Irene A. Magafan is a graduate film student at American University in the School of Communication receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film & Electronic Media with a concentration in wildlife and environmental documentary filmmaking. Through out her graduate education, Irene directed and co-produced a documentary called Hands on the Future which won first place at the DC Environmental Film Festival. She also produced a film for the Biology Department at American University called, Ocean Iron Fertilization which is being used for future courses and research. In addition Irene was part of a team of students who won a National Emmy Award for Eco Views: The Chesapeake Bay, a program that was filmed and produced for Maryland Public Television and was also recognized by American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking.
Irene currently works as a Series Producer for RHED Pixel, a visual communications company in Falls Church, Virginia. She has interned at National Geographic Television and volunteers for the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Irene has also taught documentary filmmaking and nature photography classes to high school students through a summer program at American University called, Discover the World of Communication. Irene is a member of TIVA-DC (Television, Internet & Video Association of DC, WIFF (Women in Film & Video) DC chapter, The Producer’s Handy Dandy Voice Over CD, VO Professionals, an online voiceover database, AFTRA (American Federation of Television & Radio Artists) and SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild). Irene has worked on various films such as Hannibal, Traffic, The Wedding Crashers, Evan Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, HBO’s The Sopranos and The Wire, and most recently an HBO pilot produced by Sarah Jessica Parker called Washingtonienne, and the Angelina Jolie film, Salt. She is a freelance artist both in producing social and nature documentaries, an actor and voice over artist. Irene hopes to pursue a career in natural history programming where she can give a voice to, and be an ambassador for, both domestic and wild animals.