About Us

Four Corners Media is a documentary production company focused on character-based storytelling. 

Four Corners Media was founded by Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton in 2000.  Their documentary films, photography and writing have appeared in film festivals, on-air, in print and online for broadcasters and publications including National Geographic, Al Jazeera English, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Voice Of America, Financial Times, PBS, CBS, CNN, Newsweek, HDNet World Report, Archaeology Magazine, Der Spiegel, l’Espresso, among many others.

They frequently speak about their experiences as documentary filmmakers and have appeared on National Public Radio, CBS News, MSNBC’s Hardball, CNN’s Larry King Live, Democracy Now, The Today Show and Good Morning America. 

Click here to see more about Micah and Marie-Hélène in the media. 

Click here for a full list of publications, organizations and filmmakers they have worked with. 


Winner PDN Photo Annual 2019

Best News Documentary, 2014
Identity & Exile for Al Jazeera English was awarded the Golden Nymph for Best Documentary in the 2014 Festival De Television De Monte-Carlo.

2017 History & New York Festivals Finalist
Off the Rails: a Journey Through Japan is a finalist in the History & Society category

Click here for a full list of awards. 


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Micah Garen

Director - Cinematographer - Editor - Photographer - Writer

Micah Garen is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has worked in conflict and post-conflict zones for the past 14 years. Most recently, he has directed five feature length films for Al Jazeera English one of which won a Golden Nymph for Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2014.

His work has been published in Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and the Financial Times, among others. His recent short film about the refugee crisis, Light on the Sea, launched in March on Vanity Fair. His short film from Afghanistan, Call Me Ehsaan, was a New York Times Op-Doc editor’s choice and screened at festivals. Micah filmed the “Christmas Eve Raid” scene in Iraq that was part of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911.

In 2004, Micah and his interpreter Amir, were kidnapped while filming in Nasiriyah. They were held for ten days before being released. Their story is chronicled in the dual-memoir with Marie-Hélène, American Hostage, published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. The memoir received starred reviews on both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly.

Micah co-founded in 2015.


Marie-Hélène Carleton

Director - Producer - Writer - Photographer

Marie-Hélène Carleton is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she has directed five documentaries for Al Jazeera English, one of which won Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Festival of Television and Film in 2014.

Her recent short film about the refugee crisis, Light on the Sea, launched in March on Vanity Fair and The Scene. Her short film about the Egyptian uprisings in Tahrir Square of 2011, Four Women, One Revolution, won the Women and Girls Matter award for Media that Matters.

Her film work has appeared on Al Jazeera English, Vanity Fair, BBC America, the New York Times, the Financial Times, HDNet’s World Report and Granta Magazine, among others.

She is a member of Film Fatales and has been awarded artist fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She was selected to participate in the inaugural Film Independent Documentary Lab in LA and the IFP Documentary Film Lab.

Marie-Hélène co-founded in 2015.          


Katherine Dalldorf 

Editor - Photographer - Producer - Cinematographer

Katherine Dalldorf is an associate editor, producer, photographer and camera person with Four Corners Media. She has worked on the feature film, Death in the Family, which aired on Al Jazeera English , the feature version of Light on the Sea, and The Road to Nasiriyah. She spent time studying at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic. She is a co-founder of the Fragile Hours Film Festival which, in collaboration with The Civic Theater, features short films and artist Q&As.

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Jacob Griswold-Moran

Consulting Editor - Software Developer

Jacob was Four Corners Media’s lead editor from 2011-2016 for documentary features and short films. He is a co-founder and lead developer of ScreeningRoom. He has a soft spot for rabbits.