“We work to be one powerful force in paving the way for a progressive global consciousness through film”
DANIELA KON | Founder + Executive Director
Daniela Kon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and consultant working at the intersection of human rights, global development and impact media for the past decade. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she completed her BA in Media and Cultural Studies and MA in Documentary Production at The London College of Communications and Royal Holloway, University of London. She moved to New York in 2003 working for Emmy award-winning director Marc Levin at Blowback Productions, and was the researcher and assistant editor for HBO and THINK Film’s “Protocols of Zion,” an Official Sundance Selection. She founded documentary and impact agency, DEEDA Productions, in 2005 and has since worked with filmmakers, NGOs and aid organizations in Cambodia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Liberia, Senegal, and the US, creating documentaries and impact campaigns on a plethora of social justice issues. Her film credits range from the award winning documentary TALIBE, the United Nations FAO Ending Hunger Campaign and the UN Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), to collaborations with grassroots initiatives in Education, Voluntourism, Youth Leadership, Girls and Women’s Empowerment, LGBT Rights, Water Management, Children’s Rights, and Modern-day Slavery. Kon is a member of CAP with Creative Visions Foundation, a board member of the HRW Film Committee and the Women’s Rights Committee of Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of humanitarian robotics company, Symbiobotics, a producer and strategist for social issue documentaries, impact media productions, and international advocacy campaigns. Driven by the premise of maximizing responsible impact through creativity, Kon founded the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) in 2012, dedicated to advancing the culture of impact filmmaking and to supporting filmmakers and change-makers in their work.
ERINN SULLIVAN | Director of Programs
Erinn has worked in the marketing, film and media industry for the past 8 years, combining expertise in design, independent film production, program development, campaign strategy and community activism. Born in a small town just outside the Sierra Nevadas, Erinn was inspired by nature, design and creative activism at an early age. She completed her BA in Broadcast Journalism and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Nevada, with an emphasis in ethnography and storytelling. Her journey into the world of social impact began with a multitude of undertakings including: co-founding independent production company, Photon Harvest, managing numerous grassroots documentary campaigns, serving as a graphic designer for The Neda Nobari Foundation, KPJR Films, Human Rights Watch, The Redford Center to name a few, and assisting in campaign strategy and development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation educational media campaign Teacher2Teacher. She is also an event co-chair for UN Women Los Angeles and a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She joined SIMA in January 2014 where she now serves as the Director of Programs, dedicated to utilizing her myriad of skills to further the efforts of documentary filmmakers and change-makers alike.
ANDREA KELSEY | Operations Manager
Andrea is a media creator, expert communicator, and enthusiastic collaborator; somewhat of a jill of all trades. She has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Appalachian State University, and her interest in aesthetics and modes of communication led her to pursue a Masters in Media Studies from The New School University. Andrea’s passion for digital mediums lies in the potential to share experience and perspective, which she has explored through the creation of advocacy and narrative video, building community websites, and supporting innovators and activists. She has worked on videos for UN Volunteers, Ashoka U, Women’s Initiative, and The International Field Program at The New School, and was a program administrator at The New School University before joining SIMA.
EVA S. NELSON | Liaison to the United Nations
Eva S. Nelson is SIMA’s liaison to the UN and other organization in Europe and the United States. She has lived and worked in Africa, the US and Europe. Ms. Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and went on to work with multiple financial institutions on Wall Street. After several years she realized that her calling was in international humanitarian work. She joined the United Nations as a Consultant where she still works. As an advocate for human rights, child education, peace and anti-slavery, she lends her assistance to organizations dedicated to these causes including Artists4Freedom. Ms. Nelson is also an award-winning author who writes African action-adventure stories on topics like: human-trafficking, war, LRA, espionage, colonialism and corruption. Nelson’s first novel, “Nightmare Along the River Nile” is set in Uganda and Sudan. It is about a student who was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and sold into slavery. “Nightmare Along the River Nile” was listed among the top books on slavery by “The No Project.” Nelson’s second novel, “The Helpers” is an international tale of espionage and corruption, which is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Europe and the United States.
KRISTI MANNING | Impact Agent & Grassroots Program Officer
For more than 15 years, Kristi Manning has been dedicated to helping maximize humanitarian relief efforts, working as a consultant, field operations manager, project director, and international event organizer for non-profits worldwide. She combines expertise in both institutional aid and grassroots initiatives, providing support in fundraising, planning, implementation and monitoring of local and global development programs. Manning is the co-founder of The Next Right Thing, a non-profit connecting critically ill or injured children from developing nations with free medical treatment and transport. Her clients include Dubai Cares, The Starbright Foundation, Carrie-On, Paul Newman’s Painted Turtle Camp, and the Strongheart Fellowship. Manning oversees SIMA’s Grassroots Program, facilitating screenings for community-based humanitarian and advocacy initiatives worldwide.
MADISON LIDDLE | Communications Manager
Madison is a storyteller and documentary filmmaker whose passion lies in creative activism. She started her career in the social impact space while attending a summer study abroad film program in Prague, sneaking into the Special Olympics and witnessing camaraderie and compassion that inspired her to put her college career on hold and volunteer in Tanzania. Before long she was teaching English at a preschool, organizing community events to end violence against women, and volunteering at a youth center. Madison graduated from the University of Miami’s Film School with a focus on Documentary Production and moved to Los Angeles to work as a community manager at Falling Whistles, an NGO campaigning for peace in the Congo. Her media industry experience includes writing grants for Oscar-nominated directors, researcher for two feature-length documentaries, running social media for an MTV show, and Associate Producer on a reality TV series. Her greatest accomplishment is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, until she finishes her first documentary (currently in production). If for any reason you can’t find Madison, you’d be wise to check your nearest dancefloor.
ALEX GUILLEMETTE | Program Manager
Alex has a unique background in activism, film and social research. While attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, his studies in Sociology centered around issues of community building and urban development. As such, Alex immersed himself in many different social justice campaigns including labor organizing for health care workers and fast food employees, as well as advocacy against police brutality. After graduation, his passion for social research and activism led him to filmmaking and to utilizing the power of film as a tool to express complex social issues in innovative, entertaining and impactful ways. Before joining SIMA as Program Manager to facilitate access to broader audiences through social impact media, Alex worked as Events Coordinating Manager at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
DOUG BEACOM | Digital Content Manager
Doug is an educator with experience in formal & non-formal education; after teaching with Teach For America in New Orleans, his love of learning and travel led him to teaching with the JET Program in Nagasaki, Japan, working with communities, schools, libraries and bicycles in Cambodia, with technology, digital media and art in classrooms in New York City and San Diego, and, finally, with goats and sauerkraut in Santa Cruz County. Doug joined the SIMA family in 2012 and has managed, catalogued and attended to all SIMA film entries since day one.