Maro Chermayeff

Department Chair

Maro Chermayeff, Department Chair


www.showofforce.com

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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Application Info Session Jan 22
January 11, 2018

Application Info Session Jan 22

SocDoc is hosting an online info session ahead of our application deadline. Drop in to this online info session anytime from 3-6pm EST to have your questions answered – whether you have a query about the application process, or want more details on the program and department itself. Read More
Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman
January 11, 2018

Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting one of America’s best known documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, to give a masterclass for SVA students following the recent release of his 41st documentary Ex Libris – The New Yor Read More
Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings
December 20, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings

If you're considering joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings. Read More
NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives
December 06, 2017

NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives

We are excited to announce that new this year, SocDoc is expanding our class offerings to include a couple of weekend-long workshops as well as a two-week summer session. These classes are all open to the public.

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