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Battiste Fenwick


Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker and cameraman Battiste Fenwick is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.

Fenwick has been producing, directing and shooting documentaries, TV programs and news for more than a decade. He has worked with PBS, HBO and numerous European TV networks, including TF1, M6, ARTE and France24. He has worked around the world in Canada, Mexico, Asia and the Middle East.

Fenwick's documentary debut Una Chanza Más, the intimate portrait of a Latino gang member undergoing an extraordinary identity crisis, premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Fenwick co-edited his wife Esther Shubinski's documentary Out of Love, which also premiered at Telluride. It was the first time in the 40-year history of the festival that a married couple showed two separate films during the same year.

Fenwick grew up in a tiny French village. He moved to Paris when he was 18 and began making short documentary portraits: Olivier struggles with heroin and God, Anatolie hopes to break away from the Russian mafia, and illegal immigrant Mohamed aspires to become again the bodybuilding champ he once was.

Fenwick later moved to California and joined the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's graduate film program, obtaining a Master's Degree in Film and Television. With Shubinski, Fenwick is currently producing and directing their new documentary Children on Trial, about the fate of the tens of thousands of children who come to the United States unaccompanied and undocumented.