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Susan MacLaury to Retire as Executive Director of Shine Global, Transitioning to Senior Advisor and Board Member; Alexandra Blaney and Francile Albright Mullen Appointed as Co-CEOs

Susan MacLaury, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shine Global, the award-winning non-profit media company that improves children’s lives by telling powerful stories, has announced her retirement. After 19 years of leading the organization, MacLaury will transition to a senior advisor role and continue to serve on Shine Global’s Board of Directors as the organization changes to a co-leadership model led by Alexandra Blaney and Francile Albright Mullen.



Shine Global Is Celebrating Children’s Resilience with Indy Shorts Featuring 6 Inspirational Films At This Year’s Festival

Shine Global is delighted to announce our films Comedy Against the Odds and Anuja are official selections at the 2024 Indy Shorts International Film Festival as well as share the four finalist short films in the Spotlight: Children’s Resilience program that are eligible for the Shine Global Children’s Resilience in Short Film Prize.



Los Frikis Receives Shine Global Children’s Resilience in Screenwriting Award at 2024 Nantucket Film Festival

Nantucket Film Festival announced that the feature film Los Frikis, written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, has been honored with the Shine Global Children’s Resilience in Screenwriting Award. This new prize is given to a film with outstanding storytelling that effectively portrays the resilience and strength of children and young people. 



Shine Global Boards Live-Action Short Film Anuja

Shine Global has boarded its first live-action fiction project, Anuja a short film exploring themes of child labor and girls education, written and directed by Adam J. Graves.

Through Our Eyes: Homefront to Broadcast on PBS in May

Audiences across the US now have the opportunity to experience the powerful documentary film “Through Our Eyes: Homefront” directed by Kristi Jacobson and produced with Sesame Workshop about military families on and public television stations nationwide (check local listings).

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Shine Global is a non-profit media company. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children and their families. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.


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Our Latest Films

Shine Global’s mission is to improve the lives of children by telling powerful stories that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change​.

Comedy Against the Odds

10-year-old Austin has Autism. He’s also an aspiring stand-up comic. This short documentary spotlights the struggle of growing up with labels, and how Austin uses comedy to embrace and overcome them.  More Info

Home is Somwhere Else

Home is Somewhere Else

An animated feature documentary providing a window into the hearts and minds of ​​immigrant youth and their undocumented families. This 2D feature “animentary” features three personal stories about immigrant youth to highlight the complexities and challenges they face today. Voiced by the actual children and their families, the stories are woven together by spoken word poet Lalo “El Deportee.” Now booking screenings for schools and communities.
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From This Small Place

A six-year-old boy named Hossain grows up in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh as the Rohingya refugee crisis becomes increasingly dangerous. Hossain arrived at the refugee camps in Bangladesh with his parents and six siblings in August 2017 along with approximately 800,000 other people when violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar escalated. These refugees are at the frontlines of the most urgent challenges facing humans today, including: hate, climate change, poverty, xenophobia, and immigration. Now screening in film festivals.  More Info