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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'd love to hear from you.
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