Olivia Klaus is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who passionately believes in the power of visual stories to create positive social change. Her various roles in production have helped create projects that have dealt with such issues as human rights, incarceration, poverty, and domestic violence. Her work has been seen on various networks like CNN, HLN, Discovery, Showtime, MTV, and The History Channel. She was listed by Pixel Project as one of the “2010 Top 16 Influential Leaders in the Movement to End Violence against Women.”
Olivia founded Quiet Little Place Productions, an independent production company devoted to producing innovative and socially relevant stories for the screen and the web. In 2009, Olivia directed and produced SIN BY SILENCE as the company’s first documentary endeavor. This film, about the first inmate led battered women’s group in the US prison system went on to win numerous film festival and advocacy awards, highlighted by People Magazine, CNN, HLN, NPR, and broadcasted on Investigation Discovery in 2011 to over 2.2 million viewers. The film even went on to inspire new legislation in California based on the documentary. “The Sin by Silence Bills,” AB 593 and AB 1593, were signed into law by Governor Brown on September 30, 2012, to improve the paths for freedom of nearly 7000 currently incarcerated domestic violence victims who have spent decades behind bars.
Olivia recently attended Tribeca’s first New Media Fund Lab for her role working on the community engagement surrounding the upcoming TILLMAN STORY INTERACTIVE EDITION, directed by Amir Bar-Lev. She is also an Associate Producer on the upcoming documentary UNLIKELY FRIENDS, directed by Leslie Neale. She has been a guest speaker at USC, Stanford, UC Berkeley, ASU, USF, Purdue and various national conferences. (8/14)
Sin by Silence
A film by Olivia Klaus, 2009, 49 min., Color
From behind prison walls, a group of extraordinary women are shattering misconceptions of domestic violence. An important film that profiles Convicted...