Meet the Panelist - Maggie Bowman

Maggie Bowman is a documentary film producer and director based in Chicago, with over a decade of experience telling stories on film, television, radio, and the web. Bowman is currently producing Hard Earned—a 6-hour series about low wage workers across the U.S.—at Kartemquin Films. The project, commissioned by Al Jazeera America, will be broadcast in early 2015.

Bowman produced Election Day (Arts Engine), a cinéma vérité documentary that follows a dozen American voters on November 2, 2004. The film, directed by Katy Chevigny, premiered at SxSW in March 2007 and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series "POV" in July, 2008. She directed the Catholic stories for The Calling (Kindling Group), a 4-hour series for PBS's "Independent Lens" (2010) that follows Americans entering the clergy in four different faiths over the course of a year. She served as a field producer for The Good Mother (Redglass Pictures) for ARTE France (2009).

Prior to her work in film, Bowman was a union organizer and consultant for five years, working on campaigns with taxi drivers in the Bronx, nurses in Iowa, and home health aides in Brooklyn, among others. She spent a year working in New York City government (Economic Development Corporation) as part of the New York City Urban Fellows Program. She graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in American Studies.