Whistleblower Books / Film Distribution
Synopsis: Live Panel – Zoom
July 27, 2021
4:00 PM EST
Zoom Link (click on the title of the panel below to go to the live panel):
This event is a whistleblower summit tradition. Famous and not so famous authors from the MISC community discuss their books and journey writing them. Another important thing that the Whistleblower Summit does is encourage whistleblowers to tell their own stories— in books, films, etc. The year the panel will discuss the process of writing a whistleblower book, adapting it as a screenplay, producing the film and then getting film distribution.
Michael McCray, ACORN 8 (Moderator)
Marcel Reid, ACORN 8
Jan J. Goldberger, African-American Women in Film
Jordan Mattos, Cinemarket* (Distributor)
* Participating from the Cannes Film Festival
Michael McCray co-founded the International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW) and is the General Counsel for the Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), which champions equal employment opportunity. He is a member of the No FEAR Coalition, which promotes and supported the passage of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR) of 2002—the first civil rights law of the 21st Century. McCray is also the chief organizer for the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival, an annual conference that takes place on Capitol Hill.
Michael McCray is a 2007 recipient of the “No FEAR Award” in Washington, DC. In 2008, Michael McCray received statewide recognition for outstanding work in peace and social justice when he was recognized by the OMNI Center For Peace, Justice & Ecology as an ARKANSAS PEACE & JUSTICE HERO in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Invite Michael to make a memorable contribution to conferences, events and conventions that welcome his “tell-it-like-it-is” style of storytelling and audience engagement. Learn more about his training programs, invite him to speak or contribute to your conference, or place orders for his breakthrough book RACE, POWER & POLITICS—Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower—today.
Michael McCray is a 2021 recipient of the Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award Recipient for his leadership and advocacy with the ACORN 8 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Marcel Reid has had a major impact over the last decade in grassroots community organizing, the whistleblowing community, and a national media foundation. Her efforts have resulted in major policy changes. As a National Director, Chair of DC ACORN and one of a three-member Interim Management Committee (IMC) to reorganize ACORN after the discovery of a major embezzlement, Marcel came face to face with the difficulties in reporting corruption. This was her first exposure to fighting entrenched corruption and her introduction to the whistleblower community.
Later, Marcel was elected to serve as a director on the National Board of Pacifica Radio. In that position, she introduced a motion to have Pacifica support whistleblowers; making it the first national media organization to incorporate it into their platform. After the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) passed in 2012, Pacifica’s steadfast support of whistleblowers was credited by many in the whistleblowing community as helping to reinvigorate the WPEA campaign after over a decade of unsuccessful attempts.
After serving on the board for three terms, Marcel became the first national media whistleblower liaison for the Pacifica Foundation, the only position of its’ kind, in media to date. She continues her efforts to shed light on corruption worldwide by actively supporting the efforts of whistleblowers globally. As an outgrowth, Marcel is the co-host of the annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights that takes place on Capitol Hill, where the prestigious Pillar Award is awarded to First Amendment rights advocates.
Marcel Reid is a 2021 recipient of the Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award Recipient for her leadership and advocacy with the ACORN 8 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Jan J. Goldberger
Jan Johnson Goldberger is an award-winning filmmaker and alumna of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. While at AFI she became the recipient of the production award administered by the Institute: The Martin Ritt Production Award, named in honor of the socially conscious director of the film, Norma Rae; and a Women In Film Award. Ms. Johnson Goldberger’s thesis film, won the first Moon Basin Hatchfest award. This film went on to be licensed by Home Box Office and ran for two consecutive years on HBO. Jan’s first independent short film, Stone Mansion was one of the Showtime Network’s Black Filmmakers Short film Showcase winners. Stone Mansion was licensed to the Showtime Network in 2011. Stone Mansion was also licensed to (PBS). The film aired in 45 PBS markets over the course of two years and the Black Entertainment Television network (BET) for several consecutive years. Stone Mansion has screened in over fifty national and international film festivals. Ms. Johnson is a recipient of a grant from the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, to develop a feature- length documentary on a landmark racial discrimination case. Jan has worked with actor/comedian, Damon Wayans as part of his production staff. She was a participant in Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Connects program with her project, Game. She has produced 13 short films for the Showtime Network, including the award-winning short, Pants in the Family. Most recently Jan was a participant in the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Diversity Workshop. Currently, Jan is in pre-production for her teen thriller TAG, YOU’RE IT! which she will shoot in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September. Other projects on her slate are OUTLAW, a western based on a true story and an Untitled historical television series based on a book series.
Jordan Mattos is a New York-based film distributor with over 10 years of experience in licensing content in the USA. Since 2006 he has led the theatrical and home entertainment distribution of hundreds of films from Europe, Africa and South America at arthouse label IndiePix. In 2016 he founded sales company Aspect Ratio, working with international producers seeking to enter the US market. Jordan worked as the US programming consultant for Venice Critic’s Week under Giona Nazzaro. In 2017 he co-founded Cinemarket.io, a digital market where filmmakers can sell rights to their films directly to distributors without needing to attend a physical market, which launched at the 2018 Marche du Film.