photo by  Bob Pongthorn Raksawong  at  Elephant Haven Thailand , in Kanchanaburi, Thailand ©2016

photo by Bob Pongthorn Raksawong at Elephant Haven Thailand, in Kanchanaburi, Thailand ©2016

Ana Blues-Grillo is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and conservationist based in San Francisco, USA, with homes around the world. Blues-Grillo is a consummate traveler and started her media career as a freelancer for the New York Times in the late 90s, then crossed over into filmmaking after co-directing 2 feature documentary films in the 2010s. Her first film, “Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers,” toured the world over, screening in 50+ international film festivals, winning a special jury prize in Rio de Janeiro. On first release, Meet the Beavers held the top documentary spot on HULU for the entire 2014/15 holiday season, proudly beating out Santa Cruz born artist, James Franco, on his first documentary directorial debut entitled, Saturday Night Live documentary. 

In January 2015, with the earnings from HULU in her back pocket, Ana moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand and began pre-production planning for the 1st Good Karma Projects. Assignment: Great Himalayan National Park, India. Her work in Asia focuses on women, wild elephants and mangroves forests. She is founder/director of the Good Karma Projects, a foundation hosting volunteer service missions and media training bootcamps for girls and women of varying circumstances, while on a meditation, give back yoga retreat.

In June 2015, Blues-Grillo led the first International GKP documentary filmmaking bootcamp for women, aged 14-64, in northern India. GKP's sponsored 4 teenage girls from India and one elder artist from the USA, making their ages range 14-64 and the team came from Berlin, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Hamburg, Germany and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Together, a team of 13 students and mentors produced the short film, “Nari Shakti: Women of Tirthan Valley.” Nari Shakti or Women Power, tells ther personal stories of some of the women of Tirthan Valley. Stories about  their micro-financing and small business enterprises and the hopes and dreams for their daughter's futures. The film, Nari Shakti: Women of Tirthan Valley continues to inspires thousands of dignitaries, government officials, locals and other travelers passing through the Great Himalayans each year. You can see the film here.

Currently, Ana is in production for a documentary film about the first beehive fences in Thailand and the 4 brilliant women who built them. Scientist, Conservationist, Student, Farmer - inspiring role models for the world to be inspired by, at a time when the world needs it most. These remarkable women save both human and elephant lives, using scientific innovation, multi-key stakeholder collaboration and bees. This model can be used to solve many of the world's problems and military analyst turned film director/writer, Blues-Grillo shares her unique voice putting the Beehive Fence Solution's scientific methodology to the test, to solve the territorial wars of the world. More exciting news on that coming soon. 

To learn more about wild elephant conservation: 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.

To learn more of the origins and placements around the world 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 Disney Conservation Fund Scientist research team.  This work to save endangered elephants around the world continues today. Here's 2 ways to help. Learn. Get involved. Then you choose your weapon of personal activism.

** Watch 2017 TEASER here

** PHOTO gallery here.

2018 Trailer coming soon.

Ana's always open to discuss collaborative projects. For inquiries, please email her directly at:

Thanks for stopping by.


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 Project, documentary film in production now. ROLES: Director, producer, writer, DP, audio, stills, R&D

2017/18 - Mothership, the documentary directed by Beth Nelsen. In post production now. ROLES: Cinematographer, Drone, Audio.

2013 CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS (1ST CUT FINISHED 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: Thanksgiving Day 2019) ROLES: Research&Development, CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, sound recordist, interviewer, web designer, graphic designer, still photographer.  

2014 - STICKS AND STONES, THE BAMBI LAKE STORY, a short documentary directed by Silas Howard. ROLES: CINEMATOGRAPHER, Audio, Still photographer. Frameline Completion fund award.

2011 - 2018 (in progress) WHAT IS LOVE? SAN FRANCISCO ANSWERS.  What is Love? a long term documentary film in progress, inquires about the definition of true love. What is Love? is travels to different cities, towns, backroads, windy rivers and country lanes around the world.  San Francisco, Chiang Mai, Berlin, Manali, Nairobi, Katmandhu, Bogotá and across the good old USA, America happening now...  Watch: San Francisco teaser.

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. 

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.



ana selfie in 2016, Kanchanaburi, Thailand while on assignment for Bring the Elephant Home foundation.