Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. Irene’s most recent film, One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp, explores how children grieve and it won the 2014 Emmy for Best Children’s Programming. In 2011, she directed Saving Pelican 895 for HBO, which also won an Emmy for its affecting music score and followed the life of a single bird rescued from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. For her 2009 short-subject film The Final Inch, Irene was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award, three Emmys, and won the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award for cinematic excellence. In 2007, Irene turned the camera on her own family to make her first feature-length documentary Hear and Now, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and went on to receive numerous Audience and Jury awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America. Irene’s passion for documentary portraiture began as a still photographer with her landmark book, Buddhas in Disguise, about disabled people living in the mountains of Nepal. She went on to make her first film for UNICEF in 1993, throughout the 90s produced numerous award-winning television documentaries for HBO, A&E, The History Channel and Fox, and has continued to work diligently with NGOs globally. She founded Vermilion Films in 2004.