Susanne Mason

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Susanne Mason's film Writ Writer aired nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. 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.

Susanne specializes as an Archive Producer and Researcher working with filmmakers to locate and license archival footage, photography, audio and documentation for an array of historical and contemporary films. Her recent work includes research and archive producing for LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy (CNN 2022); The First Rainbow Coalition (Independent Lens 2019); The Infiltrators (Sundance 2019); Jumpshot: The Kenny Sailors Story (2019); Where'd You Go Bernadette (2019); The Radical Story of Patty Hearst (CNN 2018); and Richard Linklater - Dream is Destiny (American Masters, 2017). She has served as associate producer of a variety of public television programs, and as audio and video producer for interactive educational programming. Susanne 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. Writ Writer, Susanne’s first feature documentary, received the American Bar Association’s Silver Apple Award. Her first short documentary, Stories from the Riverside (1993), examined domestic homicide through the stories of three women incarcerated for murdering their abusive husbands. It 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.

New Day Films by Susanne Mason

Awards & Accolades

Silver Gavel Award 2009
Around the Clock Award, Save Barton Creek Association 2006
Cine Eagle 1994
Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film & Video Festival 1993
Silver Apple Award, National Educational Film & Video Festival 1994
Certificate of Merit, Academic Photography, Columbia Scholastic Press Association
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