Apolla Echino was born in Alberta, and is from a family of Italian immigrants and Native Americans. She has an insatiable curiosity that has informed her diverse directing career. As an in-demand female director, her most recent work is a short documentary film, in Partnership with TriBeCa Studios + 23andMe: an exploration into her grandmother’s Indigenous roots. Other work includes a feature film (“A New York Love Story” – iTunes, Amazon, Hulu) and a documentary series about adventure travel as a solo woman (“A Woman’s Guide to the World” – Air New Zealand, Outside TV). She has directed a vast array of branded content and commercials for companies across the technology, finance, healthcare, conservation and travel sectors (Tribeca Studios, Ancestry.com, The National Forest Foundation, Samsung, The Foundry, 23andMe, CIBC, MasterClass, among others). In 2017, she was thrilled to work on “The Game Changers” with Executive Producer James Cameron and the Academy Award-winning team behind “The Cove.” Most recently, she produced the feature documentary "We Are One" in Africa, about the anti-poaching and conservation efforts of our most endangered species. Her work combines the epic and the personal, telling human stories in profound landscapes. She is a passionate conservationist and an avid winter surfer in NYC, and gets most of her ideas while waiting for the next wave.