CHRISTI COOPER

An Emmy-award winning cinematographer with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Christi communicates complex issues through storytelling and visual narrative to raise awareness about her subjects. She left a successful academic and research career in Europe to obtain an MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking. In 2011, Christi co-created a 10-part series called “Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery,” which was co-produced with WITNESS, a social justice/human rights organization focused on using film for change. The film campaign used a multi-faceted approach to reach decision-makers and judges ruling on climate litigation brought to the courts by young people. In addition to their use in the courtrooms to reach deciding judges, the films, which were based on state plaintiffs’ stories of impact, were hand-delivered to local leaders, members of Congress, and President Obama in an effort to persuade decision-makers to enact Climate Recovery Plans. Her film awards include a Wildscreen Panda Award for Best Campaign Film, Best Environmental Film from Backcountry Film Festival, Best Youth Film from Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and Best Made in Montana from the International Wildlife Film Festival, among others. She has also been involved in a number of international productions: co-produced a 6-part TV series and line produced an episode for an ongoing TV series for French Television and served as cinematographer for two science-oriented French documentaries. She was awarded the inaugural SFFilm/Vulcan Productions Environmental Film Fellowship in 2018, and in the inaugural Nature in Focus Artist-in-Residence fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center in 2019.