John Baynard has worked as a documentary filmmaker for 30 years. He has been cameraman on a wide range of documentaries, including Murder on the Rio San Juan (Frontline), Don King Unauthorized (Frontline), My Mother’s Murder (HBO), and Sister Aimee (American Experience). He has produced documentaries and magazine stories for the WGBH arts magazine program, Arts Closeup, ABC News’ Nightline and PBS. He has recently produced short stories for the Refugees International website about the refugee situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
John worked as the director, co-producer and cinematographer on the Frontline documentary, Secret Daughter, which received a national Emmy. Other awards he has received include two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, two Chicago International film Festival awards, twenty-one New England Emmys and five Boston Press TV Photographer of the Year awards.
In the past year, John has shot documentaries about one woman’s inspiring leadership in the movement against genocide in Sudan, the environmentalism and religion movement, and the struggle of a family in New Orleans to rebuild their lives after Katrina.
John is currently producing a video for UNICEF on Art in a Bag, an art therapy initiative. This grew out of the Kid to Kid project’s Tsunami Children, a short documentary about children in Sri Lanka and Indonesia whose lives were affected by the 2004 tsunami. He is also working on a documentary on Burmese refugees.