About__IH - IreneRoxanneHess

I am a Filmmaker, Editor, Photographer, and Adventuress. At heart, I am a documentarian but the surreal also influences my work. I grew up in the Bronx, but the best days of my childhood were summer trips to Puerto Rico, where I stayed close to El Yunque rainforest. Those trips fostered a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. As a teenager, I migrated to the East Village, my true home.

After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, I worked as a newspaper Reporter. A desire to work in natural history documentary led me to the PBS series Nature, where, as a Producer and Editor, I worked on award-winning documentaries such as "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History", "White Falcon, White Wolf", and "Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air".

Throughout the years, I have studied photography. I take my camera almost everywhere I go, from Mayan ruins in a Guatemalan jungle, to abandoned subterranean regions of Manhattan, to hidden, rocky intertidal zones along the Pacific Coast. My photos have been published in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Paper, and PDX Parent magazine. I've also shot photos for book and album covers, movie posters, and a live panel discussion (at the Brooklyn Museum of Art) on "Women and Street Art".

After a decade at PBS, I worked for The World Science Festival, Open Boat Films, and other organizations. I also began making my own short films which are something you might find in the space between science and dreams. My most recent film, "Roost: The Crows of Downtown Portland", has played at several festivals. I presently live with my family in my husband's hometown - the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon.

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