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 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, Episode 1 featuring editor, Craig McKay and re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman on Reds, Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia here.

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

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 divorce, my mother and I moved to her birth place, Cincinnati, OH where I spent a good portion of my childhood, raised by a nurse, grandmother and mother who encouraged mid-western work ethic and instilled a deep sense of compassion for others and a duty to participate as a guardian of my community. My mother had the foresight ( I still thank her)  to transplant the family to  the town of Mill Valley near San Francisco, which became my home from the age of 8. The progressive of the 1970's of the West Coast intelligentsia and social diverse citizens of Northern California shaped my worldview and led me to study philosophy as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley and communications at Stanford University where I earned my secondary degree . My devotion to storytelling happened concurrently and led me to certain mentors such as playwright, Marie Irene Fornes and performance artist, writer and actor, Anna Deveare Smith.  Artists from my community such as filmmakers John Korty,  Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Connie Field, producer Tom Luddy, actor Peter Coyote, writer and actor Sam Shepherd, and culinary pioneer, Alice Waters continue to inspire my work.

Pinspiration

Films, art and more that inspire me