More Than Movies

aka Shine Global Inc   |   NEW YORK, NY   |


Shine Global gives voice to children and their families by telling stories of their resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change.

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Executive Director

Dr. Susan MacLaury

Main address

350 W 42nd St - 33B


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Film, Video (A31)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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The film created in 2007 focused on the stories of three children in the war zone of northern Uganda.  Despite their terrible stories and devastating experiences, they and other other children in the refugee camp were able to find joy in the national dance competition.
War/Dance won numerous awards including Sundance Directors Award for a documentary and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary

Population(s) Served

The Harvest documents the lives of children migrant farm laborers in the US and the hardships they face working long hours in the fields, missing school, and being exposed to dangerous pesticides.
Directed by U Roberto Romano, The Harvest is set to premier in winter 2011

Population(s) Served

Academy Award winner INOCENTE is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a 15-year old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her – her dreams do.

Population(s) Served

1 WAY UP in 3D, is the story of Tre and Quillan, two teenage boys on the road to the BMX World Championships. They hope to escape one of the toughest gang neighborhoods in London with the only thing they have – a bike.

* 1 Way Up in 3D demonstrates the universal power of sports to transform children’s lives.

* According to Jardine Finn, the Sports Development Manager for a London borough: ”The local councillors had some reservations about a BMX project being developed in H&F [Hammersmith & Fulham borough]. After seeing the video [of 1 Way Up] and the positive activity and smiling faces they knew that this could be a great opportunity for local young people.”

* The new track was officially unveiled in June 2014 and is open to all BMX riders, including the local BMX Club that was just established!

* Joe McTague, the Programme Leader at UK charity Access Sport says, “We regularly use the footage from 1 Way Up to enthuse people about BMX. Whilst shaping phase 2 of the BMX Legacy Project the use of this trailer contributed greatly to 7 different London boroughs joining in partnership with Access Sport to develop a BMX club in their borough. 1 Way Up demonstrates what can be achieved when you empower inspirational local people, a message at the heart of what Access Sport is all about.”

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A charismatic activist leads a globally-regarded NGO that provides shelter and education for girls rescued from brothels in Northern Thailand. But as the filmmakers meet the girls and their families, discrepancies begin to emerge and the story takes an unexpected turn.

The Wrong Light explores the exploitation and misrepresentation of young girls in Thailand. The outreach and engagement work will explore the broader issues of exploitation and lack of transparency at all levels of the global aid system. The campaign will support a shift in how journalists, the wider media, non-profit organizations, individual donors, fundraisers, decision-makers in the global aid and development industry, and documentary filmmakers understand and work towards narrative authenticity and integrity.

Population(s) Served

In DANCING IN JAFFA, produced in association with kNow Productions and Tiara Blu Films, meet the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Israeli 10-year olds who, despite being taught to hate one another, have the courage to partner together in a dance competition in Jaffa, Israel.

Population(s) Served

TRE MAISON DASAN is a story that explores parental incarceration through the eyes of three boys. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood marked by the criminal justice system, and told directly through the child’s perspective, the film unveils the challenges of growing up and what it means to become a man in America. Hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and ending with tremendous hope, Tre, Maison and Dasan’s lives are stories of growing up, struggle, loss, empathy, positivity, resilience and unconditional love.

Produced in Association with Shine Global.

Although a bi-partisan, national conversation around incarceration in American has been raging, the population of children affected by their parent’s incarceration has remained largely ignored. As “law and order” policies are once again promised by a new administration, the voices of children must be an instrumental component of the conversation moving forward. Beyond generational incarceration, parental incarceration is at the core of many issues including child poverty, high school drop out rates, drug abuse and others at the forefront of youth-issues in America. Tre, Maison, Dasan will be a critical immersion into how these separate systems interact within the lives of these three boys.

One in fourteen children have or have had a parent in prison. They represent the future of our country, the lasting affects of our vast incarceration system, and a chance to break a seemingly endless cycle of racism and imprisonment. Often we tell stories about children through a top down perspective, influenced by what we (adults) “know” about their psychology and how their lives will unfold. Children are critical thinkers and feelers, innocent to the boxes that society will eventually force them to conform to – race, gender, mental health, and socio-economic status. There is a desperate need for a film, and a practice, that allows the children to speak for themselves, and fully represents the experience for others living with an incarcerated parent.

Population(s) Served

In this documentary/animated film, a talented group of orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to write an original African tale about Liyana, a girl on a dangerous quest. Inspired by the children’s darkest memories and brightest dreams, their fictional character’s journey reveals parallels between her fate and that of the young storytellers. Produced in Association with Shine Global.

We want to encourage young people to make their voices heard, and to unite their communities as they look for world-changing solutions within themselves. This shift in perspective will also apply to key players in the NGO world as they examine their own practices and help to increase respect and reduce stigma about the people they serve. Ultimately our goal is to use the power of storytelling to dispel misconceptions about vulnerable African populations from the outside, as well as improve the confidence in their own potential to help others and to make the world a better place.

• Graphic novel of Liyana’s story
• Educational materials & discussion guides
• Solar powered screening tour across Southern Africa
• Screenings for underserved communities in the US
• Storytelling workshops & live performances

Population(s) Served

A documentary about unlikely allies in Richmond, VA who partner to transform the juvenile justice system and stop mass incarceration. In the film, we meet Sid, Taee, and AR, three teens currently being held in a Richmond, VA detention center who are offered the chance to become activists speaking truth to power. Participating in a local arts organizations’ program, Performing Statistics, they are taught by different artists to deliver their powerful, authentic messages to the public, law enforcement, and government officials using their art, including a virtual reality jail cell they’ve helped create. Directed by André Robert Lee.

Every year about 300,000 kids are confined in youth detention in the US, limiting their potential to succeed in life.

70-80% will be re-arrested within 2 or 3 years of being released
Nearly ⅔ will never complete high school.

Population(s) Served

In Homefront, three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and together journey toward collective healing.

Homefront is part of the Sesame Workshop documentary series Through Our Eyes.
In the US, more than three million children live in homes with servicemembers and veterans who rely on caregiver support. Gabby, Terry, and Luther all have parents who were injured while serving, and each family has found a way to heal the wounds of war.

Directed by Kristi Jacobson
Produced by Alexandra Blaney and Netsanet Negussie
Produced by Sesame Workshop in Association with Shine Global
Now Streaming on HBOMax

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Children and youth

Where we work


Best Documentary Short Subject 2013

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

UNICEF Special Award 2012

EBS International Documentary Film Festival

Emmy Award Nomination 2013

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Affiliations & memberships

Social Impact Media Awards - Production Company Finalist 2020

Social Impact Media Awards - Production Company Finalist 2021

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Shine makes theatrically cinematic films that empower children to tell their stories in a manner that reveals hope within horror. Beyond providing viewers with an emotional film experience, we intend to move them to social action through our partnerships with non-profits working with the children documented.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback



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Board of directors
as of 11/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Albie Hecht

Susan MacLaury

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Shine Global

Keith Brown

Producer, Firelight Media

Marilyn DeLuca

PhD, RN Consultant, Healthcare, Policy & Philanthropy Assistant Professor, School of Medicine & Associate Professor, College of Nursing, NYU

Dario Spina

CMO, Viacom Velocity

Albie Hecht


William MacArthur

Brooksville Fund Inc

Harshada Jadhav

Director Analytics, Enterprise Digital & Analytics, American Express Corp

Arthur Hatzopoulos

Retired Financial Services Executive

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/19/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.