About Short Stuff Productions

Louisa Bonnie – Director

After having worked as a freelancer in commercial film and video for nine years in Cleveland, Ms. Bonnie moved to California to further her film career. Combining her background in fine art and filmmaking, she studied production design and architectural drafting at Otis Parsons and UCLA to become a set designer. In 1994, she became a member of the Set Designers Union Local 847 and worked on theatrical films and television.

Inspiration for her personal video projects stem from having studied the history of African art and anthropology at the Cleveland Institute of Art which lead to a life long passion for world music, folk art and traditional cultures. The influence of the cultural documentaries of filmmaker Les Blank played a large part the direction of her path.

As an advocate and board member of the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association, she came into contact with local and federal land managers in the Los Angeles area which lead to directing the trail work project. Focus on outdoor recreation and the environment, particularly in California, remains a strong theme.


1981 BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio

Past Video Projects

  • Dogon Country. Mountain bike tour of Guinea and Senegal culminates at Mali’s Bandiagara Escarpment.
  • The Sonia Connection. Finding family roots in Croatia.
  • Trail Work video produced for the U.S. Forest Service and San Diego County. Can also be seen at the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council website.
  • Youth Adventures video (loads slowly) for the Los Angeles region Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) project for at risk youth.

Commercial Film credits at IMDb.