About Brooke

I was born a storyteller.
That is why I have dedicated
the last decade
to honing
my craft. 

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MY STORY: 
 

As a visual storyteller, it has always been my mission to utilize my skills and knowledge to enhance the stories of communities and individuals around the world. Effective storytelling is a talent that I've honed over the last decade.

My first feature-length documentary The Connected Cup  was filmed and edited over the course of 3 years across 9 countries. During the journey of creating my feature documentary, I was a solo-female traveler working on visual stories in 22 countries. While creating videos and photography series for organizations, non-profits, and businesses around the world, I noticed that there is a need for non-extractive storytelling techniques in mission driven narratives. When I work with organizations to effectively share their story, I combine my Journalism background, Filmmaking practices, and Humanitarian heart to create visuals with an impact. I love creating visuals that fuel human to human connection. 

As a former Division 1 athlete at the University of Iowa, I adapted quickly to the structure, dedication, and time management needed as a student athlete. Those skills, along with a steadfast work ethic, allowed me to start my production company at 23 years old. 

My full professional biography can be found below. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me! Please feel free to reach out. 

 Professional Biography

Brooke Bierhaus is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, and visual storyteller. Creator of the feature length documentary, The Connected Cup, Brooke specializes in narrative driven storytelling with an immersive approach.

 

The Connected Cup follows the global language of coffee and tea as a universal means of human connection, and how clean water plays a vital role in this fabric of the human experience. Filmed across 9 countries and in 9 languages to further the idea of a universal language.

Brooke is a published National Geographic TopShot Photographer, and works on stories that bridge Anthropology and Journalism through effective visual storytelling. From summiting Mount Kilimanjaro to reporting in a conflict zone on the outer border of Syria, Brooke handles stressful situations with care and purpose.

Brooke was awarded a Women In Film & Television grant in 2019 to finish her short documentary Women of the West Bank. Her work has appeared in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, NBC Sports, Global Coffee Festival, Bloom Magazine, NBC, FOX, and UNICEF to name a few. Brooke is a recipient of Doc Society and Exposure Lab’s Climate Story Lab - South 2021 social impact production cohort for her current documentary with Quapaw Nation: “Regeneration of Land and Culture”.

After interning at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C she began her career in wildlife reporting and photography abroad. Brooke’s background in human rights and ethnology, influenced her to begin working with communities surrounding wildlife areas to share stories of conservation, co-existing, and Indigenous origins. 

Brooke is driven by creating work that makes people feel seen, heard, and valued. A graduate of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and currently pursuing her Masters in Cultural Anthropology. Brooke is certified in Hostile Environment First Aid through the Global Journalist Security 2019.

Who I've worked with recently: 

National Geographic Top Shot Image
YourShot Photographers - 2018


Exposure Labs Climate Lab - US South
Doc Society & Exposure Labs - 2021

Grand Jury Winner 
 
Coffee Art Project Los Angeles2019

Official Selection - Short Documentary 
Sunscreen Film Festival - 2021
 

Short Film Finishing Fund
Women in Film Florida - 2020

The Connected Cup Screening
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville Arkansas 
June 2020


Global Coffee Festival Screening
The Connected Cup 
 November 2020

New York Coffee Festival
New York City, NY
October 2019

Il Mundo in una Tazza
Rome, Italy
June 2015 and again March 2019

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