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Friday, July 14, 6:00-7:00 pm, Steven J. Ross Theater

With a powerful point of view evidenced in the critically acclaimed films ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE HURT LOCKER, and this summer’s highly anticipated DETROIT, Bigelow's body of work challenges genre norms and offers viscerally stunning portraits of characters and conflicts resonant to contemporary culture.

Join us as we discuss not only her journey as a director, producer, and writer but her thoughts on the role of VR and its impact on the future of storytelling, including her debut VR short film documentary "The Protectors—A Walk in the Ranger's Shoes."

Kathryn Bigelow, Director



Kathryn Bigelow is a two-time Academy Award®-winner and an artist of singular talent. As a director and producer, she has crafted a body of work that challenges genre norms and offers viscerally stunning portraits of characters and conflicts.

Bigelow’s upcoming film, DETROIT, is a crime drama which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, and is set against the backdrop of the city’s devastating riots that took place over five tumultuous summer days in 1967. Bigelow is director and producer of the ensemble film, which will be released by Annapurna Pictures on August 4, 2017.

Bigelow directed and produced the critically acclaimed ZERO DARK THIRTY, which garnered five Academy Award® nominations, including one for Best Picture. In 2010, THE HURT LOCKER earned her two Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Director. Chronicling an unseen side of the Iraq war while revealing the soul-numbing rigors of the modern battlefield, the film was hailed by Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss as “a near perfect movie,” and deemed “a classic of fear, tension and bravery which will still be studied twenty years from now” by The New Yorker’s David Denby.

Originally trained as a painter, Bigelow graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and was invited to study at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She then entered the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she earned her master’s degree. In 2011, MoMA honored Bigelow’s work in both film and the visual arts with a showcase and exhibition entitled "Crafting Genre: Kathryn Bigelow."

Bigelow supports many environmental and animal welfare charities including African Wildlife Foundation, Charity Water, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, WildAid, and Navel Special Warfare Family Foundation. In 2014, she created LAST DAYS, an evocative portrayal of the wildlife trafficking industry, profits for terrorist groups, and the threat of elephant extinction in only 11 years. Bigelow was later featured on the Enough Project’s panel on Capitol Hill where she—alongside an audience of activists, legislators, NGO staff, and representatives from the Departments of Defense, State, and the Interior—discussed cross-cutting issues from humanitarian, security, and wildlife protection agendas. As a result of the powerful conversation, Obama signed into law H.R. 2494—The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016—protecting elephants, rhinos and other endangered species from an international poaching and trafficking trade that is decimating animal populations worldwide and funding armed militias. Furthermore, China embraced the action and announced plans to end its domestic ivory trade, phasing out all ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017. In 2015, Bigelow was awarded The Humane Society of the United States Genesis Award for Outstanding Short Film. The award cited the "impactful story-telling to call critical attention to the link between terrorism and the ivory trade and its dire consequences for elephants.”

Greg Hittelman, Enough Project


Director of Communications

Greg Hittelman is Director of Communications at Enough, the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity (EnoughProject.org), and at The Sentry (TheSentry.org), a global investigative team co-founded by George Clooney. Greg is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and Forbes, and has spoken at numerous conferences, events and panels including the Milken Global Conference and the Pacific Council. His work has focused on the rising nexus of human rights, wildlife protection, the environment, transnational crime, and international security. 

A multidisciplinary strategist with expertise in media relations, advocacy campaigns, crisis communications, creative production, and media training, Greg works with companies, non-profits, institutions, executives, experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and thought leaders to shape public discourse and amplify innovative ideas to global audiences. Known for crafting high impact narratives pegged to the cultural moment, he has placed thousands of articles, op-eds, and interviews in the world's most influential media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME, National Geographic, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, PBS, NPR, and BBC. In 2017, he and his communications team at The Sentry were awarded the PR News Award for Best Non-profit Campaign for The Sentry’s investigative report “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay.”

Greg is director of the documentary “Willful Infringement,” an exploration of cutting edge intellectual property issues. The film originally premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was part of a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education program in 22 states, and is in libraries at 60 academic institutions including Princeton, Berkeley, and Stanford.

Previously, Greg was Deputy Director at the Conflict Awareness Project, an independent investigative initiative that tracks major arms traffickers and transnational criminal operations. 

Greg grew up on a ranch in Northern California, graduated with honors in English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, attended the advanced filmmaking program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He currently resides in Washington, DC.

Follow him on Twitter: @GregHittelman