Metta Productions

“Metta” is a word from the ancient Pali script of India.  It roughly translates to “compassion” or “loving-kindness.”

Through Metta Productions, Producer/Director Brijetta Hall Waller works with talented collaborators on documentary films, experimental work and commercial productions.  She strives to integrate the values and spirit of “metta” into all of her work.

Brijetta Hall Waller

In My Room is the first feature film by Director/Producer Brijetta Hall. Brijetta’s previous work includes Voices Carry, a half hour documentary about the Windy City Gay Men’s Chorus that was honored with a Regional Student Academy Award and a Merit Award from the Chicago International Film Festival. Voices Carry also aired on PBS in Chicago and screened at numerous festivals nationally and internationally.

In 2002, Brijetta directed and produced Dances on the Prairie, a 30 minute documentary that explores artistic process, regional influence and the spirit of community among a group of Texas sculptors creating a groundbreaking sculpture garden. The film aired on PBS in Texas and screened at several film and video festivals.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communication, Brijetta began her career in Los Angeles as a production coordinator and post-production supervisor for Universal Television. In 1999, she relocated to Chicago to form Metta Productions, an independent production company. In addition to documentaries, Brijetta’s work through Metta includes media projects for non-profit organizations and corporate clients.

Brijetta  completed her master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, she produced several experimental documentary videos and interactive projects for exhibition.  She also focused on media literacy and social justice pedagogy, completing extensive coursework in the Media Ecology program founded by Neil Postman and received a Teaching for Social Justice grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

In 2007 and again in 2008, Brijetta received a Technology Fellowship grant from Columbia College Chicago to co-develop a website, interactive curriculum and instructor training for Culture, Race and Media, a course with 18 sections and 14 instructors.  She is a former an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where she taught Culture, Race, and Media and Documenting Social Injustice. Brijetta continues to work for Columbia from afar as well as to helm Metta Productions in her new hometown of Madison, WI.

Brijetta has been a featured speaker, workshop, and discussion leader for several women’s and youth organizations including, Girls for a Change, AAUW, Chicago Public schools, Girl Scouts, and YWCA.  She has served as a juror for the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and the Wisconsin Film Festival.

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