Company
White Poppy Media, LLC
    KRISTA RIIHIMAKI, M.Ed.
    Documentary filmmaker, Educator, Artist
    Krista Riihimaki, the founder of White Poppy Media, is a Montessori educator who over the years taught children of all ages, ranging from 22 months and 14 years of age. She decided to make Child, Disrupted because she wanted to learn more about how the widespread use of technology at young ages was affecting children's development.
    Krista has a B.A. in biological sciences from Smith College, with concentrations in developmental biology, animal behavior, marine science, and psychology research. She obtained her Masters in Education from the University of San Diego in association with the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She holds teaching certificates from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) at the Assistants to Infancy (ages 0 to 3), Primary (3-6), and Erdkinder (12-18) levels.
    While developing Child, Disrupted, Krista was able to integrate her skills as a scientist, researcher, observer, and educator in order to gather the information needed to help adults understand the relationship between technology overuse and child development.
    Krista holds a Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking where she began the journey of making Child, Disrupted. She went on to become a Bay Area Video Coalition TechSF fellow.
    In addition to filmmaking, Krista is a visual artist, outdoor and action-sports lover, and aerial hoop enthusiast. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
    • Producer (1 Credit)
      Child, Disrupted2018
      Documentary, Short
    • Writer (1 Credit)
      Child, Disrupted2018
      Documentary, Short
    • Director (1 Credit)
      Child, Disrupted2018
      Documentary, Short
    Official Selection
    Child, Disrupted
    Oregon Documentary Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    2019
    Awarded Best of the Festival
    Child, Disrupted
    Los Angeles Short Film Festival
    Santa Monica, CA
    2019
    Official Selection
    Child, Disrupted
    Pasadena International Film Festival
    Pasadena, CA
    2019
    Official Selection
    Child, Disrupted
    Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, AZ
    2019
    Official Selection
    Child, Disrupted
    Durango Independent Film Festival
    Durango, CO
    2019
    Winner: Best Documentary Short
    Child, Disrupted
    California Independent Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    2018
    Official Selection
    Child, Disrupted
    SNOB: Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival
    Concord, New Hampshire
    2018
    Winner: Best Documentary
    Child, Disrupted
    Montecatini International Short Film Festival
    Montecatini Terme
    2018
    Most Excellent Award
    Child, Disrupted
    San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    Official Selection
    Child, Disrupted
    Documentary Short Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Outstanding Achievement Award
    Child, Disrupted
    Berlin Flash Film Festival
    Berlin
    Nominated for Best Documentary Short
    Child, Disrupted
    Wellington Independent Film Festival
    Wellington
    Company
    White Poppy Media, LLC
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