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Filmmakers Pamela Hogan and Oren Rudavsky will present a sneak preview of some of their current and past work, taking you behind the scenes of the filmmaking process. Hogan  and Rudavsky will present and discuss a series of moving profiles from the landmark PBS series “Time for School” following 7 children in 7 countries from kindergarten through high school as they fight the odds to get a basic education. The series has been adopted by schools and organizations all over the world to spotlight the urgency of providing a basic education to every child, everywhere.

Hogan’s  new project spotlights the historic 1975 Icelandic women’s strike that transformed the country; Oren tracks a unique year long program about Holocaust survivors and high school students in New York; another project explores the fascinating and mostly unknown life of media mogul and neurasthenic genius Joseph Pulitzer for PBS’s American Masters. Pam may also show clips from “I Came to Testify,” from the Women, War & Peace series on PBS.

They will explore together how filmmakers come up with ideas and secure funding; face the challenges involved in gaining access to stories, build trust and impact social change.


An Emmy award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and media executive, PamelaHogan’s recent independent film “Looks Like Laury Sounds Like Laury” was hailed as one of “The Best TV Shows of 2015” by The New York Times. She was one of the creators of the series “Women, War & Peace” and director of one episode, “I Came to Testify”, about the Bosnian women who changed international law when they testified about wartime rape.

Previously, Hogan was executive producer of the Emmy-nominated “Birders: The Central Park Effect” and of PBS’s international series Wide Angle where she worked closely with global filmmakers on character-driven documentaries illuminating under-reported stories. She originated Emmy winning  “Time for School”.She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Master’s Documentary Program at Columbia University.


Oren Rudavsky is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently producing a film titled “Witness Theater”, based on a unique year-long program grouping Holocaust survivors and high school students. Rudavsky is producing a PBS American Masters documentary on media mogul Joseph Pulitzer. He recently completed two films “The Ruins of Lifta”,and “Colliding Dreams”, a history of Zionism. Broadcast this year on PBS was “Time for School”.

His film “A Life Apart: Hasidism in America” was short-listed for the Academy Awards and his film “Hiding and Seeking” was nominated for an Independent Spirit award. Other films Rudavsky has produced include a series of profile documentaries for Bloomberg television called “Risk Takers”. Rudavsky’s other work includes writing and producing segments for the ABC national series PrimeTime Live, the PBS series Media Matters, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and other national programming.


Meets in the Wardell Room