Pathways Profiles

Garrett Russell

Class of 2008
First Steps

Originally I planned on majoring in Environmental Science, but then Chemistry happened to me and I decided to do something I actually enjoyed, I could be accomplished at, and that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I decided to major in Video Production with a minor in Anthropology. I have a great passion for telling the story of our world through the art of video. With a cultural awareness through my minor, my education has galvanized into my identity as a documentary film maker.

Finding A Pathway
While at Pacific I had the opportunity to study abroad for short trips both to Italy and France on a culinary anthropology tour and to Ecuador. For my senior capstone I shot a documentary on student's interactions with the indigenous, government, and oil exploration realities of Ecuador. The project follows the group from Pacific being made aware of the very real situation down there.We became swept up in an international case prosecuting Texaco/Chevron for poisoning the Amazon and the people living there by neglecting proper protocols. I learned that I have what it takes to be a film maker. There is always a story worth telling, and that producing documentaries for the cause of social justice is what I want to do with my life.

Starting with my documentary video production internship in Portland this summer as an editor I plan to move onto my own projects working internationally for Non Profit Organizations and for social causes both domestic and abroad.

My senior capstone has been an extreme highlight not just in my college experience, but in my life. It is a powerful source of pride and a future resource for my career.