2019 Fellow

Sara Barger

Sara has traveled the world making short films as a producer and editor, producing content for the U.S. State Department, USAID, Discovery Channel, and think tanks. Her work has taken her to Iraq, Congo, India, China, Tibet, El Salvador, and Honduras. She teaches filmmaking at Old Dominion University. Sara recently completed a short documentary The Southern Ladies about the struggles of being gay in Pittsburgh, and is currently in production on Madison, about a family that is battling their nine-year old daughter's brain cancer through medical cannabis treatment even though it is not legal in their state.

Fellowship Project: Madison follows a family as they skirt the law and pay a stranger across the country $1,500/month to get the cannabis products needed to treat pain, seizures, and chemotherapy side effects of their nine-year-old daughter who is battling brain cancer.