Karin Hayes’s first independent documentary was the duPont-Columbia University Award-winning film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (HBO/Cinemax 2004). Hayes also co-produced and directed Held Hostage in Colombia, a documentary about three American contractors captured by FARC guerrillas in Colombia, and the 2008 Target® Filmmaker Award-winning film Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship. Hayes has contributed to other directors’ films including Paul Rachman’s 2006 Sundance documentary American Hardcore: the history of American punk rock from 1980-1986 (Sony Pictures Classics), and Brian Liu’s and Mary Wareham’s film Disarm, about the devastating effects of landmines. Hayes has also worked on productions for PBS, National Geographic Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and with The Cronkite Ward Company for TLC/Discovery Networks. In addition to feature documentary projects, Hayes has produced videos for the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, and worked for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In 2010 Hayes’s first book, Hostage Nation: Colombia’s guerilla army and the failed war on drugs (co-authored with Victoria Bruce) was published by Knopf. Hayes graduated from UCLA with a degree in World Arts & Cultures, and lives in New York City.
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