Kadri Koop is an Estonian filmmaker, cinematographer and editor based in the Bay Area. She has spent all of her independent life studying and working in various parts of Europe and Asia from Amsterdam to Singapore. Her work experience extends from her native Tallinn to Beijing, London and Havana. She thrives in foreign production climates and has producing experience in Estonian, English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Having worked in TV-commercials, narrative film and independently as a documentary filmmaker, she mixes various modes of storytelling. Kadri is drawn to character-driven stories depicting the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary paths. Her short films deal with an array of characters: from a gravestone maker in the Bay Area to a community of Latin American artists in San Francisco and from a crossing guard in Silicon Valley to an ex-Black Power militant living as a fugitive in Cuba.
Her films have screened at film festivals from the US to the Middle East, and her work has been featured in various online publications including AJ+ Español, The Atlantic Editor’s Pick Series and Rompeviento TV.
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.
SF DocFest, 2016
Cheap Cuts, UK, 2016
HotDocs Doc Shop & Doc Shop Online, Canada, 2016
Cannes Shorts Corner, France, 2016
Visions du Réel Doc Outlook International Market Media Library, Switzerland, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2016
Stranger Stories: Documentaries by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, 2015
Three Latin American artists collaborate on an exhibition to raise awareness of 43 missing Mexican students.
16mm black and white film
A third-generation gravestone magnate reflects on memorializing one's legacy.
"Night at the Museum", Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 2016
Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, 2015
Manchester Film Festival, UK, 2015
San Francisco DOC Fest, 2015