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Whose voices deserve to be heard? Whose stories deserve to be told? To us, exploring questions like these can bring about more than social justice. It can bring about a genuine understanding of and empathy for people and ideas that have been overlooked, discarded, forgotten.

We believe you must keep moving through darkness to find your way into the light. Blue Sky Project is a 501-c3 not-for-profit conceived to create and distribute documentary films focused on underreported social issues that shape an open and enlightened society. Our films provide educational outcomes and contextualized history.

Our goal is to inspire ideas and action for real and lasting change.

BLUE SKY COLLABORATORS

David Marshall
director/producer

David Marshall is a multi Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. His work as a producer, director and editor has taken him around the world many times in his 27-year career. He holds a B.S. in photography/film and a M.F.A. in animation. Dave’s documentary films reflect his interest in human rights and the power of contextualized history. His work has been shown on ABC, Discovery, Hallmark, PBS and in film festivals around the world. He received an Emmy for the 2003 documentary on the Great Lakes, Hitching a Ride. Autumn’s Harvest, a look at AIDS and America’s migrant farm population, aired on PBS and took honors at film festivals around the world. Dave is the recipient of  twelve Emmy nominations and six Emmy awards. His films include Swimming With Lesbians, in distribution by Frameline. Songs of Freedom, broadcast on PBS and now in national distribution, honored with Emmy Awards for Best Director and Best Children’s Programming, Beginning with the End, premiered at SXSW and in distribution by Filmaker,  and most reciently Confronting The Wall co-produced and written with Christine Christopher, now at festivals.

Christine Christopher
producer/writer

Christine is an Emmy Award-winning producer for film and television, including July ’64, a documentary that was broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens, and edited by David Marshall. July ’64 was nominated for two Emmys and several other awards, and recognized by the Organization of American Historians with an Eric Barnouw Award for honorable mention. She is the recipient of many national grants and awards for her documentary film work, including a Sundance Documentary Fund research and development grant, multiple grants from the Independent Television Services, National Black Programming Consortium, and the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media. She is the managing producer of Songs of Freedom, and Beginning With The End. Christopher is the owner of Christopher Communications.

Hélène Biandudi Hofer
producer/writer

Hélène has worked as the host and producer of WXXI-TV’s Need to Know and she is the founder of the media group HBH Enterprises, LLC. Her work has focused on news, documentary and human interest stories. Through her work on Need to Know, Biandudi Hofer tackles issues beyond 30-second soundbites by producing and hosting long-form interviews and video segments on tough topics and stories of depth including the issue of poverty in Monroe County, human trafficking, challenges in and for Rochester area schools, understanding and tackling issues of race and racism, and more. Biandudi Hofer has won an Associated Press Award for the news series Schools for South Sudan.  In addition, she recently won a New York State Broadcaster’s Association Award for her Need to Know special: Rochester’s Poverty Crisis. Biandudi Hofer previously worked on the CBS Primetime show 48 Hours Mystery in New York City where she contributed to several documentary specials for the network.

Ashley Sands O-Winter
co-producer

Ashley is a recent college graduate with a B.A. in Film and a concentration in documentary. Death and Other Signs of Life is her first post-college project and something she holds very dear to her heart. Her love of travel and humanity fuel her desire to make films that support social change.