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Ann Mundy

College for Seniors Health and Wellness faculty

Ann Mundy (ann@bluebirdyoga.net) began yoga at age twenty-three. Healing a traumatic injury and chronic pain, she developed Bluebird Therapeutic Yoga for Healthy Backs. She is also an award-winning television documentary producer-director.

Ann Mundy began studying yoga at age 23.  Healing a traumatic injury a few years ago, she developed Bluebird Yoga — a therapeutic practice for healthy backs and necks.  She approached the extensive research to develop her class much like her work as an award-winning Writer-Producer-Director for nonfiction television.  She kept moving during her last project, practicing her waltz and polka dancing while shooting the documentary CO CECH: A Story of Czech Music in Texas.  Previously, she completed two seasons on Michael Holigan’s Your New House (Fox, syndicated), following her work as a Writer-Producer on prime-time series Restore America with Bob Vila  (HGTV), and Associate Producer on The Great Ships (History Channel).

Ann bought her first camera at age 10 and her passion for photography became her first career.  She studied with documentarian Russell Lee at UT Austin, and soon became a staff photographer at the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, where she shot everything from football to debutantes.  She freelanced for TIME, National Audubon Society, Guideposts Magazine, Texas Observer, Simon & Schuster, and PBS, among others. She kept her  photographer's eye, when she put down her Nikon and picked up a video  camera.  She produced many local documentaries as program director for cable  channels in Austin and Boston, and worked on the television series L. A. Law.  Under Ann’s direction, Austin Community TV gained a reputation as the top community station in the USA.  Her Quiltin’ Bea, received Best Documentary  (Hometown, USA Festival) and TV critic Jeff Greenfield touted it on CBS Morning  News as the best example of community television.  Creating innovative, highquality niche programming, Ann was Program Director for numerous cable  series and shows including Texas Barbecue, Texas Folk Artists, Solar Power,  Energy Efficiency in the Home, Mexican-American Women’s Home Altars, and Austin Songwriters.  The multi-talented artist was also Creative Director on  several interactive DVDs.

Mundy independently produced Today, Tomorrow’s History: Photographer  Russell Lee.  The hour documentary weaves the biography of the legendary  Depression-era photographer with the history of photography, and social history  during the Depression.  It aired on BBC, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel,  Cable in the Classroom, and many international broadcasts, art museums, and  universities.  The documentary garnered major awards and numerous  accolades.  Reviewers praised the auteur’s creative storytelling and use of  historical footage, photographs and interviews:     A beautiful film . . . sensitively edited . . . captures the details that  illuminate life . . . keeps the action moving and keeps one’s attention . . .  Mundy clearly has the “artistic right stuff.”   

Ann is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities  (scriptwriter), Texas Council for the Humanities (producer), and Texas  Commission of the Arts (artist), and a member of the Academy of Television  Arts and Sciences and Producers Guild of America.

Contact Information

Reuter Center CPO #5000
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804-8511
Office: 828.251.6140
Email:  olli@unca.edu