Lisa becomes special writer for Huffington Post's Global Motherhood platform. Read her posts on artists and maternal health advocacy here.
Lisa to be featured speaker at IFP and United Nations Envision Film event April 10-11, 2013 in NYC.
Lisa curates Women Deliver Cinema Corner for the May 28-30, 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Lisa Russell is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who uses the power of film to explore and challenge social injustices that affect our collective humanity. Completing her Master's in Public Health degree in International Health in 1998, Lisa has since turned a lens to pressing global health and development topics that has taken her to shoots in some of the world's most remote locations. Some of Lisa's work has been broadcasted on public television (including PBS and Channel 4 London), while others are tied into advocacy, fundraising or legislative efforts with UN and international agencies. She actively screens her films around the country at universities, conferences, festivals and hill briefings and has reached thousands of students, young people and others to spark dialogue about U.S. responsibility in global affairs. In September 2005, Lisa collaborated with Grammy-nominated artist Zap Mama to create "The WOMAN Tour" - a 3-week nationwide initiative of film screenings and musical performances to increase awareness of global women's health. Lisa was chosen as one of 25 filmmakers for the National Black Programming Consortium's New Media Institute, is a two-time producer for WGBH's Lab Open Call and is a 2008 recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant and a Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media Grant. In May 2009, she won a Boston/New England Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity" category for her short film, "Bi-Racial Hair." Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, she is a teaching artist with Urban Word NYC, the city's leading non-profit providing workshops in spoken word poetry and creative writing for NYC teens.
"MOVE INTO THE LIGHT" (Post-Production)
A short film that follows an innovative program that brings solar power "suitcases" to seven maternity clinics through rural villages in Sierra Leone to improve maternal health.
"GIVE PEACE A CHANCE" (2012)
A music video for Sierra Leonean superstar group, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew to inspire youth to say no to violence and vote peacefully for their 2012 presidential elections.
"MOBILE PHONES + FISTULA: WHAT'S NEXT?" (2012)
A short film that profiles the CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that utilizes mobile phones to help identify and provide free transportation for women in remote areas living with a horrific childbearing injury called obstetric fistula. For UNFPA.
IN IT TO SAVE LIVES (2011)
A short film that tells the story of how governments and communities in Kenya and Swaziland have embraced voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) to turn the tide of the HIV epidemic in their countries. For AIDSTAR One, USAID and PEPFAR.
WHEN PEACE COMES (2010)
A short documentary film exploring gender issues in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants to be used as part of the 10-year review of Security Council Resolution 1325. For UN Women.
A new media site that unites artists and activists around the fight to improve maternal health. The site includes a "remixer" which allows users to make customized PSAs. With support from EngenderHealth, Ipas, UNFPA and Women Deliver.
YOUTH ZONES (2010)
A short film profiling youth in conflict and natural disasters (filmed in Northern Uganda, Liberia, Lebanon, Colombia and New Orleans.) For UNFPA and Women's Refugee Commission.
NOT YET RAIN (2009)
A short film on unsafe abortions in Ethiopia and the impact that the countryss recent change in legislation has on maternal mortality rates. For Ipas.
FREEDOM FROM FISTULA (2008)
A short film documenting the obstetric fistula program at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. For UNFPA.
WE WILL NOT DIE LIKE DOGS (2008)
Director / 2nd Editor
A one-hour documentary film profiling four African AIDS activists from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia. Broadcasted nationally on PBS' "AfroPop" series and online with SnagFilms.
LIBERIA??? CHECK! (2008)
A short fictional film with urban animation that asks the question, "what would Liberians say if they had a vote in the 2008 Presidential elections?"
BI-RACIAL HAIR (2007)
A film of the WGBH Lab that explores racial tension through the words and reenactment of 13-year old Zora Howard's poem of the same name. Broadcasted in February 2009 on Independent Lens. Winner of a Boston/New England Emmy Award.
MAMA MADOU (2007)
A five-minute film about Mama Madou, a 65 year old woman from the Eastern part of the DR Congo who has been living with obstetric fistula for over 40 years. For UNFPA.
SEEDS OF MALAWI (2006)
A short film that explores food insecurity and the impact it has on Malawi's AIDS orphans and infected adults. For Family Health International (FHI)
STOP AIDS: WHAT WILL YOU DO? (2006)
A short advocacy film and PSA highlighting AIDS and accountability. Filmmed at the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto. For the World AIDS Campaign.
LOVE, LABOR, LOSS (2005)
A 15-minute Advocacy Video profiling women in Niger, West Africa affected by obstetric fistula. With sponsorship from UNFPA, Global Health Council, EngenderHealth, International Center for Research and Women, Feminist Majority Foundation, One By One, and Women's Dignity Project.
SETTLING IN SEATTLE (2003)
A short film which profiles four refugee youth from Sudan, Kosovo, Iraq and Vietnam who have resettled in Seattle,WA. For the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
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