Charlotte Lagarde has over fifteen years experience working in development, production and distribution of documentary and educational films. Lagarde produced Deann Borshay Liem ‘s In The Matter Of Cha Jung Hee (PBS/POV 2010). She directed and produced Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2003 PBS/Independent Lens Audience Award, Best Documentary at Ashland Independent Film Festival, Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Lagarde was the executive producer of Reporter Zero (2006) and Voting in America (2004). Her award winning films Beautiful Son (2008), Swell (1996) and Zeuf (1994) were broadcast on public television and the Sundance Channel. She is currently directing and producing with Carrie Lozano a documentary on jazz pianist Fred Hersch.
Lagarde holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University, and a BA in Political Science. She founded Swell Cinema, a non-profit production company in 1998.