Vivian Norris is a filmmaker, journalist and academic teaching Global Communications and Policy at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has lived, worked and studied in Paris, Rome, Seattle, Austin, Oslo for most of her adult life. She holds a PhD, focusing on Globalization Studies, and wrote a dissertation on Globalization and Media. She co-founded the Women in Cinema Film festival in 1996 in Seattle, where she was a Programmer and Development Director for the Seattle International Film Festival.
Currently Dr.Norris is an independent producer and recently directed and produced a feature documentary, Obama Mama, on the life of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, and her work with Microcredit, co-produced with Brian Woods of Truevision UK being distributed by www.herflix.com. The film is traveling internationally to universities and film festivals. She also writes freelance on Business, Film and Technology for BBC Online. Previously she worked as a co-producer on a feature film about Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting poverty. She founded Vigilante VNM Productions to produce independent documentaries with social messages, which campaign for women's rights, integrity in economics and business, and transparency in media among other topics. Her next project focuses on the Geopolitics of a Changing Texas, her home state.
Dr. Norris will be teaching Global Policy and Communications at Tulane University in New Orleans from Fall 2015. Dr.Norris also has a strong background working in the Media Content , Curation and Social Media. Dr. Norris has lived in and travelled to many different parts of the world looking at the effect Media and Cinema has on societies, and how commercial (Hollywood) cinema can be used (or abused) in terms of communicating social messages. She has written about and lectured on the use of entertainment to help create a better world and the educational use of cinema in classroom for the past two decades at the university level and at film festivals (Transformational Media Conference-London, University of Texas, Rome Filmstudio festival, HEC Business school,...). Post-doc research includes the future of Digital Distribution, and issues related to Biotechnology and the Oil Industry, as well as the Epidemic of Narcissism and its Effects on the Financial Industry, Individuals and Politics.
She works as an independent producer and founded Vigilante VNM productions to produce high quality documentaries and co-productions.
With one foot always in the non-profit and development world, Dr.Norris has worked with those in need, focusing on women, teen mothers, microcredit and film. She has straddled the worlds of contemporary art and film for the last twenty-five years, curating both art collections, cultural exchanges and film festivals.
Dr. Norris has also worked creating bridges between the film industry and education side, lecturing on uses of cinema in the classroom, helping create a Film Studies program and organizing conferences linked to film festivals. She co-founded a festival which focus on cinema by women directors and has curated other festivals internationally. Dr. Norris de Montaigu supports the citizen photo news site demotix.com and is currently focused on alternative distribution and networking between NGOs, grassroots organizations, and others, in order to help audiences access vital content.
Her work in the arts includes cultural festivals, private art and antiques collections, and with galleries and museums internationally. She founded Gallery (206) in Seattle, curated art shows brought over from France to the US, and has advised in buying for International Corporate Art as well as private clients. Her specialty is Outsider Art, primarily drawings.
Outsider Art enthusiast since she first saw works by Adolf Wolfli in Europe in 1987, collecting works by Darger, Widener, and Steffan.
She has studied, lived, carried out research in Paris, as well as in Rome, Oslo, Seattle, and LA along with her native Texas.
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