Gayla Jamison

Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Producer-Director-Writer, Gayla Jamison, has produced social issue and human rights documentaries and documentary series filmed in 17 countries on five continents. Her films have appeared on PBS, The Hallmark Channel, Turner Broadcasting, ABC, NBC, The Learning Channel, WGBH-TV, Univisión and Galavisión, garnering awards at the Chicago International Film Festival, USA Film Festival and CineFestival; and screened at the United Nations, Amnesty International Film Festival-Amsterdam, International Film Festival-Leipzig, and Festival of Latin American Cinema-Havana. She began her career as staff Producer-Director-Writer for the Peabody Award-winning Turner Broadcasting series, “Portrait of America,” narrated by Hal Holbrook. Her independent documentaries include “Approach of Dawn,” which chronicles Maya women’s human rights struggle during Guatemala’s civil war; “Scraps of Life,” a portrait of Chilean women with family among the disappeared who used art to fight the Pinochet dictatorship; and “Living in America,” the history of a Cuban-Spanish-Italian community Tampa, Florida. “Living in America” was part of the “New to America” series presented by Edward James Olmos on The Learning Channel. “Approach of Dawn” and “Scraps of Life” each received the Award of Merit from the Latin American Studies Association, as well as Silver and Gold Hugo’s at Chicago International Film Festivals. As Senior Producer at the Hispanic Telecommunications Network (HTN), Jamison was Supervising and Episodic Producer for the documentary series, “My Americas,” a cultural and spiritual journey through Latin America that received the Gabriel Award. The Spanish version, “Caminante,” aired four seasons on Galavisión. She was Producer-Director-Writer for “Lives for Sale,” a documentary about sex trafficking of undocumented immigrants from Central America and Mexico, which aired on PBS and The Hallmark Channel. Her latest completed film, “Cheating the Stillness: The World of Julia Peterkin,” about the life and times of a 20th-century Pulitzer Prize winning author, aired on PBS in 2010. She is currently in post-production for “In Our Son’s Name,” a story of reconciliation and forgiveness in the aftermath of 9/11.