250 venues around the world as part of a social action campaign that engaged audiences in genocide prevention work. In 2009, Michael was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. State Department. Michael received a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Dubin Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, and a B.A. in Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.