Films by Filmmaker
Susanne Mason's film Writ Writer was broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens in June 2008. The documentary, her feature debut, draws on extensive research into the history of the Texas Department of Corrections between 1947–1978. Mason is now producing a documentary about prisoner reentry and reintegration into society. She has served as associate producer of a variety of public television programs, including ARE THE KIDS ALRIGHT? (2004 Regional PBS); STRUGGLE IN THE FIELDS (1996 National PBS); SONGS OF THE HOMELAND (1994, National PBS); and GO BACK TO MEXICO! (1994, Frontline, National PBS), and as audio and video producer for interactive educational programming. She served as editor and co-producer on OUR BOMBS, a documentary-in-progress. She researches and produces archival film footage for documentaries, and contributed recently to THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS; WHEN I RISE; and ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT. Mason has written, produced and directed short documentaries about the history of Austin, Texas, for the Save Our Springs Alliance and Watershed Productions, including TOWN IN TRANSITION, a film about growth in the Texas capital between 1950-1975. Mason's first film, STORIES FROM THE RIVERSIDE (1993), explores domestic homicide through the stories of three women incarcerated for murdering their abusive husbands, and received a Silver Apple from the National Educational Film & Video Festival, and a Directors' Choice Award from the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, among other honors.