Patricia Finneran is a cultural curator, media and impact strategist, program director and moderator.
Patricia has led programs and teams at organizations including Doc Society, Sundance Institute, AFI (Silverdocs) and IFP. She founded Story Matters to produce content and programs that advance the power of film to create change. She has consulted to organizations including: CPH DOX, Harmony Institute, HotDocs, Kering, Results for America, and Alliance for Media Arts & Culture.
She currently leads Good Pitch Local in the US, a curated program of storytellers and change-makers. Created by Doc Society and produced with local partners, GPL facilitates radical collaboration around stories that matter to local audiences -and beyond -- in cities including Dallas, Detroit, Durham, Honolulu, Miami, and Philadelphia.
Patricia led SILVERDOCS: AFI / Discovery Channel Documentary Festival from 2003-08 where she expanded the festival to be the largest doc festival in the US, and created the International Documentary Conference. At Sundance Institute, she worked with the Documentary Film Program representing the Fund at festivals and markets around the world, and as Creative Producer on the Stories of Change, a partnership with Skoll Foundation. She was previously Artistic Director of the IFP Market.
Patricia has been privileged to work with deeply talented filmmakers to develop campaign and fundraising strategies, create customized content and activate impact campaigns. Lee Hirsh (Bully), David France & Howard Gertler (How To Survive a Plague), Nicole Newnham (The Revolutionary Optimists), and Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark (Tiny: the Life of Erin Blackwell), producers Lydia Dean Pilcher and Elizabeth Cuthrell (Sisterhood of Night), and producer Joslyn Barnes & author Andrew Friedman (Shadow World).
A seasoned curator and arts grant-maker, she also enjoys working with filmmakers such as Carol Dysinger (One Bullet Afghanistan) and Paula Vaccaro and Aaron Brookner (Uncle Howard) to develop funding strategies for their work.
Patricia is an Andover alumnus, she graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and went on to study film production at the American Film Institute,
She was a Ford Foundation Just Films Rockwood Leadership Fellow and was selected for the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program.