Instructor Bio

Natalie Zimmerman is a filmmaker, educator and activist whose film and media work has been exhibited, screened and broadcast worldwide in diverse contexts including: Independent Feature Project (IFP) Spotlight-On-Documentary Program (NYC), Cinema Politica Global Network, CBC Broadcast Corporation, London-based Press TV, Anthology Film Archive NYC, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, World Affairs Council and Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna.
She is a former Fulbright Scholar, Headlands Center For the Arts Resident Fellow, and Resident Artist at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, where she created Social Dreaming in the 21st Century — an exploration of the collective dynamics of dreaming, social revolution and its relationship to storytelling and film. In 2017, she co-organized a gathering of indigenous and western women engaged in climate change activism – On Fertile Ground: Integrating Perspectives Toward a Collective Future was awarded funding by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Her media educational project, Kiribati Digital Storytelling LAB was awarded funding through New Zealand-based Development and Conservation Trust. Zimmerman is currently in the final stages of production on her lyrical nonfiction feature film set within the context of climate change and rising seas, OCEANIA: Encounters at the Edge—recently selected for the Ji.hlava New Visions Forum for US DOCS. 
Zimmerman holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a Film Certificate from New York University and lives north of San Francisco on the edge of an old growth forest—native lands of the Coast Miwok.