Ana Blue (Grillo) is an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco, USA and Chiang Mai, Thailand. Ana served her country in the US Air Force during Desert Storm/Gulf War I, in the same AFSC as one of her heroes, SSgt. J. R. Cash. After winning Airman of the Year 1988, The Ultima Award 1989 and being medically retired in 1992, Ana won a scholarship for writing at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, now known as, the University of Notre Dame of Maryland. Ana received her BA in Liberal Arts, Magna Cum Laude, with major in Art/Photography and a minor in English Literature/Writing.
Ana started her photojournalism career 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, won a special jury prize in Rio de Janeiro, and was the number one documentary on Hulu, proudly beating out James Franco's Saturday Night Live documentary, during the 2014/15 holiday season.
In Jan 2015, Ana made a home in Thailand. Her work across Asia focuses on women's stories, wild elephant conservation and mangrove reforestation. She is founder/director of Good Karma Projects, volunteer filmmaking missions while on yoga retreat. In June 2015, Ana led a GKP documentary filmmaking bootcamp for women, aged 14-64, which sponsored 4 teenage girls from India and one elder artist from the USA, and produced the short film, “Nari Shakti: Women of Tirthan Valley.” Nari Shakti or "Women Power", tells the stories of the women of Tirthan Valley in the buffer zones of the Great Himalayan National Park. The film shares their way of life and success stories of their micro-savings and loans groups. Nari Shakti continues to inspires thousands of visitors passing through the Great Himalayans of northern India each year. You can see it here.
Currently, Ana is in production for a feature documentary film about the first beehive fences in Thailand and the 4 brilliant women behind them. Scientist, Conservationist, Student, Farmer - inspiring role models for the world to be wowed by. These 4 remarkable women are saving lives and changing the world using hard work, scientific innovation, strategic collaboration and bees. Ana is sharing the amazing story of the beehive fence project for wild elephants and farmers facing deadly human-elephant conflict, as well as, to show an effective model for non-violent conflict resolution that can be applied to the peaceful ending of war.
To learn more of NGO work in the field of wild elephant conservation: go to Antionette Vandewater's Bring the Elephant Home Foundation in Thailand and South 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.
Always open to discuss new projects. For inquiries, please email Ana Blue directly at: http://anagrilloSF@gmail.com.
The New York Times, The Archdioceses, Goodwill Industries, National Public Radio, Planned Parenthood, National Association of Public Interest Law, Institute of Human Virology: Dr. Robert Gallo, Deutsche Bank, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), 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, SF LGBTIQ Center, various international magazines, books, web publications, films. Future list starts with Disney.
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
2011 - WHAT IS LOVE? San Francisco answers, a long term documentary film in progress, inquiring about the definition of true love. What is Love? is set to travel to different cities around the world. San Francisco, Chiang Mai, Berlin, Manali, Watch: San Francisco teaser.
2014 - STICKS AND STONES, THE BAMBI LAKE STORY, a short documentary directed by Silas Howard. 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.
ana selfie in 2016, Kanchanaburi, Thailand while on assignment for Bring the Elephant Home foundation.