Jenny Mackenzie, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Director, Writer, Producer, holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University, an MSW from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. After a 20-year career working as a clinician, researcher, and developing programs for non-profit organizations, she went back to film school to pursue one of her life long passions--documentary filmmaking. Jenny feels that documentary film is the perfect way to reach wide audiences and help to create necessary social change. Jenny’s first film, “Where’s Herbie?” is an award-winning portrait of a 91-year-old working lobsterman who shares his philosophy on life, death, and the risks of retirement.
My (the Director’s) Relationship to the Project: I became the Cheetah’s volunteer coach when they started playing soccer together in the first grade. After coaching my older daughter’s soccer team for three years, I felt that I knew how to motivate a group of young girls. When the Cheetahs entered the boys division, I was in film school, and I thought, “This is a pretty compelling little story." So, we started shooting. Through the girls’ experience over the three years as their coach, it became clear that giving them the opportunity to find the competition they deserved, and allowing them to excel (not just participate) athletically is something that is impacting their lives on many different levels.
Geralyn White Dreyfous, Executive Producer, is the Academy Award-winning executive producer of Born into Brothels. In 1994, she established the center for Community Service and Documentary Studies with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University, work that was a precursor to the groundbreaking Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, and which birthed the acclaimed magazine Doubletake. In 2002, she and Nicole Guillemet founded The Salt Lake Film Center, where she currently serves as its Executive and Artistic Director. She has produced a documentary of the child sex slave trade narrated by Tim Robbins called The Day My God Died, which was broadcast on PBS and distributed by Tapesty.
Jennifer Jordan, Writer and Co-Producer, created, wrote, and produced Women of K2 for the National Geographic Channel, which won five major film festivals, and authored Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 (William Morrow, January 2005) which received the coveted "Editors' Choice" distinction from the New York Times Book Review as well as the National Outdoor Book Award. She is also the author of several children's books that follow the antics of Harry, the Happy Dog. Jordan spent the better part of the 1990s at WGBH FM in Boston where she anchored National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She also worked with the acclaimed WGBH Channel 2, public television's most prolific production house, as an on-air talent, news segment producer, researcher, and writer.
Christine Siegel Elder, Editor, has had work shown on the Discovery Channel and multiple public television stations. She worked for five years as an editor for WGBH in Boston on Zoom, and edited Native Corn, a film that won best short at the New England Film Festival in 1999. She lives in Ogden, Utah, with her husband, two dogs, and two cats, and is excited to be a part of the Kick Like A Girl creative team.