Pilar Timpane is a filmmaker, photographer, and occasional writer. Her first love is the written story. It's been her aim to relate truthful character-driven narratives that educate, inspire, and transform, whatever the medium. She works on independent films, commissions, collaborations, and personal projects, with the aim of using storytelling for the social good.
Recently, Pilar is directing "Santuario," a documentary short about a woman facing deportation taking sanctuary in a North Carolina church. This project was the 2017 winner of the Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Short Documentary Program grant and mentorship at the New Orleans Film Festival (dir. Christine Delp). She is also producing "The Last Partera," a feature documentary about women helping women and midwifery (dir. Victoria Bouloubasis and Ned Phillips). She produced and edited "Una Mala Hierba/A Bad Weed" (dir. Monica Wise), a short documentary about a female farmworker in Southern California that was part of the America Heard Inaugural Release in 2017.
She was associate producer and editor of the award-winning oceanography documentary "Atlantic Crossing: A Robot’s Daring Mission," (dir. Dena Seidel) which premiered at the Smithsonian’s Baird Auditorium in 2010 and was featured in a two-year exhibit in Sant Ocean Hall. "Atlantic Crossing" screened at festivals and aired on PBS stations around the country.
Her photography and/or short films have appeared on various media outlets including The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Economist, MSNBC, The Financial Times, and elsewhere.
In 2013, she published an autobiographical essay in the feminist anthology "Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith." Her work on women's subjects and experience have been one focus of her work since 2009 when she produced the Transforming Lives Media Archive through the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University.
She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2009. She received a Masters degree magna cum laude from Duke University Divinity School in 2013, with a thesis in photographic ethics.
She has lived in various locations including New Jersey, France, and Mexico, but currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.