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BendFilm Makers Series // Join us as we talk with Portland-based director Skye Fitzgerald. Todd Looby and Skye discuss filmmaking, the harrowing experience of capturing the global refugee crisis and his recent filming in January and February. Skye's film LIFEBOAT won a special jury award at the 2018 Festival and we are thrilled to talk with him again.


About Skye Fitzgerald:

Fitzgerald is currently directing a trilogy of films on the global refugee crisis. The first, 50 FEET FROM SYRIA focused on doctors working on the Syrian border and was voted onto the Oscar® shortlist. The second, LIFEBOAT documents Search and Rescue operations off the coast of Libya and was nominated for an Academy Award® and national Emmy® award. The third, HUNGER WARD, just completed photography.


As a Fulbright Research Scholar Fitzgerald directed the film Bombhunters and has worked with the Sundance Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the State Department, the Paul Robeson Fund and Mountainfilm. As a Director of Photography, Fitzgerald lenses work for major clients including Dateline, VICE, Mercy Corps, CNN, the Discovery, Travel, History and Animal Planet Channels. Fitzgerald was recently inducted as an honorary member into SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) for his work with Syrian refugees and named a Distinguished Alumnus at his alma mater EOU for documentary work.

Fitzgerald is a proud new member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Year
    2020
  • Director
    Skye Fitzgerald