Maggie Bowman is a documentary film producer and director. She is the co-director of We Are Witnesses: Chicago—a series of short films about Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system. The series, released in September 2019, is a collaboration with The Marshall Project and Illinois Humanities. As Series Producer for Hard Earned, she led the team at Kartemquin that made the 6-hour series about American families working low-wage jobs. Hard Earned won a duPont-Columbia Award in 2016, following domestic and international broadcasts on Al Jazeera. She was Fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley in 2017 and recently served as Kartemquin’s inaugural Artistic Fellow, a position in which she provided mentorship and creative guidance to members of the Kartemquin community at various stages of the filmmaking process.
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).
In addition to film work, Bowman has contributed to ESPN’s 30-for-30 podcast series, worked as a producer on the Brian Lehrer Show on New York public radio, and has created short-form stories in various media for a wide range of corporate and non-profit clients over the last 15 years. 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.
She is an active member of the Documentary Producers Alliance.