Creative Documentary Filmmaker | PhD Research Candidate
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I'm a producer/documentary filmmaker using film and digital technology for positive social change. I’ve made documentary films for Channel 4 and Carlton TV and have shown my work on FourDocs, Current TV, The Community Channel, art galleries, museums, conferences, film festival platforms and have toured the length and breadth of Cornwall promoting film in rural settings.
Born and brought up in North London with Italian parentage, my first professional job was at the prestigious Working Title Films (1994 - 1997). I moved to West Cornwall in 1997 to pursue my filmmaking career while also working at BBC and Channel 4 on short-term contracts.
In 2006 I set up awen productions CIC with two other filmmakers. I have over 20 years of professional media experience and rural community participation. I'm a creative development producer with astute fundraising skills. I'm a director, self-shooter and editor.
At the heart of my work is to raise under-represented peoples voices through film. I’ve made creative documentaries on subjects as diverse as rural issues, archive film, local heritage/history, human rights, youth culture, disability, farming, globalisation and the environment. My practice has developed and evolved to push the boundaries of collaboration and authorship. I now tend to develop participatory/collaborative projects with communities to explore the film medium, concepts of place and identity and new storytelling models.
I am also a media educator running workshops for young people and adults with learning disabilities. I have worked with a large range of clients producing films for the private, public and educational sectors and commissions include Cornwall Council, Arts for Health Cornwall & IOS, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, English Heritage, The British Council to name but a few.
I have recently completed Home of Springs, Trengwainton, a 3-year collaborative project in partnership with the National Trust creating a documentary feature, interactive documentary, art based community workshops, exhibition and book. I am currently screening the creative documentary feature across Cornwall and Devon www.trengwaintonheritage.co.uk/home-springs-trengwainton-film-tour-2019
I am passionate about archive in particular archive film and photography. For five years I ran The Tre Project funded by South West Screen / Heritage Lottery and others. The project reached 35 communities across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly screening and making new films with archive materials.
My interest in collaborative film, creative storytelling and ideas around place, identity and culture has further developed into a practice-based PhD. In 2015 I was awarded one of Exeter’s College of Humanities Graduate School Penryn Doctoral Studentships to develop this work further where my first documentary feature film, King for a Day will be produced (2020). www.eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/barbarasanti
When I'm not making films you will find me on the Cornish cliffs walking our dog.