Charlene Music is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Costa Rica, who collaborates with international and humanitarian organizations to effect social change and empower communities through photography and film. After studying photography at Harvard, she worked as a filmmaker in India, where she produced domestic violence prevention films in collaboration with children and women in rural communities. Her work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States has won numerous international prizes including awards from the National Academy of Television, the University Film & Video Association, the Caucus Foundation, and Kodak. Her film Roz (and Joshua), about a mother's journey to reunite with her child in the face of destitution, showed in human rights festivals around the world, was the winning film at the Festival International des Tres Courts, in Paris, and won CINE's Special Jury Award. Her thesis film, Danza del Viejo Inmigrante, is a documentary about the challenges facing elderly Latino immigrants in the United States, and won the Best Documentary Award at the Big Sky and Angelus Film Festivals. Charlene received her MFA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and has since worked as a DP on feature documentaries, as well as with clients such as the Stanford Cochlear Implant Center and Facebook. She was an Associate Teacher of documentary film and photography for New York University's Study Abroad Program in Cuba, and she is currently a cinematographer for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant, 2009
Bill Lane Center for the American West film grant, Stanford University, 2009
Student Production Grant, The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation, Spring 2009
Honorable Mention, Kodak Eastman Scholarship Program, Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking, 2008
Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Cinematography Scholarship, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northern California Chapter, 2008
WorldStudio AIGA Scholarship, MTV Music Award and Orit Mardkha-Tenzer Award, 2007
Through moments of sacrifice and also of joy, elderly Latinos find the courage to forge a new life in the United States.
16mm color film
A little boy and his fisherman father confront life and death at the edge of the ocean, where their idle drag boat, the Anne Marie, blankets them in a dream.
circus is life is the story of the close ties of teenage friendship, on stage and off, and the hope that some things will never change.
16mm black and white film
Roz was separated from Joshua when he was only seven months. Twelve years have passed, yet with hope and an unbreakable spirit, Roz lives for the time when they will be reunited.