Denise M. Stilley Channeled her film career toward the real and fleeting, captured moments and messages in documentary filmmaking. She received a Bachelor’s in Film Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara, completing a thesis on “Imperfect cinema techniques and indigenous filmmaking”. Shortly after, she moved to Queensland, Australia to obtain her Master’s Degree in Film and Television Production. Stilley has worked on projects internationally to provide global awareness and connection, from the frozen Patagonia ice caps to the sources of the Amazon River, from women’s abortion rights in Mexico to bird observation routes in Peru.
When Denise returned to Flagstaff in 2009, she partnered with the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival to create the Emerging Filmmaker Program, which has successfully produced award winning documentaries. Now in its 4th year, the program is an enormous creative outlet for the youth, generating community collaboration and exposing local/regional issues to the public.