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CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES (2015) Director. Series Director, Barak Goodman, Executive Producer, Ken Burns. Three part series about the history of cancer based on Siddartha Mukherjee’s book. PBS.
THE LOST BIRD PROJECT (2012) Director/Editor. Producer, Muffie Meyer
A film about sculptor Todd McGrain, who has made large bronze memorials to five North American birds driven to extinction and is negotiating to place them on the sites where the last birds were seen in the wild. A film about art, extinction, loss and memory. Premiered at FIFA 2012. PBS.
MONICA & DAVID (2010) Producer. Director, Alexandra Codina
Award winning film explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Emmy nomination 2011. HBO.
WAR DON DON (2010) Story Consultant. Director, Rebecca Richman Cohen.
The trial of Issa Sesay for alleged war crimes in the “special court” of Sierra Leone. Emmy nomination 2011. HBO.
STOLEN (2009) Producer. Directors, Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw.
The filmmakers follow the story of a Saharawi refugee in North Africa only to discover a secret which spirals the film into the forbidden subject of slavery.
WITNESSES TO A SECRET WAR (2008) Producer/Director.
Co-producers, Scott Anger and Mary Robertson. Editor, Sakae Ishikawa.
The story of the secret war in Laos told by the Hmong soldiers and their families who were recruited by the CIA to fight America’s proxy war in the 60’s and 70’s until the Communist takeover. PBS.
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (2008) Producer/Director. Editor, Sabine Kruenbuhl.
A documentary about love and war set on the USS Nimitz during a 6 month deployment to the Persian Gulf. Icon Distribution. PBS.
CARRIER (2008) Producer.
Acclaimed 10 part series about life aboard the USS Nimitz on a 6 month deployment to the Persian Gulf. Executive Producers, Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Nancy Cotton, Maro Chermayeff and Mitchell Block. PBS.
FAVELA RISING (2005) Story Consultant. Producer/ Directors, Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary.
Award-winning film documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. The story of Anderson Sa. HBO.
GOING UPRIVER: THE LONG WAR OF JOHN KERRY (2004) Story Editor. Director, George Butler.
Premiere, Toronto Film Festival.
THE EDUCATION OF GORE VIDAL (2003) Director. Producer, Matt Kapp.
Portrait of America’s favorite literary and political provocateur. Premiere, Sundance Film Festival. PBS.
RUTHIE AND CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE (2002) Director/Producer.
Worlds are turned upside down in 1974 when two married women with children discover that their friendship has developed into a love affair. Premiere, Berlin Film Festival. Winner, Best Documentary, Seattle International and Nashville. Audience awards at Miami Gay & Lesbian, Provincetown Int’l, Outfest (L.A.), New York Lesbian & Gay, Philadelphia G&L, Chicago G&L, Austin G&L, Toronto G&L. Opening night, San Francisco Jewish; Centerpiece film, Outfest (L.A.), New York L&G; Closing night, San Francisco G&L. HBO.
LALEE’S KIN: THE LEGACY OF COTTON (2001) Directed by Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke with Albert Maysles. Edited by Deborah Dickson
In the Mississippi Delta, a family and a visionary school superintendent struggle to overcome the devastating legacy of poverty and illiteracy. Sundance Film Festival,winner for Best Cinematography. Other festivals include Thessaloniki, Doubletake, Hot Docs, Amsterdam, Denver International. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Nominated for an Academy Award 2002. Dupont award, 2004. HBO.
THE ART OF INFLUENCE (1998) Director.
Fourteen contemporary artists talk about the 20th century artist who most influenced them. An Alternate Current Production. Bravo, NHK, Irish Screen, Gaumont.
SUZANNE FARRELL: ELUSIVE MUSE (1996) Directed by Anne Belle and Deborah Dickson. Edited by Deborah Dickson.
Documentary portrait of Balanchine’s last great muse, ballerina Suzanne Farrell. New York Film Festival Premiere. Academy Award nomination 1997. PBS.
LETTING GO: A HOSPICE JOURNEY (1996) Directed by Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke with Albert Maysles. Edited by Deborah Dickson.
Feature length documentary about dying with the support of hospice care. ACE award, Directing. HBO.
SEX, TEENS AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS (1995) Co-Producer/Director. With Roger Weisberg.
Documentary film about teen pregnancy and the impact public schools can make through sex education and school-based clinics. PBS.
ACCENT ON THE OFFBEAT (1993) Directed by Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke with Albert Maysles. Edited by Deborah Dickson.
Peter Martins (choreographer) and Wynton Marsalis (composer) collaborate on Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements. A Peter Gelb Film for Sony Classical. PBS.
DANCING IN ONE WORLD (1992) Co-Director/Editor.
Final film in an eight part series about the power and meaning of dance.
A PBS/BBC co-production.
ABORTION: DESPERATE CHOICES (1992) Directed by Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke with Albert Maysles. Edited by Deborah Dickson.
Emmy award-winning documentary film focuses on unplanned pregnancies and the painful decisions which surround them. Alfred Dupont Award. Peabody Award. Ace Awards. HBO.
UMBRELLAS (1991) Co-director/California. with Henry Corra and Maysles Films Inc.
Christo’s Joint project for California and Japan. Berlin Film Festival. ARTE.
CHRISTO IN PARIS (1990) A film by David and Albert Maysles, Deborah Dickson and Susan Froemke.
A film about the environmental artist, Christo, and his wife, Jeanne-Claude as they wrap the Pont Neuf bridge and reveal their love story. Grand Prize, Amsterdam Film Festival. Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival. Winner, Montreal Film Festival. Prize for Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival. Broadcast in Europe in 1995.
DANCING FOR MR. B. (1989) Co-director/Editor. Produced and directed by Anne Belle.
Feature documentary about six of Balanchine’s ballerinas spanning the choreographer’s American career. New York Film Festival premiere. Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival. PBS.
KARAJAN IN SALZBURG (1988) A film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Peter Gelb.
90 minute portrait of the maestro at work, featuring Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle in performance. CAMI Video. PBS. NHK. ZDF. BBC.
FRANCES STELOFF: MEMOIRS OF A BOOKSELLER. (1987) Producer/Director/Editor.
Portrait of woman who founded Gotham Book Mart, center for avant garde literature since 1920. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary short. Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Festival di Popoli, Munich Film Festival. WNET/PBS.
VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: THE LAST ROMANTIC (1985) A film by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson, Albert Maysles and Pat Jaffe.
Concert and conversation with legendary pianist. Emmy award. PBS and international broadcast.
OZAWA (1985) A film by David and Albert Maysles, Susan Froemke and Deborah Dickson.
Documentary about the conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. PBS, NHK.
COMING OF AGE (1976) Producer/Director.
Documentary about growing up female in the wake of the Women’s Movement. CBS.