Resumé

 

Louise Vance
Senior Producer/Director/Writer
Editorial Consultant and Event Speaker
Lecturer, Communication and Media Studies

Tonroe #2
Oranmore, Galway
Ireland H91 Y53Y
M 087 147-2402      From outside Ireland: +353 87 147-2402

louise@louisevance.com

Profile

Louise Vance’s career spans more than thirty years of television journalism, documentary filmmaking, video production, and content writing.  Specializing in public interest, real world stories, her producing, directing and writing achievements include duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning national television documentaries, network news and interview programs, high-end corporate communications, and educational films for leading institutions.  As a freelance producer/director/writer, public speaker and college instructor, Louise offers students practical knowledge, real world skills and a genuine passion for excellence in all forms of storytelling via media communications.

Experience:

Senior Producer/Director/Writer, Louise Vance Productions 1989-present

Principal of this film and video production company serving national and Bay Area clients.  Recent work includes scripting documentaries on the crisis in cancer care in America and the challenges of adolescent health care for The Institute of Medicine; fellowship and grant proposals on the high rate of incarceration of the nation’s mentally ill for the feature documentary, Kings Park; writing and directing the primetime doc, Seneca Falls, for PBS; small business success stories for CNN; and web stories and press releases for UCSF on a host of health topics.  See selected credits below under section heading, Independent Production.

Lecturer, Communication & Media Studies
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA (CSU) – August 2014 – January 2017

Taught undergraduate courses in the Communications field including Documentary Making for Television, Advocacy and Business; Print and Web Journalism; Brand Communications; and Media and Popular Culture of the 1970s. Lectured to 240-seat lecture hall and conducted service-learning courses in smaller, seminar-style classes.

Senior Broadcast Producer, Salesforce — August 2014 – October 2014

Working with top creatives in production and broadcast programming, contributed to 3-channel, 4-day web experience on Salesforce LIVE from Dreamforce 2014.  Trained 17 senior staff to be on-air talent, produced bumpers and other interstitial elements, assisted with look and feel of broadcasts, and streamlined production processes.  Produced daily live wrap show, The Daily Buzz, with live b-roll cut-ins from the day’s events

Writer, Co-Director, The Daughter’s Voice – Roy Cox Productions, June 2014 – present
Independent feature documentary about former slave girls in Nepal rebuilding their lives

Adjunct Professor, Sonoma State University, Communications Department – Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring/Fall 2016
Teach undergrad 4-unit courses:  Video Production for Documentary, Advocacy, and Business, Web and Print Journalism, and Brand Communications.

Part-time Instructor, Nonesuch School, Sebastopol, CA 2012-2014
Write curriculum and teach video production and English Language Arts at this alternative high school

Writer, Senior Public Information Officer, UCSF News Office, San Francisco March-May 2012
Wrote press releases and web stories, pitched to national and local media, shot and edited web videos on new developments in Cardiology, Dentistry, Regenerative Medicine and Orthopedics

Producer/Director/Writer, KQED Television, San Francisco, CA 1998
Primetime special, Speaking Freely, An Evening with Remarkable Women – regional PBS broadcast

Senior Producer/Director/Writer, The Working Group, Oakland, CA 1996-1997
Livelyhood series and Not in Our Town II: Citizens Respond to Hate – national PBS broadcast

Series Senior Producer, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA 1982-1987
$20 million, five-year documentary series, Portrait of America – national TBS broadcast

Producer/Director/Writer, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA — 1985
Two-hour TBS special, Iran: Behind the Veil, national PBS and TBS broadcast 

Producer/Director/Writer, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA — 1985
20-part CNN series, Iran: In the Name of God, national CNN broadcast

Producer/Director/Writer, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA — 1983-87
Portrait of America: Massachusetts – one-hour film for national TBS broadcast
Portrait of America: Montana – one-hour film for national TBS broadcast
Portrait of America: Texas – one-hour film for national TBS broadcast (second unit director; scriptwriter

Producer, CNN, Atlanta, GA 1980-1983
Election ’82 – Issue and candidate profiles; Election Night line producer
Freeman Reports –  Network prime time one-hour news/interview program
Take Two – Network two-hour midday news/interview program

Public Information Officer, University of Colorado, Boulder 1979-1980
Hosted and produced weekly radio programs for statewide broadcast and TV segments for ABC affiliate

Public Affairs Producer, KOA-TV, AM/FM (NBC), Denver, CO 1977-1979
Produced weekly public affairs programs, local documentaries, and public service campaigns

Education
State University of New York at Albany – B.A. in English, magna cum laude
New York State Teaching Certification, Secondary English
Signum Laudis, National Honor Society

 

INDEPENDENT Production  (selected credits):

A System in Crisis: Charting a Course for High-Quality Cancer Care, Institute of Medicine (2013)

Seneca Falls, Independent Documentary, PBS broadcast nationally (2010 – 2012)

Investing in the American Dream, Mission Asset Fund/Levi Strauss Foundation (2009)

Missing Opportunities:  The Challenges of Adolescent Health Care, Institute of Medicine (2009)

The G-Word, Discovery’s Planet Green (2008)

CNN Small Business Success Stories (2007)

What One Company Can Do: Levi Strauss & Company’s Global Code of Conduct (2006)

Lost in Transition, Institute of Medicine (2005)

Bridging World History (series), Oregon Public Broadcasting (2004)

A Passion for Justice: 21st Century Feminism, Nat’l Organization for Women, Free Speech TV (2004)

Action for Justice: Making a Difference for Women & Girls, National Organization for Women (2003)

Apple Computer: North American Publishing Tour, keynote videos for Apple’s 25-city tour (2003)

Levi Strauss & Co: The First 150 Years: Built on Values, 40-minute official history of Levi’s (2002)

Oxygen Media: Reinventing Television, Apple Computer’s online media arts magazine (2002)

Inside/Out: Women, Men and Life After Incarceration, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention (2000)

MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Sciences, 30-year anniversary program (2000)

Speaking Freely:  An Evening With Remarkable Women, KQED-TV (1999)

The Dot in Dot Com, Sun Microsystems (1999)

Everyday Heroes, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (1998)

The Making of Think Different, Apple Computer, Macworld  (1998)

Video News Releases/American Airlines In-flight Programs, Apple Computer (1993 – 1996)

Imagine: The Apple Education Series, Apple Computer, five episodes (1993)

Talk About Drugs, Levi Strauss & Co. in-house documentary (1990)

Talk About Non-Discrimination, Levi Strauss & Co. in-house documentary (1992)

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Apple Computer CEO keynote (1990)

Videodisc in the K-12 Classroom, Pioneer Technologies (1989)

Tropical Rain Forests: A Disappearing Treasure (interactive game), The Smithsonian Institution (1988)

 

PUBLICATIONS and PUBLIC APPEARANCES:
Speaking Engagements:

Keynote Speaker: San Francisco International Women’s Day Luncheon, 2016

Panelist, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Women Directors on Women Directors, 2016

Guest Lecturer:  Publicity and Public Relations Senior Project, Cal State East Bay, 2015

San Francisco International Women’s Day Summit, 2012, Women in Media panel

Centennial of California Votes for Women, State Capitol, 2011

AAUW/NOW/League of Women Voters – Centennial, CA Votes for Women, 2011

Flagler College, International Women’s Day, 2011, keynote speaker

Santa Rosa Junior College, Women’s History Month, 2011

Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, Teen Mentoring Summit, 2011

University of Rochester, Susan B. Anthony Center, Women’s History Month, 2010

San Francisco Film Society, Youth Education Program, 2010

KRCB-TV (PBS) Northern California, Pledge Show, Seneca Falls, 2010

SWAN Day San Francisco Inaugural Event, Brava Theater Center, 2010

Reel Girls/Real Change Conference, NYC, 2009

Frazier International History Museum, Louisville, KY, 2006

CNN International, Amanpour program:  Global Women’s Rights, live interview guest, 2010

National AAUW, guest blogger:  “Your Words, Your History” – Women’s History Month 2010

National Organization for Women in Media Awards, Los Angeles – Speaker, 2002, 2003

Radio Interview Appearances,  2010-2011, relating to Seneca Falls documentary:

KRCB-FM (NPR), Rohnert Park, CA

WXXI-FM (NPR), Rochester, NY

KPFK-FM Los Angeles – Feminist Magazine program

KOWS-FM, Occidental, CA

KWMR-FM, Point Reyes Station, CA

 

OTHER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS TAUGHT:

“Essential Skills for Careers in the Communications Field” – Guest lecturer, Cal State East Bay, 2014 and 2015

“Advanced Media Writing” – Guest lecturer, Sonoma State University Communication Dept., 2013

“Moving Your Message:  Video Production for Nonprofits” – 1/2 day workshop, 2012 NTEN Conference

“Video Production” – Bay Area Video Coalition, 2012-2013

“The Art of the Video Interview” – UCSF News Office, Lieberman Productions, FireCircle Media

“Video Production” and “Documentary” – Nonesuch School, Sebastopol, CA, 2012 – 2013

“Advanced English Lit” and “English Intensive” – Nonesuch School, Sebastopol, CA, 2012 – 2013

“Women in Media” –  San Francisco Women’s Day Summit, 2012

“Preparing for Live TV Appearances” – UCSF News Office, 2011

Supervisor and Documentary Instructor, Student Internships with Louise Vance Productions:
Sonoma State University, School of Communications, 2009 – 2010
San Francisco State University, MFA Film Studies, 2006
Stanford University, MFA Film, Documentary, 2005

Curator, “Information Warfare: Media Messages in Times of War”
Community Film Series, Intersection for the Arts, 2003

Guest panelist, Mills College Forum on Women in Communications, 2000

Guest lecturer, Georgia State University, Documentary Film Program, 1988

 

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Creator and web producer, www.senecafallsfilm.org

Creator, blogger, writer:  beyond seneca falls online web community, 2009 – 2012

Grants written and received, The Seneca Falls Documentary Project:

The Vanguard Public Foundation, Social Justice Fund

The Richard C. Munroe Foundation

The Shultz Foundation

The Aepoch Healing Arts Fund

The Fund for Women Artists

The Sister Fund

The Fledgling Fund

Peg Yorkin

Editorial Consultant, Grant writer for independent documentaries, 2004 – 2016:

Catching Sight of ‘Thelma and Louise’

Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay 

The Cockettes

Ugly Ducklings

Light in the Darkness, A Not in Our Town Special

We Were Here:  Voices from the AIDS Years in San Francisco

Kings Park: Stories from An American Mental Institution

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Judge, Georgia Area Regional Emmy Awards, 1992

Juror, San Francisco International Film Festival, Documentary category, 1991, 1992

Judge, Chicago Area Emmy Awards, 1988

 

AWARDS AND HONORS (selected):

Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, Silver Baton (Iran: In the Name of God)

George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award (Portrait of America, series)

On Cable People’s Choice Award, Best Documentary (Portrait of America, series)

Ohio State Awards, Achievement of Merit (Iran: In the Name of God)

Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Hugo Award (Iran: In the Name of God)

Overseas Press Club, Honorable Mention (Iran: Behind the Veil)

Regional Emmy Awards, Nominee, Best Documentary (Iran: Behind the Veil)

Regional Emmy Awards, Nominee:  Best Writer, Television (composite)

Houston International Film Festival, Silver Award in TV Documentary (Portrait of America)

Columbus International Film Festival, 2nd Place, International Relations (Iran: Behind the Veil)

ACE Awards, Nominee, Outstanding Program Achievement (Portrait of America)

Monitor Awards, Best Achievement in Network News/Documentaries (Iran: Behind the Veil)

International Film and TV Festival of NY, Documentary Special: Gold Medal (Iran: Behind the Veil)

International Film and TV Festival of NY, Bronze Medal (Portrait of America, series)

National Education Film Festival, First Place Award (Portrait of America: Massachusetts)

Cindy Awards, two Documentary Gold Awards (Iran: Behind the Veil, Portrait of America)

Cine Golden Eagles, two awards (Portrait of America: Massachusetts and Montana)

L.A. Reel Film Festival, Nominee, Best Documentary Short (Seneca Falls)

L.A. Reel Film Festival, Winner, Best Original Score (Seneca Falls)

Okanagan International Film Festival, Best International Documentary (Seneca Falls)

National Association of Black Journalists, Award of Excellence, Field Producing, CNN

Freddie Award for Excellence in Medical Journalism (Lost in Transition)

Finalist, International Movie Trailer Film Festival (Seneca Falls)

Nominee, U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase (Seneca Falls)

2014 Communicator Awards “Award of Distinction” (A System in Crisis)

2014 Telly Award (A System in Crisis: Charting a Course for High Quality Cancer Care)

PERSONAL:

Born in Oceanside, New York
Worked as a staff television journalist and documentary filmmaker in these cities:
Denver, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco
Awarded “Youth of the Month” by Levittown Exchange Club, senior year of high school
Volunteer tutor for community nonprofits serving disabled children, adults seeking literacy skills
Member of San Francisco Writing Circles for Women, 1992 – 1998
Facilitator of Insight Meditation group through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 1995 – 2005
Married to artist and designer Darryl Vance
Avid writer, reader, photographer and traveler

REFERENCES:

Please see industry references on my Linkedin page:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/louise-vance/16/857/9a4

Additional references provided upon request.

 

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