ABOUT ISABEL SADURNI

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PROFESSIONAL BIO

Isabel Sadurni's collaborations as editor and producer have screened internationally in top-tier festivals, on HBO, The Discovery Channel and on PBS. A recent feature documentary for which she served as Editor, THE AMERICAN NURSE, was selected for the 2015 American Film Showcase to represent the U.S. State Department, received several national awards and was described as “elegantly clear-eyed” by The New York Times, “one of the best films you’ll see this year” by The Aisle Seat and “one of the summer’s best documentaries” by WYNC.

As co-founder of The 100 People Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting global citizenry in K-12 classrooms, Isabel responsibilities filled the spectrum as co-producer, co-director, editor and camera on over 20 short films for which collaborated with crew in over 28 countries.

As Editorial Chair for Post New York Alliance, she regularly hosts and co-produces Frame By Frame, a podcast celebrating the films and individuals who continue to define New York as an essential capital of the global film industry. Listen to Frame By Frame and hear collaborators of Ang Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Sidney Lumet, Arthur Penn, Alan Pakula and Jonathan Demme talk about the process of filmmaking by quintessential New Yorkers.

A recent collaboration as editor with director- producer Rob Garver, WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL was recently profiled by The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

Since 1997, Isabel has contributed to the independent film community as writer and has been published in Cinema EditorArtNews, Wired, Variety,  Filmmaker and ArtForum.online.

Isabel received her B.A. from the Department of Philosophy at U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film and Video.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and Great Pyrenees shepherd.

MY STORY

Raised by two Mid-western women,  I learned early in life which basic values were essential to getting by: namely be honest, be kind, be useful, be responsible, work hard, treat everyone with respect. When I think about the work that I've chosen, it's clear those values continue to guide me.  I spent the first year of my life in the jungles of Mexico with a doctor-father and nurse mother who rode horseback into the mountains of Orizaba above their medical clinic to administer westernized medicines to the 'indios". of Citlaltépetl Veracruz. After my parents divorced, my mother and I moved to her birthplace, Cincinnati, OH where I began a close relationship with my grandmother who essentially co-parented me in what became our inter-generational matriarchal family unit. When I was 8 years old, my mother's  desire to interact in a more diverse progressive environment took us to the town of Mill Valley, CA near San Francisco, where the ideals of an area known for innovation, leadership and diversity shaped my worldview. My extended family quickly became the patchwork army working at the Mission Mental Health Clinic where my mother served for a time as Director. This extended family was: Amanda, a hearty, soulful African-American woman from Oakland, Jon, the first gay man I knew intimately (who also became a kind-of surrogate father to me) , Barbara, a hot headed Italian originally from New York and Rose, an immigrant forced from her family home in Cuba. Of those still surviving, I remain close with all of these people and still consider them my family. I'm convinced my devotion to storytelling was cultivated in a circle of healthcare professionals by a sense of narrative as medicine. From this environment, I chose to study philosophy as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley and then earned a secondary degree in Film at Stanford University. Later, I worked with early mentors: playwright, Maria Irene Fornes and performance artist, writer and actor, Anna Deveare Smith, filmmakers John Korty, Connie Field, producer and co-founder of the Telluride Film Festival Tom Luddy and playwright, author and actor Sam Shepherd. I'm currently developing projects with people devoted to ambitious, forward-thinking, artful filmmaking -- If you consider yourself one of those people and have a project with funding in place -- hit me up-- I'd love to hear form you!

Pinspiration

Films, art and more that inspire me