Shannon Sun-Higginson is a producer and director whose work has premiered at Sundance and SXSW, and aired on PBS, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and CNN.
From 2010-2014, she worked as an associate producer on such television programs as No Reservations on The Travel Channel and Parts Unknown on CNN. In 2016, she produced the political docuseries The Contenders for PBS. From 2017-2021 she produced the docuseries Philly D.A. for All Ages Productions, which premiered at Sundance in 2021, and is currently airing on PBS.
Her first feature documentary GTFO, about women in the video game industry, was funded on Kickstarter, premiered at SXSW 2015, and has been featured in The New York Times, LATimes, and Variety, among other major publications. Flavorwire described the film as “brutally effective — intelligent, thought-provoking, and thorough.”
Her second feature, The Witmans, about a 1998 juvenile fratricide case, was shot in rural Pennsylvania from 2013-2019, premiered at the 2020 Philadelphia Film Festival, and is currently airing on the Discovery Channel.
She is currently producing her third feature documentary, You Lucky You Got A Mama, which is directed by organizer, academic, and healthcare worker Brittany Ferrell and executive produced by Sabaah Folayan. The film aims to take back the narratives about Black pregnancy in the United States.
Her first short documentary, Losing Face, about beauty standards in South Korea, is currently in development.
Most recently, she directed two episodes of the HBO Max docuseries Take Out hosted by Lisa Ling, and participated in the 2021 Sundance Institute Producers Fellowship.