Zach Ingrasci is an award-winning filmmaker, activist, and humanitarian. From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Zach and his co-director Chris Temple are pioneering a new style of documentary filmmaking.
As co-founders of Living on One, Chris and Zach have received widespread acclaim as bold storytellers and compassionate leaders of social justice -- honored with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award and recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as two of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by WPO/YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine. They have been called upon to share their expertise at TEDx, the United Nations, and the World Humanitarian Summit, and have been featured on CBS This Morning, as well as in major publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Variety.
Chris and Zach began their journey in college, when they produced, directed, and starred in their first film, Living on One Dollar. The film was #1 on iTunes for documentaries, featured on the homepage banner of Netflix, and called “A Must Watch” by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.
Their second feature documentary, Salam Neighbor, provides an intimate look into the lives of Syrian refugees, through their lens as the first filmmakers ever given a tent and registered inside of a refugee camp. Among its accolades, the film has been endorsed by Queen Rania of Jordan and was accepted into the 2016 American Film Showcase by the U.S. State Department. Both films may be found on Netflix.
Equal parts filmmaker and humanitarian, Chris and Zach have been on the front lines fighting for human rights, and have raised over $700,000 dollars to directly empower disenfranchised communities through microfinance, education, and refugee resettlement.