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(To sign up for more information on current and future Lisa Russell Films Webinar Series, visit: goo.gl/iVNQp3)

Emmy-winning filmmaker and creative entrepreneur, Lisa Russell, MPH who has 10+ years producing films and creative projects for UN/NGO agencies leads this series of online webinars focused on developing skills and insight on how to use your creative talents for the social good - and get paid doing it!

Geared towards artists and storytellers of all genres, global and public health advocates, communications specialists, students and others - whether they be newcomers or established in their careers - these bi-monthly webinars deliver exclusive insider information on how to develop and hone global storytelling skills responsibly, to guide those passionate about finding their purpose as a creative professional relevant in the global development field, learn how to identify and fund creative projects in ones field of interest and how to successfully and creatively execute an international project.



Wed, Nov 1, 2017, 3-4pm EST

  • To kick off this webinar series, filmmaker and creative entrepreneur Lisa Russell shares her personal journey toward finding her calling as a filmmaker producing films and creative projects for UN/NGO agencies. Although she never went to film school, her time working as a humanitarian aid worker, inspired her interest in storytelling which utilized her creative interests, her academic studies in global health and her desire to do good in the world. An avid speaker, she uses her experience to give guidance for those starting off their careers, making a career change or adding a more fulfilling element to established professionals who also want to exercise their creative sides. This webinar speaks to those who are defiant against "settling" for what many think "you should do" with your life, and how to set yourself free to find the international work and creative opportunities that has meaning for you.


Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 3-4pm EST

  • Although there are many ways to develop an international arts/creative project, many people get discouraged because they either don't have a lot of international experience or they don't know where to look for funding. Some feel it's a "Catch 22" - you can't get international work without international experience, but you can't get international experience if no one gives you a break. There are alternatives to this. Filmmaker and creative entrepreneur, Lisa Russell who creatively financed and produced her first international short film, shares her insight on outlets to identify potential funders, respond to RFPs (Request for Proposals) seeking creative consultants, or to position yourself as a creative professional who is interested in international projects. As a curator of artists at the UN, she also offers opportunities to artists and creative professionals to join her roster and participate in her various creative initiatives. This webinar speaks to those who are either established in their careers but want to learn ways to diversify their portfolio or those beginning their careers and want advice on how to secure their first project.


Wed, Nov 29, 3-4pm EST

  • One of the most valuable tools filmmaker and creative entrepreneur Lisa Russell provides to her workshop participants is an example of her winning proposals and that's because many RFPs (Requests for Proposals) from UN/NGO agencies, USAID and others are very complex and confusing. However, Lisa has written countless proposals and put together an equal number of budgets for a range of different international projects. She shares and breaks down some of the elements of her proposal in response to the criteria of an RFP. This webinar speaks to those looking for practical skills in writing proposals and budgets that include line items only experienced creative professionals in the global development sector would know to add in a budget.


Wed, Dec 13, 3-4pm EST

  • Once filmmaker and creative entrepreneur Lisa Russell secures a contracted gig or gets funding for an international project, there are a series of steps she takes that are necessary to ensure a safe and credible international production and effective roll out. She shares and breaks down the various processes needed to work legally in other countries, working in a setting where she doesn't speak the language, as well as how to creatively ensure a wide and diverse audience sees her work. This webinar speaks to those who want to be proficient in speaking to potential funders/donors about international projects, ensuring they meet all requirements to produce a creative project in another country, and how to find unique and innovative ways to build an audience for their work that doesn't require typical outlets (film festivals, social media, etc.)


$50 per seminar or $100 for all four.

After you enroll, you will receive, the day before, call in information. If you can't make the times, a password protected link to the recording of the webinar will be sent to you.

To sign up to receive information about future webinars and workshops, enroll in Lisa Russell's newsletter here: goo.gl/iVNQp3

For questions or more information, contact Lisa Russell at lisa@lisarussellfilms.com.

Media sponsorships are also available exchanging webinars for promotional help. Contact Lisa directly at lisa@lisarussellfilms.com.


"Thank you again for your engaging lecture at Hopkins last week. As a fledgling filmmaker pursuing an MPH, your story reminded me why I wanted to pursue a career at the intersection of public health and film in the first place"

- MPH student, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"I was so inspired by your hour long workshops at the training, I would love to go more in depth. "

- Fellow, Global Health Corps

"Hi Lisa, I wanted to say again how much I enjoyed meeting you at The Unite for Sight Conference a couple of weeks ago. As I had mentioned, being a scientist and a nurse, I had not originally intended to attend a workshop on filmmaking. However you really were the highlight of the conference for me!"

- Attendee, Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference

"Lisa Russell is a phenomenal speaker and inspirational role model for these students who want to emulate her and combine filmmaking/media with social justice issues/causes. As usual, she attracts an enthusiastic large group that wants to speak with her individually after the plenary."

- Faculty Advisor, National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism

"@lisarussellfim just inspired everyone in that room. You are incredible and your work is inspiring to so many."

- Tweet from attendee, Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference

"I was perusing your website and am wondering whether you would have an interest in speaking to a mental health audience about responsible/ethical storytelling and narrative justice. Psychiatrists pride themselves on narrative ability but you raise many concerns which are relevant to how we do our work."

- Professor, Yale University

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