DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: Kari Nevil
“Make the Movie” and “Support Your Community” are two mottos used by JuneBug Films, the company Kari Nevil founded out of her purple house in the Sunset District of San Francisco upon graduating with a BFA degree in Motion Pictures, Television & Acting and Advertising in 1990. At JuneBug Films, her goal is to maintain a balance between commerce and philanthropy, while making training, funding and work available to Bay Area artisans and craftspeople.
Kari has produced, written and directed feature films, documentaries, music videos and public service announcements in support of a myriad of causes. Recently, she mentored a crew of young filmmakers as they taped stories found in their own neighborhoods for the Cinequest Film Festival’s Picture the Possibilities program. Narrator Alec Baldwin explains that these films were made with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to show what life’s like for them on a daily basis. By that evening, Kari’s East Palo Alto crew had heard that a 19-year-old was murdered in the very spot where they had been shooting—a chilling reality, yet the youth were empowered by telling the truth about their surroundings. Picture the Possibilities ran at the Camera Theaters during this year’s festival and will be distributed through Cinequest online.
Kari has made working with nonprofit and educational institutions a priority with her production company, as well as keeping all production work local when possible. The JuneBug team (also known as the Buggers) has underwritten public service announcements (PSAs), documentaries, shorts and feature films for organizations such as AIDS Foundation, Adobe Youth Voices, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, George Lucas Foundation, Junior League of San Francisco with Mayor Willie Brown, Planned Parenthood, Sundance Institute and World Institute of Health, among many others.
The 2012 Alumni Award winners were honored at Spring Commencement May 25, 2012
See 2011 Alumni Award winners here.