Award-winning director Cris Saur is engaged in making the world around her a better and prettier place, but the road for that journey starts within.
Formerly a full-time model, Saur learned from her experiences what it truly meant to be beautiful, and also to recognize the value in all things, good or bad. With this in mind she launched herself on a more pragmatic path and thus "Quest for Beauty"came to life.
In her latest documentary, Cris took herself on yet another journey around the world and came back with the most varied and refreshing musings on beauty.
Quest for Beauty is set for release in the fall of 2018.
Born in Brazil with a background in civil engineering followed by over a decade working as a fashion model, but it was in filmmaking Saur found her passion.
She studied filmmaking at Lee Strasberg in New York and shortly after moved to Los Angeles.
Her passion for film combined with activism led her to write, produce and direct a documentary about the Roger Federer Foundation’s work in Africa called A Visit to Remember. The film won, Best Director, Best Film and Best Cinematography awards at the Women’s Independent Film Festival.
As an active and engaged member of IDA (International Documentary Association), in 2014 she participated in the judging of the IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature, a prize awarded to the film Citizenfour, which also took home the Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature.
Quest for Beauty is her second documentary, a film that seeks to portray beauty in a more meaningful manner. The film was shot in 11 countries and had over 30 interviewees, from philosophers to fashion designers sharing their perspective on the subject. Pictures from the production were selected to participate in the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Award and Human Rights silent action.
Saur has also attended classes and workshops with film masters like Werner Herzog, Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award Nominee Mitchel Block, Academy Award Nominee Lucy Walker, Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple and Academy Award Winner Laura Poitras. Recently, she was selected to be part of SIMA (Social Impact Movie Award) jury.