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Skye Fitzgerald  

Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker

Skye Fitzgerald was recently inducted as an honorary member into SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) for his work with Syrian refugees and named a Distinguished Alumnus at his alma mater Eastern Oregon University for documentary work.

Designated a Fulbright Research Scholar to produce the film Bombhunters (2006) Fitzgerald has since collaborated or received support from the Sundance Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the State Department, the Paul Robeson Fund and Mountainfilm. As a Director of Photography, Fitzgerald lenses work for major broadcast and cable strands including Dateline, VICE , Mercy Corps, CNN, the Discovery, Travel, History and Animal Planet Channels.

Fitzgerald is currently directing a trilogy of films on the global refugee crisis. The first, 50 Feet from Syria, focused on doctors working on the Syrian border and was voted onto the shortlist for an Oscar. The second, LIFEBOAT documents Search and Rescue operations off the coast of Libya and was nominated for an Academy Award.


Speech Topics

The Road to the Oscars: How a student who grew up without running water or electricity and attended a rural, liberal arts college built a career leading to an Academy Award® nomination.

Intervention in the Global Refugee Crisis - How each of us can contribute in meaningful ways to influence policy makers and help individuals displaced by conflict.

Life as a documentary filmmaker: Is it possible to pursue your dream and not eat Ramen noodles?

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