Bess Carrick, TV Producer & Director, Blackbird Media

Bess Carrick’s video production company, Blackbird Media in New Orleans, and her extensive network of cultural, political, and media experts provide excellent resources for your video production in New Orleans. Carrick is also fluent in the street culture of New Orleans.

Bess Carrick’s New Orleans video production company specialties include HD shooting, post production editing, motion graphics animation, and on and off camera interviewing. Blackbird Media is fully equipped to take your production into the field with a collection of HD cameras, light and sound packages. Blackbird’s post edit suite is located in New Orleans in a secure, 24 hour access environment.

During the critical months in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina she worked on nine television documentary and public affairs specials in the first seven months after the disaster. During the BP oil spill Carrick assisted networks and journalists from all over the world. During the first weeks of the spill Carrick traveled regularly to the bayous and coastlines affected. There she developed contacts with scientists, relief workers, local fishermen and their families. These contacts with the local culture, small aircraft pilots, boat captains, evolutionary scientists and local politicians she shared with journalists and network producers and in development of her own productions.

Bess Carrick’s experience in documentary, news, public affairs, and television specials began in the 1990’s when she produced the award winning film, “Backlash: Race and the American Dream”, which chronicled the former Grand Wizard and Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke’s, controversial candidacy for the United States Senate.

Her full-length, award-winning documentary, “Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet” explores the life of Ambassador Lindy Boggs, journalist Cokie Robert’s mother. The documentary won a Telly award and currently is in national distribution on PBS. Carrick interviewed such political notables as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Civil Rights leader, Rep. John Lewis, former Speaker Thomas Foley, and NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

Carrick developed and owns The Forest Retreat, a secluded getaway on the edge of the Homochitto National Forest near Natchez, Mississippi, just two hours from New Orleans.