Billie Mintz, founder of INNOV8R, is an award winning filmmaker who has produced and directed six feature length documentaries and several narrative short films.
After two successful seasons with National Geographic both in front and behind camera on their signature series “Explorer”, Billie has just completed his new feature “The Guardians” with CBC's the Documentary Channel (World Premiere at HotDocs 18) and is repped by the William Morris Endeavor (WME) Agency.
His first feature, Surviving The Treatment (60 min, 2008) has been distributed to over 3000 hospitals and cancer care centers. It has been a successful tool in helping young cancer survivors, and their families, return to the life after the treatment. Billie then wrote, produced and directed The Long Journey Home, an animated film that fabled a young cancer survivor’s journey through isolation. His second documentary, The Ponzi Scheme (70 min, 2010) is an investigation into victims of personal financial fraud. It was distributed internationally by Forward Entertainment and premiered on The Sundance Channel. His latest feature documentary, Jesus Town USA (80min, 2014,) executive produced by SKY ATLANTIC, had its world premiere at AMDOCS (The American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs) and international premiere at Hot Docs. It airs on Showtime, CBC and Netflix.
Billie has directed numerous award-winning short films, commercials, and social media campaigns that have been screened at over 40 international film festivals. Some of these awards include: Audience Award at Brooklyn International Film Festival, Jurors Award at Detroit International Film Festival, and Best Film at Moondance and Kent Film Festival.
Billie is president of Artists Raising Consciousness Inc. (ARC Institute), a social media agency formed in 1999 with a mission to identify issues in our society that were not being addressed to their full potential. ARC helps corporations; NGO's and social innovators tell their stories of profound change and extraordinary leadership in ethical civic engagement through social media strategies. By utilizing a nontraditional storytelling practice to advance awareness of social issues through the creation of specifically tailored films, ARC's purpose is to create new avenues for philanthropic progress. Through successful award winning documentaries, short films and animation projects, Mintz has nurtured his love of storytelling and ten years after the birth of ARC, has become an expert in the field of Corporate Social responsibility, Advomentaries and a contributor in the advancement of social causes through all forms of social media. For this, Billie and ARC were awarded Entrepreneur of the Year (2008) in social change by the city of Toronto.
Billie has dedicated his career to social justice, raising public consciousness, and advocating for those who have no voice. His belief in the power of story to inspire policy change is a driving force in his life as a filmmaker.
When not collecting stories of injustices Billie is the singer/songwriter and guitarist of the band, Billie Goats Gruff.