Kirsten is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker who is currently the Senior Producer for Transform Films, overseeing development and production of long- and short-form documentaries and where she is Directing/Producing the new documentary film projects Salaam Shalom: Muslim and Jewish Women Unite Against Hate, as well as the Healing the Healers media project, which will support clergy during moments of mass community trauma. Her Emmy-winning film, The Homestretch, a feature documentary about homeless high school students in Chicago Public Schools, was a co-production with Kartemquin Films. The Homestretch was broadcast on PBS Independent Lens as part of the American Graduate Initiative with Corporation for Public Broadcasting and ITVS. Previous film projects include the award-winning Asparagus! Stalking the American Life and the upcoming The Girl With the Rivet Gun – an animated new media project about Rosie the Riveter.
Her work has been supported by the ITVS, CPB, AmDoc, MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg, Good Pitch and Bertha Foundation/Brit Docs. She was recently awarded the “2015 Spirit of Youth Award” from the National Runaway Safeline for her advocacy work supporting homeless youth surrounding The Homestretch Impact Campaign. Kirsten is also a theatre director and arts educator and was awarded the President’s 2014 Award for Youth Programs in the Arts & Humanities. She has a diverse background in developing new content for both film and theater which focuses on social justice issues and worked several years on National Geographic Explorer series.
Kirsten is a Fellow at the Sundance Documentary Institute and a graduate of the Master’s Directing program at The Juilliard School.