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About us:

White Poppy Media is an award-winning documentary and video production company. 


The vision of White Poppy Media is to envision, create, and produce high-quality film and media to educate and inspire through visual storytelling. 


Krista Riihimaki, the founder of White Poppy Media, comes from a diverse background as an educator, writer, scientist, explorer, artist, and filmmaker. She has the unique ability to fluidly navigate between cultures and connect with subjects and clients on a deeper level.  

Krista Riihimaki Clovis Scotti Child Disrupted Best Documentary Short Award Winner California Independent Film Festival

Krista Riihimaki and Clovis Scotti accept the Best Documentary Short award for "Child, Disrupted" (2018) at the California Independent Film Festival

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Where we begin the process to create your vision. 


Through careful planning, we make everything easy. 


We'll bring the tools and skills to create great things. 


The best part is bringing it all together at the end, and sharing with an audience. 

Krista Riihimaki, M. Ed

Krista Riihimaki is an independent documentary filmmaker and artist/educator. Her first documentary short Child, Disrupted took a look at the impact technology overuse has on child development. It won Best Documentary Short at the California Independent Film Festival 2018, Best Short Documentary at the Montecatini International Film Festival 2018 in Italy, and Best of the Festival at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, among many others.


Before she became an independent artist & filmmaker, Krista had several careers that brought her toward her current path. She was a Montessori guide for children from the toddler, preschool, and middle school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s worked as a PADI Divemaster in Hawaii, completed a 3-month long wilderness guide training in Alaska through NOLS, and earned her B.A. through Smith College in Biological Sciences and her M. Ed. from the University of San Diego.


Krista is also a visual artist, specializing in oil and acrylic painting. Her work can be viewed through White Poppy Media. She started White Poppy Media in 2016 with the goal of using her myriad skills for the betterment of society through art and storytelling. Krista was born in Massachusetts and currently resides in San Francisco and the Lake Tahoe region. 

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Krista Riihimaki Headshot photo by @domito Dominique Lafaysse 2018
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