Vicki Hughes

Vicki Hughes

Producer

Other Roles: Director

Areas of Focus: Documentaries

Biography

 

Vicki Hughes has been an independent Documentary Filmmaker and writer for over 20 years.  She arrived at her chosen profession by a circuitous route. The child of a US diplomat, she spent her childhood and adolescence living all over the world. After graduation from the University of Virginia with a degree in English and Religious Studies she took a year off from graduate school and went to teach at a Scottish high school in Tel Aviv, Israel where she taught comapative religion, English and history. The year turned in four years. Throughout her youth and early adulthood Vicki had been a keen student of natural history and as well as observing various cultures and religions in the Middle East, she continued to nurture that interest, spending countless hours watching wildlife. She returned to the US in 1985 determined to combine her love of writing and fascination with wildlife, cultures and religions into a creative and beneficial way of life. After teaching in the Washington area for a couple of years, she took a job in the film library at the National Geographic Society where she catalogued footage and identified animal species and behavior. On the job she learned about filmmaking and found an ideal way of combining her interests and training. While still working in the library, she researched, wrote and directed documentaries of the Educational Films division of the Society, and made her first independent film. In 1996 she left National Geographic to become a full time independent filmmaker. In the past 20 years she has written, produced and directed over 80 hours of broadcast programming and educational multi-media for the Discovery Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and GA&A Productions (Italy.) She sees her work as a way of helping audiences to understand the wonders of the world around us, using compelling storytelling as a way to inspire appreciation for the lives of other species and cultures, and in so doing encourage care for, and nurture of the incredible diversity of life. Vicki’s latest indepndent film “Finding Our Voices” which she wrote and directed for Dream Catcher Films was released in May of 2008. A departure from her usual nature, science and cultural subjects, this film celebrates courageous people who struggle for peace and the US constitution. Finding Our Voices received the award for Best Political Documentary at the Action on Film Festival, and best feature documentary at the West Hollywood Film Festival. 

In the past few years teaching has returned as an active element of Vicki’s life. She tutors various subjects to high school and college students, helps them enjoy learning and teaching time management skills. She also coaches adult writers and from time time writes for print publications including the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. 

Vicki Hughes has been an independent Documentary Film maker and writer for over 20 years.  She arrived at her chosen profession by a circuitous route.  The child of a US diplomat, she spent her childhood and adolescence living all over the world. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in English and Religious Studies she took a year off from graduate school and went to teach at a Scottish high school in Tel Aviv, Israel where she taught comparative religion, English and history.  The year turned into four years.  Throughout her youth and early adulthood Vicki had been a keen student of natural history and as well as observing various cultures and religions in the Middle East, she continued to nurture that interest, spending countless hours watching wildlife. She returned to US in 1985 determined to combine her love of writing and fascination with wildlife, cultures and religions into a creative and beneficial way of life.  After teaching in the Washington area for a couple of years, she took a job in the film library at the National Geographic Society where she catalogued footage and identified animal species and behavior.  On the job she learned about filmmaking and found an ideal way of combining her interests and training.  While still working in the library, she researched, wrote and directed documentaries for the Educational Films division of the Society, and made her first independent film.  In 1996 she left National Geographic to become a full time independent filmmaker.  In the past 20 years she has written, produced and directed over 80 hours of broadcast programming and educational multi media for the Discovery Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and GA&A Productions (Italy).   She sees her work as way of helping audiences to understand the wonders of the world around us, using compelling story telling as a way to inspire appreciation for the lives of other species and cultures, and in so doing encourage care for, and nurture of the incredible diversity of life.  Vicki’s latest independent film, “Finding Our Voices” which she wrote and directed for Dream Catcher Films, was released in May of 2008.  A departure from her usual nature, science and cultural subjects, this film celebrates courageous people who struggle for peace and the US constitution.  Finding Our Voices received the award for best political documentary at the Action on Film Festival, and best feature documentary at the West Hollywood Film Festival.

In the past few years teaching has returned as an active element of Vicki’s life.  She tutors various subjects to high school and college students, helps them enjoy learning, and teaches time management skills.  She also coaches adult writers, and from time to time writes for print publications, including The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. 

 

 

Vicki Hughes has been an independent Documentary Film maker and writer for over 20 years.  She arrived at her chosen profession by a circuitous route.  The child of a US diplomat, she spent her childhood and adolescence living all over the world. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in English and Religious Studies she took a year off from graduate school and went to teach at a Scottish high school in Tel Aviv, Israel where she taught comparative religion, English and history.  The year turned into four years.  Throughout her youth and early adulthood Vicki had been a keen student of natural history and as well as observing various cultures and religions in the Middle East, she continued to nurture that interest, spending countless hours watching wildlife. She returned to US in 1985 determined to combine her love of writing and fascination with wildlife, cultures and religions into a creative and beneficial way of life.  After teaching in the Washington area for a couple of years, she took a job in the film library at the National Geographic Society where she catalogued footage and identified animal species and behavior.  On the job she learned about filmmaking and found an ideal way of combining her interests and training.  While still working in the library, she researched, wrote and directed documentaries for the Educational Films division of the Society, and made her first independent film.  In 1996 she left National Geographic to become a full time independent filmmaker.  In the past 20 years she has written, produced and directed over 80 hours of broadcast programming and educational multi media for the Discovery Channel, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and GA&A Productions (Italy).   She sees her work as way of helping audiences to understand the wonders of the world around us, using compelling story telling as a way to inspire appreciation for the lives of other species and cultures, and in so doing encourage care for, and nurture of the incredible diversity of life.  Vicki’s latest independent film, “Finding Our Voiceswhich she wrote and directed for Dream Catcher Films, was released in May of 2008.  A departure from her usual nature, science and cultural subjects, this film celebrates courageous people who struggle for peace and the US constitution.  Finding Our Voices received the award for best political documentary at the Action on Film Festival, and best feature documentary at the West Hollywood Film Festival.

In the past few years teaching has returned as an active element of Vicki’s life.  She tutors various subjects to high school and college students, helps them enjoy learning, and teaches time management skills.  She also coaches adult writers, and from time to time writes for print publications, including The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.