Christie Herring


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Christie Herring
Producer, Director, Editor

No stranger to politics, Christie Herring grew up working on campaigns for public office in Mississippi. Her first film Waking in Mississippi focuses on a highly-charged political race in her home town – the 1994 election of the town’s first black mayor – a match that ended in the threat of a race riot. Today, she is an award-winning independent documentary director with a strong interest in social justice topics. Her film Bodies and Souls explores the community work of Sister Manette, a Catholic nun who provides the only healthcare in an isolated town in the Mississippi Delta. It can be viewed through Emory University’s online journal Southern Spaces. Her film Chickens in the City, a humorous chicken-eye view at the differences between pets and food, has screened at environmental festivals around the world and is available on the PBS website. Her film Howdy Partner, a meditation on the meaning of the word “partner,” premiered at Frameline Film Festival in 2004, has screened at nearly two dozen film festivals around the world, and is available online through KQED’s Truly California. In addition to her work as a director, Christie has produced and edited films for PBS, National Geographic, A&E, and the History Channel. She directs and edits films for nonprofit and corporate clients including SFMOMA, LEVIS, Facebook, UC Berkeley, Breakthrough Collaborative, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the New Media Advocacy Project, and the Mississippi Center for Justice. She has taught workshops and presented talks on her work at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).  She was selected as a 2013 San Francisco Film Society Film House Resident and as a participant in the 2011 CPB Producer’s Academy. Christie received her MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University.