Lisa Russell, MPH is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, UN/NGO Storyteller and Artist Curator, 2x TEDx Speaker, Fulbright Specialist and Founder whose work lies at the intersection of arts, social justice and global development.
“An Erie Silence” is an independent feature length film currently in production.
The McBride Viaduct connects two of Erie, PA's poorest – and blackest – neighborhoods. The city is determined to demolish it. Local activists want to save it. "An Erie Silence" follows Erie's typically complacent residents as they raise their voices in a new civil rights case in the city that USA Today calls the “Worst City for Black Americans”.
3 women. 3 countries. 3 stories untold. Until now.
"Heroines of Health", a new film by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell and executive produced by GE Healthcare, provides an intimate look into the lives of three remarkable women - Dr. Sharmila (India), Mercy (Kenya) and Mrs. Rohani (Indonesia) - who have overcome incredible challenges to become life saving forces in their communities as women in global health.
"#Create2030" is a new advocacy video and create campaign produced with support of the UN's SDG Advocacy Group to engage artists in the SDGs. It's mission is to recruit and mobilize socially conscious artists who are committed to using their talents for the social good around the Global Goals. The film is narrated by Laolu with music by Ray Angry and features artists including Zap Mama, Toni Blackman, Bilal, Ivan Katz, Jared Green, Mari Malek, and others.
speaking at some of the leading UN/NGO gatherings, international conferences, and universities.
Her topics include:
Narrative Justice: Responsible Storytelling in Global Health
Changing the Narrative of Women and Girls
Engaging Artists and Creatives in the Global Good
TEDx Asbury Park in Asbury Park, NJ, USA
TEDx Johnson & Johnson in Philadelphia, PA, USA
World Conference on Creative Economy in Bali, Indonesia
4th World Conference on Media and Mass Communications in Bangkok, Thailand
ISNTD Conference in London, UK
Social Good Summit, NYC, USA
Switchpoint, NC, USA
Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Global Health Corps Training Institute at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism
National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
Timothy Global Health Annual Conference, Nashville, IN, USA
Harvard University, Yale University, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Smith College, Claremont College, Colorado State University, University of North Carolina, Duke University, Lehigh University, McGill University, Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, Wellesley University, Wisconsin College of Medicine, Boston University, Oberland University, Central Connecticut College, University of Texas School of Public Health, Baylor School of Medicine, Smith College, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Georgetown University, and others.
"Lisa Russell is a phenomenal speaker and inspirational role model for these students who want to emulate her and combine filmmaking/media with social justice issues/causes. As usual, she attracts an enthusiastic large group that wants to speak with her individually after the plenary."
- Faculty Advisor, National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism
"Lisa Russell really empowered me with her speech. I loved the insight she provided and it really changed my views on a lot of issues today. Her work ethic is very inspiring and I hope one day if I work in that field I can have as much drive and passion as her."
- Student, National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism
"I want to thank you for all your work with us on the Town Hall event. Both performances were incredible, the steppers a lively and engaging start to the show and Sore's spoken word piece was hugely powerful.”
- Sarah Brown, Global Education Advocate and President, TheirWorld