A storyteller at heart, Mari is in constant pursuit of ways to facilitate and visually translate the human experience. She's a 6-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker who specializes in documentary and non-fiction storytelling. Whether it’s putting a human face to the impacts of climate change, mountaineering through the North Cascades, or supporting educational opportunities for women from Afghanistan, Mari tells cinematic stories that have direct social, environmental, and personal impacts.

Mari is passionate about science communication and helping bridge the gap between scientists and communities, particularly through international collaboration. Currently she works as the Senior Videographer for Research Discovery & Innovation at the University of Arizona where she creates short films and video content supporting research endeavors. She also actively freelances and travels working with companies, non-profits, and individuals looking to harness the power of story. By utilizing the power of story, Mari helps audiences better connect to, understand, and implement brand messaging on a personal level.

Mari is continually seeking new opportunities to work, collaborate, and investigate new tales and territories. Let's explore together!   





• Official Selection National Geographic Short Film Showcase


• Photographer: News / Sports Emmy Award Winner

• Environment: News Single Story/Series/Feature/Program Feature Segment Nominee


• Human Interest: News Single Story/Series/Feature - Emmy Award Winner.

• Promotion Program: Single Spot or Image Emmy Award Nominee

• Footage featured on CNN and Today Show

• Featured filmmaker/case study in Ch. 14 of the 3rd edition of DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video. 


• Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs - Rocky Mountain Emmy Award Winner


• Photographer - Rocky Mountain Production Award Winner 

• Editor - Rocky Mountain Production Award Winner 

• News: General Assignment - Rocky Mountain Production Award Winner 

• BEA Festival of Media Arts Honorable Mention Short Form Documentary 

• Sedona International Film Festival

• Audience Choice Award 73 Hour Film Festival 


• Orpheum Theater Student Film Festival Winner

• Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival


• Audience Choice Award 73 Hour Film Festival 






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