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Nancy Schiesari

Department of Radio-Television-Film





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Nancy is an experienced director, producer and cinematographer on both broadcast documentaries and award winning independent films.  Her latest full-length documentary, Canine Soldiers, the Militarization of Love, premiered at the Austin Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. She also directed and produced feature length documentaries, Cactus Jack, Lone Star on Capitol Hill, PBS, Tattooed Under Fire, PBS, Hansel Mieth-Vagabond Photographer (Independent Lens) and History Man, a half hour profile on Martin Scorsese for BBC 4, London.

Nancy comes with twenty years’ experience as a Director of Photography on over 30 documentaries and feature films broadcast for England’s Channel 4, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS.  She has filmed in Europe, the US, Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, and Latin America. She was nominated for a Television Emmy for outstanding cinematography on The Human Face, (producer John Cleese). Among her work as cinematographer is Barbara Sonneborn’s Oscar nominated Regret to Inform, winner best documentary at Sundance, and Pratibha Parmar and Alice Walker’s Warrior Marks, Channel Four, London. Nancy graduated with an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London, and is a professor in production in the Radio –Television and Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

M.F.A. 1978 Royal College of Art London
Narrative filmmaking
Documentary filmmaking

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