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Event Series Event Series: Alumni Lecture Series

Mindfulness and the Creative Process: From the Oval Office to the Inner Life with Hope Hall

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Join Hope Hall for an inspiring journey through 25 years of documentary filmmaking and cinematography. From political arenas to personal narratives, discover the power of mindfulness in the creative process. Explore the implications for artists across all mediums and learn to navigate challenges with wisdom and purpose.

Join us for this free, virtual event!

Hope Hall HeadshotHope Hall is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer. Her short films have been selected for over 40 film festivals worldwide and have received numerous awards, including at Sundance. Her cinematography credits include documentary features, music videos, and television.

From May 2011 to January 2017, Hope was President Obama’s Principal Videographer at the White House in the Office of Digital Strategy, with both the position and the office being a creation of this President. She joined the ’08 campaign’s now legendary New Media team as a staff filmmaker, telling the story from the campaign trail and making over 40 videos, and then the Presidential Transition Team to help draft the infrastructure for the first new media President. After her last day on the best job ever, she created a sabbatical by organizing a speaking tour, which took her everywhere from a surprisingly raucous hospice wing in New Zealand, to an inspirational time with Google Brand Studio, & 18 months’ worth of stops in between. She followed that with a personal project, Visit the Visionaries,tracking down inspirational people at the intersection of art, social justice & tech. Soon thereafter, her freelance life as a documentary cinematographer & filmmaker ramped back up, with projects ranging from independent features to episodic tv. She has also served as a videographer for Elizabeth Warren and for Team Biden.

Her personal work has taken her to artist residencies all around the world, and she had her first solo exhibition of video and photography in Trondheim, Norway in 2010.  She directed multi-channel installation videos for the Guggenheim Museum’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibition in Las Vegas, and contributed to the projection design for the Broadway production of Eve Ensler’s The Good Body.  

She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Stanford, and is a proud graduate of the Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum.

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