BYkids - Teaching Empathy & Globalism Through Film
Our Feb 21,2019 speaker will be Holly Ornstein Carter, Founder and Executive Director of ByKids, started her career as a journalist at The New York Times and has worked for 30 years as a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, fundraiser and non-profit leader.
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Holly Ornstein Carter – Founder & Exec. Director of BYkids

Holly Ornstein Carter started her career as a journalist at The New York Times and has worked for 30 years as a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, fundraiser and non-profit leader.

She founded BYkids in 2007 as a way to teach empathy and globalism to Americans through film. The short films made by kids around the world are broadcast on public television and are distributed to half the school in America through Discovery Education with innovative educational material reaching 248 million viewers and students.

Before founding BYkids, Holly ran the Global Film Initiative, a foundation bringing feature films from the developing world to major cultural institutions across the country in an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding.

From 1999 to 2003, she produced Media Matters, a monthly PBS magazine show about journalism and concurrently worked as a consultant for The After-School Corporation, a non-profit initiative founded by George Soros that brings quality after-school programs to New York City public schools.

In 1999, Carter co-founded North Carolina’s Full Frame Festival, which has grown to become the largest documentary film festival in the world. Before that, Carter co-produced the award-winning documentary, Margaret Sanger, about the life and times of the pioneering birth control advocate. Nationally broadcast on PBS in 1998, Margaret Sanger won the Creative Excellence Award from the U.S. International Film and Video Festival and the Golden Apple Award from the National Educational Media Network.

In 1990, Carter received a Henry Luce Scholarship and spent three years in Korea—one year working as a photographer at a Korean news magazine and two years working as a freelance journalist.

From 1985 through 1988, Carter was a journalist and editor in the Business Section of The New York Times. During her tenure, Carter was part of the team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 1987 stock market crash. From 1988 through 1990, Carter served as a writer and editor on the Editorial Page of The Times, for which she received numerous awards, including a Publisher’s Award.

An accomplished photographer, Carter’s work has appeared in solo shows at the Korean Consulate in New York, as part of a group show in Mexico City, and in several international publications. In 1999, Carter received an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from her alma mater, The Colorado College, and delivered the school’s opening convocation address and recently served on the Board of Trustees.

Holly grew up in Greenwich, CT and went to Greenwich High School. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and has two daughters.


I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life
Directed by Michael Martin

 
 
Walk on My Own
Directed by 13-year-old Ndèye Fatou Fall

 

Out of Aleppo
Directed by Mohammad Shasho - age 18

 
 
My Beautiful Nicaragua
Directed by 12-year-old Edelsin Linette Mendez

 
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