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Banker White

Moving Image, 2008



Banker White is a multi-disciplinary artist based in San Francisco. His projects have been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, the Tribeca Film Institute, Impact Partners, LEF, Britdoc, the Catapult Film Fund, The Fledgling Fund, the California Council for Humanities and the Pacific Pioneer Fund. He is the director/producer of the documentary The Genius of Marian which is an intimate and courageous portrait of his mother Pam White's struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The film premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival and will be broadcast on PBS's award winning series POV in September 2014. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (POV 2007), which tells the remarkable story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians, was nominated by the IDA for best feature in 2006; won grand jury awards at AFI Fest, Full Frame Film Festival and Human Rights Watch Film Festival; and earned audience awards at SXSW and Miami International Film Festival. It was broadcast on POV in North America, HBO Latin America and NHK in Japan among others. Banker also founded WeOwnTV, a collaborative filmmaking and storytelling project based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Anna Fitch, daughter Dylan and son Oscar. Banker received a BA from Middlebury college in 1995 and an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2000.

WeOwnTV
Survivors
The Genius of Marian

Awards and Accomplishments

2014:

White's The Genius of Marian had its television premiere on PBS' award winning series POV, September 2014

2014:

White's short film A Marriage to Remember was featured on the New York Time's Op-Docs website

2013:

White receives a grant from Impact Partners.

2013:

White receives a grant from Catapult Film Fund.

2013:

White receives a grant from Influence Film Foundation.

2013:

White receives a grant from Working Films.

2013:

White receives a grant from Good Pitch.

2013:

White receives a grant from The LED Foundation.

2013:

White receives a grant from Independent Filmmaker Project.

2013:

White receives a grant from The Fledging Fund.

2013:

White receives a grant from Fleishhacker Foundation.

2013:

White receives a grant from San Francisco Film Society.

2013:

White receives a grant from Center for Independent Documentary.

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian premieres at Tribeca International Film Festival

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected as Documentary Feature at Independent Film Festival of Boston

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected as Documentary Feature at Berkshire International Film Festival

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected to show at Rooftop Films

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected to show at AFI DOCS Film Festival

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected to show at Moscow International Film Festival

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected to show at Woods Hole Film Festival

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected to show at Washington West Film Festival

2013:

White's film The Genius of Marian is selected to show at Vermont International Film Festival

2012:

White receives grant from Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund

2008: White receives Bay Area Video Coaltion Media Maker Award