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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, a film that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, Directed by William Wyler, a biography of the late Hollywood director which was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding information 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: Saturday Night Live, HBO’s Real Sex, Children’s Television Workshop’s Sesame Street, John Hockenberry’s Edgewise and HA! for Comedy Central and, most recently, in 2009, Talk About Art, for the National Gallery of Art.
Ms. Slesin 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.
A selection of her work, The Long and Short of It, was screened as a special program at The Sundance Film Festival. She has also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.