Her filmography comprises three feature length documentaries, Home (2014), There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho (2010), and Allie Eagle and Me (2004), as well as four documentary shorts: Smoke Songs (2012), Michael & His Dragon (2010), Sick Wid It (2010), and Promenade (2011). Her wide interest in multi-media has lead her to work as a television editor, production manager, and cinematographer on both fiction and documentary projects, and she is highly involved in the New Zealand Film and Television community. In 2011-2012 she was a fulltime Instructor in Documentary Film Production at Florida Atlantic University. Briar has since moved to New Zealand and in 2013 worked for Attitude Pictures making television documentaries about people living with disabilities.  Since leaving Attitude she has been completing a feature documentary for Maori Television and Pacific Islanders in Communications.  Briar received an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video Production at Stanford University, and a B.F.A at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts. She shares the production company On the Level Productions, with Lyn Collie. In all of her work Briar hopes to challenge and inspire audiences, with a view that cinema is both a tool for social change and an important form of art-making.

 

Films by Briar March

Smoke Songs

Blackfire: a Native American punk-rock band with a message attempt to transfer their dark history of forced relocation, racism, and human rights violations, into a form of creative expression and youth empowerment.

Michael & His Dragon

A refreshing and poetic insight into the experience of post-traumatic stress disorder told from the perspective of a young Iraq war veteran.

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

Takuu, a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea, contains the last Polynesian culture of its kind.  Facing escalating climate change-related impacts, including a terrifying flood, community members Teloo, Endar, and Satty, take us on an intimate journey to the core of their way of life, their dreams and their fears. Will they relocate to war-ravaged Bougainville - becoming environmental refugees - or stay and fight to retain their unique language and culture? Two visiting scientists investigate on Takuu, leading audience and community to a greater understanding of the environmental impact.  However it is the community members' own meditations on what they stand to lose which allow us to truly understand climate change's implications.