Independent Productions

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Directed by Leah Wolchok; Produced by Davina Pardo; Executive Producers Regina Scully, Deborah Shaffer & Bruce Sinofsky
An offbeat documentary about humor, art and the genius of the creators of the single panel cartoon.
83 minutes   Redora Films & HBO Documentaries   2015
Emmy Award — Best Arts & Culture Programming
Tribeca, AFI Docs, San Francisco & Montclair Film Festivals

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Directed & Produced by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer, Amy Sultan; Executive Producers: Jim & Jill Angelo, Mary Jo Fifer
Three at-risk teens from the Bronx share their stories of friendship, love and struggle in a radical poetry class.
87 minutes   The Odysseus Group & ITVS   2010
Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize — DOC NYC; Audience Award & Special Jury Prize — Seattle Film Festival; Best Documentary — San Diego Film Festival; Best Documentary — Victoria Film Festival

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ASYLUM
Directed by Sandy McLeod; Produced by Gini Reticker; Executive Producers: Gini Reticker, Deborah Shaffer, Natalie Reuss & Sandy McLeod
A Ghanaian woman’s terrifying flight from sexual violence and struggle for political asylum in the US.
20 minutes   Make-Do Productions   2003
Academy Award Nomination — Best Short Documentary; Honorable Mention — Sundance; Best Documentary — Aspen Shortsfest

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FROM THE ASHES: 10 ARTISTS
Directed by Deborah Shaffer
Artists in downtown Manhattan pick up the shattered pieces of their lives and reconsider their work after September 11.
55 minutes   ORF   2001
Sundance, Tribeca, Double Take Film Festivals

 

 

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FROM THE ASHES: EPILOGUE
Directed by Deborah Shaffer & Michael Julian Berz
One year later, the artists are in their studios.
35 minutes   ORF   2002
Tribeca Film Festival

 

 

 

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DANCE OF HOPE
Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Produced by LaVonne Poteet & Deborah Shaffer
The wives, mothers and sisters of the disappeared courageously struggle for the truth and justice in Chile.
75 minutes   Copihue Productions   1989
Sundance, London, Sydney Film Festivals; First Prize — Valladolid, Spain; Prix d’Or — FIPA, Cannes

 

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FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN
Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Produced by Adam Friedson & Deborah Shaffer
Nicaraguan author Omar Cabezas’ personal memoir of revolution and reconstruction.
60 minutes   Common Sense Foundation   1987
New York, Sundance, AFI Film Festivals; Blue Ribbon — American Film Festival; Emmy Nomination

 

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WITNESS TO WAR: DR. CHARLIE CLEMENTS
Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Produced by David Goodman
Odyssey of conscience of former Air Force pilot in Vietnam turned pacifist physician in a war zone of El Salvador.
32 minutes   Skylight Pictures & AFSC   1984
Academy Award — Short Documentary; New Directors/New Films; Blue Ribbon — American Film Festival; Grand Prize — USA Film Festival; Golden Gate Award — San Francisco Film Festival

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NICARAGUA: REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Directed by Deborah Shaffer & Tom Sigel; Produced by Deborah Shaffer & Pam Yates
US secretly funds the contra army in attempt to destabilize new government.
32 minutes   Skylight Pictures   1983
Gold Dove — Leipzig Film Festival; Red Ribbon — American Film Festival

 

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Directed & Produced by Glenn Silber & Tete Vasconcellos; Edited by Deborah Shaffer
Behind the lines with rebel forces, as US sends advisors to Salvadoran army and civil war heats up.
56 minutes   Catalyst Media / PBS   1981
Academy Award Nomination; Blue Ribbon — American Film Festival; Golden Hugo — Chicago International Film Festival; Golden Dove — Leipzig International Film Festival; Gold Award — Bilbao International Film Festival

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THE WOBBLIES
Directed & Produced by Stewart Bird & Deborah Shaffer
Members of radical labor union IWW tell their own irrepressible story in words, graphics and song.
89 minutes   CEP   1979
New York, Rotterdam, Berlin Film Festivals; Red Ribbon — American Film Festival; Filmex — LA International Film Exposition

TV Films

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Directed by Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky; Produced by Matthew Justus & Ken Burns; Interviews Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Executive Producer Ken Burns
On the precipice of World War II Waitstill & Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, left their children home to rescue refugees in Europe.
80 minutes   No Limits Media, Florentine Films, & WETA   2016
PBS

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LADIES FIRST: WOMEN OF RWANDA
Directed by Gini Reticker; Produced by Colette Kunkel, Gini Reticker & Deborah Shaffer; Written by Deborah Shaffer
Women emerge from the devastation as leaders 10 years after the genocide.
45 minutes   WNET   2004
Emmy Award; Cine Golden Eagle

 

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ART:21 — ART IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
Spirituality and Consumption Episodes
Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Produced by Susan Sollins
Profiles of contemporary artists including James Turrell, Ann Hamilton, Matthew Barney and Shahzia Sikander.
60 minutes (per episode)   Art 21   2001
Gold Hugo — Chicago Film Festival; Emmy Nomination

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Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Produced by Natalie Reuss & Deborah Shaffer; Executive Producer Ulli Pfau
Legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden.
9 minutes   ZDF   1999

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SECRETS UNDERGROUND
Secrets Underground: Directed; Produced & Written by Deborah Shaffer; Executive Producer Judith Vecchione; Narrated by Michelle Pfeiffer
Cave archaeologist Dr. Patty Jo Watson searches for clues deep underground.
54 minutes   WGBH   1994
Christopher Award; Emma Award

 

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Directed by Deborah Shaffer; Produced by Emma Freud
First post-Pinochet dictatorship elections in Chile.
40 minutes   Channel 4, England   1990

 

 

 

Early Work
CHRIS AND BERNIE
Produced & Directed by Bonnie Friedman & Deborah Shaffer
Two divorced single mothers join forces to care for their children, carve out careers and build their futures.
26 minutes    Pandora Films    1974
Red Ribbon — American Film Festival; MoMA; Whitney

HOW ABOUT YOU?
Produced & Directed by Bonnie Friedman, Marilyn Mulford & Deborah Shaffer
A short film about birth control choices and sexuality for teens at a time when teens were counseled not to have sex.
25 minutes    Pandora Films    1972
MoMA

 

MAKE-OUT
Geri Ashur, Andrea Eagan, Marcia Salo Rizzi, Peter Schlaifer, Deborah Shaffer
“A classic of early feminist cinema…” A young couple in a car, as we hear the young woman’s real thoughts on what is happening and why.
5 minutes    Newsreel    1970
Restored by NY Women in Film & Television; The Film Society of Lincoln Center October 2011