Louise Hogarth co-produced The Panama Deception (1993), which won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, and she was the Director, Producer and Writer of Ollie Mae Johnsonâ€™s Petition for Clemency, which won the Wiley P. Manuel Award. Additional credits include producer, writer, director and editor of a number of projects across the genres including documentaries, feature films and PSAâ€™s. Her work includes projects for such major studios as Universal, Paramount and Disney Studios.
Louise Hogarth is the founder and director of the independent documentary company Dream Out Loud Productions. Her documentaries have dealt with such issues as AIDS human rights and poverty. The company specializes in true stories about people and events. Louise Hogarth passionately believes in the power of films that touch hearts, change attitudes and foster positive change.
She is a member of the International Documentary Association, the Independent Feature Project, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, and Women in Film.
ELEPHANT REFUGEES addresses the plight of wild elephants that have fled poachers in neighboring countries to safety in Botswana. After the ban went into effect hunting camps closed and the boreholes (wells), which had provided water for the elephants for the last 50-70 years, were capped. We witness the daily triumphs and heartaches of the Moller family as they struggle to provide water for up to five hundred elephants per day. We follow the stories of elephants that have become regulars – the clever ones who have learned how to turn on the taps in the ablution blocks, and the naughty ones who pull out pipes and geysers and break into chalets in their search for water. As the financial toll escalates, the family’s ability to keep their bush lodge open to tourists – who provide the money to pay for the water – is in jeopardy. Although Botswana is a poacher-free zone and a sanctuary for 60% of Africa’s elephants, drought and water scarcity threatens the future of these gentle giants.
DO Elephants Go To Heaven explores the devastation caused by the human belief that we are separate from animals and nature. Unlike many films in this genre, it doesn’t focus on the horrors of poaching or abuse. Instead, it shows us just how human elephants are. Like us, they feel emotions, joy, and grief. They are conscious of themselves as individuals, and there are many examples of elephants showing compassion and coming to the aid of other species in danger or need. Our ultimate goal: to raise global awareness of why it is morally wrong to cage or kill these magnificent and highly intelligent creatures.
From the executive producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Angels in the Dust, is the inspiring story of Marion Cloete, a university-trained therapist who – with her husband and two daughters – fearlessly walked away from a privileged live in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Botshabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provides shelter, food and education to more than 550 South African Children.
As many men in the community become condom weary, and some even consciously desire HIV infection, disturbing new trends of risky behavior have pushed the rate of new infections back into a rapid rise, all to the mantra of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It is the filmmakers’ hope that The Gift will create dialogue within the community and raise awareness of the issues of isolation and division in the gay community around HIV status, thereby leading to a renewed prevention effort.
The answer to this disturbing film’s title question is a resounding yes! Despite the much-hyped advances in treatment which, for some patients, have transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic illness, tens of thousands of people are still dying of AIDS in the United States. And tens of thousands more will die, even in this rich and medically advanced nation, because of ignorance and denial which have resulted in a “third wave” of HIV infection.
In 2008, Dream Out Loud Productions, was hired by, Los Angeles based, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) a global health organization providing medicine to more than 200,000 patients in 28 countries; to direct and produce a documentary in six countries, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, India, Estonia and the United States. AHF was launching a new campaign to test one million people around the Globe, Testing Millions Campaign, a new testing program launched by AHF. If Not Now, takes us on a journey around the world to meet the people exposed to this deadly virus and hear their stories.
“Faggot, faggot, down the street. Shoot him, shoot him ‘til he retreats,” Marching cadence reported at Fort Campbell following the murder of a gay enlisted man. A short documentary about the dangerous contradictions of military life under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — A US policy intended to relax the discriminatory ban on Homosexuals serving in the armed forces.
A riveting Academy Award-winning critique of the government’s history of militarization, made all the more timely by the current war on terrorism. The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating aftermath. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.