Will Parrinello

Will Parrinello has been making award-winning documentaries for the past 30 years. His current film WATER FOR LIFE explores the collision of water rights, Indigenous beliefs, and resource extraction through the lives of three community leaders in Chile, Honduras and El Salvador. Will’s credits include MUSTANG – JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION (Tribeca, PBS); EMILE NORMAN – BY HIS OWN DESIGN (HBO Audience Award Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, PBS); DREAMING OF TIBET (Audience Award Amnesty International Film Festival, PBS); LITTLE ITALY (Golden Gate Award SFFilm, PBS) and the multiple Emmy Award winning series THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS (PBS/Sundance Channel). With his filmmaking partner John Antonelli, he co-produced/co-directed MOVIES AROUND THE WORLD, a documentary short for the 89th Academy Awards. Broadcast on ABC-TV during the Oscars, the film was viewed by more than 80 million people in 253 countries. Parrinello co-produced SUMMER ’82 – WHEN ZAPPA CAME TO SICILY, KEROUAC; SEA CHANGE, SUMO BASHO and YEN FOR BASEBALL. Will was director of photography on the Academy Award nominated feature documentary TELL THE TRUTH AND RUN – GEORGE SELDES & THE AMERICAN PRESS and STANDING ON SACRED GROUND. He was director of photography and editor on IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE, SUMO BASHO and YEN FOR BASEBALL. Parrinello’s work has been funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation, Ford Foundation/JustFilms, ITVS, National Endowment for the Arts, National Geographic, Latino Public Broadcasting, Berkeley Film Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. He teaches documentary film at San Francisco State University.