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Briar March

Briar March


Briar March is a filmmaker and Fulbright scholar. Her films have been broadcast on major television networks around the world, including PBS, Arte, and ABC Asia Pacific, have been released in commercial cinemas, and are regularly exhibited in film festivals. She has received over 20 international awards for her filmmaking, including the prestigious SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year Award, and a Qantas Film and Television Award for “Best Editing” in 2010. Her extensive filmography comprises two feature length documentaries, There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho (2010), and Allie Eagle and Me (2004), as well as four documentary shorts: Smoke Songs (2012), Michael & His Dragon (2010), Sick Wid It (2010), and Promenade (2011). In addition to these, Briar directs music videos, magazine shows, and is a practicing artist in the medium of video and photography. Her wide interest in multi-media has lead her to work as a television editor, production manager, and cinematographer on both fiction and documentary projects. Briar shares the production company On the Level Productions, with Lyn Collie, with offices in the United States and New Zealand, and is currently a fulltime Instructor in Documentary Film Production at Florida Atlantic University. She received an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video Production at Stanford University, and a B.F.A at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts. In all of her work Briar hopes to challenge and inspire audiences, with a view that cinema is both a tool for social change and an important form of art-making.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2011
Anne Reid Scholarship, 2010
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, 2010
Anne Reid Scholarship, 2009
Fulbright Scholarship, 2009
AMP Scholarship Supreme Award, 2009
Phi Delta Theta Foundation Scholarship, 2009

Smoke Songs 

hd video
JUNE, 2011
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What do you get when you mix Navajo culture, politics, and punk-rock?  The answer: Blackfire; a Native American family band with a message.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National Finalist - Documentary, Student Academy Awards, 2012
Audience Award, Best Short, SF IndieFest, 2011
Finalist, Angelus Student Film Awards, 2011
Nominee, IDA (International Documentary Association) David L.Wolper Student Awards, 2011
Finalist, Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2012
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2013
UNAFF, 2012
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2012
DOXA Film Festival (Canada), 2012
Mountain Film in Telluride, 2012


16mm color film
JUNE, 2010

Promenade is a nostalgic yet incisive glance at America’s iconic coming of age ritual...the high school prom. In front of the lens, teenage whimsy takes on unexpected depth as young women prepare to launch themselves into a golden, imagined future.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2012

Sick Wid It 

hd video
Co-directed by Ryan Malloy
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Seen through the eyes of Antoine Sawyer, a talented TURF dancer, Sick Wid It explores how one dance style, born on the streets of Oakland, is giving youth a way to express themselves on the dance floor and in life.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Community Engagement Award, Media That Matters Film Festival, 2011
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2011
Oakland International Film Festival, 2011
New Zealand International Film Festival, 2010

Michael and His Dragon 

16mm black and white film

Michael and His Dragon is a fresh insight into the experience of post traumatic stress disorder told from the perspective of a contemporary veteran.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Film in the Social & Political Issue Category, International Student Documentary Competition, 2011
Semi-finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival Awards, 2011
Artistic Vision Award, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2011
Best Documentary Short, Stanford Film Festival, 2011
Best Short Documentary, Sehsüchte Festival, Berlin, 2010
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2011
Goethe-Institute Film Screening, San Francisco, 2011
Open Show, Stanford University, 2011
VisionFest, New York, 2010
New Zealand International Film Festival, 2010



June 11, 2011

Free and open the public

June 11, 2010

Free and open to the public

March 18, 2010

Free and open to the public

December 10, 2009

Free and open to the public