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Deirdre Fishel

Deirdre Fishel has been writing and directing documentaries and dramas for 20 years now. Her life's goal is to create complex, realistic portraits  that challenge mainstream stereotypes and work to improve lives. Deirdre started her career at WNYC-TV where she produced a half-hour program on women community organizers working to save the South Bronx. She went on to write/direct SEPARATE SKIN, an award winning dramatic short distributed by Women Make Movies. Her dramatic feature  RISK, premiered in competition at Sundance and had a theatrical, as well as a wide video and international release. Her first feature documentary STILL DOING IT:The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 premiered at SXSW and has been broadcast in fifteen countries worldwide.   It was followed by STILL DOING IT, the book, co-written with producer Diana Holtzberg and published by Avery, a division of Penguin. 

 In 1995, Deirdre started Mind's Eye Productions dedicated to producing cutting edge educational films . DEALING WITH TEEN DATING ABUSE: Matters Of Choice received a  Cine Golden Eagle.  SUICIDE ON CAMPUS, an on-line doc, was produced in conjunction with New York Times magazine. Deirdre attended the American Film Institute's master's directing program and Brown University. She is on the faculty of the New School University and lives in Brooklyn with her daughters Lucia and Maeve.