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Susan Zeig

Professor of Film

B.S., Empire State College, SUNY


Susan Zeig is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on issues of social concern. Her current work explores how communities are successfully working to turn around decades of dismal graduation rates in many urban neighborhoods. Zeig has received grants from the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Walter and Elise Hass Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, National Latino Communications Center, Independent Television Service (I.T.V.S.) New York Foundation on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts, the Film Fund, and the Research Committee of Long Island University. Her films are in national distribution in educational, community and labor union circuits, as well as being broadcast on PBS, transmitted on cable and the Internet.  She is also the creator and Co-Project Director of a University Satellite Network with a 20-university link-up.

In the past 20 years, Zeig has produced nine documentaries which have been broadcast on PBS, including A Community Concern, feature length documentary on community organizing and school reform, Beyond the 'Browning of America', three 50-minute television programs on the growing Latino presence in the United States, Plena is Work, Plena is Song, about a form of Puerto Rican music analogous to the blues; and Manos A La Obra, the Story of Operation Boostrap, a feature documentary on the origins and impact of the U.S./Puerto Rican industrialization model called Operation Bootstrap. She is currently in production for a new documentary on high school redesign in Oakland, California, to be broadcast next year.

Zeig has recently screened her work and been an invited speaker at the San Francisco Film Society, Harvard School of Education, Rutgers University, WNET Celebration of Teaching and Learning, California State University, Brooklyn College School of Education, Communities for Public Education Reform Convening, Temple University, Wellesley College, CUNY Graduate School of Education, Grantmakers for Education Conference, 2010 Give Kids Good Schools Week Conference, LaGuardia Community College, New York University, Bronx Youth Forum to End School Overcrowding, and Communities for Excellent Public Schools Legislative Hearing.


Documentaries, Independent Films, Latin American Films

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