In addition to its own independent documentary projects, Flying Pieces Productions specializes in producing engaging documentary-style videos for nonprofits, and archival video documentation for artists, performers and individuals. We offer customized producing, directing, shooting and editing for education, fundraising, special events, and website content.

Clients include University of MN Department of Epidemiology, Illusion Theater, Pillsbury House Theatre, Upstream Arts, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Sabes Jewish Community Center, Wayside House, Inc.

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Director/Producer Norah Shapiro

Director/Producer Norah Shapiro left a career as a public defender to pursue the adventures of  documentary filmmaking as a vehicle for exploring the complexities, paradoxes, and complications of human existence.  Her first short film, “A Sacred Heart,” a profile of Minnesota poet Phebe Hanson, won the “Emerging Filmmaker” Award in the Minnesota History Center’s Greatest Generation Film Festival.  Her feature-length documentary “If You Dare” (about a Minneapolis theater company that mentors at-risk children) premiered at the 2009 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, was an official selection at the 2009 Docs for Sale at IDFA in Amsterdam, played to a sold-out house at the 2010 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, and has its broadcast premiere on MN public television, TPT on April 23, 2011.  For her current project, “Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile,” Norah has traveled several times to Dharamsala, India, home of the exiled Tibetan Government to explore the role of a western-style beauty pageant in a culture that has traditionally prized inner beauty over the “skin deep.”  She received a 2008 production grant from the Jerome Foundation and a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist grant for the project, and anticipates completion of the feature documentary in 2012.  Recently, she was awarded the prestigious 2012 McKnight Foundation Filmmaking Fellowship.  In addition to her independent projects, she produces  documentary-style videos for a variety of local non-profits and arts organizations.