Full Biography

Shira Golding Evergreen is a documentary filmmaker, graphic designer, writer and musician and the recipient of the 2019 “Artist in Community” Grant from the Tompkins County Community Arts Partnership for her documentary about Ithaca’s social-justice murals. She was the 2018 Ithaca Festival Artist. Her film Empowered: Power from the People (2012) screened at environmental film festivals around the country and abroad and was described by author Bill McKibben as “a remarkable ground-up account of the revolution that’s really starting to alter things on this earth.” Shira graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University and then moved to New York City with Ari, where she worked as Director of Education and Outreach for Arts Engine, directing the Media That Matters Film Festival (best nonprofit/green website SXSW 2005) and traveling around the country to speak about grassroots film distribution, youth filmmaking and media justice. After moving to Ithaca in 2008, Shira co-founded Share Tompkins, which facilitates sharing culture in Tompkins County, NY and was featured in The New York Times and Yes! Magazine. Shira’s design won the competition for the Ithaca Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Walkway, and the placards she made for T’ruah have appeared at protests around the country. Her photography has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum and on numerous websites including Engadget, NPR, TreeHugger and FILE Magazine. She has served on the boards of MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival and Sustainable Tompkins.