Deirdre L Fishel
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Deirdre Fishel has been writing and directing documentaries and dramas for 25 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 RISK, a dramatic feature, which premiered in competition at Sundance and was broadcast in 35 countries.
Her most recent documentary Care pulls back the curtain on the hidden world of home elder care. It was supported by the MacArthur Foundation, The Ford Foundation/Just Films and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It is currently on a national community screening tour and will broadcast on America Reframed in the fall of 2017. Other credits include: Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65, Sperm Donor X and The Boy Game all distributed by New Day Films, as well as an on-line documentary SUIDICE ON CAMPUS produced in conjunction with the New York Times Magazine.
Deirdre attended the American Film Institute's directing program. She has an MFA from Hunter College a BA from Brown University. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the BFA in Film/Video at the City College of New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her daughters Lucia and Maeve.