Renee's artist profile
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Renee Fischer has spent 18 years creating 300+ videos highlighting the impact of philanthropy at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. In her other independent film work, she also strives to share stories which lift the human spirit, give voice to important social issues, and bring people together by highlighting commonalities.
Her most recent independent film, “Book By Its Cover,” is a 28-minute documentary that follows inmates at the Baltimore County Detention Center who participate in a reading and family reunification program that provides them the opportunity to have contact visits with their children. This film premiered on Maryland Public Television in 2021 and was nominated for a regional Emmy.
Her thesis film, “Those Who Trespass” about four elderly nuns who go to federal prison because of a peaceful protest, won a 2003 Student Academy Award. She is in pre-production for her next independent film.
Before going back to school at Stanford University to get her MA in documentary film, Renee had the opportunity to travel to places like Guatemala, Kosovo, and Rwanda as the director of broadcast media for Catholic Relief Services. She then immersed herself into the world of emergency medicine as an associate producer for the Discovery Health series, “The Critical Hour,” filmed at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland.
With a background in writing news articles to ad concepts, shooting photos on the fly and with more elaborate lighting set ups, Renee’s versatility may be best highlighted through the documentary films she produces, directs, writes, edits, and shoots.
Her editorial and photography work has been published in a variety of print and web publications, and her independent film work has been screened at multiple film festivals including the Maryland Film Festival, Cinequest, the Docs in Progress Community Film Festival, the DC Independent Film Festival, and the United Nations Association Film Festival.