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ABOUT

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Clarymond Hardt aka "C.M. Hardt" has made a career out of her passions: capturing candid, compelling and vibrant stories about people and conveying those stories visually. With over 20 years in photography, film, television and new media, Hardt has a broad range of professional experience. Whether she’s interviewing children and families or filming entertainers, policy makers and human rights leaders, her intuitive ability to put people at ease and celebrate their uniqueness while digging deep stands out.
After majoring in Theater and English and graduating with honors from Connecticut College, Hardt unexpectedly landed at Condé Nast where she worked a fun and informative stint under the tutelage of  Alex Liberman, "The Silver Fox" of publishing, all the while studying photography at the School of Visual Arts. Liberman encouraged her to follow the path of her passion, and she took the legend's advice to heart. 
In August 1988, Hardt made a name for herself photographing the Tompkins Riot, earning her a prestigious photography internship at The Village Voice, “The Newspaper That Can’t Be Bought.” She cut her journalistic teeth at the Voice, shooting stake outs of mobsters, a portrait of a serial killer and documenting the night shift with the Bedford Stuyvesant Ambulance Corps on the weekends publishing under the moniker C.M. Hardt. 
In 1991, after a trip to document famine in the Sudan, she became one of the youngest photographers working for The NY Times. She had fun working for the big shots, but they tried to peg the riot girl as a fashion photographer and she got restless.
In mid-1992, C.M. took off on a 6 month trip to Spain where she began what would become nearly a 5 year adventure filming a documentary about her grandfather’s political murder in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. 
Death in El Valle, which began as a photo essay about a disappearing village, ended up being commissioned as an independent project for Channel Four Television in the U.K. where it first aired in 1996. After being censored in Spain for ten years, it suddenly became a grassroots sensation, as the country began to face the brutal repression of Franco’s dictatorship with a national movement to recover memory. Death in El Valle, was first seen in theaters in Spain in the fall of 2005 while being distributed through the website  deathinelvalle.com  The film also aired on WNET (New York) in 1998, and on flagship WGBH (Boston) in 2001.Death in El Valle, has been screened at numerous festivals and Hardt has been invited to present talks at NYU, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, University of Washington and Instituto Cervantes NY, as well as numerous cultural centers throughout Spain, Mexico and the UK. 
After completing Death in El Valle, in 1997, Clarymond began working in television as a field producer for PBS’s Emmy Award winning series City Arts and HBO’s Taxi Cab Confessions. 
In 1998, she moved to Los Angeles to work on MTV’s Award winning Road Rules  and the following year the Peabody Award winner BIOrhythm. Hardt decided to remain in LA, where she worked as an episode producer (writing, producing, and directing) for Medical Diary, a Discovery series and field director for The Residents, a documentary series on UCLA for TNT.  She also worked on many Reality TV shows. Hardt was creative producer, lead writer and director for The Hitchhiker Chronicles, a hidden camera series for FX; Supervising story editor for Your Reality Checked, a new Fine Living series, overseeing a team of writers; Senior producer for Nanny 911, the reality hit on FOX; Senior field producer for The Megan Mullally Show, a daily variety talk show for NBC Productions; and Writer and producer for Platinum Weddings, a WE series. During those ten years in television Hardt learned to tell all kinds of stories, oversee crews, deal with networks, run budgets, keep schedules and most importantly polish turds. Along the way, she also rediscovered photography by shooting political portraits which is how she met her husband, political consultant Steve Barkan.
In 2008 the indie filmmaker in her decided to come out and play again, and Hardt made a short advocacy film for Bet Tzedek, a non-profit that provides free legal aide to the poor in LA.  From 2008 to 2013, she co-produced, delivered and nurtured her most exciting project yet, Rafael Hardt Barkan, a spirited boy wonder.
Most recently, Clarymond Hardt has done advocacy work for a variety of non-profits focused on environmental and health issues and been developing several personal projects including Milk Matters and The Lactivists, a documentary and Docu-Style TV series about the breastfeeding challenges families in the US face and the impact this has on the health and well being of our country.