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Faculty Advisor for Documentary Minor - Aviva Slesin
Aviva Slesin

Office Hours during the Fall 2009 Semester are on Wednesdays from 2pm - 5pm, by appointment only. To sign up for an appointment time please visit 665 Broadway, rm 632, outside the door. Or



Through the Documentary Lens: Human Rights
Through the Documentary Lens: Civil Rights
Master Class in Documentary: Director’s Series
Essentials of Documentary Film Preproduction


Aviva Slesin is an accomplished, award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has produced and directed feature length documentaries including The Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table, which won an Academy Award in 1988, Voices in Celebration, about the National Gallery of Art, Directed by William Wyler, a biography of the late Hollywood director which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special  - Long Form in 1988, and more recently, Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During World War II, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form in 2004. She also produced and directed short films for: The National Gallery of Art, Saturday Night Live, HBO’s Real Sex, Children’s Television Workshop’s Sesame Street, John Hockenberry’s Edgewise and HA! for Comedy Central. Aviva began her career as film editor on such films as Making Television Dance, about choreographer Twyla Tharp, and The Rutles, a Beatles satire written and directed by Monty Python’s Eric Idle.