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James Redford is Founder and President of The James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the need for organ and tissue donation through film, educational outreach and the web. James founded the organization in 1995, two years after receiving a liver transplant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

To meet this goal, James Redford produced The Kindness of Strangers, a feature-length award-winning documentary film, which premiered on HBO; and Flow, a short drama targeted to high schools and community based youth programs. Flow is accompanied by an Educational Outreach Kit, which contains the video, lesson plans and support materials for high school teachers and community leaders. The Flow educational kits (distributed by the Coalition on Donation) have been enthusiastically received, and are currently in use in school systems, community organizations and youth groups across the country. The JRI web site has also been a resource for those seeking information about organ donation and those who have already been touched by transplantation and want to share their story, reaches thousands of people each week.

James Redford is currently producing a feature documentary about the Ramapough Mountain Tribe located in New Jersey. He recently made his feature film directorial debut with "Spin", starring Stanley Tucci, Ryan Merriman, Dana Delaney, Paula Garcés and Rubén Blades, based on his adaptation of the novel of the same name. "Spin" premiered as an official selection of the Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2004, prior to its US theatrical release. "Spin" won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival and will be seen this fall Showtime.

Redford also wrote the screenplays for Xavier Koller's "Cowboy Up" starring Kiefer Sutherland, Darryl Hannah and Pete Postlethwaite and "Skinwalkers" - director Chris Eyre's PBS/Mystery movie that was one of the highest rated PBS programs of 2002.

Redford has written screenplays for such production companies as Universal Pictures, Blackbird films, and South Fork Pictures. The Acting Thing, for which he wrote the screenplay, was named best comedic short film at the Houston Film Festival and premiered on the Sundance Channel. He produced the documentary, The Kindness of Strangers, which aired on HBO and won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Chicago Alternative Film Festival.

Redford was Writer-in-Residence at the New Harmony Project in New Hampshire, and has been a correspondent for Rolling Stock Literary Review. Redford is also president of the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, which he founded in 1995, following his liver transplant. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to educating the public about the need for organ and tissue donation.

Jamie holds a Bachelor's degree in creative writing and film from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master's degree in literature from Northwestern University. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife and two children.

Annie Aft is the Executive Director of The James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness (JRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to producing and distributing public awareness and education materials.

Annie first joined JRI in December of 1996 as Managing Director of Marketing and Development. Annie is the event manager for SIMPLY SHAKEPSEARE, a staged reading, co-chaired by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, designed to raise awareness and funds for the programs of Shakespeare Festival/LA. Annie has also worked in marketing and development for Operation Smile (Los Angeles Chapter) a nonprofit organization devoted to fixing facial deformities on underprivileged children around the world, and The Children's Dental Center (Inglewood, CA), which provides dental care to children of the working poor. Annie crafted her skills in the advertising community in New York and Los Angeles. Annie spent five years with the international advertising agency, OGILVY & MATHER as Assistant Media Director where she developed and implemented media plans (national & regional) encompassing TV, Radio, Print, Cable, Outdoor and Trade.

Previously, Annie has worked on a variety of accounts including, Mercedes-Benz, American Express, Paramount's Great America, Korean Air, AAA, Young Musicians Foundation, Domestic Violence Council, Schieffelin & Somerset, Contel Telecommunications, and the NYSE.

Annie graduated from SMITH COLLEGE, in Northampton, MA with majors in Developmental Psychology and Theatre Performance. She sits on the Board of Directors of Caring for Children & Families with AIDS.

Jo Townson is the Web Content Developer for the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness. She has researched, developed and written content for numerous print, video, and new media projects. Her past experience includes working as Associate Producer for the New York-based Clio Inc., Visualizing History where she associate produced FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM, an educational video about the history of African-Americans, THE PEOPLE'S HALL OF FAME, an interactive museum kiosk permanently installed at the Museum for the City of New York, and POV's THE LEGACY: MURDER & MEDIA, POLITICS & PRISONS web site. In addition to JRI, Jo currently develops clinical risk management courses for physicians at NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company.

Judith Rose Chlipala is JRI's current website designer. Judith is also the founder of The Kindness of Strangers, a California Nonprofit Corporation which was created to enhance the Internet presence of other nonprofit organizations. Judith also worked as Quality Assurance Coordinator and QA Lead Tester for Activision Studios. She was responsible for supervising and testing computer games and was involved in Mechwarrior II, NetMech, GhostBear and Mercenaries series, Zork: Nemesis, and Shanghai Great Moments. She also created the internal Quality Assurance website. Prior to Activision Judith worked in the Licensing office of Cathy Guisewite, creator of the "Cathy" cartoon as Office Manager and Personal Assistant.

Sofia Nuñez is JRI's accounting manager during the past ten years since the organization's inception, rendering her services for 20 years through Corporate Management Group, Inc., a business management firm. Sofia maintains accounting records for multiple clients including high net-worth individuals, corporations, trusts and foundations.

Sofia is the event administrator for SIMPLY SHAKESPEARE, a staged reading, co-chaired by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, which is designed to raise awareness and funds for the programs of Shakespeare Festival/LA.

Sofia's voluntary efforts have encompassed charitable organizations and hospitals and helping out friends with their film projects. Sofia's current interests include learning the development processes of nonprofit organizations and lending her support at charitable events and fundraiser's.


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