Apolla Echino has carved out a unique career as a female filmmaker over the last 10 years. An insatiable curiosity and a hearty amount of guts has driven her diverse directing and producing work. Her storytelling passions are centered around feminism, conservation, adventure and climate change.
With a thirst to tell adventure-driven stories with women as the subject, she created and directed a series about adventure travel as a solo woman – “A Woman’s Guide to the World” – which took place on board a 100-year-old tall ship to Antarctica, trekking through the Amazon and surfing around the South Island of New Zealand in the winter. This series can be found as part of Air New Zealand’s inflight entertainment, on Amazon, Hulu and Outside TV.
Apolla Echino has produced some of the most recent and important conservation documentary films - 2019’s “The Game Changers”, with Executive Producer James Cameron and the Academy Award-winning team behind “The Cove” and “We Are One”, about the anti-poaching and conservation efforts for our most endangered species, where she saw first-hand the devastation of the rhino poaching industry.
As an in-demand female director, her most recent work is a short documentary film that premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, where she was invited to speak on a panel of female filmmakers. “The DNA of Adventure” is an exploration into her grandmother’s Indigenous roots and how that lineage has informed her taste for adventure. Other work includes a feature film (“A New York Love Story” – iTunes, Amazon, Hulu) and a series of branded travel documentaries.
The films that she’s created combine the epic and the personal, telling human stories in profound landscapes. As an avid winter surfer in NYC, she get most of my ideas while waiting for the next wave.