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Vivian Norris is based in Paris and holds a PhD, focusing on Globalization Studies, and wrote a dissertation on Globalization and Media.

Currently Dr.Norris is an independent producer as well as directing and producing a documentary on the life of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, and her work with Microcredit, co-produced with Brian Woods of Truevision UK. 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.

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.
Follow on Twitter: vivigive and vigilantevnm and visit the website:www.vigilante-vnm.com
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SXSW Film: Damnation, a Documentary That's Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:08 PM

In 1935, FDR promoted the building of dams and this grew to include over 75,000 dams standing more than 3 feet tall throughout the United States. Many of these dams have outlived their usefulness, and many caused great damage to ecosystems and fish, especially salmon. The response to this for...

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When Strong Women Are Attacked by Weak Men (and Women)

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:11 AM

These past weeks, French and international press has placed the private life of the President, Francois Hollande, his now former companion, Valerie Trierweiler and a French actress, Julie Gayet, on the front page non-stop. Yes, this is gossip, titillating and voyeuristic. And yes, it sells.

I watched and listened to...

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Thankful for IDFA Documentary Market & RIP Peter Wintonick, 'King of Docs'

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 9:40 AM

"...Time and memory are the only subjects of every film" -- Peter Wintonick (1953-2013)

For deal making, and bringing one's documentary project to the next level, with great partners, there is nothing like IDFA Documentary Market in Amsterdam each year. This is the place not only to see...

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Paris Photo: Childhood and How We Are Twice Removed From Everything

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:32 AM

The opening night of Paris Photo 2013 (November 14-17 at the Grand Palais) was in part about apologizing to children for what we adults have done and are doing to them. Yet the very fact that these stories are being told at a distance, the distance created by the camera...

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Healthcare and Financial Disaster: We All Know Someone, Even the President

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 6:46 PM

"Today I am signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother, who argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days." -President Barack Obama

Many many Americans have known and still do know people who have become fragile economically because they fell ill....

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Outsider Art in Paris During the FIAC

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:21 PM

New York gallery owner Andrew Edlin is one of the friendliest, most passionate supporters of outsider or self-taught art in the world today. He purchased the U.S. Outsider Art Fair, which took place in New York, last January and is bringing the successful fair to Paris next week...

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When Doing Good Is Good Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 9:25 AM

"A world without Poverty is Possible." -- Muhammad Yunus

This week, heads of state gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, and the CEOs of major companies, wealthy people from across the globe, philanthropists, and others who are looking for new and more efficient ways to do some...

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Greek Cinema Confronts the Harsh Reality of the Financial Crisis by Not Standing Aside, Watching

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 3:52 PM

Playing during the Toronto International Film Festival is a heck of a film, which captures the often-violent side of how the financial crisis is affecting young adults, especially women, in today's Greece. Through recent visits and conversations with Greek friends, and working alongside those who have felt they had to...

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'In a Burnt Orange Mood: What Must Molly Ivins Be Thinking?'

(15) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Pondering this question about Molly Ivins several times a day has become a new hobby of mine since the spectacular Senator from Fort Worth, Wendy Davis, stood up for 13 hours and basically destroyed the Republican Party in Texas. Actually the GOP destroyed itself, but I have a theory on...

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Texas Theocracy: Today They Destroyed the Republican Party

(281) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:30 PM

"Texas is better after signing this legislation today. ...The amount of prayers. Last Sunday, we went around in Sunday school...tell us about your summer...you have to believe in the power of prayer.... Thank you for your faith." What was said by a male GOP member of the Texas legislature at...

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What Women in Texas and South India Have in Common

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:06 AM

Summer began at a documentary film festival in Sheffield where I ended up sitting on a bus next to a lovely woman, Muslim Tamil poet and activist named Salma, who is also the subject of a film about her life. Little did I know that our conversation about patriarchy and...

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Hit 'Em Where It Hurts: How Anti-Choice Rick Perry Is Bad for the Texas Economy

(17) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 11:29 AM

Say I am a CEO of a company in New York or somewhere "back East" as they say down in Texas, and I saw Governor Rick Perry's ads on local TV praising the benefits of moving myself, my employees and my company to unregulated, low tax (or if you are...

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You Have to Be Really Stupid to Stir Up This Hornet's Nest: Pro-choice Women in Texas Angry as Hell

(1068) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 10:49 AM

There is something I just do not get about what Rick Perry and his fellow GOP are doing in Texas. They have decided to cheat the anti-reproductive health care bill's way through so openly that a woman would have to be blind not to know what is going...

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Texas Women: Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Your Best Interests

(2436) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 8:35 AM

"A sex strike, sometimes called a sex boycott, is a strike, a method of non-violent resistance in which one or multiple persons refrain from sex with their partner(s) to achieve certain goals. It is a form of temporary sexual abstinence. Sex strikes have been used to protest many issues, from...

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Sunnyside of the Doc: Cultural Exception Also Applies to Documentary

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 5:46 PM

What differentiates the annual French documentary festival, Sunnyside of the Doc, which takes place each June in the beautiful port city of La Rochelle, from other festivals and markets, is its international reach. Two sister festivals, Latin Side of the Doc, and Asian Side of the Doc, guarantee the presence...

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The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 12:38 PM

"At what point must a female Senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?" Texas Senator Van De Putte standing next to Senator Wendy Davis (Sen. Van De Putte showed up late up to be present towards the end of the...

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Women, Men, Refugees, UFOs and the CIA: The Places Documentary Can Go at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 8:32 AM

Sitting down on the bus carrying us out through the stunning Darbyshire countryside to a cavern where we would watch an Opening Night film for the Sheffield Doc Fest, little did I know what the woman sitting next to me would come to represent for me, and for many other...

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One Reason To Save Europe: Trust Still Exists

(8) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 10:54 AM

I write this as an American, one who has studied, worked, raised a child and lived on and off between Europe and the United States since I was nineteen years old. There are so many things I appreciate about both the United States and Europe, but there are a few...

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The Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

(70) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 9:06 AM

A well-attended conference held at the highly respected Sciences Po in Paris yesterday demonstrated a more cohesive European approach to finding solutions to rising youth unemployment. The Nicolas Berggruen Institute, which seeds ideas and helps to fund events such as this, brought in influential scholars, economists, politicians both former and...

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You Can't Go Home Again, But You Can Make Yourself Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 5:27 AM

A recent wave of nostalgia accompanied by trips back "home", have had me pondering why we sometimes think that what we left behind might contain something vital about who we are on the deepest level. If you feel something is missing in you, and you rediscover that what it is...

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