TAMARA GURBIS

FOUNDER, WORKSHOP STRATEGIST & VIDEO SERIES PRODUCER-DIRECTOR

Tamara completed her undergraduate studies in sociology at the University of Nantes, France where she also taught as a lecturer. Later, she studied filmmaking in the Soviet Union in the midst of its collapse in the early 90's.  While there, she collaborated on projects with film and theater directors from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (formerly VGIK), actors and other performing artists.

Returning to the United States, she lived in New York City for a decade where she taught as an adjunct film instructor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She also worked professionally as a freelance videographer and producer. In 2005, a film project welcomed her to the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

For a decade and half, she has filmed, produced, and directed documentary and narrative films as well as promotional and commercial videos for the nonprofit, marketing, and entertainment sectors including international video projects in Haiti, Guatemala, Brazil and others.

She also serves as a community research member at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and The Rule of Law (CDDRL), and formerly volunteered as a SF+Acumen ambassador for Acumen Fund.

She's strongly drawn to story themes which bridge understanding between different cultures, perspectives, and walks of life. At the base of her passion is also the belief that very human and universal stories are better vehicles for illuminating, informing and influencing than only hard facts.

You can also read her Introductory Statement about why she founded The Lens.