Amara Untermeyer

Amara Untermeyer is a Texas-born, California based video artist, documentary filmmaker, and commercial director. Her experience ranges from directing investigative documentary projects in Haiti, Indonesia, and El Salvador, working with human trafficking survivors and FBI heads, filming adventure programming for The History Channel, and creating online branding initiatives for the American Youth Foundation and National Center for Healthy Housing. Amara’s sincere dedication to the human condition empowers her subjects, creating a rare level of honesty and intimacy on film. She has been trusted to interview Human Rights Watch “Dictator Hunter” Reed Brody and was part of The Guardian UK video production crew for the breaking Wikileaks coverage. In 2016, she returned to her home state of Texas to field direct the feature documentary "Generation Found" which chronicles a community's fight to save their children from a frightening resurgence of drug-related deaths. Amara beat out MTV, NBC News, ABC News, and other filmmakers to gain access into this community, and over the course of two years, she spent over nine weeks immersed in America's largest sober high schools in Houston, TX, capturing the raw essence of teenagers battling addiction and loss on their way to recovery.

Amara’s unique ability to assimilate and adapt to vastly diverse cultures and social situations has allowed her to become a true chameleon as a director and storyteller in the most varied environments.

Formerly, Amara developed + produced an adventure documentary television series alongside Executive Producer Viola Davis, entitled Woman Abroad, which has garnered interest from CNN Original Series, Huffington Post, and BBC. Untermeyer is the creator and executive producer of the series.

In the summer of 2019, Amara wrapped the five-week exhibition of AMATOR MONTUM, her single-channel cinematic art installation she directed and shot, exploring spiritual and mystical meditations on mountain life in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Untermeyer is currently in post-production for two international commercials she directed for ORACLE in October 2019.