Tamara Perkins is a filmmaker. She uses film as a vehicle for change. She focuses! Apple of Discord Productions was founded in 2006, producing such films as Niroga. The film profiles her work as a founder of Niroga, a program which reaches incarcerated youth through Yoga and mindfulness. As a grief support facilitator since 2001, Tamara has led grief support groups for children, youth, and adults, and organized a free grief support camp for children and youth. Continuing her community film work, she developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project which train at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation.
As a speaker, Tamara touches topics spanning prison issues and human rights at agencies, universities, and organizations such as Equal Justice Society, USF Law, and Stanford Law. She also served as media keynote for the Houston Institute’s Conference on Race and Inclusion. ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’, is a TEDx talk she presented. She is a recipient of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Media for a Just Society Award. Tamara’s current film Life After Life began in her yoga class in San Quentin State Prison when the men asked her to tell their story. As a crime survivor and woman with a formerly incarcerated family member this is the most important project of her life. As a media activist and healer, Tamara envisions a future without prisons, where all trauma-impacted children, youth and adults are not met with harm but held in healing.