The Films of Deborah Shaffer
Academy Award winning filmmaker Deborah Shaffer began making social issue documentaries as a member of the Newsreel collective the ‘70’s. She co-founded Pandora Films, one of the first woman’s film companies, which produced several shorts. Her first feature documentary, THE WOBBLIES, premiered at the prestigious New York Film Festival in 1979. During the 80’s Shaffer focused on human rights in Central America and Latin America, directing many films including WITNESS TO WAR: DR CHARLIE CLEMENTS which won the Academy Award for Short Documentary in 1985, and FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN and DANCE OF HOPE which both played at the Sundance Film Festival. Shaffer directed one of the first post-September 11 films, FROM THE ASHES: 10 ARTISTS followed by FROM THE ASHES: EPILOGUE, which premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. She is also the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-nominated short ASYLUM, and has directed numerous acclaimed public television programs on women and the arts. She directed and produced TO BE HEARD, which won awards at numerous festivals and aired nationwide on PBS. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award by the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
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