Sandrine Orabona has over 20 years of experience in documentary film and advertising. Her focus is primarily on highly personal, character-based story telling. Her subjects have ranged from ordinary people with extraordinary stories, to the personal and intimate sides of larger-than-life icons.
Directing projects include Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story for CNN Films, a feature-length follow-documentary on the life of Senior Chief Kristin Beck who served over 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL and transitioned to a new life as a transgender woman upon retirement. State of Play: First Ladies for HBO Sports, profiles the lives of three women married to men whose careers in high-profile sports have an impact on their family lives, featuring Super Bowl Champion Mike Tomlin and his wife Kiya, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick and his wife DeLana.
She has also worked extensively in music documentaries, including the record-breaking film This Is It, where she followed Michael Jackson in the final weeks of his life while preparing for his “This Is It” tour, and the upcoming documentary on Rihanna, which provides an unfiltered look into the global icon. She has directed long and short-form projects featuring artists Ne-Yo, Shakira, Becky G. and The Foreign Exchange.
Current directing projects include a documentary short on racer Janet Guthrie with NASCAR and Fox Sports 1, and a documentary feature about community activism and the environment with Wavelength Productions (Won’t You Be My Neighbor) and Altimeter Films (Studio 54, Valentino: The Last Emperor).
Orabona’s brand work can be seen as part of Allstate’s Black History Month campaign #worthtelling as well as spots for clients including Miller Lite, McDonalds, Scion, Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios.
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