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Power Player Breakfast: Caroline Baron

Power Player Breakfast is one of NYWIFT’s most popular program series. Join us to hear about the career path of producer Caroline Baron and what inspires her.

Doors open at 8:30 am.  Please do not arrive prior to that time.

Caroline Baron is a New York–based film producer. She produced the award-winning film Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, for which she received an Oscar nomination. Her many credits include the cross-cultural hit Monsoon Wedding, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and numerous awards worldwide. Most recently, Baron executive produced Admission, starring Tina Fey, to be released in Spring 2013. Baron also received the Emerging Producer award at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, a Spirit Award nomination for Capote for Best Feature, a 2006 Vision Producer of Excellence award for Capote, and an Emmy Award Citation for her work on The Wonder Years.

Baron began her career as the production manager on the cult classic film The Toxic Avenger. She has produced and executive produced numerous films, including Being Flynn, Center Stage, Flawless, Addicted to Love, The Santa Clause and Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra. Her producer credits for TV include the hit series The Wonder Years, NBC miniseries Witness to the Mob and the PBS documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer.
 
In 1999, motivated by reports of families fleeing their homes in Kosovo to seek refuge in crowded camps in Macedonia, she founded the nonprofit organization FilmAid International. FilmAid’s programs provide life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, land mine awareness, health and hygiene, women’s rights and conflict resolution.Through her work with FilmAid, Baron has worked with several branches of the UN as well as numerous NGOs in Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea, Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Haiti.

In 2005, Baron founded A-Line Pictures with her husband and producing partner Anthony Weintraub. A-Line is currently developing Blackwater, a film adaptation of the bestselling novel by Bel Canto, an alarming look into the country’s largest private military contractor. Baron has also founded, along with Blues Clues creator Traci Paige Johnson, yummico, a children’s media company focused on mobile and Internet content for preschoolers. Baron has received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chapman University and the 2008 Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis University.

Continental breakfast will be served. 

Produced by Bobbi Albert, Christina Brown, Carey Graeber, Julie Poll, Janet Stilson and Susan Wagner.
Sponsored by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.