Peruvian-American Marco Ríos Bollinger has produced 8 short films for the UN Refugee Agency, numerous short documentaries, including one with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, photographed Beyoncé and Obama, shot campaigns for international brands, 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. His current film “Safe Zone” screened at the Cannes International Film Festival and follows Syrian girls expressing the effects of war from the perspective of children.

From living in New York, L.A. and Tokyo shooting youth culture, to years spent documenting Lebanon’s refugee camps, Marco 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. Marco is currently in development of “heroes” documentary series for broadcast.

Accolades & Experience

Award winning social issue documentary filmmaker, Indie Fest’s Humanitarian Award, PDN’s Best Portrait of an Artist, Sharjah IFF Award of Merit. Marco Bollinger has shot campaigns for the UN Refugee Agency, Time Warner Cable, Consulted for national & international non profits, and directed numerous short documentaries covering subjects from music and sustainable travel, to refugees and child labor.


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

Annenberg Sunnylands Center “Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis”, International Center of Photography “Partnering with NGOs to Magnify Your Impact”, UCLA Anderson School of Business “Social Entrepreneurs Series”, General Assembly “Creatives Turned Social Entrepreneurs”, TOMS Shoes “Social Good Talks”, Hatch Experience “Real Life Superheroes”, JSA Keynote “Creatives Changing the World”, YPO Beverly Hills: “Impact Investing & Social Enterprise” Impact Hub “Changing Tourism: The Largest Industry in the World”, New York Film Academy “In The Field Series”.