Barbara Borenstein

Title: Producer and Director
Company: Master Productions Unlimited
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Barbara Borenstein, Producer and Director at Master Productions Unlimited, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Arts for dedication, achievements, and leadership in documentary filmmaking and fundraising.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology in 1978 from York University in Toronto, Ms. Borenstein later acquired a Master in Environmental Studies, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the same school in 1998. From 1980 to 2000 and 2009 to 2011, she excelled as a fundraiser for the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Greater Toronto and from 2004 to 2008 in business development for Index Media. In 2010, she formed her own production company, Master Productions Unlimited Inc.

In 2015, Ms. Borenstein, inspired by the return of a wallet she had lost, founded http://www.EverydayHeroes.Life, a web series and interactive global community that share films, photos, and stories that highlight ordinary people doing acts of kindness, caring and love. This initiative is changing the paradigm so that everyone can find their hero within. She additionally delivered a T-X talk on heroes at York University in 2016. She also was invited from Hot Docs as a delegate to Canada’s 150 at Sheffield Doc Fest 2017. Ms. Borenstein has been honored for her work with awards such as Global Excellence Awards for Best Impact Documentary Series from LUX Life Publications in 2021 and 2022, and the Best Interactive Community Heroism Documentary from Canadian Corporate Vision in 2022.

Ms. Borenstein’s journey in filmmaking began in 2009 when she produced a film about her beloved Father, Moshe, who passed in 2008. She worked with Youth Empowering Youth (YEY). They participated in a filmmaking/storytelling workshop in which young people talked about their struggles and shared their struggles to overcome issues with coming out gay, dealing with racism, rape, bullying, and suicide. It was done in the memory of her brother, who had tragically taken his own life. Ms. Borenstein worked with her local Rabbi to create David’s Shield, where youth were sent on missions to befriend their at-risk peers.

Ms. Borenstein considers her skill to see the missing pieces and take action on what is necessary. She lived in Vancouver in the 1990s and launched the Partnership Project, the goal of which was to bring together nonprofits and for-profit to benefit their communities. This was the first social marketing business to exist during that time, and everyone loved this novel approach.

Ms. Borenstein’s goal in the next five to ten years is to bring Everyday Heroes out into the world in a way that really helps people, especially youth. She wants young people to feel supported to share their much-needed skills to the world.

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