Natasha Deganello Giraudie. As CEO of Micro-Documentaries, Natasha Deganello Giraudie has been involved in producing hundreds of short films around the world to help fuel movements, advance legislation, raise funds, recruit teams and mobilize support. She has worked with a broad range of social and environmental innovators, including the Clinton Global Initiative, eBay's Social Innovation team and the Environmental Defense Fund, creating personal and powerful stories in a way that is authentic, affordable and actionable.
Deeply influenced by the tradition of innovation at Stanford, Micro-Documentaries works with a team of more than 70 people, but has never had an office, nor office hours, relying instead on a culture of extreme flexibility and ongoing innovation to fuel its purposeful mission.
A former software entrepreneur, Natasha was previously the CEO of Papilia, where she helped nonprofits like the United Nations World Food Programme, KQED and ODC Dance raise millions of dollars, with an innovative Internet stewardship technology that helped donors understand the difference their gifts make. She started her career in Venezuela, where she was raised, on the Expedicion team filming adventure and nature documentaries distributed through the Discovery Channel. She continued her documentary work in Nepal through a Kennedy Fellowship from the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service and in Bhutan, on behalf of Naropa University.
Natasha has worked as a field and board volunteer with nonprofits in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the US, since she was a teenager, primarily supporting children in abandonment, illness or disaster situations. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Tools for Peace, the Peery Foundation and Dalai Lama Fellows. She went to film school at the University of Texas at Austin, and received her Master's degree in Journalism from Stanford. Natasha lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and young daughter.
Ben Henretig, Creative Director & Founder, founded Micro-Documentaries, because he believes in the power of documentary film to bring about social change and inspire action. Ben was born and raised in Yakima, WA, surrounded by the rich agricultural landscape of apple/cherry/pear/peach orchards, grape vineyards, and hop fields. A graduate of Stanford University Film and Media Studies, he uses his background in art, music, communications and filmmaking to produce beautiful, powerful short-format documentaries for nonprofits and purposeful businesses making positive change in the world. Currently, Ben is working on two feature length documentary films: A Las Calles, that follows the lives of working/street children in Quito, Ecuador and explores the resulting socio-economic and political implications of this cultural phenomenon affecting millions of Latin American youth; and The Happiest Place, a feature-length documentary telling the story of the first human-powered, border-to-border journey across Bhutan.
Ben is a regular contributor to the Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, whose research and innovative applications have created insight into how technology can be designed to inspire people to take positive action and have personal impact in the world. He also is a founding member of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, which focuses on the use of technology to promote peace. Ben lives in Palo Alto, CA, where he is a volunteer teacher/leader with the Art of Living Foundation, instructing hundreds of college students in stress management techniques through yoga and meditation.
Preeti Mankar Deb, Senior Director of Productions, is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films on topics like the Indian education system (Mad About IIT-JEE), the city of Mumbai (I Am Bombay) and arranged marriages (An Arranged Marriage). She believes in the power of video to inform and connect people, and motivate them to make a difference. Her experience in journalism and documentary has taught her that every single person has a unique and engaging story – it just needs to be told in the right way. Preeti is currently working on a community video art project to further explore this theme.
She has a master’s degree in documentary film and broadcast journalism from NYU. After graduating from NYU, she worked in New York on documentaries for public television. In 2008, she moved to India and started an independent film company,517 Productions, to specialize in non-fiction content. Under this label she has produced, directed and edited documentaries, corporate films, films for non-profits and Public Service Announcements for TV. She also taught video and documentary film at a premier post-graduate communications program in Mumbai.
Preeti has volunteered with non-profits ever since she was in high school, working as a teacher, in marketing and as a video instructor for underprivileged children and disadvantaged youth.
She has recently moved to Boston, where she lives with her husband Anamitra. She loves experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen, watching obscure films and reading old mystery novels.
Kiran Goldman, Director of Field Production. Kiran is a documentary filmmaker with a strong background in environmental science and engineering. Kiran has helped produce and edit international, criminal justice, environmental and health stories for FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World and Cornell University. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University. Before becoming a full-time documentary filmmaker, she conducted research on passive solar architecture in southwestern China and also worked as a photographer and research assistant for The Nature Conservancy in Yunnan, China. Kiran is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. When not editing, she enjoys traveling, camping, cooking and music.
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