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2018 Chautauqua Season

Morning Lecture Series: Rebecca Cammisa

Aug 23, 2018 10:45am ‐ Aug 23, 2018 12:00pm



Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Rebecca Cammisa’s latest work is “Atomic Homefront,” a film about the effects of radioactive waste stored in West Lake Landfill in St. Louis County, Missouri, and featuring Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs. “Atomic Homefront,” now streaming on HBO, has received numerous grants, including a Sundance Documentary Fund Production grant and a MacArthur Foundation Media grant.

Cammisa’s first feature documentary film, “Sister Helen” won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Directing Award, as well as an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming and an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film Award nomination by the Directors Guild of America.

In 2003, Cammisa founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and began developing the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary, “Which Way Home” for which she received a Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking. “Which Way Home” was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, received four Emmy nominations, and went on to win a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Grand Prize.

Cammisa was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Filmmaking, and in 2011, she directed and produced the HBO documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis,” which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject.


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