Karin Hayes

Karin Hayes is an award winning documentary director/producer and cameraperson. She received the duPont-Columbia University Award for her first film The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, and the Target® Filmmaker Award for Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship, a film about friendship, civil rights and race relations. Hayes directed/produced Held Hostage in Colombia, the story of three American contractors captured by FARC guerrillas in Colombia, and co-authored the book Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs (Knopf 2010). Her feature documentary WE’RE NOT BROKE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and currently streams on Netflix and other platforms. Hayes has produced for PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, Travel Channel, and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She has also worked as a cameraperson on others’ films including the 2015 Emmy Award-winning PBS POV documentary When I Walk, and Disarm, about the international campaign to ban landmines. Most recently Hayes produced/directed two episodes of the series Truth and Power (Participant Media/PivotTV, now on Netflix), and produced/shot the feature documentary Magnificent Burden (Woodstock Film Festival / DOC NYC). She is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the International Documentary Association.