Brooke Bierhaus is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, and visual storyteller. Creator of the feature length documentary, The Connected Cup, Brooke specializes in narrative driven storytelling with an immersive approach. The Connected Cup follows the global language of coffee and tea as a universal means of human connection, and how clean water plays a vital role in this fabric of the human experience. Filmed across 9 countries and in 9 languages to further the idea of a universal language.
Brooke is a published National Geographic TopShot Photographer, and works on stories that bridge Anthropology and Journalism through effective visual storytelling. From summiting Mount Kilimanjaro to reporting in a conflict zone on the outer border of Syria, Brooke handles stressful situations with care and purpose.
Brooke was awarded a Women In Film & Television grant in 2019 to finish her short documentary Women of the West Bank. She filmed and edited the short documentaries, Il Mundo in una Tazza, The World in a Cup, Boda Boda: Illegal Transportation of Bushmeat and Ivory in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti, and more. Her work has appeared in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, NBC Sports, Global Coffee Festival, Bloom Magazine, NBC, FOX, and UNICEF to name a few.
After interning at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C she began her career in wildlife reporting and photography abroad. Brooke’s background in human rights and ethnology, influenced her to begin working with communities surrounding wildlife areas to share stories of conservation, co-existing, and Indigenous origins. Brooke is a recipient of Doc Society and Exposure Lab’s Climate Story Lab - South 2021 social impact production cohort for her current documentary with Quapaw Nation: “Regeneration of Land and Culture”.
Brooke is driven by creating work that makes people feel seen, heard, and valued. A graduate of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and currently pursuing her Masters in Cultural Anthropology. Brooke is certified in Hostile Environment First Aid through the Global Journalist Security 2019.