Kirsten Kelly is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and the Senior Producer for Transform Films and Odyssey Impact where she oversees development and production of long-and short-form documentaries. Currently, Kelly is directing/producing two new documentary film projects: Salaam Shalom: Muslim and Jewish Women Unite Against Hate, and Healing the Healers media project, which supports faith leaders during moments of mass community trauma. Her Emmy-winning feature documentary, The Homestretch—about homeless high school students in Chicago Public Schools—was co-produced with Kartemquin Films and broadcast on PBS Independent Lens as part of the American Graduate Initiative. Other film projects include the award-winning Asparagus! Stalking the American Life and the upcoming The Girl With the Rivet Gun, an animated new media project about Rosie the Riveter.
Kelly’s work has been supported by ITVS, CPB, AmDoc, the MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Institute, the Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg, Good Pitch, and Bertha Foundation/Brit Docs. The National Runaway Safeline awarded her the 2015 Spirit of Youth Award for her advocacy work supporting homeless youth surrounding The Homestretch Impact Campaign. Kelly is also a theatre director and arts educator and was awarded the President’s 2014 Award for Youth Programs in the Arts & Humanities, is a Fellow at the Sundance Documentary Institute, and a graduate of the Master’s Directing program at The Juilliard School.
Director of Photography/Editor
Jennifer Cox is a documentary Director of Photography and Editor who has worked with numerous award-winning directors and is known for a cinematic eye and nimble, verité shooting-style in challenging environments. In her spare time, Cox is busy honing her skills as an amateur triathlete.
Before joining Odyssey in 2011 to work with its expanding short form production department, Michelle was a freelance Production Manager and Line Producer, working on productions for the likes of BBC, ITV, Channel 4, History Channel, National Geographic, TLC, VH1 and Bravo to name a few. With over fifteen years in production on both sides of the Atlantic, Michelle has been involved with the production and delivery of over a hundred hours of broadcast television and produced over 1000 digital shorts. Since moving into the role of Head of Production in 2016, Michelle oversees all production, post production and delivery and has been deeply involved with all documentaries produced by Transform Films, including award winning films Newtown, Lessons from a School Shooting, MILWAUKEE 53206 and upcoming Run for His Life.
Nick Stuart is CEO andPresident of Odyssey Impact and Transform Films Inc. A former BAFTA judge and independent director, producer, and television journalist, Stuart has made award-winning programming on both sides of the Atlantic over his 30 year career. He has made programming for BBC, ITV, Discovery, National Geographic and Al Jazeera English and was EP on Serving Life with Forest Whitaker that won the Cine Golden Eagle Judges’ award in the U.S. His experiences reporting around the world led him to set up Transform Films Inc. as a focus for independent film-makers committed to using documentary storytelling as a catalyst for change to bring about a more just world. Nick is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
CarolAnne Dolan is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer with a diverse background in factual programming. She’s worked across various genres including: social justice, history and investigative documentaries, reality, pop culture, wildlife and adventure, and biography; and, on subject matter as diverse as shark attacks, crime bosses, and poverty in America. She has worked on both sides of the business—as a network executive, garnering high ratings and awards; and on the production side, creating successful programs for major cable networks.
Prior to joining Odyssey Impact and Transform Films, Dolan was executive producer at NHNZ in New Zealand, where she created shows for National Geographic Channel, Bio Channel, Animal Planet, and Discovery, among others. She was Vice President of Documentary Series at A&E Television and also served as executive producer of the Biography series. During her tenure at Biography, the series won numerous awards—including two Emmys—and was consistently the highest-rated series on the network. Dolan began her career at National Geographic Television, where she worked on the weekly series, Explorer.
Head of Social Impact and Communications
Melissa C. Potter
Using film, technology, entertainment and new media as a catalyst for social change, Melissa C. Potter is at the forefront of impact innovation. As Head of Social Impact and Communications for Odyssey Impact and Transform Films, she has engaged communities across the nation in dialogue around today’s most pressing social justice issues, uplifting the voices and lived experiences of our nation’s diverse and oft-underrepresented populations. Take, for example, her 2018 NAACP Image Award nomination as Impact Producer for the film “The Rape of Recy Taylor.”
Through her work, Melissa creates a platform for diverse voices to be heard in traditional media spaces. Melissa has been an Impact Producer on several documentary and short-form pieces that focus specifically on the issues of criminal justice, sexual and gender-based violence, and urban gun violence. These films and videos have gone on to much acclaim worldwide, including: winner of Best Documentary Short 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival; winner of the Peabody Award 2018; and winner of Prize for Human Rights at the Venice Film Festival.
In addition to creating inclusive spaces in digital and new media, Melissa is focused on using technology to foster sustainable social impact in underserved communities nationwide. In the past year, she has coordinated over 200 screenings of “Milwaukee 53206,” a documentary which tells the story of the ZIP code in America with the highest rate of incarcerated African American males. These screenings have served as the catalyst for national campaigns, as well as the formation of prison ministries, community coalitions and reentry and support programs. Melissa believes that diverse storytelling can inspire empathy, awareness and action nationwide.
Prior to her work with Odyssey, she focused on entertainment and advocacy. Potter has worked in public relations with chart-topping entertainment figures such as The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, and Grandmaster Flash as a freelance publicist, with Catalyst Group, and Coolhunters and partnered with Amazon, Audible, Scholastic, and Netflix with Think Big… Think You!, always building a philanthropic dimension into her work, an outgrowth of her own interests in bettering the world around her.
She built lasting awareness of issues while at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and ACLU. But it was not until she joined Odyssey Impact that she was able to combine these fields with the new dimension of follow-up among the public as well as policy-makers in the type of long-term social impact campaigns which she now coordinates, going beyond simply releasing media to actually introducing those with various roles to play in discussion. “I hope that we can now build a community of engaged supporters, including those in the entertainment space,” she says, ever making connections.
Director of Faith-Based Coalitions
Anne Faustin Davis
Anne Faustin has over a decade of experience in strategic planning and development in both the private and non-profit sectors. She previously served as the Outreach Producer for Bring It to The Table a Talking Eyes Media documentary where she identified and cultivated relationships with colleges, universities, prospect funders, and national organizations in the civil discourse space. Additionally, Anne served as the Strategic Development Consultant for the Ciné Institute, where she created a five year strategic development plan that addressed the short, and long term development goals of the film Institute. Anne served as a Working Group Consultant at the Clinton Global Initiative where she was responsible for building and leading a working group of thought leaders focused on health and wellness in the United States. She has also served as a Regional Vice President and Senior Professional Relations Representative in the Healthcare sector. Anne was born in Brussels, Belgium, and grew up in New York. She graduated from New York Medical College with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management and from Manhattanville College with a BA in Management. Anne received her Certificate in Television and Film Producing at NYU.
Director of Religion and Civic Engagement
Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime
Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime is Director of City Partnerships, furthering Odyssey’s outreach networks within key cities, and fortifying our partnerships with theological and higher education institutions, as well as communities of faith and various secular justice organizations. With experience spanning congregational leadership, university instruction, community mediation & restorative justice, social justice advocacy, chaplaincy and spiritual caregiving, Katie brings more than 15 years of experience of engaging innovative approaches to how civic issues are engaged within theological education and faith communities. Thinking across the complex boundaries between faith and secularity in American life, Katie connects people and organizations seeking justice in relation to race, gender, class, in partnership with Odyssey Impact’s mission.
The Rev. Dr. Kime holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Religion from Emory University, where she also assisted, guest lectured, and adjunct taught for courses at Emory and the Candler School of Theology for more than 8 years. She was a member of the Post-doctoral Teaching & Research Faculty at the Universität Bern in Switzerland in 2017 and 2018, and served as the Associate Pastor for Mission, Adult Education and Young Adults at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA for 6 years. Before that, she worked at Marble Collegiate Church and at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, both in New York City. In her research, teaching, and professional accomplishments, Katie is valued for her success in crossing the boundaries of academy, church, health care, theatre, and the public square.
Impact and Data Strategist
Jenise joined Odyssey Impact as Impact and Data Strategist in August 2019. In 2013, she graduated from Harvard College with honors and an A.B. in Social Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Jenise later joined Unchained at Last, a nonprofit dedicated to ending forced marriage in the United States, where she led a successful legislative campaign to protect domestic violence victims’ safety by allowing crime victims to access their police reports without cost and keep these requests out of the public record. In April 2014, Jenise joined Sanctuary for Families (SFF), the leading service provider for gender-based violence victims in New York City. In her role, Jenise helped domestic violence victims reach self-sufficiency and independence. In 2017, Jenise co-led SFF’s successful campaign to reduce child marriage in New York State by changing the minimum age of marriage from 14 to 17. In 2019, Jenise completed a Master in Public Administration degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. As a graduate student, she co-developed Save Our Moms, a campaign that encouraged more than 6 million people to take greater responsibility for the safety of mothers during and after pregnancy, for the MTV, VH1, and Logo networks.
Evy Constantine joined the Impact Team as Screenings Strategist in 2018. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communication where she earned a Master’s degree in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, graduating summa cum laude. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from The New School in New York City where she majored in Film and Media Studies, concentrating on all aspects of screenwriting. She has produced award-winning films with KaplaniKid Productions which have had their debut screenings at the Festival de Cannes. She has held positions at various film and media companies, including Media Strategist at Spark Foundry, and handling Acquisitions and Development Strategy for film streaming start-up, Flix Premiere. She is an IDA, ACLU and NAACP member, and a very proud and active member of both The New School Alumni Association and the Northwestern University Alumni Association, where she serves on the Alumni Admissions Council.
Serena Smith Joined Odyssey Impact as the Department Assistant in May 2019, shortly before transitioning to her role as the Interim Communications Coordinator. Before joining Odyssey’s team, Serena graduated on the Dean’s List from New York Film Academy in Documentary Filmmaking in 2018. Soon after she began freelance work on short and feature films, taking her to shoots in India, London, and across the US.
Nancy Dionne is a documentary filmmaker, associate producer and award-winning photojournalist from San Francisco. Her focus is to take one “to a threshold” by producing stories that create possibilities for envisioning a better future. The word “Future” is in most of her personal projects.
She says that “A good film shows you what something or someone looks like but a great film shows you what it feels like to be that someone else.”
No matter what her task at Odyssey, she connects people together to inspire calls to action that foster change for new future outcomes.
Nancy graduated on the Deans List from the New York Film Academy’s intensive documentary program and with honors in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.