Cynthia Salzman Mondell
Salzman Mondell is an independent filmmaker committed to making films and videos that she feels have something to say about the world she lives in. Her first documentary on housing and the lack of it, Promise and Practice, aired on public television in 1977. She then teamed up with Allen Mondell to form Media Projects, a non-profit production and distribution organization.
Salzman Mondell is past president of the board of New Day Films, a nationally known independent film cooperative based in New York City. She regularly travels to colleges and universities to show and discuss her film The Ladies Room, a documentary about the raucous and ribald world inside women's restrooms. She was recently honored with the Topaz Achievement Award by Women In Film of Dallas.
Mondell has worked in films and television as a writer, producer and director for 30 years. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore in the mid-1960s and then went to work for Westinghouse Broadcasting in Baltimore (WJZ-TV) as a writer/director of documentary films. He spent five years at KERA-TV in Dallas as a writer, producer and director of documentaries and special programs. He taught in the Peace Corps in West Africa after graduating from Williams College with a B.A. in American history and literature.
Salzman Mondell and Mondell have been making award-winning docudramas and documentary films and videos together for 25 years. Their work explores a wide range of subjects but always with the goal of personalizing often-complex social problems. Many of their films have aired nationwide on public television, cable and at festivals worldwide. They were artists-in-residence at the University of Texas, Dallas, and have lectured around the country.
Their work includes Funny Women, a film celebrating women comedians; Make Me A Match, about Jewish singles looking for their soulmates; West of Hester Street, a docudrama about Jewish immigration through Galveston, Texas, in the early 1900s; Films From the Sixth Floor, six films about the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy for the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas; and Dreams of Equality, produced for the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York. They have also produced many educational videos about drug abuse, handgun violence, sexuality, parenting, literacy and environmental issues. Salzman Mondell is completing a personal documentary about her father's 33-year struggle with Parkinson's disease and how the family coped with his daily care giving. Together, the Mondells are now working on a documentary about the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in Europe today.
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