Nancy Schiesari


Nancy Schiesari

Director of Photography on over 30 documentaries and feature films broadcast for England's Channel 4, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS. Nancy Schiesari has filmed in Europe, the U.S., Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, and Latin America.

She directed and produced the documentary Hansel Mieth-Vagabond Photographer which premiered on PBS's The Independent Lens in May 2003. Schiesari also directed a profile on Martin Scorsese for the BBC 4 series, Profiles, which coincided with the release date of Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2003). Her documentary Tattooed Under Fire, ITVS, aired on  PBS in 2009. Schiesari is currenty working on Canine Soldiers, a 3D feature documentary about Military Working Dogs and their handlers.

In 1984, Schiesari produced and directed the highly original project Green Flutes, for Channel Four Television in the UK. In this feature-length documentary, Schiesari explores the expanding political awareness of a young Scottish band of Catholic musicians who annually tour in Northern Ireland in support of Irish Nationalist activities. Her narrative short Loaves and Fishes premiered at 2000 South by Southwest Film Festival, screened at numerous film festivals, and was broadcast on PBS experimental film series The Territory in 2001.

She was nominated for a 2002 Television Emmy for outstanding cinematography on The Human Face (producer John Cleese). Among her work as a cinematographer is Barbara Sonneborn's Academy Award nominated documentary, Regret to Inform.

Included in her prolific credits as director of photography are A Place of Rage, winner of the Black History Award (1991) and Warrior Marks (1994), (executive produced by Alice Walker), winner of the Public's Award for Best Documentary at the Madrid Festival International De Cine and Partition, a 35mm feature staring Roshan Seth and Saheed Jafrey for Channel Four (1989).

Among Schiesari's recent accolades are a Cine Golden Eagle Award (1994), Dean's Fellowship (1997), the Texas Council for Humanities Grant (1998), a Texas Film Production Grant (1998), and a nomination for the Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship (2000). Her insights as a filmmaker and her deep commitment to public service have inspired Schiesari to write, direct, produce, and D.P. a series of educational films. Two of her public services films, Jan Hughes and Molly Meets Marlene, won Chris awards from the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Another public service film on bicycle safety won the Silver Apple National Educational Media Award.

In 2006 she produced six profiles on Texans who made a difference in society for the Annett Strauss Institute.

Schiesari has settled down in Austin, Texas with her two children, and while pursuing her directing career, lectures as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

2014     City of Austin Cultural Contracts Grant
2013     Humanities Texas Grant
2012     Texas Film Production Fund; City of Austin Cultural contracts grant
2010     City of Austin Cultural Contracts grant
2008     ITVS/ KLRU TV Lincs grant; a City of Austin Cultural Contracts grant
2007    Texas Film Production Fund
2005    Texas Film Production Fund
2005    Humanities Texas
2005    National Italian American foundation

2009     Women Film Critics Circle award for “Courage in Filmmaking” in documentary
2003    Kodak faculty Award, one per year to a professor of cinematography in the US
2002     Emmy nomination, Academy of Television Arts for outstanding cinematography in non -fiction programming, Producer, John Cleese, The Human Face, TLC

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M.F.A., Royal College of Art, London; 1978