Claire Marie Panke

Claire Marie Panke recently completed her second feature documentary, LIGHT YEARS. The film profiles three older adults who sculpt their lives with creativity, service, inter-generational connections, and a knack for reinvention.

Her first film, A CHANCE TO GROW, showed at several festivals and aired on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, and other international broadcasters. The film won several awards, including a CINE Golden Eagle.

She directed three short documentaries, has had several audio interviews broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition & All Things Considered, and serves on several judging panels, including the News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Claire is also a registered nurse working with premature infants, and served as the national spokesperson for a television and print campaign to protect health care funding.