Shaleece Haas is a filmmaker and multimedia journalist based in Oakland, California. She is the director/producer of the forthcoming documentary Real Boy, a coming-of-age story about a transgender teenager with musical aspirations. Most recently, she co-produced The Genius of Marian, a film about the heartbreak of Alzheimer's, the power of art and the meaning of family (POV, 2014). She has also served on the production teams of several short and feature-length documentaries for public television and is an instructor with kdmcBerkeley at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Old People Driving was Shaleece’s first documentary film. It has screened at film festivals across the country, won a handful of awards and, most importantly, made her grandfather (one of the film’s characters) a minor celebrity. Since she began her work in journalism and film, Shaleece has specialized in stories about aging. She has reported on elder suicide, the gap in care for seniors with mental health issues and the challenges some Alaska Native elders face in accessing long term care.
Shaleece came to filmmaking through her work as a photojournalist. Her images have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in magazines including Marie Claire, Utne Reader, and Ms. Magazine. While living in New York City, she also had the privilege of listening to hundreds of life stories through her work for the national oral history project, StoryCorps.
Shaleece is a graduate of Smith College and the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Films by Shaleece Haas
Old People Driving chronicles the adventures of Milton (age 96) and Herbert (age 99) as they confront the end of their driving years.