Ellie Walton grew up in Washington, D.C. and has committed her life’s work to sharing stories that inspire connection across social and cultural dividing lines and reveal beauty in surprising places. Since 2002, she has directed and produced a range of participatory documentaries, from an ex-guerrilla radio station in Guatemala to prisons in London, from a Home Depot parking lot to one of the nation’s oldest mental hospitals. Ellie’s feature length documentaries include Chocolate City (2007), Igual Que Tú (2009), Walk With Me (2012), and Fly By Light (2015). Ellie’s unique approach to filmmaking has been recognized by the Humanities Council of Washington DC, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to an individual artist in Washington, DC.