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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DOC NYC Shows 13 SocDoc Films
October 24, 2017

DOC NYC Shows 13 SocDoc Films

Fall is upon us and that means DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, is right around the corner.  SVA SocDoc is thrilled to announce a full lineup of alumni and faculty films and panels. Read More
Info Sessions: Nov. 20 (online) & Dec. 2 (NYC)
October 20, 2017

Info Sessions: Nov. 20 (online) & Dec. 2 (NYC)

Are you interested in combining social activism and creativity? Passionate about storytelling? The Read More
Prospective Students: Attend Fall Process & Style Screenings
September 28, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend Fall Process & Style Screenings

If you're interested in 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
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