Norah Shapiro

Norah Shapiro, Producer/Director, grew up in St. Paul, attended St. Paul Academy, Tufts University, and Boston University School of Law. After a decade-long career as a Hennepin County Public Defender, she left the practice of law to pursue documentary filmmaking. Her films include A Sacred Heart (2006 short) about Minnesota Poet Phebe Hanson; If You Dare (2009 feature) about an inner-city theater company working with at-risk children; Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile (2014 feature, world premiere DOC NYC Film Festival, 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival “Best Minnesota Made feature Documentary”); and Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass (Co-Director, 2016 feature) about the untold story of moonshine in Minnesota. Ms. Shapiro was awarded the McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship in 2012 and has received numerous production and completion funding grants from funders including the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Fund. She is currently in production on a new documentary project following a liberal, Hijab-wearing Somali-American woman in Minneapolis as she fights to become the first Black, Muslim, immigrant woman elected to statewide office in the United States.  In addition to her independent films, Ms. Shapiro’s production company, Flying Pieces Productionsproduces freelance documentary-style videos to help non-profits, artists and businesses throughout the Twin Cities harness the power of video to tell their stories. Ms. Shapiro also serves on the Board of Directors of Pillsbury United Communities; the Pillsbury House Theatre Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of Children of Incarcerated Caregivers; volunteers with Twin Cities Reading Partners; and is the proud “stage mother” of three teenagers.