GET TO KNOW FORK FILMS
Fork Films LLC is a New York-based film production company that seeks to shed light, evoke compassion, stir action and build peace. Founded in 2007 by CEO and President Abigail Disney and Chief Creative Officer Gini Reticker, Fork Films creates and supports media that makes an important societal contribution, with a particular emphasis on projects that bring women’s voices to the forefront. In addition to its original productions of PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL and the five-part PBS special series WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, the company has supported nearly 90 documentaries in the promotion of peace building, human rights and social justice, including 1971, ALIAS RUBY BLADE, CITIZEN KOCH, FAMILY AFFAIR, HOT GIRLS WANTED, THE MASK YOU LIVE IN, OUT IN THE NIGHT, PLAYGROUND, SEEDS OF TIME, SEXY BABY, THE ONLY REAL GAME, THIS IS HOW I ROLL, VESSEL, and the Academy Award-nominated films SUN COME UP (2011, Best Documentary Short) and THE INVISIBLE WAR (2012, Best Documentary Feature).
Fork Films currently has two original productions in the festival circuit, as well as an original short film available on VOD:
The feature documentary THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be pro gun and pro-life?
THE TRIALS OF SPRING is a major cross media event that tells the stories of nine women on the front lines of change in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. It includes a feature-length documentary directed by Oscar nominated Gini Reticker, six short films, and articles by award-winning journalists about women and their unwavering quest for social justice and freedom.
Gini Reticker’s short documentary, BUFFALO RETURNS, was co-produced by Tribeca® Digital Studios and American Express. It demonstrates how the Lakota people’s belief that the resurgence of the buffalo will help restore their community on the Pine Ridge Reservation is more than a romantic idea, but real economics, and is available to stream now on Vimeo.
Disney's directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, has been selected for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.
Having grown up in a family of filmmakers, Disney turned to documentaries in 2008, inspired to tell the story of a brave group of women who used nonviolent protests and sex strikes to bring an end to Liberia's long civil war. That film, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008, and screened in 60 countries around the world on all seven continents. PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is broadly credited with highlighting the bravery and sacrifice of its lead figure, Leymah Gbowee, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
The extraordinary response to PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL led Disney to work on the five-part special series for PBS, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE. which aired in 2011 and was the winner of the Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, and a Television Academy Honor. This first-of-its-kind series created and executive produced by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker looked at the role of women in war in the modern age, not just as victims of conflict, but as active agents for peace in their communities.
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL also led to Disney founding Peace is Loud, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and spotlighting women who are stepping up for peace and resisting violence in their communities. Together, Fork Films and Peace is Loud produced WOMEN, WAR & PEACE screening kits, dubbed into four languages, for use by international grassroots organizations in an ambitious global outreach campaign. To date, over 1,500 screening kits have been shared with 250 partner organizations at 575 screening events reaching 35,000 viewers. Events featuring the films have taken place in 82 countries - reaching all continents, including Antarctica.
Disney has also executive produced films on a wide array of social issues, including 1971, FAMILY AFFAIR, CITIZEN KOCH, HOT GIRLS WANTED, THE INVISIBLE WAR (Academy Award Nominee®, Best Documentary Feature), RETURN, and SUN COME UP (Academy Award® Nominee, Best Documentary Short).
Disney's other producing credits include: THE MAS YOU LIVE IN; SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY; THE IRAN JOB; SEXY BABY; MOTHERS OF BEDFORD; THIS IS HOW I ROLL; ALIAS RUBY BLADE; and PLAYGROUND.
She is a seasoned veteran of documentary production and has successfully overseen numerous projects - from single films to episodic series - through development, production and post production while constantly balancing the non-linear creative process with the business and logistics of production.
Aideen's career began in New York where she worked with Emmy winning and nominated directors, including Michael Moore; THE AWFUL TRUTH, Ellen Weissbrod; FACE TO FACE: THE SCHAPPELL TWINS, Zuzana Justman; VOICE OF THE CHILDREN and RUBY for HBO.
Returning to Ireland, Aideen headed up production at GMarshTv developing its core strengths and increasing its slate of documentaries. She also developed and produced several IFTA award winning documentaries and series for Irish television; RTE, Tg4 and Setanta including The Writing in the Sky, The Irish New Yorkers and The West's Awake.
Aideen recently returned to New York and found the perfect fit at Fork Films.
Prior to joining Fork Films in October 2014, Ameena worked with several notable media-related companies in New York City and Los Angeles, including Conde Nast Entertainment, CBS, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, and ITVS.
Ameena holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter and travels extensively in her free time.
Reticker helmed THE TRIALS OF SPRING, chronicling a young woman’s journey from an Egyptian village to becoming an international human rights activist. Its release was part of a multi-media project which included six short films launching online on The New York Times. Concurrently, she executive produced the 2017 Emmy-nominated THE ARMOR OF LIGHT.
Reticker directed the widely acclaimed PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, an inspiring story of Liberian women whose actions helped bring an end to a brutal civil war. She received an Academy Award nomination for producing the short film ASYLUM, recounting one woman’s journey to political asylum in the U.S. The same year she was nominated for an Emmy for A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE, a look at the heyday of 1970s filmmakers, which garnered the National Review Board's Award for Best Documentary. Her first film THE HEART OF THE MATTER, a groundbreaking film about women and AIDS, won the Sundance Film Festival’s Freedom of Expression Award. Reticker also garnered an Emmy for LADIES FIRST, the story of women rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda. She was a creator and executive producer of the PBS series WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award as well as The Academy of Television Honors Award. Reticker co-produced THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) - nominated for both an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
She served as Executive Producer on numerous Fork Films supported projects including the renowned CAMERAPERSON; the Netflix original HOT GIRLS WANTED; 1971; CITIZEN KOCH; ALIAS RUBY BLADE and SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY.
Juli then went on to work with K2 Pictures on productions for VH1, Comedy Central, PBS, Sci-Fi Channel, IFC, Court TV, ESPN, and the Sundance Channel, juggling roles such as production coordinator/ manager, graphics designer, editor, and post production supervisor.
She joined Fork Films in 2008 to oversee distribution of the widely acclaimed documentary PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL and stayed on full time. She has been instrumental in the company’s overall growth and development over the years. As VP of Operations, Kobayashi oversees much of the day to day operations and collaborates with the management team on legal, financial and HR-related matters.
She holds a degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Film & TV production program. Outside of Fork Films, Juli is a writer and filmmaker, and wrote, produced, edited and directed a narrative short entitled ONE PAST.
As a filmmaker her work explores American social and cultural history with a particular interest in gender, popular entertainment, and material culture.
She is currently directing BIG TOP, LITTLE LADY, a feature documentary exploring the lives of female circus performers who thrilled and dazzled the crowds during the height of the American train circuses. Her first film, THIS IS HOW I ROLL, takes a behind the scenes look into the intense subculture that is modern day men’s roller derby. In a sport dominated by women, what happened when the men want to play, too?
She occasionally teaches the course “Launching Your Documentary” at Brooklyn Brainery, a community-driven, crowd sourced educational space.
Prior to joining Fork Films in 2010 her experience included work in theatre, film, television, and commercial production.
O’Brien was the founding producer of Sundance Institute’s Catalyst Initiative, an innovative annual convening between art and commerce, connecting creative investors to the most highly anticipated independent films in the country.
In 2000, O’Brien won a Primetime Emmy Award for Producing Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (American High, FOX), was nominated for the Primetime Emmy in 2001 (American High) and made a 2010 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow (Cesar's Last Fast, PIVOT/Univision/Netflix). Additionally, she was the Supervising Producer for the branded short #Selfie, which won a Clio Image Award in 2014. O’Brien’s first documentary film, A Pig With Hair, was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 1998. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.