Julie Winokur is a writer and documentary film producer who uses the visual power of film to catalyze positive social change. She is Executive Director of Talking Eyes Media, which she founded with her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi.
Winokur’s work has appeared on PBS, National Geographic online, MediaStorm, MSNBC.com, and in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and The Washington Post, among others.
Her passion for social advocacy has produced multi-year projects including the one-hour film "Aging in America: The Years Ahead", and its companion book and traveling exhibition, as well as the on-going project "Denied: The Crisis of America’s Uninsured".
Winokur’s dynamic approach to documentary filmmaking drove her to turn the camera on her own family in the short film The Sandwich Generation, in which Winokur and her husband chronicled their personal challenges caring for their two children and Winokur’s aging father. The film has been featured on MSNBC.com, MediaStorm, AARP.org, and Good Morning America, and has been solicited by various organizations for community outreach and education on care giving.
In 2008, Winokur completed Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta, a short-form multimedia video that uses the voices of Niger Deltans and dramatic photographs by Kashi to expose the enormous costs and devastating impact of oil exploration. The film won First Place Multimedia at the 2008 New York Photo Festival Awards and has been featured at The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and The Open Society Institute with Kashi’s photographic exhibition, as well as on various websites including CNN, NPR, Slate and the Atlantic Monthly.