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Atlanta filmmaker joins School’s Board of Advisors

Carolina alumna Ellen Barnard, executive producer at Tomorrow Pictures in Atlanta, has joined the School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors.

Barnard runs the 15-year-old production company with her business partner, making projects that have been recognized by film festivals from London to San Francisco. The firm has worked for giants like Coca-Cola and Chevy, with many small businesses, with resorts like The Venetian in Las Vegas, and with government organizations such as the Veteran’s Administration. They do a lot of projects with healthcare clients, with schools of public health, universities, children’s hospitals, and nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. They produce TV commercials and a weekly TV series in Atlanta about restaurants and chefs. Their latest documentary is about a counter sit-in in 1961, and is running on PBS stations across the country.

In Atlanta, she has served on the board of the Special Olympics of Georgia, worked as a volunteer with Project Open Hand (like Meals on Wheels), and sponsored Earth Share of Georgia with production and media services.

Barnard is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in History (’88), and Emory University with an M.A. in social and cultural history.

The purpose of the Board of Advisors is to help the School of Social Work enhance the perception of the social work profession and promote the stature of the School by assuring that the School offers the highest quality in social work education and responsive service to the people of North Carolina. Currently 50 professionals are serving on the board, which meets twice a year in the spring and fall.