MARA LEGRAND: FILMMAKER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER, VIDEOGRAPHER, DIGITAL STORY PRODUCTION, STORY CRAFTING, CREATIVE LEAD,
Filmmaker: Skydancer Productions– A Video Production and Small Press Publishing Company. We specialize in featuring unsung heroes through digital story telling. Our Life Stories are your life stories. Or the stories we craft are of someone special to you. You provide photography and some video ( if you have it). You provide a timeline and select a style of music or specific songs.
Filmmaking has been a rewarding career for Mara LeGrand. As the Director of Skydancer Productions she discovered and shone a bright and beguiling light on the faces and life of unsung heroes; humans and animals. Now, as of spring, 2019, Skydancer Productions will focus on LIFE STORIES, HERITAGE FILMS, LEGACY FILMS, YOUR TRUE STORIES.
SKYDANCER PRODUCTIONS – MARA LEGRAND
The mission of SKYDANCER PRODUCTION’S Internationally acclaimed Documentaries: to educate and inspire stewardship of nature and all of it’s inhabitants. Skydancer Production documentaries have been broadcast on PBS nationally and as special screenings around the world,
Writer, Director, Producer, Videographer, Researcher, Editor, Marketing, Public Relations of multi – award winning Independent films receiving National broadcast on PBS and International distribution. Skydancer Production’s
Producing and Directing films required extensive travel coordination involved for the shoots and interviews as well as to film festivals. All films included extensive location scouting, detail management and meeting deadlines and budget, script writing, casting, coaching, dailies, set design, props, costuming, production development, licensing, compliances, theatrical release, child actor liaison, continuity assurance, venue negotiation, social media, fundraising and design and production of collateral material. View some of our promotional you-tube videos or film Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/user/skydancerproductions
Mara LeGrand: Authors Rep: National Library Sales via Baker and Taylor and Ingram – Represented: “When We Were Nine”, and 21st Century Divorce Books. A contract of Skydancer Productions
WILD HORSES IN WINDS OF CHANGE: A broadcast documentary and digital series developed to raise awareness about the disappearing lands for wild horses and of the imperative of our interconnectedness with nature and responsibility of stewardship. World Premiere at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood CA. Prestigious Telly Award winner. Winner of many Best Environmental Film Awards.
HEART & SOIL: A multi award winning family film inspiring families to grow more of their own food, or support the local farmers who do. Best Environmental film awards.
ED MEETS HIS MAKER: An award winning short feature film helping children overcome loss and isolation. Filmed in Sebastapol CA. Co-Produced with “When We Were Nine” productions.
Piedmonte’ Italy Dept of Agri-Tourism – Educational/ Film location scouting 2015- Presenter following showing of my documentary, Heart & Soil for Turin Epicurean International conference. Short digital film series in process.
Writer, Public Health Worker: China, Tibet, Nepal- 1984-1985
WEST MEETS EAST: A Documentary sponsored by John’s Hopkins & Harvard Medical Schools initiated to help prepare intern physician volunteers for the conditions of clinics in the developing world.
Writer- Host: YOUR HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS: A weekly public radio show.
Columnist: GEZINS WELZAIN: A weekly newspaper column on wellness.
Screen Writer- Eight original screen plays. Two purchase options. .
Publicity Director: Screen Writer’s Conference, Santa Fe, NM
Involved extensive travel, public speaking and travel arrangements and event production for producers, screenwriting teachers and for keynote speakers.
Photo-Journalist: Numerous Press Awards. Years of Front Page, Award Winning Photo- Feature Stories as a free lance journalist. Front Page award winning journalism featured many un-sung heroes living and growing old, unseen until Mara LeGrand told their LIFE STORIES.
Owner, Director, Marketing, Public Relations, Sales, Staff Management, CUSTOMER SERVICE, Safety & Legal compliance, inventory & budget management
Skydancer International Health Retreat– A destination rejuvenating wellness retreat in Durango CO. Involved international marketing, travel as an inspiring workshop presenter resulting in retreat sales. Coordinated every aspect of guest services, legal compliances, budget, food preparation and daily operations. Provided customized health rejuvenation services. Conceived of , Designed, Developed, Produced marketing and advertising print material.
LeGrand Adventures: An outdoor adventure and river outfitting business with a focus on week-long specialty, educational and leadership trips. Special Educational offerings included: Women In Leadership, Family Wellness, Botany, Geology, Quit Smoking and 21 day Grand Canyon river trips. Developed and Designed Marketing and Advertising material.
Publication Development, Commercial Printing Sales: Hirschfeld Press, American Web, Intermountain Color, Denver CO. Development and Sales of new magazines.
Director of Development and Instruction: Boulder Parks & Recreation. Developed the first wellness program for city of Boulder Colorado, Instructed and managed a wide range of classes.
Director Health Education: Denver Public Health. Responsible for Program development & Direction, Grant Writing, Staff Development, Event Planning Coordination, Individual & group nutrition counseling, Newsletter development, Editor in Chief.
Moved to Oregon Memorial Day 2016.
Substitute Teacher K-12 – Washington County schools, Oregon:
Saturday Academy summer camps, SEEDs enrichment TTSD
Instruct Filmmaking, Digital Storytelling and Screenwriting
Authors Rep: National Library Sales via Baker and Taylor and Ingram
TSCP – Oregon Teachers license -2017 to present
M.S. / Ph.D – Holistic Studies, American University 1999
BA – Pre-Med/ Communications: Colorado Mesa University 1980
As a child, I traveled and studied in the Mid-east, Europe and Northern Africa.
In my adult life I’ve taken several, extensive trips to Tibet, Nepal, China, India, Thailand, Italy where I either studied, researched, filmed and wrote or worked in public health. I’ve vacation traveled to: Ireland, Costa Rica, Belize, Chile, Ecuador, Canada, Mexico, and all over the U.S.