Phase 4 Media was founded in 2008 by award-winning filmmaker Sarah Hesterman, who has been producing videos for corporations, foundations and non-profits for over 12 years.
In 2013, Phase 4 partnered with InternewsNEXT to produce a short documentary on the changing landscape of media and technology in the developing world. Over the last four years, we have worked with Fair Food Network to produce numerous videos on healthy food access in Detroit and Cleveland and to promote the book "Fair Food". Our short film highlighting the success of Fair Food Network’s “Double Up Food Bucks” program in Detroit was a winner at the 2011 Michigan Good Food Film Festival. In 2010, Phase 4 produced and directed the 20-minute documentary “Blessing or Curse: Oil and Uganda’s Future” which was distributed widely in Uganda in order to educate voters and parliament members on oil policy in their country. In 2009, we produced a six-part short documentary series on women’s poverty and philanthropy in association with the Headwaters Group for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Sarah’s 2004 film, Seeds of Hope: Feeding the World One Community at a Time, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is currently appearing on Link TV’s Viewchange.org, the new social video portal funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The film won the Environment Award at the 2004 Media that Matters film festival, a Telly Award in the social issue category and aired on PBS and internationally.
Sarah grew up in East Lansing, Michigan and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & Television. Sarah is dedicated to creating media that inspires, educates and engages audiences in critical social issues and her life goal is to raise awareness and understanding through film.