Ana Blue Grillo is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and conservationist, who in 2019, calls Los Angeles home. Blue Grillo is a seasoned traveler with homes around the world. In the mid 90s, she began her freelance career with the Archdiocese in Baltimore, The Catholic Review, a weekly newspaper. Then after winning awards at Eddie Adams’ Barnstorm X workshop, Grillo went onto shoot for The New York Times, in Washington DC, during the Clinton Era.
In the 2010s, Grillo transitioned into Indie filmmaking and co-directed 2 feature documentary films. Her first film, “Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers,” toured the world over, screened in over 50 international film festivals, winning a special jury prize in Rio de Janeiro. On first digital release, Meet the Beavers held the top documentary spots on HULU for the 2014/15 holiday season. Meet the Beavers is still a film festival favorite around the world today. Www.meetthebeavers.com
Blue Grillo is also founder/director of Good Karma Projects: documentary filmmaking bootcamps for girls and women, of varying circumstances, while on yoga retreat. ** See 2015 GKP promo and “Nari Shakti: Women Power.” Trailers below.
In 2015, Grillo moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand and planned the 1st Good Karma Projects: Nari Shakti (Women Power.) The Assignment: Great Himalayan National Park and the Women of Thirtan Valley.
In June 2015, Grillo led the first Good Karma Projects, and sponsored 4 teenage girls from India and one elder artist from the USA. The GKPs ages ranged from 14 to 64 years young and old.
Together, with many local volunteers, a team of 13 produced GKP’s first short film, “Nari Shakti: Women of Tirthan Valley.” Nari Shakti or Women Power, is about the women of Tirthan Valley living on the buffer zones of the Great Himalayan National Park, a newly appointed World Heritage site in Northern India. Good Karma Projects tells Stories about micro-financing and small business enterprises. Stories filled with hopes and dreams for their daughters and sons’ futures. The film, “Nari Shakti: Women Power”, continues to inspire thousands of international dignitaries, government officials, local women, NGOs and travelers passing through the Great Himalayans, each year.
Grillo’s work in Asia now focuses on women, wild elephant conservation and mangrove reforestation projects. Grillo is now in production for 2 long term documentary films. “Kung and the Beehive Fence Solution,” is one film about the first beehive fences in Thailand and the 3 brilliant women who built them. These remarkable women save both human and elephant lives, using Scientific Innovation, Multi-key stakeholder collaboration and Bees. Farmer-Beekeper, Scientist Ranger and Student Conservationist…all 3 inspiring role models for the world to celebrate.
Former Gulf war USAF Airman of the Year, Honor Guard, Database Administrator and FWAM (fraud, waste and abuse monitor) for the US Air Force 6940th ESC, Blue Grillo shares this nonviolent conflict resolution, the Beehive Fence project, with hopes it’s scientific methodology can be used to lessen territorial disputes around the world.
To learn more about wild elephant conservation and the origins of the Beehive Fence Project, please visit Dr. Lucy King's Elephants and Bees Foundation, where the first beehive fences were researched, innovated and implemented, with collaboration from Disney Conservation Fund Scientist research teams. Their important work to save endangered elephants around the world continues today.
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Also, you can go to Antionette Vandewater's Bring the Elephant Home Foundation. Antoinette is a PhD student researching and working for wild elephant conservation in Asia and Africa.
More trailer teasers on youtube.
Always open to discuss collaborative projects. For inquiries, please email Blue Grillo directly at: Bluegrillo@icloud.com.
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The New York Times, The Archdioceses, Goodwill Industries, National Public Radio, National Association of Public Interest Law, Planned Parenthood, Institute of Human Virology: Dr. Robert Gallo, Deutsche Bank, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Marriott Hotels Thailand, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Baltimore schools (Law, Medicine, Social Work), Barnard College of Columbia University, Temple Hospital, North Charles Street Design, South Baltimore Homeless Shelter, Horizon's Foundation, Burning Man, The Center (SF LGBTIQ Center), various international magazines, books, web publications, films.
2015-2018 (IN PRODUCTION) - Kung and the Beehive Fence Solution, a conservation documentary film in production now. ROLES: Director, writer, producer, DP, audio, stills, research and development. ** Watch Trailers and teasers on YouTube today. https://youtu.be/HHYQUiWnHJ4
2010-2020 (in progress) “WHAT IS LOVE? SAN FRANCISCO: the MISSION.” What is Love? Is a long term documentary film in progress, inquiring about the definition Love across borders in the time of Gentrification and Prosperity. What is Love? is set to travel to different cities, villages, backroads, windy rivers and country lanes around the world. San Francisco, Rio De Janeiro, Chiang Mai, Berlin, Manali, Nairobi, Katmandhu, Bogotá and cities across Americas happening now... Watch: San Francisco teaser here on YouTube today.
Acting Out: 25 years of queer film and community in Hamburg, a documentary film produced by Aye Aye Film in Hamburg, Germany. Acting Out chronicles the 25 years of the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg and the community that made it one of the most appreciated queer film festivals in the world. Roles: co-director/writer, cinematographer, interviewer, audio recordist, Still photographer. www.ayeaye-film.de
2013 CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS (1ST CUT 2013 - TOP DOC ON HULU 2014/15 ~ AUDIENCE FAVE RIO 2013). Feature documentary film (runtime 60min.) by Ana Grillo and Beth Nelsen. Film has been selected in over 45 film festivals in 4 continents, won a Special Audience award in Rio de Janeiro. Up for redistribution, slated for director's cut and re-release. ** ROLES: Research&Development, CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, sound recordist, interviewer, web designer, graphic designer, still photographer. www.meetthebeavers.com
2014 - STICKS AND STONES, THE BAMBI LAKE STORY, a short documentary directed by Silas Howard. ROLES: CINEMATOGRAPHER, Audio, Still photographer. Frameline Completion fund award.
2014 - SAYAW, documentary film by Cecilio Asuncion. Behind the scenes documentary, video, photography.
2012 - WHAT'S THE T?, an award-winning documentary film by Cecilio Asuncion. Videographer.
2011 - RUNNING WITH JIM, a documentary film. Cinematographer, Photographer, Production assistant. Worked with David L. Brown, SF filmmaker and teacher.