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Ellen Spiro is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Her films have won awards and recognitions.
For almost two decades, Ellen Spiro has pushed the boundaries of the documentary form by creating award-winning and imaginative films, including Diana's Hair Ego, Greetings From Out Here, Roam Sweet Home, Atomic Ed and the Black Hole, Are the Kids Alright? (with Karen Bernstein), Troop 1500 and, now, Body of War (with Phil Donahue).
Body of War won the Best Documentary Award from the National Board of Review and was nominated for a Producer's Guild Award. Body of War will be broadcast nationally on the Sundance Channel Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day) and is now available on DVD.
Spiro has been awarded The Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television's Gracie Award for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Documentary, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary, and is a two-time recipient of the Rockefeller fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a commendation from the Texas State Legislature.
Spiro's films have been shown in film festivals internationally, broadcast on television worldwide on PBS, HBO, BBC, CBC and NHK and are housed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Peabody Collection of the Museum of Television and Radio and the New York Public Library.
She is currently a Professor at the University of Texas in Austin.