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.


Beginning as a technique that used reels of photosensitive, plastic strips and chemical treatment, filmmaking has been continually adapting to new technologies as they have become available. Now, how will the rise of artificial intelligence change what the practice consists of? Susanne Coates, a long-time filmmaker and software developer, shares her thoughts.



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

Recent GeoBlog Post

The Stanley Norman

Blogging from
Onboard Sérénité, Back Creek, Annapolis MD, United States North America

The Stanley Norman one of the 35 surviving traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjacks and a member of the last commercial sailing fleet in the United States. Out of a fleet of hundreds of skipjacks that worked Bay waters in the early years of the 20th century, today only this small number remain to carry on the tradition of working sail. STANLEY NORMAN is of interest as being one of the older skipjacks still dredging in the Chesapeake fleet. She was built in 1902 in Salisbury, Maryland, following traditional Bay-area design and construction methods.