Deirdre Fishel

Brooklyn, New York, United States


Deirdre Fishel is an independent filmmaker of both documentaries and dramas.  Her films have premiered in competition at Sundance and SXSW and been broadcast in thirty-five countries worldwide. Her documentary, Care, which explores the cracks in the U.S. elder care system from the view point of both workers and clients, premiered at Sheffield DocFest, AFI/Docs and DOC NYC and will have a U.S. broadcast in 2017.  With an outreach grant from the Ford Foundation, the film began a year- long outreach and engagement campaign in August 2016.

 Deirdre’s first documentary, the groundbreaking STILL DOING IT: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65, was broadcast in fifteen countries and expanded into a book co-written with producer Diana Holtzberg.  Other recent projects include a transmedia project, The Boy Game, about hyper masculinity and bullying and a web documentary Suicide On Campus produced in conjunction with The New York Times Magazine.

 Deirdre graduated from Brown University, was a directing fellow at the American Film Institute and has an MFA from Hunter College. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the BFA Program in Film & Video at the City College of New York.