Charlotte Lagarde has been making films for over 20 years. She directed and produced Heart of the Sea (PBS/Independent Lens 2003), a documentary about the Hawaiian surfing legend, Rell Sunn, which won numerous awards including Best Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Her producing credits include Deann Borshay Liem’s award-winning In The Matter Of Cha Jung Hee (PBS/POV 2010) and Geographies of Kinship – The Korean Adoption Story (in progress). She was co-executive producer of Carrie Lozano’s Academy Award-winning Reporter Zero , which premiered at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Lozano and Lagarde are now directing and producing Fred Hersch Now, a documentary about jazz composer and pianist and AIDS activist Fred Hersch.

In 1998, Lagarde founded Swell Cinema, a non-profit production company. Her films have received funding from ITVS, the NEA, the NEH and the Sundance Institute among others.  Born in France, she currently lives in New York after 25 years in California.