About Me

Cinematographer. Filmmaker. Storyteller. 

A storyteller at heart, Mari is in constant pursuit of ways to visually translate the human experience. She is an 8-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 researchers and the communities they inform. She is particularly impassioned through international collaboration. Currently she works as the Senior Videographer for Research, Impact & Innovation at the University of Arizona where she creates short documentaries and video content supporting research endeavors. She continues to actively freelance and travel working with companies, non-profits, and individuals looking to harness the power of a story. Through character-driven content, 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!  

Awards

Rocky Mountain Emmy Winner

National Geographic Short Film Showcase

Sedona International Film Festival

Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

 

2019

Photographer News / Sports Winner

Director - Non-Live (Post Produced) Winner 

Environmental News Nominee  

2018

Photographer News / Sports Winner

Environmental News Nominee  

 

2017

Human Interest News Single Story Winner

Promotion Program: Single Spot Nominee

2015

Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs Winner

2014

Photographer: News Single Story Winner

Editor: Winner

News: General Assignment Winner 

Festivals/Recognition  

2019

Official Selection National Geographic Short Film Showcase 

Climate Space; Milan, Italy 

2018

Tucson Festival of Books Panelist:

“Books and Movies Designed to Change the World”  

Speaker/Film Screening: 

"How a Changing Climate Affects

Traditional Crops and Culture"

2017

Featured Filmmaker/Case Study Ch. 14,  3rd edition of DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video  

2014

Sedona International Film Festival

BEA Festival of Media Arts

73 Hour Film Festival: Audience Choice 

 

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