Slawomir Grunberg

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Slawomir Gr¸nberg is an Emmy Award Winning documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor born in Lublin, Poland. He is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied cinematography and directing. He emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 40 television documentaries. School Prayer: A Community at War premiered on PBS in the 1999 POV season, received a National Emmy Award, and won at many film festivals around the world. It also won The Jan Karski Competition, a competition designed to recognize and award outstanding television documentaries produced on the theme of moral courage. Another one of Slawomir's films, ITVS funded, Fenceline: A Company Town Divided premiered on PBS in the POV season of 2002 and received, among others, an award at the 2002 San Francisco International Film Festival and Vermont International Film Festival. This film also received a 2003 Environmental Media Association Award (EMA). The EMA Awards honor films and television productions that increase public awareness of environmental problems and inspire personal activism. In 2004, Slawomir received the DreamCatcher Award at the Hope and Dreams Film Festival. This award was to recognize his commitment to documentary filmmaking. Slawomir's independent works focus on critical social, political, and environmental issues and have won him international recognition. Chelyabinsk: The Most Contaminated Spot on the Planet, which he produced and directed, was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Nature & Environmental Film Festival, in Grenoble, France in 1996. In 1998, another documentary that deals with environmental issues, From Chechnya to Chernobyl, was awarded a Grand Prix at the International Environmental Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic and also received a prestigious Golden Cine Award in the US. In 1997, Shtetl, the epic film that Slawomir photographed and served as second unit producer for, was awarded the Silver Baton for Excellence in Radio/Television Journalism by Dupont-Columbia University, and also the Grand Prix at the Cinema du Reel Film Festival in Paris, France in 1996. His 2005 documentary - Borderline: People vs. Eunice Baker received Best Documentary Award on a Theme on Disability at the Picture ThisÖFestival in Calgary, Canada. The most recent of Gr¸nberg's films are: The Legacy of Jedwabne awarded Special Prize at the Crossroads of Europe Film Festival, Lublin, Poland, Saved by Deportation, which received the Audience Award at the Washington Jewish Film Festival, and premiered in 2007 film about autism: Portraits of Emotion - An Expression Award at Brazil's Disability Film Festival His director of photography credits include among others: Legacy, which received an Academy Award Nomination for the best documentary feature in 2001, and Sister Rose's Passion, which won the Best in Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and received an Academy Award Nomination for the best documentary short in 2005. As a principal director of photography, he has shot over 50 documentaries, four of which received Emmy Nominations. Slawomir has also been a contributing director of photography and editor for the PBS series: Frontline, AIDS Quarterly, American Masters, NOVA, Health Quarterly, Inside Gorbachev's USSR with Hendrick Smith and People's Century, Lifetime and HBO. A recipient of Guggenheim, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Soros Justice Media Fellowships, Gr¸nberg has received multiple grants from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Documentary films by Slawomir Gr¸nberg have been screened at various prestigious theaters, including Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and also at festivals in Iran, France, Germany, Korea, Australia, Portugal, Tunisia, Slovakia, Brazil, Russia, Czech Republic, Belarus and Poland. His films are in the permanent collections of many film societies and libraries. ed by POV for its 1999 season. Slawomir Grunberg was named a 1997 Guggenheim Fellow for his documentary film work. He speaks Polish, Russian, and English.