Maro Chermayeff

Department Chair

Maro Chermayeff, Department Chair

Classes taught:
Thesis: The Pitch , Thesis Review and Presentation

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, awards, and significant critical acclaim.

Maro recently produced  “Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music”, an eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world. She is currently the executive produced, along with co-production partners Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, on an eight-part series for CNN: "Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History", which looks at pivotal moments in history through the lens of popular music.
Maro and her producing partner Jeff Dupre previously produced “A Path Appears”, which followed Pulitzer prize-winning reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn and A-List celebrities to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States as they uncovered the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, as well as the effective solutions being implemented to combat them. “A Path Appears” follows the success of her earlier series “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide”. The series first brought 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. Hailed by critics as “thoroughly edifying and handsomely produced,” “Half the Sky” is a “delicate mixture of heartbreak and inspiration [that] is sure to move those who watch.”
Maro’s most recent and memorable credits include: producer of the award-winning feature documentary, “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present; producer and co-director of “Mann v. Ford”; co-creator, executive producer and director of “Carrier; director and producer of “Frontier House”; director and producer of the feature documentary “Juilliard”.
Prior to co-founding her production company Show Of Force with Jeff Dupre, Maro served for two years (2002-2004) as programming executive and network consultant for A&E Television Network.

Maro is founder and department chair of the MFA Social Documentary Film program at the School Of Visual Arts in New York City and 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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7th Annual Thesis Showcase Lineup Announced
August 31, 2017

7th Annual Thesis Showcase Lineup Announced

Join us to celebrate GROUP 7, the class of 2017 with our annual Thesis Showcase.  Here we screen each graduate’s work-in-progress thesis films. They inspire and amaze us. We hope you feel the same!
Screenings are Sept. 22-23 at the SVA Theatre, and are free & open to the public. Read More
SocDoc Alum David Osit Earns Three Emmy Noms!
August 08, 2017

SocDoc Alum David Osit Earns Three Emmy Noms!

A big shout-out to our own David Osit (class of 2011) for his News and Documentary Emmy Awards nominations for his film Thank You For Playing: Best Documentary, Outstanding Editing: Documentary, and Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. The film is directed and produced by David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and David also served as the film's editor, cinematographer, and composer. Read More
Toronto Film Festival, IFP Week & PBS "POV" Include SocDoc Titles
August 02, 2017

Toronto Film Festival, IFP Week & PBS "POV" Include SocDoc Titles

It is just the middle of summer and our steadfast SocDoc alumni and faculty are covering themselves in glory! Like iridescent pearls, they are picking up the light from industry, networks and festivals alike and sending it back out into the world.&nb Read More
Spring Festivals and Awards Roundup
April 13, 2017

Spring Festivals and Awards Roundup

Tis the season to celebrate documentary filmmaking and SocDocers are certainly joining the fun.  From Hot Docs in Canada to Monclair Film Festival in our own backyard and doc labs around the world, we’re thrilled to have such a strong show Read More