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Julie Winokur


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.

The Sandwich Generation by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi

Millions of middle-aged Americans are caring for their children as well as their aging parents. When filmmaker-photographer pair Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi took in Winokur's 83-year-old father, they decided to document their own story.

Friends for Life by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi

At 76, Warren DeWitt was single and living alone. 90-year-old Arden Peters was caring for his Alzheimer-stricken wife. In Friends for Life, an unlikely commitment between these two gentlemen eases the burden of old age for both of them.

Curse of the Black Gold for Talking Eyes Media

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta takes a graphic look at the profound cost of oil exploitation in West Africa.

Vanishing Americana for MSNBC

Got milkmen? Just a few decades ago, glass milk bottles clinking in the chute signaled the start of a fresh day. Today only a few diehard local dairies still deliver to your doorstep.

Forever Young: Searching for an elixir of youth for MSNBC

Take 3 follows the journey of two women who take different paths In their quest to stay forever young.