Gerry Leonard

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Gerry Leonard

Director of Filmmakers Services and Impact
Working Films

Gerry Leonard (he/him) is an impact strategist and organizer from Jakarta, Indonesia and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the Director of Filmmaker Services and Impact at Working Films, an organization that leverages the power of documentary film and storytelling as a resource for social justice movements. He directs Working Films’ Docs in Action program that grants finishing funds for short documentaries, and the Impact Kickstart program that provides impact programming and seed funding (Unapologetic, Duty Free, Little Sallie Walker, Fire Through Dry Grass, Bring Her Home). Gerry brings into the field of narrative shift and culture change a background in community organizing—blending his experience in grassroots movement building and policy advocacy towards collective action and liberation. Before joining the Working Films team, Gerry worked on issues of food justice, voting rights, and police accountability. His leadership on a number of coalitions and boards have led to statewide advocacy initiatives to challenge the carceral system and collaborative funding opportunities for equitable and just community leadership. He currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC), Advisory Board for OPEN DOORS and a member of Kawan Budaya.

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