Award-Winning Filmmaker Weaves Personal Stories with World Problems

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Sean Peoples is an award-winning international film producer who documents strong and compelling personal stories and weaves them with major global issues and policy questions. It is a unique form of storytelling.

Until recently, Peoples was a multimedia producer/program associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he spent 9.5 years. He is now a producer at Think Out Loud Productions.

Peoples has been heralded by The New York Times as one of a “new generation of visual communicators who are breaking down conventional definitions of media.”

On a recent visit to the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, Peoples talked about his filmmaking career with WOUB’s Tom Hodson.

People’s latest film, Broken Landscape: Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke Point, premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2015. Since then, it has been selected for a number of film festivals including the Athens International Film + Video Festival.

The film focuses on the battle between coal mining and water quality in a remote area of India. It features the human stories behind a battle between clean and safe resources and jobs and economic survival.

It has won numerous awards including a Silver Telly Award where it was selected for recognition from over 12,000 entries.

Recently it was shown on CNN India to over 54 million viewers. Soon the film will appear on the National Geographic website.

Tom Hodson (left) and Sean Peoples in WOUB's Studio B (Geoff Dabelko)
Tom Hodson (left) and Sean Peoples in WOUB’s Studio B (Geoff Dabelko)