There is a common thread among all of Neidan, Inc.’s projects and engagements: they involve out of the ordinary thinkers, creators, entrepreneurs, and researchers. Here are some of them.
DESMOND TUTU PEACE FOUNDATION
The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation is the only foundation in the United States incorporated by Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu. The mission of DTPF is to inspire young people to build a world of peace within themselves, peace between people, and peace among nations. The Foundation's programs are based on the teachings of the Archbishop who has dedicated his life to reshaping conversations about peace, equality, and forgiveness. The philosophy of Ubuntu guides every aspect of the Foundation's work, with its meaning of We are all connected. What affects one of us affects us all.
Jamie Gordon is an internationally recognized producer. She co-founded Fugitive Films in 2005 after running the Development Department of GreeneStreet Films (GSF) in New York City for six years. She also worked on several award-winning Hollywood feature films. During her employment with GreeneStreet Films, she championed the five-time Oscar-nominated “In the Bedroom” (Miramax) and produced both the critically acclaimed, award-winning “Pinero” (Miramax) and the box-office hit “swimfan” (20th Century Fox). She also co-produced “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Scarlett Johansson.
She is currently the Executive Producer of PBS’s multipart series, “A Path Appears,” based on the news book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, which recently aired to great acclaim. This follow-up series uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, as well as the effective solutions being implemented to combat them, and features celebrity advocates including Malin Akerman, Mia and Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd and Alfred Woodard. Previously, she executive produced PBS’s award-winning documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” The first installment featured America Ferrara, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde, as well as a number of inspiring thought leaders.
Christine Jones is a Tony-award winning set designer and the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Theatre for One, a portable private performing arts space for one actor and one audience member. Most recently she directed the sensational immersive nightclub dining experience, Queen of the Night, which New York Magazine has called the “Hottest Nightlife Experience in town”.
Jones specializes in creating intimate meaningful engagements between participants and performers through the manipulation of space and the crafting of event flow.
Her set design for American Idiot, A Punk Rock Musical directed by Michael Mayer, won the Tony Award for best set design in 2009, and in 2012, Jones made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera with her design for Rigoletto, set in 1960’s Las Vegas. Her Broadway credits include: Hands on a Hardbody; On a Clear Day; Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination); The Green Bird; Coraline; and Everyday Rapture. Jones has designed sets for The Book of Longing, based on the poems of Leonard Cohen, with music by Philip Glass (Lincoln Center Festival); The Onion Cellar, (Elliot Norton Award); which she co-created with director Marcus Stern and The Dresden Dolls; Much Ado About Nothing(Shakespeare in the Park); Burn This, starring Ed Norton, Catherine Keener, Ty Burrell and Dallas Roberts (Signature Theatre); and True Love, for which she created The Zipper space, infamous for its use of car seats in the audience.
In 2010, Jones was honored with an Award of Distinction from Montreal’s Concordia University. She has lectured at Princeton University and teaches at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.