Hazel Gurland-Pooler
Hazel gurland pooler

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Hazel is a NYC-based director/producer who shares the stories of women from underrepresented communities fighting to overcome intersectional injustice historically and today. Storming Caesars Palace, Hazel's first feature-length documentary, premiered as the Opening Night film at the BlackStar Film Festival in 2022 winning the coveted Shine Award, and continues to tour the festival circuit and have impact screenings. The film broadcast nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens series on March 20, 2023 to over 1.3M viewers and was in the top 3 streamed IL episodes that season.

Previously, Hazel directed 10 episodes of PBS’s primetime celebrity genealogy series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Hazel also created and produced a 5-part, short docu-series called, My Everyday Hustle, for PBS.org and PBS WorldChannel. She produced Roots: A History Revealed simulcast on A&E/History/Lifetime, which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and screened at the Bushwick Film Festival in 2016. Hazel co-produced the 6-hour PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which was honored with an Emmy, a Peabody, a duPont-Columbia, and a NAACP Image award.