Cairo to the Cloud was produced, directed, filmed, and edited by award-winning filmmaker, Michelle Paymar. Her independent work has screened at festivals around the world and she has extensive credits as a director and writer of documentary and non-fiction television programs for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CBC, MTV, CTV, Travel, Discovery, History, and other major broadcasters.
Her production company, D-Facto Filmstudio, makes independent documentaries and promotional films for nonprofits and NGOs. Clients include Amnesty International (Canada), Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay (California), and the Ayubowan Women's Project (Sri Lanka). Earlier films include her pioneering AIDS documentary, For Our Lives, and Sippie, a documentary about classic blues artist Sippie Wallace (co-directed with Roberta Grossman).
She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Paymar is a member of the International Documentary Association, Women in Film, and the Director's Guild of America.
Selected Awards & Honours
Two CINE Golden Eagle Awards
Columbus International Film Festival, Silver Chris Award
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo
US International Film & Video Festival, Gold Camera Award
Videographer, Award of Excellence
New York Film Festivals, Silver
Aurora Awards, Best of Show for Documentary
Berkeley Film Festival, Best of Festival for Documentary
Summit Creative Award, Gold
Worldfest International Film Festival, Silver & Bronze
Telly Award, Bronze
Davey Award, Silver
National Endownment for the Humanities Grantee