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Louise Hogarth is an Academy Award-winning Director, Producer and Writer. Her work brings to light true stories about people and events with the intention of inspiring a call to action and accelerating social change. Her documentaries provide a platform for very difficult subjects and have dealt with such issues as HIV/AIDS, poverty, and LGBT rights. Elephants Refugees, production in 2016/2017, adds animal rights & welfare to this list.

Hogarth started her career at Twentieth Century Fox as an Editor. With this experience under her belt and the introduction of low budget cameras, Hogarth was able to start directing her own films. Louise directed a number of commercials and feature films, including a recreation of The Forgotten Journey of Mark Twain. Hogarth produced the 1992 feature documentary, The Panama Deception (Oscar for Best Feature Length Documentary, 1994). Hogarth's 2002 documentary short, Does Anybody Die of AIDS Anymore? discusses the misconceptions and half-truths that contributed to a third wave of HIV infection in the US. Hogarth then went on to Write & Direct award-winning documentary The Gift, which premiered at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in 2003 and has since screened at more than 200 film festivals worldwide and has broadcast internationally in several countries including the US. While screening The Gift in South Africa, Louise became acutely aware of the devastating effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on children in South Africa. She was invited to visit the Botshabelo Orphanage and what she saw there compelled her to make her next documentary: Angels in the Dust (2007), Executive Produced by Participant Media. Hogarth raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Botshabelo Orphanage featured in the documentary, which enabled them to expand their care facilities significantly. In 2010 Hogarth worked with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to Direct and Produce If Not Now, filmed in six countries around the world. Hogarth is the recipient of many awards including an Amnesty International Award in recognition of her contribution to promoting greater awareness and understanding of human rights issues. Louise's documentary for 2016, Elephants Refugees, follows the triumphs and heartaches of the Moller family as they struggle to provide water to 300-500 elephants a day at their bush lodge in Botswana.

Hogarth is the Founder of Dream Out Loud Productions, a US and SA based non-profit and DO Ubuntu Orphan Campaign a South African based non-profit.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kirsten Rogers, Communications for Dream Out Loud Films

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