Debra Baker had a story to tell, so she took some video courses, raised some money, and produced a trailer, which created enough widespread interest to raise the necessary funds to produce "Broken Ties", her
award winning debut video. This video is Debra’s personal documentary about being an unwed mother in 1967, having to give the baby up for adoption, and the life-long effects on her (as well as so many of the women who surrendered their babies).
Debra worked while attending college, graduating with a degree in English Literature. A dedicated health care worker for many years, people would agree that she has earned more than an honorary degree in life experience, which includes art, music, travel, and cultural and political awareness.
Debra’s second video “Lost and Found” is her documentary about searching for, and finding the son she relinquished for adoption thirty years before. Though a personal story, it could be the story of the hundreds of thousands of people separated through a closed adoption system, and why many of them want to reconnect. Again, the funds used to produce the film came through a broad interest in Debra’s work.
Those who know Debra are drawn to her real and cutting edge approach. She uses her experience to educate and help friends and strangers alike. Debra is intensely creative in everything she does, which fuels the passion and drive she brings to her work.
Debra Baker’s films have been acquired by, and aired on PBS, local cable TV, and on the Women’s Television Network in Canada, as well as screening at numerous film festivals around the country and the U.K., and at colleges and universities. She has been interviewed on TV, radio, and in print. Debra is a frequent presenter at adoption conferences in the U.S. and Canada, screening her films and leading workshops. She lives in Northern California.