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Gloria Pancrazi is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and impact campaigner. Her work focuses on telling heartfelt stories and bringing individuals and communities together to heal lands, waters and all beings.


Gloria fell in love with orcas when she was four years old. Like a compass in her life, they led her to the Pacific Northwest where she began working to protect the critically endangered Southern Resident Orcas. 


Her first feature-film Coextinction unearths the crisis the Southern Resident Orcas are facing, tying it to ongoing colonial systems. "A shot straight to the heart," Coextinction received multiple awards, including the Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award and People’s Choice and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards.

Gloria has spent 500+ hours monitoring the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, Northern Resident orcas, humpback whales and other marine life with organizations like OrcaLab and Cetus Research & Conservation Society. 

Gloria has spearheaded campaigns like the March 4 The Dams, a 320km walk from Portland to the Snake River Dams to bring national attention to the controversial dams pushing orcas and salmon to extinction, violating Tribal Treaty rights, and contributing to the climate crisis.


Leading with a fiery heart, she's dedicated to telling stories that create change, protecting the Southern Resident orcas, and empowering people to heal and take action towards climate and social justice. 

Awards &


2022 Los Angeles Cinematography Awards Winner: Best Documentary Film

2022 Environment Award, International Ocean Film Festival

2022 Best Documentary Cinematography Nominee, Canadian Screen Awards

2022 Seoul International Eco Film Festival Winner: Audience Choice

2021 Rob Stewart Eco-Warrior Award, Vancouver International Film Festival

2021 Best Canadian Documentary Nominee, Vancouver International Film Festival

2021 Winner of Our Human Planet Category, Jackson Wild Media Summit

2021 People's Choice Award, Planet In Focus

2019 Telus Storyhive Documentary Edition Award

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