About Founder, Sarah Carlson
Sarah Garcia Carlson is the founder and owner of Growing Films. She has been working over two decades was a professional filmmaker and videographer. While acquiring her BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, she began Editing for Emmy award winning Cinematographer Nancy Schiesari on her short film, “Loaves and Fishes,” which premiered at south by southwest festival and aired on PBS’s The Territory.
In May 2006, Sarah traveled with a group of American Artists to do a Video Installation on the side of the war-torn Hotel Europa for the Sarajevo Winter Festival on the theme of war. Carlson’s Dramatic short “Chicken,” about a poultry worker and his relationship with his immigrant mother, was accepted into competition at the LA Shorts Fest.
In 2009 Sarah created a half hour television doc, Food Deserts in a Land of Plenty, about community based solutions to fresh food access challenges in urban and rural communities throughout the midwest. This film was requested to air on several public televisions stations in Illinois. She premiered the piece with a panel discussion including Illinois Senator Jaqueline Collins, local African American farmers, community members and children from food desert impacted communities, and successful local food lobbyist Jim Braun, discussing community solutions to food justice issues .
Sarah received her MFA in Film Directing from Northwestern University, and now lives in the Hudson Valley. Her work professionally has taught her the reward of patiently watching.