Holly Ornstein Carter started her career as a journalist at The New York Times and has worked for 30 years as a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, fundraiser and non-profit leader. Before founding BYkids
, Holly ran the Global Film Initiative, a foundation bringing feature films from the developing world to major cultural institutions across the country in an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding. From 1999 to 2003, she produced Media Matters, a monthly PBS magazine show about journalism and concurrently worked as a consultant for The After-School Corporation. In 1999, Carter co-founded North Carolina’s Full Frame Festival, which has grown to become the largest documentary film festival in the world. Before that, Carter co-produced the award-winning documentary, Margaret Sanger, about the life and times of the pioneering birth control advocate. Nationally broadcast on PBS in 1998, this documentary won the Creative Excellence Award from the U.S. International Film and Video Festival and the Golden Apple Award from the National Educational Media Network. After she spent three years as a journalist and photographer in Korea, she started working for the New York Times where she received numerous awards, including a Publisher’s Award. An accomplished photographer, Carter’s work has appeared in solo shows at the Korean Consulate in New York, as part of a group show in Mexico City, and in several international publications.