Liz Canner is an award-winning filmmaker who has created many innovative documentaries on human rights issues. Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and the IMF, her film on the effects of IMF and World Bank policy was one of the first documentaries to look critically at globalization. It was used by over a thousand organizations worldwide as an organizing tool. Currently, she is producing Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure, a feature length investigative documentary on the pharmaceutical industry and women's health. Recently, Canner was honored with a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship for creating innovative media projects that strengthen democracy. She has also been the recipient of a Radcliffe Institute (Bunting) Film/Video Fellowship from Harvard University. In the spring, she will be the Visionary-in-Residence at Dartmouth College.
Since earning her BA with Honors in both Visual Arts and Anthropology from Brown University, Canner has received more than 40 awards, honors and grants for her work. Her recent projects have been supported by foundations such as The National Endowment for the Arts and The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media. Her documentaries have been broadcast on television on PBS stations, cable, and internationally in many countries. They have screened at festivals like The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has shown her work at numerous museums and galleries including Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the California Museum of Photography. She has served on the boards of directors of The Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, the Boston Film and Video Foundation, White River Indie Films and Boston Cyberarts. For the past 5 years, Ms. Canner has been a speaker for the Barat Foundation’s Diversity Forums. She is the founder and director of Astrea Media,Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating innovative media projects on human rights issues.