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 on which basic values were essential to getting by in life: be honest, be kind, be useful, be responsible, work hard, treat everybody with respect. When I think about the work that I've chosen to focus on. 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 became a do-parent. My mother had the foresight to transplant us to the town of Mill Valley, CA ( I still thank her) near San Francisco, where the progressive ideals of the  West Coast shaped my worldview and my extended family became the patchwork army working at the Mission Mental Health Clinic my mother directed for the City and County of San Francisco: Amanda, an African-American 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 from Cuba. All of these people were and are still people I consider family. 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. I'm convinced my devotion to storytelling was inspired by this  diverse community of San Francisco which later, as I inscribed myself deeper into the theater scene, introduced me to my early mentors: playwright, Maria Irene Fornes and performance artist, writer and actor, Anna Deveare Smith, filmmakers John Korty, Connie Field, producer 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 legs-- it me up-- I'd love to hear form you!

Pinspiration

Films, art and more that inspire me