From living in New York, L.A. and Tokyo shooting youth culture, to years spent documenting Lebanon’s refugee camps, award-winning filmmaker and photographer Marco Bollinger holds to his belief of living the story in order to explore the grey area that makes up real human lives.

After making his award-winning documentary “2.5%” on the impacts of tourism, Marco launched Lokal, a social enterprise that connects travelers to experiences run by local communities in order to address social justice in tourism. His current film “Safe Zone” follows Syrian girls expressing the effects of war from a child’s perspectives.

Marco has shot campaigns for international brands, photographed Beyoncé and Obama, contracted dengue fever documenting rural struggle in the jungle, and dancing for 107 hours in a full body scarlet macaw costume to raise awareness about rainforest conservation.


Two-time award winning documentary filmmaker, recipient of Indie Fest’s Humanitarian Award, 1st Prize PDN’s Best Portrait of an Artist, Marco Bollinger has shot campaigns for Time Warner Cable, Consulted for organizations such as Robinhood Foundation in NYC, and directed numerous online short documentary series covering subjects from music to sustainable travel.


As a Peruvian-American artist Marco has lived between worlds, the commercial and the documentary, the multiracial American melting pot of his hometown Los Angeles, and Peru where he often feels most at home. Marco currently splits his time between L.A., Latin America, and Beirut.

Speaking Engagements

Hatch Experience: “Real Life Superheroes”, UCLA Anderson School of Business: “Social Entrepreneurs”, Annenberg Sunnylands Center: “The Syrian Refugee Crisis”, YPO Beverly Hills: “Social Enterprise Startups” General Assembly: “Creatives Turned Social Entrepreneurs”, Impact Hub L.A.: “Social Entrepreneurs”, TOMS Shoes: “Social Good Talks”, New York Film Academy: “In The Field Series”