Pilar Timpane is an award-winning filmmaker and producer based in Durham, NC. She also works as a multimedia producer, 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 social change.
Recently, Pilar co-directed and produced "Santuario" (w/Christine Delp) a documentary short about a woman facing deportation taking sanctuary in a North Carolina church. This project was the 2018 Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at New Orleans Film Festival, 2018 and premiered at Hamptons International Film Festival 2018. In 2017, Santuario won the Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Short Documentary Program grant and mentorship at the New Orleans Film Festival. Santuario is traveling to festivals across the country in 2019 and was broadcast nationally on UNC-TV’s documentary program ReelSouth as well as internationally on AlJazeera’s documentary strand Witness.
She is also producing "The Last Partera," a 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 featured in the Atlantic Selects.
Her documentary projects have been supported by Tribeca Film Institute, Women in Film / Stella Artois Finishing Fund, the Southern Documentary Fund, Working Films, the Fledgling Fund, and others.
She was associate producer and assistant 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 PBS stations, AlJazeera Witness, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Economist, MSNBC, The Financial Times, and elsewhere. She has been on various panels to discuss ethics in documentary film, sanctuary, and social change (Allied Media Conference 2018, Skidmore College MDOCS Storytellers Forum 2018, ASAP/10 2018, SXSW 2019).
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 with her family in Durham, North Carolina.