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Skye Fitzgerald is a filmmaker who has explored complex issues of human rights and social justice on a global scale for nearly twenty years.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Fitzgerald has collaborated with or received support from the Sundance Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the State Department and the Paul Robeson Fund among others for his independent documentary work.

In 2006 Skye Fitzgerald was named a Fulbright Research Scholar in order to research and produce the film Bombhunters, which provided an unsettling glimpse into the effects of unexploded ordnance on Cambodian people. Fitzgerald’s most recent film, 50 Feet from Syria, was shortlisted for the 88th Academy Awards in the Documentary Short Subject category.

Fitzgerald has been recognized by publications such as Variety, LA Weekly, Asian Reporter and Documentary Drive for his unflinching portraits of burgeoning social issues in 20+ countries.

50 Feet from Syria is not a medical film. It is a film about humanity.

Documentary Drive

Each of Fitzgerald’s projects chronicle the personal journeys of individuals as they unfold within larger political, social, and ideological constructs. These journeys are frequently entrenched in violence, tension, and heartbreak — and yet, as seen through eyes of individuals in Fitzgerald’s films, endemic of a resilient and hopeful human spirit. The resulting footage is emotional and undeniably raw, something that Fitzgerald does not take lightly as a filmmaker.

“It’s far too easy to either sanitize content or include something that is graphic simply for gratuitous effect,” Fitzgerald explained in a ProductionHUB feature about 50 Feet from Syria. “I tried to manage a tension between accuracy and truthfulness and not being so graphic as to make the film unwatchable.” This perspective has shaped each of Fitzgerald’s films.

In addition to his own works, Skye Fitzgerald has lensed work for Dateline NBC, VICE News, CNN, Discovery Channel, Mercy Corps, Travel Channel, History Channel, Weinstein Company, ABC, MSNBC, NHK, Kaiser Permanente and the Portland Trailblazers.

See Skye’s production company website, Spin Film, to learn more.

Select Awards and Honors


Award of Excellence, Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA)


Best Documentary Feature, San Diego Asian Film Festival (Finding Face)


Best Film, Astoria International Film Festival (Finding Face)


Special Jury Prize - Human Rights, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Finding Face)


Jury Award - DOXA (50 Feet from Syria)


Audience Award - Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (50 Feet from Syria)


Courage Award - Disorient