1. Christie E. Herring, Producer/Director

    Christie Herring is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker with a strong interest in social justice topics and the human stories behind them. No stranger to politics, Herring grew up working on campaigns for public office in Mississippi. Her first film, Waking in Mississippi, focuses on a wildly controversial political race in her home town: the 1994 election of the town’s first black mayor — a match that ended in the threat of a race riot. Her popular short films have shown at festivals around the world and have been featured by PBS regionally and online. Bodies and Souls explores the community work of Sister Manette, a Catholic nun who provides the only healthcare in an isolated town in the Mississippi Delta. Chickens in the City is a humorous, chicken-eye view at the differences between pets and food. Howdy Partner is a meditation on the meaning of the word “partner” inside and outside of romantic relationships. In addition to her work as a director, Herring has produced, edited, and researched films with PBS, National Geographic, A&E, MBC1, and the History Channel. She produces and edits films for nonprofit and corporate clients including SFMOMA, Levi Strauss & Co., UC Berkeley, Breakthrough Collaborative, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, Michigan Forward, and the Mississippi Center for Justice. Herring’s undergraduate degree is from Duke University, and she received her MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University.