Award winning documentary filmmaker and interactive producer Calamandrei began her journey into the world of American captive bred tigers in 2003—when a long time tiger owner in the New York area (the tiger lady
Joan Byron Marasek) was forced to surrender 24 tigers, found to be living in unsafe, inhumane conditions. Following those tigers to their new home in Texas led the filmmaker to a myriad of other captive bred tiger stories around the country. Camilla has previously produced and directed two other independent documentaries about uniquely American stories that were broadcast on PBS and abroad. The historical documentary Prisoners in Paradise
was voted Best of Festival at the Rhode Island Film Festival in 2001, and the short subject documentary about Ballroom dancing At Arm's Length
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990. In addition to making documentary films, Camilla has worked as live action director/producer for The Jim Henson
Company, and as a producer of interactive media for Scholastic and LEGO.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
Camilla Calamandrei Facts
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