Kristi Whisler (USA)
Director, Documentary Film & TV

As Director of Documentary Film and TV for Participant, Kristi Whisler sources and develops documentary content and provides support to the company’s documentary film and television slate from development through post-production and release.

Notable titles Kristi has worked on include Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory, Steve James’ America to Me, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, and Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR.

Kristi holds a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film and Spanish from Northwestern University.

As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake. Participant’s more than 100 films have collectively earned 74 Academy Award® nominations and 19 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Green Book and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital division, SoulPancake, is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting content that reaches an audience of over 9 million fans.

CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR: Filmmaker-driven feature documentaries in development or early production that highlight urgent social issues.

STYLE: Creative Doc, Observational documentary, Presenter Led/Participatory

GENRES: Arts, Biographies, Culture, Current Affairs & Investigative, Education, Environment, Gender, Geopolitics, History, Human Interest, Indigenous, Music, Natural History and Wildlife, Politics, Race, Religion & Ethics, Science, Social Issues, Technology, Youth

FORMAT: Feature