Louverture Films produces independent films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. Taking its name and inspiration from the leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint Louverture - famous for always creating an "opening" in the face of enormous obstacles - Louverture Films partners with progressive filmmakers and producers around the world and particularly from the global South, and pro-actively supports the employment and training of cast and crew from communities of color in the United States.
Danny Glover, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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In addition to being one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with a career spanning 35 years and including film classics like "Places in the Heart," "The Color Purple," the "Lethal Weapon" series and the acclaimed "To Sleep with Anger," Danny Glover has also executive produced numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among these are "Good Fences," "3 AM," "Freedom Song," "Get on the Bus," "Deadly Voyage," "Buffalo Soldiers," "The Saint of Fort Washington," "To Sleep with Anger," and "Mooladé," as well as the series "Courage and America's Dream." Since co-founding Louverture Films, Glover has been involved with producing BAMAKO, AFRICA UNITE, TROUBLE THE WATER, SALT OF THIS SEA, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION, DUM MAARO DUM, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF McKINLEY NOLAN, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, HIGHWAY, CONCERNING VIOLENCE, THE NARROW FRAME OF MIDNIGHT, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, SHADOW WORLD, WHITE SUN and STRONG ISLAND. He associate produced Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Palme d'Or winner UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES and his recent CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR. The recipient of countless awards for his humanitarian and advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
Joslyn Barnes, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the films Barnes has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films are : the César-nominated BAMAKO, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar nominated TROUBLE THE WATER, the award-winning cult hit BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975, the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody and Grierson winner THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, the Berlinale award-winner CONCERNING VIOLENCE, Elia Suleiman's THE TIME THAT REMAINS, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Palme d'Or winner UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES and his recent CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, Deepak Rauniyar's award-winning WHITE SUN. Forthcoming films include Sundance Special Jury Prize winner STRONG ISLAND, which will be released by Netflix in 2017, RaMell Ross' HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING, James Longley's ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT, Lucrecia Martel's ZAMA, and Victor Kossakovsky's AQUARELA. Barnes also wrote and directed the short film PRANA for Cinétévé France as part of an internationally distributed series of 30 short films to promote awareness of environmental issues. In 2017, Barnes was the recipient of both the Cinereach Producer Award and the Sundance Institute | Amazon Studios Producer Award.
Prior to co-founding Louverture, Barnes served as a programme officer and expert consultant at the United Nations. She has lived and traveled widely in Africa and Asia, and has written numerous articles covering trade and social development issues, as well as contributing to books on the establishment of electronic communications in developing countries, food security in Africa, and strategic advocacy for the inclusion of gender perspectives on the international development agenda.
Susan Rockefeller, Partner
Susan Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker whose in-depth look at critical issues has won top awards at many film festivals across the United States and around the world. Her recent efforts include producing and directing the HBO documentary "Making the Crooked Straight," which received a 2011 Christopher Award; and directing and producing "Striking a Chord" on the ability of music to help heal Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). She directed and produced "Mission of Mermaids" on ocean health, and is currently in production on two films: one about agricultural breeders, farmers and chefs; the other on Bach's "Coffee Cantata." When she’s not making films, Susan designs message-inspired jewelry to raise awareness about protecting family, art and nature, and sits on the boards of Oceana, the We Are Family Foundation and the program committee for The Stone Barns for Sustainable Agriculture. Susan is married and lives with her husband and children in New York City.
Bertha Foundation, Partner
Bertha Foundation dreams of a more just world and supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change. We champion those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision. We envision a society where stories come from many different voices, where law is used as a tool for justice and where business delivers positive social impact. We work with a network of people whom we believe can change the world - activists working with storytellers and lawyers. While powerful on their own, we also look for opportunities for leaders to collaborate across portfolios.