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Maro Chermayeff

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MARO CHERMAYEFF’S NUMEROUS DOCUMENTARY FILMS AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS HAVE TOURED THE WORLD IN PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVALS, PLAYED THEATRICALLY, AND BEEN BROADCAST WIDELY—ON PBS, HBO, A&E, TLC, BRAVO, DISCOVERY, FRANCE 2 AND CHANNEL FOUR UK—GARNERING SCORES OF HONORS AND AWARDS, AS WELL AS SIGNIFICANT CRITICAL ACCLAIM.
MOST RECENTLY, MARO PRODUCED AND DIRECTED THE LANDMARK FOUR-HOUR DOCUMENTARY SERIES HALF THE SKY TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE. THE CENTERPIECE OF AN EXPANSIVE TRANSMEDIA PROJECT—WHICH MARO ALSO OVERSAW—THE SERIES BROUGHT PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST NICHOLAS KRISTOF AND SHERYL WUDUNN TOGETHER WITH A ROSTER OF A-LIST CELEBRITY ADVOCATES AND THREE SEPARATE CAMERA CREWS FOR AN EPIC PRODUCTION JOURNEY TO TEN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. BROADCAST IN OCTOBER 2012, THE SERIES SURPASSED ALL EXPECTATIONS––BOTH IN TERMS OF VIEWERSHIP AND SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT. IT WAS ALSO HAILED BY CRITICS AS “THOROUGHLY EDIFYING AND HANDSOMELY PRODUCED,” A “DELICATE MIXTURE OF HEARBREAK AND INSPIRATION [THAT] IS SURE TO MOVE THOSE WHO WATCH.”
MARO WAS A PRODUCER OF HBO’S RECENT AWARD-WINNING FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT, AS WELL AS THE PRODUCER AND CO-DIRECTOR OF MANN V. FORD, BROADCAST ON HBO IN 2011.
WITH JEFF DUPRE, MARO IS ALSO CREDITED WITH CREATING, DIRECTING AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCING THE IMMENSELY POPULAR PBS “IMMERSION” SERIES,CIRCUS.
AS CO-CREATOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR OF THE TEN-HOURCARRIER, SHE LED EIGHTEEN FILMMAKERS ON A SIXTH-MONTH ODYSSEY IN THE PERSIAN GULF. THE RESULT WAS CALLED “ENTHRALLING” AND “MANDATORY VIEWING” AND EARNED THE 2008 EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY.
PRIOR TO CO-FOUNDING SHOW OF FORCE, WITH JEFF, MARO SERVED FOR TWO YEARS (2002-2004) AS PROGRAMMING EXECUTIVE AND NETWORK CONSULTANT FOR A&E TELEVISION NETWORK. SHE ALSO THE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR WRITER OF THE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL ROLE REVERSAL FOR A&E (2002).
MARO IS PERHAPS BEST-KNOWN FOR DIRECTING AND PRODUCING FRONTIER HOUSE, THE SIX-PART SERIES WHICH REMAINS ONE OF THE HIGHEST-RATED PROGRAMS IN THE HISTORY OF PUBLIC TELEVISION. SHE ALSO DIRECTED AND PRODUCED THE TWO-HOUR FEATURE DOCUMENTARY JUILLIARD THAT AIRED AS PART OF THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING PBS SERIES AMERICAN MASTERS (2000). MARO CO-AUTHORED THE COMPANION BOOK, JUILLIARD, PUBLISHED BY HARRY N. ABRAMS, INC.
MARO DIRECTED AND PRODUCED THE FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, PRODUCED IN TANDEM WITH JAMES REDFORD AND CHRISTINE LE GOFF, THE FILM PREMIERED AT THE 1998 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL AND AIRED ON HBO IN OCTOBER 1999. SHE ALSO PRODUCED AND EDITED NASHVILLE: CROSSING THE LINE FOR THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES TRAUMA: LIFE IN THE ER AND SERVED AS A CONSULTANT AND EDITOR ON MORE THAN FIFTEEN ONE-HOURCHARLIE ROSE SPECIALS.
MARO IS FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE MFA PROGRAM IN SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY AT THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND IS A FORMER FACULTY MEMBER OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY’S GRADUATE SCHOOL OF FILM AND TELEVISION WHERE SHE TAUGHT FOR FOUR YEARS.

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