Maggie Bowman is a documentary film producer and director. She was the Series Producer for Kartemquin’s Hard Earned, a 6-part series about American families working low-wage jobs. Hard Earned won the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University in 2016, following national and international broadcasts on Al Jazeera. In 2016-17, Bowman was a Postgraduate Fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, where she began a documentary project on student debt. She is currently serving as Kartemquin's inaugural Artistic Fellow.
Previously, Bowman produced Election Day (Arts Engine), a verite documentary that follows a dozen American voters on November 2, 2004. The film, directed by Katy Chevigny, premiered at SxSW in March 2007 and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series "POV" in July, 2008. She directed the Catholic stories for The Calling (Kindling Group), a 4-hour series for PBS's "Independent Lens" (2010) that follows Americans entering the clergy in four different faiths over the course of a year. She served as a field producer for The Good Mother (Redglass Pictures) for ARTE France (2009).
Previously, she associate-produced Unfinished Country (Two Tone Productions), a film about Haiti's 2006 presidential elections for the PBS foreign affairs series "Wide Angle." Bowman has produced for the Brian Lehrer Show, a public affairs talk show on New York Public Radio; she line-produced the documentary short Dimmer, about a group of blind teenagers in Buffalo, New York (Sundance 2005); and does production work in film and television and for corporate and non-profit clients. She served as senior producer at leading Chicago design agency VSA Partners for three years, where she produced and directed short pieces for clients in financial and technology sectors.
Prior to her work in film, Bowman was a union organizer and consultant for five years, working on campaigns with taxi drivers in the Bronx, nurses in Iowa, and home health aides in Brooklyn, among others. She spent a year working in New York City government (Economic Development Corporation) as part of the New York City Urban Fellows Program and graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in American Studies.
Films by Maggie Bowman
- Hard Earned 2015
- Series Producer
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