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I'm a New York City-based documentary filmmaker and freelance non-fiction video producer-director, cinematographer and editor. I tell stories about identity and social change with a focus on people and communities of color.

I earned my B.A. from Columbia University, and an M.A. in Journalism from New York University, with a concentration in Documentary Film. My thesis documentary, School of Yoga, screened at the 2015 DOC NYC film festival student showcase, and my student-produced PBS NewsHour feature on gender parity efforts in Senegalese government was awarded the 2015 National Mark of Excellence Award by the Society of Professional Journalists.

From 2014 - 2018 I was a Producer at CNN, where I created, produced, directed, shot and edited acclaimed original digital video series, documentaries and multimedia interactives, including The Feminist on Cellblock Y (2018 Eppy Award Finalist), Women Who March (2018 Webby Award Honoree, 2017 Eppy Award Finalist), Women Who March: The Movement (2018 Eppy Award Winner)This Is Birth with Lisa Ling (2017 Namic Vision Award Nominee), This Is Sex with Lisa Ling (2018 Namic Vision Award Nominee)Unstereotyped and the 2016 News & Documentary Emmy-nominated Feeding America's Most Vulnerable Children

Let’s collaborate: contessa@cocomotionpictures.com.

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