Filmmaker For Change - Holly Mosher



Filmmaker Holly Mosher

Holly Mosher grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In high school she developed a passion for both photography and philosophy that led her to pursue filmmaking.  In her college entrance paper, she cited George Orwell’s idea that all art should be political, and today, uses that concept to guide her work.

Holly graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, she spent two years in Brazil working as an assistant picture and sound editor on four feature films, including the Oscar nominated film O Quatrilho.  Once back in the US, Holly went on to produce numerous commercials and feature films.  The Hollywood Reporter, named her among the top up-and-coming independent film producers in 2001.


In 2004, Holly decided to return to her true passion to unite political purpose with art.  Her directorial debut was the award-winning Hummingbird, an inspiring documentary about two non-profits in Brazil that work with street children and women who suffer domestic violence. The film got rave reviews and even inspired people to go to Brazil to volunteer with these NGOs.


Holly then went on to produce two films about the dangerous and misleading tactics of the pharmaceutical industry.  The films, Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, received unprecedented international press attention and have been heralded for raising awareness about a timely and important topic.  Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety was honored by the American Library Association as a top pick of 2008.

To ensure that socially conscious films are brought to the public, Holly teamed up to launch Hummingbird Pictures, an independent film distribution company. Their motto is, “Making a difference, one drop at a time,” a theme taken from Holly’s first film


Holly has been involved with several other productions on the producing team.  She co-produced Maybe Baby, which presents the challenges facing older single women trying to get pregnant with modern medical technology; Free For All!, which explores election fraud; Vanishing of the Bees, starring Ellen Page; and most recently Pay 2 Play - looking at the influence of money in politics.


In 2011 Holly directed, Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, which is now airing on public television.  And her 3 minute version of the film, The Impact of One, was a semi-finalist in Cinelan and GE’s Focus Forward Film Contest.


Holly frequently tours with her films, gets interviewed by the media and does speaking engagements around the world.  She c­urrently serves as President of Public Interest Pictures and the Social Enterprise Alliance – LA Chapter, and is on the advisory board of Empowerment Works.

Director - Hummingbird, Bonsai People
Co-Producer - Maybe Baby
Producer - Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, Side Effects, Lady in the Box, Reeseville
Executive Producer - Vanishing of the Bees, Free For All!, Pay 2 Play

You can contact me at filmmakerforchange (at) gmail (dot) com

And before I was doing films for positive change, I produced a couple of thrillers...


LADY IN THE BOX is a first rate Hitchcockian murder mystery set on the dark industrial shores of Lake Michigan.

Jerry (Darren Burrows - Northern Exposure) is a bartender looking for something to happen in his life.  He gets more than he bargains for when a patron at the bar (Mark Sheppard) offers him $500 to dump a steamer trunk into Lake Michigan.  After completing the deed, Jerry returns home to find his apartment the site of an apparent murder—with no sign of his girlfriend (Paige Rowland).  Panicked, he cleans up the scene, only to be blackmailed into committing another crime.  Jerry soon realizes he is merely a puppet—and will go down for murder unless he can turn the tables with the help of his best friend (Robert Knepper) and escape the nightmare that he himself wished for just a few nights earlier.

LADY IN THE BOX is available from Hollywood Video and Netflix.


REESEVILLE is a dark murder mystery set in a small town.

David (Brad Hunt) returns to his hometown, haunted by the fact that his mother died while giving birth.  Upon arrival, he is confronted by the harsh reality of his father’s suicide.  When Zeek (Mark Hamill - Star Wars), the town’s coroner, begins to suspect that it was not just a suicide, David becomes the prime suspect.  Jason (Brian Wimmer - China Beach), the town sheriff, tries to send David packing, not wanting to stir up his own buried secrets.

When David sticks around to romance Jason’s sister Iris (Majandra Delfino - Roswell), the tension mounts until the evil in
REESEVILLE is revealed.