Director & Director of Photography
Skye Fitzgerald founded Spin Film to bear witness to unfolding crises with the intent to deepen empathy and understanding. He is currently directing a trilogy of films on the global refugee crisis. The first, 50 FEET FROM SYRIA focused on doctors working on the Syrian border and was voted onto the Oscar® shortlist. The second, LIFEBOAT documents Search and Rescue operations off the coast of Libya and was nominated for an Academy Award® and national Emmy® award.
The third, HUNGER WARD, explores the impact of the war and famine in Yemen on children, families, and healthcare workers.
As a Fulbright Research Scholar Fitzgerald directed the film BOMBHUNTERS and has worked with the Sundance Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the State Department, and Mountainfilm. As a Director of Photography, Fitzgerald lenses work for clients including Dateline, VICE, Mercy Corps, CNN, the Discovery, etc. etc.
Fitzgerald was recently inducted as an honorary member into SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) for his work with Syrian refugees and named a Distinguished Alumnus at his alma mater EOU for documentary work.
Fitzgerald is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Before filmmaking, Fitzgerald cut fire-lines as a wildland HotShot crewmember. He continues to ride his bicycle to ruin and hugs two dogs on a daily basis.
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - 2021 [HUNGER WARD]
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - 2019 [LIFEBOAT]
ACADEMY SHORTLIST - 2016 [50 FEET FROM SYRIA]
CRITICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINEE [HUNGER WARD]
BEST SHORT NOMINEE - [IDA awards - LIFEBOAT]
NATIONAL EMMY AWARD® NOMINEE [LIFEBOAT]
BEST SHORT - [Mountainfilm in Telluride - LIFEBOAT]
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT - [Mountainfilm in Telluride 50 FEET FROM SYRIA]
SIMA AWARDS - [Best Director & Best Short - LIFEBOAT]
JURY AWARD - [Traverse City Film Festival - LIFEBOAT]
BEST SHORT - [Woodstock Film Festival - LIFEBOAT]
JURY AWARD - [BendFilm - LIFEBOAT]
BEST SHORT - [Dublin Intl. Shorts Film Festival - LIFEBOAT]
BEST SHORT - [Courage Film Festival - Berlin - LIFEBOAT]
JURY AWARD - [DOXA - 50 FEET FROM SYRIA]
ACT NOW AWARD [Crested Butte Film Festival - LIFEBOAT]
AUDIENCE AWARD - [Sebastopol Doc FF - 50 FEET FROM SYRIA]
AUDIENCE AWARD - [Sebastopol Doc FF - LIFEBOAT]
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE/HUMAN RIGHTS - [LA Asian Pacific FF - FINDING FACE]
COURAGE AWARD - [Disorient Intl. Film Festival - FINDING FACE]
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - [San Diego Asian Film Festival - FINDING FACE]
BEST FILM - [Astoria International Film Festival - FINDING FACE]
CLARION AWARD - [Documentary Feature - FINDING FACE]
ACTIVE MEMBER - [Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences]
HONORARY INDUCTEE - [SAMS - Syrian American Medical Society]
TOM LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, US Congress
[Presentation of LIFEBOAT w/ UNHCR advocacy panel following]
100 Ducks Who Made a Difference - [University of Oregon - Oregon Quarterly]
BOARD OF DIRECTORS - [Eastern Oregon University Alumni Association]
OMPA [Award of Excellence]
[EMERITUS] BOARD OF DIRECTORS - [Oregon Media Production Association]
FULBRIGHT RESEARCH GRANT [Documentary Production]
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE - [Documentary Grant]
US INSTITUTE OF PEACE - [Documentary Grant]
US STATE DEPARTMENT - [Documentary Grant]
US STATE DEPARTMENT - [Documentary Grant (II)]
PAUL ROBESON FUND - [Documentary Grant]
MOUNTAINFILM [Commitment Grant]