fdw Cara Mertes

Cara Mertes is part of the Creativity and Free Expression team at Ford Foundation as director of JustFilms, the foundation’s creative visual storytelling initiative. Throughout her career as a nonprofit executive, award-winning executive producer and producer/director, broadcast programmer, curator, teacher, and writer, Cara has championed the leadership role of artists in society and worked to harness the power of independent film and new media—with an emphasis on nonfiction storytelling—to amplify awareness and accelerate progressive change. Before joining the foundation, Cara served for eight years as director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund and was part of Sundance Institute’s leadership team.


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