Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. Her first feature film, Hear and Now, a documentary memoir about her deaf parents, won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2007, and went on to win numerous Jury and Audience awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America. Her next film, The Final Inch, a short film about the global effort to eradicate polio, was nominated for an Academy award, multiple Emmys, and won the IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. After the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Irene followed the life of a single bird found coated in oil, and with HBO made Saving Pelican 895 which won an Emmy for its affecting music. In 2014, she directed One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp, which won the 2014 Prime Time Emmy for Best Childrens Programming. In 2016 she released with HBO Beware the Slenderman, a haunting exploration of an internet Bogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who attempted to kill for him and Open Your Eyes, her short film following one Nepali family’s struggle to regain their sight.

Irene has also worked as a journalist with CBS News, made numerous television documentaries, and for 10 years worked as a Himalayan mountain guide. She is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She founded Vermilion Films in 2006.

Grant Winning Project: Beware The Slenderman (2016)

2016 Nantucket Film Festival, Adrienne Shelley Excellence in Filmmaking Award
Beware the Slenderman

2015 Primetime Emmy Award, Best Director – Outstanding Children’s Programming
One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp

2013 Hamptons International Film Festival, Audience Award – Best Short
One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp

2012 News & Documentary Emmy Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound
Saving Pelican 895

2011 Ashland Independent Film Festival, Best Short Film – Documentary
Saving Pelican 895

2010 News & Documentary Emmy Award Nominations:
Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound
The Final Inch

2009 Academy Award Nomination, Best Documentary Short
The Final Inch

2009 Heartland Film Festival, Crystal Heart Award – Short Film
The Final Inch

2009 International Documentary Association Pare Lorentz Award
The Final Inch

2008 Peabody Award
Hear and Now

2008 EBS International Documentary Festival, Audience Award
Hear and Now

2007 Heartland Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature
Hear and Now

2007 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award – Documentary
Hear and Now

2002 News and Documentary Emmy, Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Heart of the Country, CBS Sunday Morning

Web Links:
Vermilion website:
Hear and Now film website:
Hear and Now film trailer:
The Final Inch film website: