Meet the Team
Founder | Chief Impact Officer
Naomi McDougall Jones
Naomi is a storyteller and changemaker. She has written, acted in, and produced two award-winning feature films. The first, IMAGINE I’M BEAUTIFUL (2014), collected 12 awards on the film festival circuit before receiving a theatrical and digital distribution deal and is now available on AmazonPrime. Her second feature, BITE ME (2019), was released via a paradigm-shifting 3 month, 51 screening, 40 city Joyful Vampire Tour of America that took the country by storm, and is now available on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon. She is currently at work on her next two feature films, HAMMOND CASTLE, for which she received the honor of being the first artist in residence at the final home of Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley, Idaho, and THE CONTROL ROOM, a psycho-sexual thriller she has co-written with Christian Coulson. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. Her writing on this has appeared in The Atlantic, Ms. Magazine, and Salon.com and she gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. Naomi’s first book, The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood, debuted as a #1 Amazon bestseller and received an electric critical response, with The Christian Science Monitor calling it, “...an outpouring of passion that will change the ways in which movies are seen,” and is now available wherever books are sold. Naomi is currently at work on her second book, Light in Broken Places: What I Learned about Womanhood, Whiteness, and Writing from the Ghost of Ernest Hemingway. More at www.naomimcdougalljones.com.
Founder | Co-Head of Film
Caitlin Gold is a New York based producer. She began producing in 2012 with her first feature film, Naomi McDougall Jones’ debut, IMAGINE I’M BEAUTIFUL, released by Screen Media. With a particular fondness for working with first-time filmmakers, she went on to produce both Julia Kots’ and Catherine Eaton’s debut films, INEZ & DOUG & KIRA (starring Michael Chernus and Tawny Cypress) and THE SOUNDING (starring Teddy Sears and Harris Yulin). She co-produced one of 2020’s highest rated Canadian true crime series, THE OLAND MURDER, available to stream on Sundance Now. In 2018, she founded Tanbark Pictures, a development and production company creating artistically ambitious character-driven films while working alongside some of the industry's most exciting new and underrepresented voices. Next up, she is executive producing Tina Satter’s feature debut REALITY, starring Sydney Sweeney and world premiering at Berlin ‘23. Caitlin is a proud founder of The 51 Fund. On behalf of The 51 Fund, she serves as an Executive Producer on Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt’s documentary feature CUSP, which premiered in competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Showtime. Next up, she is executive producing Lisa D'Apolito's Shari Lewis documentary, SHARI & LAMB CHOP, as well as Noora Niasari's feature directorial debut, SHAYDA (Premiering Sundance '23, World Cinema Dramatic Competition) alongside Cate Blanchett and Dirty Films. Previously, she worked in distribution and acquisitions at Candy Factory Films, Lionsgate, and Seed&Spark.
Founder | Head of Investor Relations
Lois Scott is a senior finance executive, entrepreneur and civic leader. She is a founder of The 51 Fund and Executive Producer on SHAYDA and A HOUSE DIVIDED. Lois’ functional experience includes financial and business strategy, driving revenue growth and profitability, investor relations, financial turnarounds, and asset and liability management. From 2011-2015, Lois served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Chicago, the first woman to ever serve in that capacity. Lois and the City’s finance team were responsible for an annual budget of $7.5 billion and assets of $32 billion. Lois brought corporate-style investor relations and enhanced disclosure to municipal government, launching the City’s annual investor conference in 2011. Lois oversaw bank relationships, providing $6 billion of credit, with the largest banks in the world and worked with 67 investment banking firms. She served as trustee on two public pension funds and the largest 403(B) plan in the country. From 2002-2011, Lois was CEO of a financial advisory firm with offices throughout the US that served large corporate, governmental, and non-profit clients. Prior to that, she served as President and Vice Chair of a technology company that provided services to schools in 26 states. In that role, she recruited the management team, led its efforts to raise $23 million in equity. She was named a White House Fellow in 1996 and chaired the Management Committee of the Export-Import Bank for the United States.
Founder | Co-Head of Film
Lindsay Lanzillotta is an Los Angeles based producer who has embarked on a career of supporting filmmakers and discovering new talent. Notable producing credits include: Lee Toland Krieger’s THE VICIOUS KIND,which was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards; Karyn Kusama’s return to independent filmmaking with THE INVITATION, featured on many top ten lists of horror/thrillers in 2016, premiering at SXSW and released by Drafthouse and Netflix; The dramatic pilot DELIVERY GIRL with writer/director Kate Krieger, which premiered at Sundance 2019; The SXSW comedy feature SPIN ME ROUND with Limelight and Duplass Brothers Productions starring Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza which sold to AMC/IFC. Lindsay is a proud founder of The 51 Fund and co-head of film. The fund's first investment CUSP premiered at Sundance 2021 and won the Emerging Filmmaker Jury Prize before selling to Showtime. Lindsay serves as an EP for the upcoming SHARI & LAMBCHOP, HOUSE DIVIDED and SHAYDA, the first narrative feature from The 51 Fund premiering in competition at Sundance 2023. Lindsay continues to develop TV and film with her partner, Deniz Gumustas, at Brave Jayne Films, established in 2021.