Julie WinokurExecutive Director
Julie Winokur, Executive Director of Talking Eyes Media, is a writer and documentary film producer whose work uses the power of visual media to catalyze positive social change. Her work has appeared on PBS, National Geographic Magazine and Discovery online, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and MSNBC.com, among others. Her most recent feature film, FIRESTORM, aired on the Documentary Channel in July 2011 and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Her passion for social advocacy has produced multi-year projects including the one-hour film Aging in America: The Years Ahead, and its companion book and traveling exhibition, as well as Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured, which won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Media That Matters Film Festival and was featured on MNSBC.com.
Winokur’s dynamic approach to documentary filmmaking drove her to turn the camera on herself in the short film The Sandwich Generation, in which Winokur and her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi, chronicled their personal challenges caring for their two children and Winokur’s aging father. Winokur’s other short films include: Fast Lane to the Future, documenting India’s new national expressway and its impact on the population; Curse of the Black Gold, exposing the enormous costs and devastating impact of oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, and The Leaves Keep Falling, capturing the day-to-day struggle of two Vietnamese families affected by Agent Orange. Winokur has recently produced short films for AARP, Civic Ventures, the James Irvine Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and Oxfam.
Winokur is currently in production on her latest project, Bring it to the Table – a participatory online platform, webisode series, and community engagement campaign designed to help bridge America’s political divide and inspire civic engagement.