Laura Seltzer-Duny has produced and directed award-winning documentaries and educational programs for over 15 years. She founded Seltzer Film & Video, LLC because of her passion for producing videos that inspire change for causes she believes in. Laura’s experience growing up on the Chesapeake Bay sparked her desire to produce her first independent film “The Last Boat Out” about watermen and water quality. Her film premiered in 2010 and still airs on PBS stations throughout the country.
Her current film “Nobody Wants Us” about refugees during WWII is a little known, but significant event in US history that took place in her hometown in Hampton Roads, VA. The 1-hour film is slated to air on PBS in 2020. The 37-minute film has proven to be a great length for classes and communities because it allows time for post-screening discussions.
Laura started her documentary film career working on the Cinemax film "Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness" while attending NYU Film School. It was then that she realized that telling powerful stories through documentaries was what she wanted to do with her career. Over the next 10 years, she worked on documentaries featuring Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Ronald Reagan, John Steinbeck, Brooke Shields and Terry Bradshaw, to name a few. Her work has aired on PBS, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and Discovery Channels. She has produced educational series’ for the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, Classroom Close-Up and the Department of Education.
Laura founded Seltzer Film & Video because of her passion for producing videos that inspire change for nonprofits and causes that she believes in. Her experience growing up on the Chesapeake Bay sparked her desire to produce films about her hometown heroes in Southeastern, VA. Her award-winning Maryland Public Television documentary “Last Boat Out” about water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its effect on a family of Virginia Watermen, has aired across the country every year since 2010. Laura’s film “Nobody Wants Us” about refugees during WWII is a little known, but significant event in US history that took place in her hometown in Hampton Roads, VA. Currently, Laura’s developing several films about the plight of migrants, refugees and the countries that welcome them.
Laura works primarily in the Washington, DC area and will travel around the globe for a cause she believes in.
Films by Laura Seltzer-Duny
The story of three teenagers and their families hoping to make it safely onto American soil while trying to escape the Nazi invasion of Europe.