Maggie Bowman

Director of Programming, Getting Real
International Documentary Association

Maggie Bowman is a documentary filmmaker who joined the staff of the International Documentary Association in early 2020 to lead programming for the Getting Real Conference. She is the co-director of We Are Witnesses: Chicago—an Emmy-nominated series about Chicagoans who have been touched by the criminal justice system. The series, released in September 2019, is a collaboration between The Marshall Project, Kartemquin Films and Illinois Humanities. It premiered on television, radio and print outlets in Chicago, as well as being a featured installation in the Envisioning Justice art exhibit. As Series Producer for Hard Earned, she led the team at Kartemquin that made the 6-hour series about American families working low-wage jobs. Hard Earned won a duPont-Columbia Award in 2016, following domestic and international broadcasts on Al Jazeera. Previously, Bowman produced Election Day, which follows a dozen American voters on November 2, 2004 (SxSW, POV). She was Fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley in 2017. She recently served as Kartemquin’s inaugural Artistic Fellow, a position in which she provided mentorship and creative guidance to Kartemquin filmmakers at various stages of the filmmaking process. Prior to her work in film, Bowman was a union organizer and consultant, working on campaigns with taxi drivers in the Bronx, nurses in Iowa, and home health aides in Brooklyn. She is an active member of the Documentary Producers Alliance.