Gaylen Ross‘ previous documentary Out of Solidarity told the story of three families who left Poland following their activities in the outlawed Solidarity union, and their subsequent first years in America. It had its broadcast premiere on WNET, and was part of The Learning Channel’s series “The Independents.” The documentary received a Cine Golden Eagle, and awards from the National Educational Film and Video Festival, and the American Film Festival. Another documentary, Time for Art, about the Millay Colony for the Arts was seen on WNYC-TV. Ross recently completed a program on gambling in America for Great Britain’s Channel 4 Television, entitled Not Just Las Vegas.
Ross also directed for theatre and dance, including new plays by Robert Auletta and two New York premieres with choreographer Donald Byrd for his dance company. She has received grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, and New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a recipient of the 1994 Telly Award for editing. Gaylen Ross came to directing from the other side of the camera where she was once a leading actress of horror films, most memorably the real live girl in George Romero’s classic Dawn Of The Dead.