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Caroline Baron  

Award-Winning Producer & Founder, FilmAid

An influential producer and activist, Caroline Baron is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated businesswomen. Having most recently produced the Oscar nominated film Capote, Baron’s many credits include the cross-cultural hit Monsoon Wedding, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and numerous awards worldwide.

Baron began her career as the production manager on the cult classic film, The Toxic Avenger. Over the years, she has served as the associate producer for the hit television series The Wonder Years and co-produced such films as Center Stage, Flawless, Addicted to Love, The Santa Clause, and Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra. She also produced the miniseries Witness to the Mob with Robert DeNiro.

However, Baron is remarkable for more than just her production credits. Tapping into her Jewish roots, Baron lives by the Hebrew phrase “Tikkun Olam” or “repairing the world.” In 1999, motivated by reports of families who fled their homes in Kosovo to seek refuge in crowded camps in Macedonia, she founded the nonprofit organization FilmAid International. FilmAid’s programs provide life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, landmine awareness, health and hygiene, women’s rights, and conflict resolution. The programs ease psychological suffering, foster understanding, engage the mind and spark the imagination. FilmAid currently reaches hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya and Tanzania.

In 2005, Baron founded A-Line Pictures with her husband and producing partner Anthony Weintraub. A-Line is currently developing a number of films including adaptations of two non-fiction books, Blackwater, an alarming look into the country’s largest private military contractor, and Dangerous Doses, an expose of counterfeit medicine in the United States.

Baron has won several awards for her work, including an Independent Spirit Producers Award for Capote, an Emmy Award for her work on The Wonder Years, and the 2006 Vision Producer of Excellence Award for Capote. She has received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chapman University and the 2008 alumni achievement award from Brandeis University.


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FilmAid: A Means to Making the World a Better Place

Projecting Hope & Changing Lives Through the Power of Film

Using Social Media to Effect Social Change

Being a Woman in This World

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