In the 90s, Ana began her career as photojournalist for the New York Times in the Washington DC Bureau. She covered major historical events, spot news and created environmental portraits for a variety of clients. Ana created photos for magazines, newspapers, graphic design houses, for commercial, editorial and non-profit publications. Her photographs have appeared in international magazines, university brochures, annual reports, fine art exhibits, books and various publications around the world.
Today, Ana shoots digitally with DSLRs, Drones, iPhones and GoPros working as a camera woman for documentary films and videos, as well as, still photography. Ana is known for her strong portraits, artful cinematography and intimate interviews. Her work primarily focuses on women, environmental issues, wild elephant conservation and inspiring people with stories to tell. As founder/director of the Good Karma Projects, volunteer-based yoga retreats / media making missions, Ana directs small teams and leads documentary filmmaking workshops that produce short films about women, by women and for humanity.
Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Ana is passionate about documenting mangrove forests and the women conservationists who protect them. She also volunteers for Bring the Elephant Home Foundation to promote the Beehive Fence project that helps solve HEC (human-elephant conflict) one farm at a time. www.bring-the-elephant-home.org.
Ana's always open to discuss new projects that help our world. For inquiries, contact her at email@example.com.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mangroves for the Future, New York Times, Corbis Photo Agency, The Archdioceses, National Public Radio, South Baltimore Homeless Shelter, Johns Hopkins University, Goodwill Industries, Deutsche Bank, Planned Parenthood, Horizon's Foundation, Burning Man, San Francisco's GLBTIQ Center, North Charles Street Design, University of Maryland, Barnard College, many colleges, universities, hospitals, and various international magazines around the world.
2013/14 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 important queer film festivals in the world. Roles: co-director/writer, cinematographer, interviewer, audio recordist, Still photographer. www.ayeaye-film.de *On the festival circuit now.
2012/14 - Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers, a documentary film by Ana Grillo and Beth Nelsen currently on a world tour and VOD release. Film has been selected in over 40 film festivals in 4 continents, and won a Special Jury Prize in Rio de Janeiro. Roles: 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. Cinematographer, audio, still photographer. Frameline Completion fund award.
2011 - CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION - WHAT IS LOVE?, a long term documentary film in progress, inquiring about the definition of true love. What is Love? is set to travel to different cities and villages around the world. * see films for San Francisco teaser.
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.