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LISA RUSSELL FILMS


 

 

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LISA RUSSELL FILMS


 

 

Lisa Russell is an Emmy-winning filmmaker with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) who produces films and creative campaigns to increase public engagement and civic participation around global development issues.  She is also CEO/Founder of StoryShifter, launched during her TEDXJNJ Talk on Big Data in October 2016.

 

 

FILMMAKER

As Co-Founder of Governess Films, Lisa is often contracted by some of the world's leading UN/NGO agencies to produce films on pressing global development issues such as humanitarian crises, climate change and issues affecting women and girls.  She also conducts digital storytelling and narrative justice workshops both in the US and overseas.

www.GovernessFilms.com

CURATOR

As Founder of I Sell the Shadow, Lisa is building a global network of socially conscious artists who use their talent for the social good.  She curates artistic performances and creative workshops for high level events with partners including the Office of the UN's Secretary General, Office of the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, UN-DESA, Women Deliver, World YWCA, Sierra Club and many others.

www.ISelltheShadow.org

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SPEAKER

Lisa is a regularly sought after speaker at leading global health and innovation conferences where she speaks about her journey towards becoming a filmmaker, the role of artists in changing the narrative of global development and the need to promote narrative justice and responsible/ethical storytelling.  She has spoken at TEDxJNJ, Social Good Summit, Switchpoint, Unite for Sight, Women Deliver as well as many leading universities throughout the US.

Download Lisa's CV

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NICE TO MEET YOU


NICE TO MEET YOU


 
 

Yep, that's me...

And this picture pretty sums up my life for the past 12 years.  Artist/Filmmaker.  UN Curator.  

I started my career as a humanitarian aid worker but after working in Kosovo and Albania during the conflict in 1999, I witnessed the exploitation of the media in covering the war and it inspired me to want to become a filmmaker.  Since that time, I have worked tirelessly over the past 12 years producing advocacy videos on a range of topics related to global health and development.  I also was committed to bringing arts and creativity to the United Nations and the larger global development community.

Through building relationships with UN experts, learning the "UN language", producing films, curating artistic performances and workshops, and though building partnerships with different agencies, I have leveraged enough weight at this incredible institution to begin to build legitimate bridges between it and the dedicated and talented socially conscious artists around the world who I am honored to call my colleagues and friends.  They are joining me in a movement where artists are no longer just "token performers" but have a legitimate seat at the table as cultural diplomats.

My ultimate goal is to build a movement that leads to a UN arts department or an Arts Envoy position and the best way this can happen is through showcasing what socially conscious artists are capable of doing.

The following site has links to my initiatives but also has innovative ways to support my work and the network of people I am bringing with me on this journey.  I hope you can consider contributing to this movement.

With much gratitude,

Lisa

 

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER

 
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RECENT PROJECTS


RECENT PROJECTS


 
 
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STORYSHIFTER

StoryShifter (previously StoryHop) is a new software start up that was launched on Oct 6th during my TED Talk on Big Data with Johnson & Johnson.

StoryShifter is a highly curated entertainment portal where every post benefits the social good.  Using the principles of big data and the "Netflix model",  StoryShifter will collect and analyze content consumption against subsequent advocacy-oriented options to see what actually appeals to users and drives them to take action.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

RECENT FILMS

#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. Our mission is to recruit and mobilize socially conscious artists who are committed to using their talents for the social good.

"MOTHER'S CRY"

"Mother's Cry" is an award-winning short video featuring renowned youth poet, Savon Bartley that brings to life the issue of climate change by utilizing spoken word as its storytelling device.  "Mother's Cry" has been accepted into 15 environmental and social change film festivals thus far and screened at the UN for both the DPI Youth Briefing on Climate Change and for the 2016 International Day of the Youth.

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SOME SHOUT OUTS


SOME SHOUT OUTS


TESTMONIALS



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Clients & PARTNERS


Clients & PARTNERS


 

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Support


Support


DONATE
FUNDS

Supporting the work of an independent filmmaker/artist can lead to the development of new projects, more time for non-paid activities such as mentoring, speaking and meetings and can help with ensuring self care.  I am currently launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise seed funding to help launch and scale StoryShifter through collaborative ideation, marketing, legal guidance and fundraising.

Click here for LISA'S crowdfunding campaign


DONATE
EQUIPMENT

The equipment list for a one-person filmmaker can be quite extensive and new technology requires filmmakers to upgrade their gear often.  I am currently seeking support to acquire new camera gear including lenses, 360/vr camera equipment and a new laptop/desktop to accommodate increasing editing needs. 

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO LISA'S B&H WISHLIST


CONNECT
ME

Sometimes the best way to help someone is using the connections you have.  If you have a friend or colleague who is an investor, a funder, runs an accelerator program, someone who has extra office space, an accountant or publicist...all these individuals can help take an idea to full fledged company.  I'm ready.  Just get in touch. 

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Contact/BOOKING


Contact/BOOKING


GET IN TOUCH

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RYERSON STUDIOS

125 Ryerson Street
Brooklyn, NY11205

 

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