Joanna Plafsky, co-founder of the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts, is an international film producer, film distributor, and philanthropist.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, Achievements and Maharishi University of Management website
8 April 2019
Joanna Plafsky, a founder of Maharishi University of Management’s David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts, was executive producer of the film Skin, whose co-producers Guy Nativ and Jaime Ray Newman won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.
Joanna Plafsky is an international film producer, film distributor, and philanthropist. She was co-founder of Nu Image Films (now Millennium Films), which went on to become one of the biggest independent film producers in the world.
Her passion is supporting filmmaking that uplifts the human spirit and makes the world a better place to live.
Graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Joanna has a Master’s Degree in Film from Boston University.
Joanna began her career as Founder and President of Radiance Films International, a foreign sales and film distribution company. She co-produced and sold hundreds of films at the Cannes, Milan, and other international film festivals into the burgeoning worldwide home entertainment market.
In 2014 she founded the new David Lynch Masters in Film Program at Maharishi University of Management and actively serves to bring industry leaders to teach and mentor filmmaking students.
With the David Lynch Foundation, she produced the inspiring documentary Saving the Disposable Ones about Father Gabriel Mejia.
Ms. Plafsky is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and has collaborated with David Lynch Foundation TV on several projects.
She also serves on the board of the David Lynch Foundation to help bring the technique to schools and the less fortunate members of society in the United States and abroad.
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