Elizabeth Woodward
Founder and Producer

WILLA

Elizabeth Woodward is a producer of documentary and narrative films, and founder of WILLA.

She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, DOC NYC 40 Under 40, Berlinale Talents, and is an Impact Partners Producers Fellow and a Sundance Catalyst Fellow. Her recent films include ANOTHER BODY (SXSW Special Jury Award, Sundance Catalyst), YOU RESEMBLE ME (Venice Film Festival, executive produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Alma Har’el, Riz Ahmed) and ON THE DIVIDE (Tribeca Film Festival, POV on PBS). Other notable projects include Netflix’s THE GREAT HACK (Academy Award shortlist, Emmy nominee, BAFTA nominee, Sundance Film Festival), HBO’s hit series THE VOW: A NXIVM STORY (New York Times Best TV Shows of 2020), a VR experience PERSUASION MACHINES (Sundance New Frontier, SXSW).

Her films have been supported by Sundance Institute, Impact Partners, Chicken and Egg, Film Independent, Field of Vision, The Gotham, New York Foundation for the Arts, the International Documentary Association, among others. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations Young Professionals Group, the Documentary Producers Alliance, and the Frontline Club.

Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from Brown University and received a masters with distinction from the University of Cambridge. She speaks fluent French and proficient Italian.

TEAM

 

Avery McCann

Co-Producer

 

Avery started her career in documentary film as the Chief of Staff for Amy Berg’s Disarming Films (DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WEST OF MEMPHIS) where she worked on THE CASE AGAINST ADNAN SYED (HBO) and DOGS (Netflix). After working at Disarming Films and prior to joining WILLA, Avery worked on projects including Lisa Cortés’s EMPIRE OF EBONY (currently in post production) with Roger Ross Williams’ One Story Up.

Now Avery is Staff Co-Producer of WILLA and of ANOTHER BODY (SXSW Special Jury Award, Sundance Catalyst). As Staff Co-Producer Avery manages the WILLA team and coordination efforts for projects throughout all stages of production, ranging from pre-production grant writing and research, production field producing and shoot management, as well as post production needs such as deliveries and legal requirements as it relates to archival and music licensing.

Avery attended Dartmouth College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Outside of her passion for social driven documentaries, Avery is a voracious reader and cultural enthusiast – as a recent transplant to Baltimore, you will probably find her hunting for the latest exhibits and restaurant openings, but more often than not chasing around her new puppy.

Marina Hunt

Associate Producer

 

Marina Hunt is an Associate Producer at WILLA supporting projects across the slate. She was Associate Producer on ANOTHER BODY (SXSW Special Jury Award, Sundance Catalyst) and a Distribution Coordinator on Dina Amer’s YOU RESEMBLE ME (Venice Film Festival, Executive Produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Alma Har’el, Riz Ahmed).

Marina previously worked for award-winning directors Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s company Break Thru Films (Netflix’s Emmy Nominated REVERSING ROE, Film Independent Spirit Award and Emmy Nominated THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT, Emmy and Gotham nominated THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK), where she conducted research and wrote pitch materials for documentary films & series in development, and liaised between Break Thru Films and its collaborators. She got her start working at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she developed multimedia content on subjects relating to international relations and governance for the CFR’s World 101 website.

Marina attended Brown University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and contributed to a year-long investigative reporting project led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tracy Breton, published in The Providence Journal and The Public’s Radio. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Sara Ghadimi

Production & Distribution Coordinator

 

Sara joined WILLA in September of 2022 to assist in the independent distribution effort for Dina Amer’s YOU RESEMBLE ME (Venice Film Festival, Executive Produced by Spike Lee, Spike Jonze, Alma Har’el, Riz Ahmed). Since the distribution of Amer’s debut, Sara worked on ANOTHER BODY (SXSW Special Jury Award, Sundance Catalyst) as a Production Coordinator, WILLA’s latest documentary which premiered at SXSW in March of 2023. She participates in the full slate of the WILLA projects and continues to be exposed to new sides of filmmaking and releasing.

Sara graduated cum laude from McGill University in Montreal, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. Since joining WILLA, Sara has been able to bridge her passion for policy and the championing of social rights with filmmaking. She speaks fluent Italian and French.