Seven high achievers on our radar this month, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation shaking things up.

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A little more than a year ago, von Kühn moved to San Francisco from New York City after joining SFFILM as the organization’s Director of Artist Development. Her resume is impressive: As a top executive at the Tribeca Film Festival and a filmmaker in her own right, von Kühn has produced such films as 2016’s Burn Country, and recently directed an adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt in New York, London and Oslo with the National Theatre. Last month, she made two exciting moves: Skydiving over Mount Tam and announcing SFFILM Invest, a brand-new initiative with Cinereach in New York to cultivate a community of philanthropically-minded film investors in our region. “As a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, I can objectively say there is a real unique movement here and a desire and ability to truly lead,” says von Kühn, praising both the Bay Area’s values and risk-taking spirit.

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