Deborah is currently in production on a short film with partner Amy Sultan about NYC based artist Audrey Flack audreyflack.com
She is also Executive Producing a documentary on Jacob Lawrence, directed by Dan Allentuck, and STREETCAR TO KOLKOTA, directed by Kavery Kaul.
November 12, 2016
TO BE HEARD
Special retrospective screening in memory of Roland Legiardi Laura at DOC NYC
(winner of Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award 2010)
*Tickets available for free screening 11AM, SVA Theater
October 13, 2016
THUNDER IN GUYANA
Special screening at Anthology Film Archives presented by New York Women in Film and Television.
September 29 – November 7, 2016
Indiegogo campaign launch with trailer
CIVITA: Enchanted City in the Sky, the Dying City
September 21, 2016
VERY SEMI SERIOUS: A PARTIALLY THOROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS
Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming
Available on HBO On Demand through Dec. 16, 2016
September 20 – October 5, 2016
DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS WAR
Director of Interviews
Streaming on PBS
“Using family photos, interviews with some of the refugees they saved, letters and even sermons (read by Tom Hanks) the filmmakers piece together the story of two of the unlikeliest heroes of World War II.” Isabel Vincent, The NY Post 9/17/2016
“Interviews with those who knew the Sharps are insightful” Ken Jaworowski, NY Times 9/8/201
April – May 2015
World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Screenings at San Francisco Film Festival; Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey
January 13, 2015
Article about the New York City memorial service for Charlie Haden by Larry Blumenfeld, “Message At Charlie Haden Memorial: ‘Hey, Man—We’re Family,'” in artinfo.com.
DANCE OF HOPE had its 25th anniversary screening last June in Santiago, Chile at FIDOCS (International Festival of Documentary Films). Director Deborah Shaffer, principal character Violeta Zuñiga and many others from the cast and crew were in attendance.
DANCE OF HOPE participated in Cine Memoria film cycle at Cinelux in Geneva, Switzerland.
FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN was screened at the Lozano Long Conference on Archiving the Central American Revolutions, hosted by the LLILAS Benson Library at the University of Texas, Austin. Deborah’s film archives are now housed in the LLILAS Benson Latin American Collection Library. lib.utexas.edu/benson
On the 40th anniversary of the coup d’etat that overthrew democratically elected President Salvador Allende in Chile, Deborah participated in the day-long Tribute to Justice program and awards ceremony organized by Joyce Horman and the Charles Horman Truth Foundation, of which she is a Board member. hormantruth.org
FIRE FROM THE MOUNTAIN was screened at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France as part of the Exploring Documentary — Combattants section of Cinéma du Réel.
First mobile poetry app for teen poets
Art:21 — ART IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY (now art21)