Hope Hall is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer. Her short films have been selected for over 40 film festivals worldwide and have received numerous awards, including at Sundance. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Stanford, and is a proud graduate of the Independent Studio Program at the Whitney Museum.
From May 2011 to January 2017, Hope was President Obama's Principal Videographer at the White House in the Office of Digital Strategy, with both the position and the office being a creation of this President. After working on "By the People" by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, which followed then-Senator Obama's trajectory into candidacy, she joined the '08 campaign's now legendary New Media team as a staff filmmaker, telling the story from the campaign trail and making over 40 videos, and then the Presidential Transition Team to help draft the infrastructure for the first new media President. Before that, she was a freelance documentary cinematographer for independent documentary features, music videos, and television. Her personal work has taken her to artist residencies all around the world, and she had her first solo exhibition of video and photography in Trondheim, Norway in 2010.
After her last day on the best job ever, she created a sabbatical by organizing a speaking tour, which took her everywhere from a surprisingly raucous hospice wing in Marlborough, NZ, to an unsurprisingly inspirational time with Google Brand Studio, & 18 months' worth of stops in between. While going lateral in that epic chapter, she embarked on a personal project, ‘Visit the Visionaries,’ tracking down inspirational people at the intersection of art, social justice & tech. Soon thereafter, her freelance life as a documentary cinematographer & filmmaker ramped back up, with projects ranging from independent features ('The Fight') to episodic tv ('And She Could Be Next,' 'Current Revolution,') to campaign videos (FWD.US & unnamed others). She also contributed a chapter for "West Wingers," released September 2018. Then, she had the best jobs ever 2.0, first as Senior Advisor for Video & Senior Road Videographer for Elizabeth Warren 2020, then for Team Biden as Director & Cinematographer for Mobilization Ads in Pennsylvania and the Presidential Inaugural Committee! She is now processing, freelancing, organizing with and caring for her community, after working half-time at the White House and commuting between DC and NYC from Inauguration 2021 until August 2022. While at the White House she built out her new role as the first Director of Video and Videographer in the Office of the Vice President, which entailed producing, directing, filming, and editing video content covering the work of this historic Vice Presidency, working closely and in concert with the wonderful Digital Strategy and Communications teams there, in addition to the broader departments at 1600 Pennsylvania.
She is the recipient of honorable mentions at the Sundance, Louisville, Humboldt, and Black Maria film festivals in the short documentary category, and was selected for a year-long independent study fellowship at the Whitney Museum.