Marie-Helene Carleton

Four Corners Media

Marie-Helene Carleton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.  Most recently, she has directed five documentaries for Al Jazeera English, one of which won Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Festival of Television and Film in 2014.  

She has been working on a feature film about the refugee crisis, Light on the Sea which premiered as a short film on Vanity Fair.  Another short film about the refugee crisis also played on The Intercept.  Her short film about the Egyptian uprisings in Tahrir Square of 2011, Four Women, One Revolution, won the Women and Girls Matter award for Media that Matters. Her story about Syrian refugees in Lebanon for Vanity Fair and her three part online documentary for the Financial Times have both been Webby Honorees.

 Her film work has appeared on Al Jazeera English, Vanity Fair, BBC America, the New York Times, the Financial Times, HDNet’s World Report and Granta Magazine, among others and screened at film festivals in the US and internationally.

She has been awarded artist fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was selected to participate in the inaugural Film Independent Documentary Lab in LA, the IFP Documentary Film Lab. 

Marie-Helene is a co-founder, with Micah Garen of the award-winning film production company, Four Corners Media, and co-founder of, a could-based platform for the independent film community offering a simple way to get collaborative feedback on video cuts, which launched at Hot Docs in 2015.