Susanne shooting by the Potomac
Susanne Coates is an active, independent filmmaker, multimedia specialist and Drupal developer in the Washington, DC area. Please click the Portfolio link above to view samples of her work and to read more about her current projects.


Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Backpack Filmmaking Bootcamp 2: Practical Solo Production

Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
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In this 4-week course, each participant will individually pre-produce, shoot, edit and screen an early fine cut of a two to three minute documentary short.
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801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Backpack Filmmaking Bootcamp 1 or equivalent experience in field production.

  • You must have your own camera and equipment for this class.

  • You must have personal access to- and know how to use- editing software. How to use editing software will not be covered in this class.


Oct 10, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Oct 17, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Oct 24, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Oct 31,  2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Current Projects

Where the Waters Blend explores the day-to-day life of a modern-day, non-reservation dwelling indian tribe. The Piscataway people’s ongoing struggle to retain and share their heritage frames the journey of Cryz - the two-spirit daughter of the tribal chairwoman -  from rejection to acceptance of her leadership role in the tribe.

Cinematography & Directing: Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
Production & Editing: Susanne Coates
Production Company: ArsMeta Films

Recent GeoBlog Post

Tornado Trouble

"Whirl, whirl, twist and twirl..."
Blogging from
Onboard Sérénité, Back Creek, Annapolis, Maryland, United States, North America
0.50 m

So, I fell asleep last night to the relaxing sounds of rain and distant thunder. Around 01:00, I was awakened by the sudden, violent movement of the boat in her slip as she was brought up hard against her mooring lines and rolled about 15 degrees to port. There were the sounds of things crashing - both inside and outside the boat - and dock lines squeaking and moaning under the sudden strain. I was instantly out of bed, turning on lights and looking out on deck to see what was going on.