Speaker Carol Dysinger

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Carol Dysinger

Director (Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)

Carol Dysinger is a filmmaker, writer, artist and educator, whose contemporary work offers a counter-narrative to traditional stories of conflict. She is in the midst of a trilogy on Afghanistan and America post 9/11.

Alternating between fiction and documentary storytelling practices throughout her career she had made a lifelong inquiry into the mechanics of story and the role storytelling plays in what we come to believe is true. She won many awards for her short narrative work (starting with a Student Academy Award when she was 19, (for her short 16Down). She then moved on to write screenplays for 20th Century Fox, Disney and HBO Independent and editing feature length narrative and documentary films.
In 2005, she travelled solo to Afghanistan with camera in hand to make her feature directorial debut, Camp Victory Afghanistan, which screened at MOMA, SXSW, Human Rights Watch and at The Hague. One Bullet is the second in the trilogy about the human impact of international conflict post 9/11 currently being completed.

She recently made a short film for Lifetime Indie Films called Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (if you're a girl). This film won best documentary short at Tribeca Film Festival, an IDA award then an Oscar from AMPAS in America, and The Best Short Award From BAFTA the British Academy Award.

A longtime consultant for Sundance Doc Lab, she is a much sought after story and editing advisor for documentaries and hybrid work around the world.

She is a Fellow at The Fordham Law School’s Center on Justice and Security. And a member of Writers Guild of America West.

Speaking on: Rockie Awards Roundtable: Documentary & Factual

At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures


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