Catherine Yrisarri has spent her career developing global media projects and crafting stories for major media outlets, brands and scientific agencies. This past year, she developed and produced the first immersive Virtual Reality series that chronicles climate change for Participant Media and Al Gore that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. In tandem, she directed a film that chronicles the wave of emerging female politicians during the 2016 – 18 election cycle.
Starting her career with National Geographic, she has editorially and creatively crafted several international series exploring politics, sex, science and also developed the faith-based documentary series Belief that Oprah calls “her life’s work.” Over the years, she helped define the creative vision for a wide range of brands, and has worked on stories in over 50 countries around the globe for top clients and media outlets such as New York Times T Brand Studio, Netflix, National Geographic and many others. She has extensively covered environmental issues around the world from water scarcity, deforestation, climate change, and most recently the declining coral reef around the world that both won a 2018 Emmy for best documentary film and Sundance Film Festival audience award.
With a basis of knowledge in ecology, climate and culture and storytelling – she consults for scientific, storytelling and cultural foundations and institutes. When not translating ideas into stories, she can be found in the hills of Colorado with her close friends, family and pup Rosey.