Award-Winning Documentaries Award-Winning Documentaries

Award-Winning Documentaries


Heather Winters, Moderator

Everyone loves a good story. And everyone is affected by a great documentary in different ways. This Seminar will celebrate critically-acclaimed documentaries on a wide array of subjects with themes chosen to promote post-screen conversation and opinions. Please Note: Although viewing of the chosen documentaries is recommended, each participant has the OPTION of not watching all the films chosen as clips will be shown during the six sessions. Video will be used.

Session 1


Introduction to Documentary and The Portrait Documentary

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi, DAVID GELB (USA, 2011)
  • Man on Wire, JAMES MARSH (UK, 2008)

Session 2


The Family and Inspirational Documentary

  • Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro, HEATHER WINTERS (USA, 2013)

Session 3


The Art, Language and Competition Documentary

  • Wordplay, PATRICK CREADON (USA, 2006)
  • Tim’s Vermeer, TELLER (USA, 2013)

Session 4


The Social Issue and Political Documentary

  • Waltz with Bashir, ARI FOLMAN (Israel, 2008)

Session 5


The Nature and Global Climate Documentary

  • March of the Penguins, LUC JACQUET (France, 2005)
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill JUDY IRVING (USA, 2003)

Session 6


The Music Documentary

  • Orchestra of Exiles, JOSH ARONSON (USA, 2012)
  • Searching for Sugar Man MALIK BENDJELLOUL (Sweden, UK 2012)
Heather Winters

HEATHER WINTERS — Film Producer, Director, Writer and a two-time Sundance winning Executive Producer. She is a Film Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

Winters executive produced Morgan Spurlock’s Academy Award®-nominated and Sundance-winning documentary, Super Size Me, and Anthony Haney-Jardine’s Sundancewinning dramatic feature, Anywhere, u.s.a. Heather’s films include AJ Schnack’s documentary, Convention, (IFC/Sundance Selects) and Class Act (Morgan Spurlock Presents) Jim Killeen’s, Google Me, and her directorial debut, TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro (Virgil Films/Morgan Spurlock Presents.)

Projects include the upcoming elevated sci-fi TV series, Atom, feature films The Castle and Transcon, and documentaries Borrowed Village and The Rest I Make Up. Winters is author of the upcoming books, I Want To Be A Producer: A Film Student’s Guide to Producing, the memoirist essay collection Hangers for $27: Thrills, Agonies and Hang Ups of Life in the Shadows of An Intellectually Disabled Sibling, the photographic retrospective, Inside My Father’s Studio, and the humorous novel, How My Cleaning Lady Organized My Life.