Cynthia White has an MFA in Film and Television from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Over the past ten years she has worked on several award winning projects, both documentary and narrative. After two years of working for a literary television show hosted by Antonio Skármeta (Il Postino), El Show de los Libros, in Santiago Chile she produced and directed a short documentary, Sobarzo Pega Fuerte which won best documentary at the Valdivia International Film Festival and was later broadcast on TVN, Chile. In 2000, Cynthia joined Emmy award winner Bill Moyers’ production team in New York City and worked as an assistant producer and editor on his feature length documentary called America’s First River: stories from the Hudson.

More recently, she has produced and directed many short films and documentaries in the San Francisco area. Gordo, a film she produced, screened at many national film festivals and won two separate audience awards and is annually broadcast on Showtime Cable Network. Bird Dog, a short film she wrote and directed, is currently in distribution through OUAT Media in Toronto, Canada and aired on Movieola The Short Film Channel.

Cynthia now lives in Perth Australia as a freelance filmmaker and multi disciplinary artist. Her projects in Australia include documentary films Death Down Under (co-directed with Kathy High, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Ship Spotters. Her multi media instillation Here, There and Everywhere was part of a Fremantle Art Center residency and exhibited at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in 2011. Other work includes documenting BioArts research projects at SymbioticA, University of Western Australia and embarking on a new project documenting people’s autobiographical memories.


There are a million ways to tell a story. As a filmmaker, the narrative challenge is to translate inspiring elements of character and experience into a visual body of work that successfully leads the audience on a journey between imagination and reality, provoking the viewer to see the world in a different light.

We are surrounded by curious happenings and the impulse to understand them is unyielding. I am intrigued by these everyday nuances, often simple moments of happiness, loneliness, and human connectedness. I try to express these with both humor and tenderness in order to create a dialogue of shared experiences.